Friday
Jul152011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: When Enough Is Enough

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on moderation. It highlights the following lesson objective: “Compare and contrast the benefits of moderation in allowing oneself time to gain skills, develop positive relations with others, and live a balanced life, versus overindulgence in entertainment or other interests that robs one’s entire focus.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Moderation-2b)

The general target age for this lesson plan is 8 through 12. You can, however, adapt, simplify, or expound on this lesson plan to better suit your child’s comprehension level.

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ReadThe Everly Extreme or Moderate Marcellus Quiz.”

Take a shoe box (or a box of any size) and fill it to the brim with toys, clothes, or something. See how much you can fit into the box. Talk about how one’s life can only fit so much, which is why it’s important to be judicious about what is allowed into one’s life.

Brainstorm the benefits of living a well-balanced life, and make a list of the points you come up with.

Look up the dictionary definition for the word “moderation,” and check out the thesaurus for synonyms.

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1–8.

Discuss with your child whether there are areas of your family’s life that could use moderation in order to make time for other things that you as a family would like to do. (Emphasize that practicing moderation is not about shunning things that are fun—it enables us to have a wide range of healthy, uplifting, and beneficial experiences.)

WatchKid’s Character Builder: Self-Control.” [Note: May be more appealing to a younger age level.]

Discuss how self-control is what enables us to practice moderation in our lives. Talk about times when it’s difficult to stop something that may be quite fun at the moment, and brainstorm ways that will help the child determine when to stop. It could be agreed-upon guidelines before an activity is begun (such as a designated amount of time for computer games), etc.

Look up 1 Corinthians 10:13 and 1 Corinthians 2:9. Talk about how God is the one who can give us the strength and wisdom to live a well-balanced life. 

Memorize “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities for teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Moderation-2b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

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DOC: Nível 2 Aula: Quando Basta (Portuguese)
DOC: Plan de clase nivel 2: Cuando ya es suficiente (Spanish)

Monday
Jul042011

0–5 Lesson Plan: When Things Take Time

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on patience; it focuses on learning to wait, and what to do when things take time.

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Watch God Takes His Time.”

Discuss the importance of waiting for things to happen—whether waiting for God to work or waiting for others. Think about what would happen if no one waited for anything. (For example, if a farmer didn’t wait for his crops to grow, then we wouldn’t have food to eat; a little boy needs to wait for his mother to finish cooking dinner before dinner can be enjoyed, etc.)

Memorize Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV)

Talk about what the “harvest” can be compared to in their lives.

WatchKid’s Character Builder: Patience.”

Read Anna and the Flower Garden.” (This story highlights practicing patience when learning new things.)

Read Bright Pebbles: With Jesus’ Help.” (This article highlights asking Jesus for help when faced with a task that may seem difficult.)

Count how many good things happen in your day as a result of you being willing to wait. Praise Jesus for them.

Optional activity: make a “patience” collage board (or use a large, sturdy piece of white paper). In the center of the board write out Galatians 6:9, and surrounding the verse, reference some of the good things you previously counted that happened because someone was willing to wait—using illustrations, magazine cut-outs, or other symbolic odds and ends that can represent each patience concept you are referencing (e.g., corn husks or popcorn, to represent the patience needed for farmers to wait till corn is ready to harvest, etc.).

Ask Jesus for help to be patient with others and ourselves.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

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DOC: 0–5 Plan de clase: Cuando las cosas toman tiempo (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: When Things Take Time (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jun222011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Baptism of Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that covers John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus. Some of the accompanying activities could be done along with this lesson plan or at another time, depending on how much time you have to complete this lesson. The references for the listed Bible stories can be read from a Bible or the story found in a children’s illustrated Bible, depending on the comprehension level of your children. (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1c)

Read Luke 1:5–24 and 57–80 about the birth of John the Baptist.

Discuss why it was difficult for Zacharias to believe what God had told him. Then discuss how it takes faith to believe that God will fulfill His promises.

Read When Jesus Was Baptized.”

Read Mark 1:1–11.

WatchJohn the Baptist”; and/or “Jesus, John the Baptist, and Baptism.”

Read Malachi 3:1; relate to the child that this was a fulfilled prophecy about a forerunner (John the Baptist) being sent to prepare the way for the Messiah (Jesus).

Discuss how God had a plan for both Jesus and John the Baptist before they were even born. God has a plan for each of us too. Just like each personality is unique, each plan He has for our individual lives is unique as well.

Color When Jesus Was Baptized” Coloring Page.

Assemble When Jesus Was Baptized” 3-D Picture.

Additional activities:

http://www.sermons4kids.com/hmartin.htm for pictures: “John the Baptist,” and “Baptism of Jesus.”

Coloring pages: John the Baptist Baptizes Jesus” and “John the Baptist

Lessons and activities: Bible Crafts and Activities for Kids—John the Baptist

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

Friday
Jun172011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Courage in Doing Right

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on courage when faced with doing right. It highlights the following lesson objective: Recognize the need for courage in facing and confronting difficult situations; see that courage is a decision to move past fear and to persevere in doing right. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2a)

The general target age for this lesson plan is 8 through 12. You can, however, adapt, simplify, or expound on this lesson plan to better suit your child’s comprehension level.

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Read A World with No Courage.”

Discuss the importance of courage in your life and in the world around you. What professions can you think of that require courage? What actions in your child’s or your life require courage and the decision to be brave in spite of fear?

ReadMarch Hero of the Month: Gideon” (along with the full story about Gideon in Judges 6 and 7), and “Heroes from History: William Wilberforce.”

Talk about how these men were ordinary people, but both of them decided that they couldn’t stand by and do nothing while evil prevailed. While there might not be such an obvious display of evil in your child’s life, God’s commandments to love Him and others are the standard by which we live—and it sometimes requires courage to live by such a standard. List deeds of love that require courage.

ReadHot Dog.” The missionary who decided to do what God showed him to do acted with courage. He might have felt shy, or hesitant, but he had faith to follow God’s voice. Highlight that courage isn’t just about doing things that seem scary in order to act “courageous”; it’s about doing what God shows you to do. 

Read Two Soldiers Conquer Thousands.” When we do what God shows us to do, He gives us faith and courage and providence for His will to be accomplished.

Memorize “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plan de clase nivel 2: «Coraje para hacer lo correcto» (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Courage in Doing Right (Portuguese)

Monday
Jun062011

0–5 Lesson Plan: Whine or Shine?

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on thankfulness and overcoming whining and grumbling.

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Watch Way to Wake Up.”

Discuss how it’s not fun to be around someone who whines or grumbles. Compare grumbling and whining to a smelly sock, or anything very unpleasant that your child dislikes being around. Highlight what kind of attitude people do like to be around.

Watch Look on the Bright Side.”

Talk about how it can be easy to focus on the things that go wrong, but that happiness comes when you choose to focus on the good instead.

Read and/or memorize the rhyme on Poster: Think on the Good.” A coloring page for this poster is available here.

ReadBright Pebbles: So Much to Be Glad For.” Do the action activity on the last page of this article.

Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB): “Always be thankful!”

ReadPoem: My Happy Sunbeam.” The coloring book for this poem is available here.

Play the song “Sunny Sunbeam” while the children get up and dance to it (and/or enjoy it throughout the day while doing other activities).

WatchVideo: The Power of a Smile.”

Optional activity: Take a piece of cardboard or stiff paper, and cut it into a large circular shape to represent a sun. In the center of the circle, write “How to Get to the Bright Side”—and list ideas of things your child can do when he or she is feeling down. String a hole at the top of the circle, and hang it in a place where this craft can be easily seen. 

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

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DOC: Plan de clase 0–5: Refunfuñante o resplandeciente (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Whine or Shine? (Portuguese)

Wednesday
May252011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Jesus’ Early Years

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on Jesus’ childhood. It highlights the lesson objective: Learn of the main milestones in Jesus’ ministry on earth. (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1c)

Some of the accompanying activities could be done along with this lesson plan or at another time. The listed Bible stories can be read from a Bible or alternatively from a children’s illustrated Bible, depending on the comprehension level of your children.

Read Matthew 2:13–15, which gives us the reason behind Jesus spending His early childhood in Egypt. (For older children, you can also read Hosea 11:1, which is a prophecy about Jesus that was fulfilled when His parents took Him to Egypt.)

Read Matthew 2:19–23, which explains that Jesus grew up in Nazareth and that this had been foretold.

View the slideshow “Flight into Egypt.” Start by clicking on the far right slide, continuing clockwise.

Look on a map and point out where Bethlehem was, then Egypt, then Nazareth. Estimate the distances Joseph, Mary, and Jesus had to travel to get to Egypt and later to Nazareth, and discuss what it might have been like if they traveled on foot and possibly had only a donkey to help them travel.

Discuss with the children how Jesus had to move a few times when He was a boy. Have your children experienced a move at some point? Talk about some of the challenges one faces when leaving a known environment behind and entering a new one. Talk about how Jesus understands what it’s like to be a child, and how they can ask Jesus for help.

ReadJesus Visits Jerusalem as a Boy.”

Read Luke 2:41–50.

Color Jesus Visits Jerusalem as a Boy” Coloring Page.

Assemble Jesus Visits Jerusalem as a Boy” 3-D Picture.

Additional studies and activities: Jesus’ Childhood

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

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DOC: Plano de aula nível 1: A Infância de Jesus (Portuguese)
DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: La infancia de Jesús (Spanish)

Wednesday
May182011

“Gift of Joy” Supplement (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Problem Solving-1a)

After you and your children have read “Gift of Joy,” here’s an activity to help reinforce what they’ve learned.

Along with the children, take turns acting out a scene of something that you probably would be unhappy about. You and your children can then suggest things that could be done in order to experience the joy Jesus gives, even in a situation that might not seem so good at first.

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Problem Solving-1a

Downloads

DOC: Suplemento de «El don de la alegría» (Spanish)
DOC: Suplemento de “O Dom da Alegria” (Resolução de Problemas-1a)
DOC: "Gift of Joy" Supplement (Japanese)

Tuesday
May172011

0–5 Lesson Plan: Jesus’ Healing Power

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class on Jesus’ healing power. It highlights the following lesson objective: Study God’s many promises in the Bible to heal when one is sick; read Biblical accounts of miracles of healing. (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Healing-1a)

(If you’d like to add more to this lesson plan, there are a variety of stories on healing that can be found in children’s Bible storybooks, such as the story of Lazarus, the healing of the blind man, the 10 lepers, and others.)

The general target age for this lesson plan is 3 through to 6. You can adapt, simplify, or expound on this lesson plan to better suit your child’s comprehension level.

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ReadBright Pebbles: Jesus Heals Me.” After reading this article, act out the “action” at the end of the slideshow.

WatchVideo: Back to Life.” Watch the video and then talk about times when the child has been sick and Jesus helped him or her get better.

ColorColoring Book: TBT1 Back to Life.” This book has many pages and does not need to be colored all in one sitting. If you wish, you could first create the booklet with your child, color the first one or two pages, and save the rest of the coloring for later, or have your child complete it in his/her own time.

Listen to “Audio: Talitha Cumi.” Children can listen to the audio while they do the preceding or following coloring project.

Learn the poem “God Made My Body.” More coloring pages for children who like to color. (Download coloring page here.)

Look up the following Bible verses with your children: Acts 9:34a, and Isaiah 40:29.

Listen to “Jesus Heals YouFeed My Lambs.

Memorize Isaiah 40:29 NLT.

Discussion questions: Can you think of other times in the Bible when Jesus healed people?

Prayer: End with a prayer of praise to Jesus for times He has healed you and your family and friends.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: 0–5 Plano de Aula: O Poder de Cura de Jesus (Portuguese)
DOC: Plan de clase 0-5: El poder sanador de Jesús (Spanish)

Saturday
May072011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: God’s Word—Staying Connected

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on God’s Word. It highlights the following lesson objective: Learn that God’s Word must be given a priority in life if one desires to be successful. Learn that it is not always easy to study God’s Word, and how human nature sometimes fights against one’s ability to draw all one can from it, through familiarity, laziness, disbelief, distractions, etc. (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Word-2cf)

The general target age for this lesson plan is 8 through 12. You can, however, adapt, simplify, or expound on this lesson plan to better suit your child’s comprehension level.

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Look up the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38–42.

Discuss how spending time with Jesus (through prayer and praise, reading God’s Word and meditating and reflecting on it, and taking time to hear God’s voice) is the one thing that is needful in order to live a godly life.

Talk about practical applications of how one can keep God in first place in one’s life; if possible, give personal examples of how you try to keep God in first place.

ReadSoak in God’s Word.”

Discuss the various benefits of reading God’s Word, and how time spent with Him and in study of God’s Word brings about the fruits of His Spirit in our life. (You can look up Galatians 5:22–23 to review the fruits of the Spirit.)

Discuss how one’s life can only fit so much. And at times it is necessary to choose time spent in God’s Word over other activities, but that God blesses such actions.

ReadStay Connected.”

Discuss the difficulties that you or your child face in spending time with Jesus and in study of God’s Word. Quickly brainstorm ways to get over such distractions.

Memorize the following verse: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63 NIV).

Prayer: Close with a prayer asking Jesus to help you keep Him and His Word in first place.

Additional activities:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

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DOC: Plan de clase, nivel 2: La Palabra de Dios: Mantener la conexión (Spanish)
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 2: A Palavra de Deus – Manter-se Conectado (Portuguese)

Wednesday
May042011

“Acting God” Supplement

The story “Acting God” is to highlight the following learning objective: “Learn what putting love into action means, and that real love results in good deeds.”

As an activity to help implement this objective with your child, decide on one day where you both will “act God.” Write down each deed of kindness performed in a notebook for this purpose.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Law of Love-1g

Downloads

DOC: Suplemento de «Representar a Dios» (Spanish)
DOC: Suplemento de “Fazendo o Papel de Deus” (Lei de Amor de Deus-1g)

Monday
Apr252011

Introducing My Wonder Studio Lesson Plans!

Hello from My Wonder Studio team!

We’re happy to introduce a new part of our site featuring Christian life and faith and character-building materials for kids. My Wonder Studio lesson plans are designed as a pre-made devotional package for busy parents and caregivers to use with their children. They are approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, and will be posted to the Parents and Teachers section of My Wonder Studio.

Each lesson plan features articles and multimedia, and other songs, videos, and articles that help to teach the lesson plan’s learning objective. (Most materials are from My Wonder Studio, but additional materials link to other sites.) Lesson plan learning objectives are based on our Christian Life and Faith and Character Building scope and sequence. (My Wonder Studio’s Christian Life and Faith and Character Building scope and sequence articulates what a child should learn regarding Christian life and faith and character-building concepts from the ages of 6 through 12. Learn more about it here.)

On average, we hope to post a new lesson plan each week or one new lesson plan per level every month. We’re also enabling the comment feature on these lesson plan posts, so that you can add additional ideas you may come across that will aid in teaching that lesson objective. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

We pray that this new feature will aid you in providing fun times of Christian and character-building study for your children.

With warm regards,

My Wonder Studio staff

P.S.: To see the first lesson plan posted, go to “0–5 Lesson Plan: God’s Word—A Guiding Light.”

Downloads

RTF: ¡Presentamos el plan de clases de El rincón de las maravillas! (Spanish)
DOC: Apresentando os Planos de Aula de Meu Estúdio Maravilhoso!

Monday
Apr252011

0–5 Lesson Plan: God’s Word—A Guiding Light

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on God’s Word. It highlights the following lesson objective: Respect and treasure God's Word, and understand the importance of keeping and obeying God's Word; study and memorize Bible verses upon which these principles are based. (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Word-1b)

The general target age for this class is 3 through 6. You can adapt, simplify, or expound on this lesson plan to better suit your child’s comprehension level. Activities that may be better suited for older children within the 4 through 7 age range are marked with an asterisk.

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Listen to “In the Bible,” and “New Testament.” If your child likes to dance, you can have your child dance to the song. After the song is done, talk about how the Bible is like God’s letters to us. It tells us where we came from, where we are going, and how to live godly lives.

Look up the following Bible verses: Psalm 37:31 and 2 Peter 1:4a.

* Read the article “What Is the Bible,” or one like it.

WatchVideo: The Parables of Jesus: The Two Builders,” and/or “The Wise and Foolish Man.”

Discuss how the rock in the parable symbolizes God’s Word. Talk about what happens when we build the house of our lives on Jesus’ teachings, and what could happen if we do not. Apply this to everyday situations that you face with your child, and what he or she can do to obey Jesus’ teachings in his or her daily life.

ReadBright Pebbles: A Bright Light.” After reading this article, act out the “action” at the end of the slideshow.

Memorize the verse, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV). If your child likes to draw, have your child illustrate this verse, and write out the verse at the bottom of the picture. Put it up by your child’s bed or some other place your child will be able to see it daily.

Memorize the following poem (or learn the song):

The B-I-B-L-E!
That’s the book for me!
I stand upon
The Word of God
The B-I-B-L-E!

Additional activities:

  • With your children, build a LEGO or DUPLO house. As you play, highlight the importance of building a strong foundation for your house, so that it won’t easily fall over.
  • * Do a Google search on “interesting Bible statistics,” or “amazing Bible facts,” and read some of the interesting facts about the Bible with your child.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plano de Aula 0–5: A Palavra de Deus—Uma Luz Guia (Portuguese)
DOC: Plan de clase 0-5: La Palabra de Dios, una luz que te guía (Spanish)