Entries in courage (16)

Friday
Jul052019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jerusalem

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is an hour-long lesson plan (which can be divided up and studied in three sessions if desired) to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jerusalem.” It goes with the lesson objectives “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d); and “Understand that God will give courage and provide strength in order for His will to be performed” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Jerusalem.”

PART 1
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Look up a map and pictures of the Judean Mountains. (Here is an informative Wikipedia article about the Judean Mountains.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:

Read Psalm 76:1–2.

Read Genesis 14:18 and Hebrews 7:1–2 .

View this show about “Abram and Melchizedek.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read Judges 19:10 where Jerusalem is referred to as Jebus.

Read 2 Samuel 5:6–7, 9 about how Jebus (Jerusalem) came to also be known as the “City of David.”

View this short explanation about “Jebus, City of David.”

PART 2
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

Read Joshua 10:1.

Explain that Joshua chapter 10 is both the first place where the city of Jerusalem is mentioned by the name “Jerusalem” in the Bible, and it is also the chapter where the amazing story is told about the sun standing still for one day.

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: The Hoax of the Moldy Bread and the Day the Sun Stood Still.”

PART 3
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 5:

Read 2 Chronicles 3:1.

View this description of “Solomon’s Temple.”

Read page 3 of “King Solomon and the Temple.” (See page 4 for a coloring page.)

Read Nehemiah 2:1–6

Listen toAn Audio Bible Adventure: The Man Who Built a Dream” and “An Audio Bible Adventure: In Defense of the Poor.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 6:

Find the State of Israel on a world map. Clicking on the name “Israel” on this map will give you a close-up view.


Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d and Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

 

Tags: cities of the bible, courage, bible knowledge, great men and women of god, level 2 lesson plan

Wednesday
Jun132018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Dealing with Dragons

Here is a 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that courage enables us to face the daily challenges that are known to us, as well as the unknown fears that we have yet to encounter,” and “Learn to recognize and practice courage in everyday situations, and understand that it is a skill that can be developed, which will allow one to face situations that previously had been thought too difficult.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2d,e)

Listen to What Time I Am Afraid.” While listening to the song, have your children reflect on the picture that accompanies this song.

ReadDealing with Dragons.

Discuss with your children some of the feelings they deal with that prevent them from facing bigger or harder challenges. For example:

  • they may feel they will fail at something,
  • they are unsure of where to begin,
  • they don’t understand everything completely and so they prefer not to begin,
  • they fear people will belittle them if they do something wrong.      

Whatever fear they may have, discuss ways or a step they can take toward overcoming or facing their fear. Remind them that sometimes courage grows slowly as they take steps to achieve whatever task they set out to do. With each step they receive more courage and confidence. Also discuss how to call on God’s help or use His help in whatever situation you are discussing.

ReadFeeling Shy?

Discuss with your children how the girl in the story faced her fear when she talked to the new girl, discovering that they had a lot in common and became best friends. Talk about what would have happened if she hadn’t talked with her. Also discuss how scary it seemed to Moses to face Pharaoh, as God commanded, telling him to let the Hebrew people go free. It must have seemed daunting at first, and Moses probably had a lot of questions, but he took the first step and traveled to Egypt, and everything fell into place as he followed the steps God showed him to take.

Talk about this line from “Feeling Shy”: “The more you face your fear, the easier it gets.” Talk about how this applies to your children and the challenges they regularly face. If you think of examples from your own life, share those as well.

Listen to God Is Our Refuge.

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2d,e

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 40 minutes, or made into a more in-depth study over a few days. It highlights the lesson objectives: “Be able to articulate why the Holy Spirit was sent to believers after Jesus departed” and “be able to define the baptism (or overflowing) of the Holy Spirit, and understand the purposes of Holy Spirit baptism, to give one comfort and peace, power to give more love to others, to be a greater witness of God’s love through Jesus, transformative power, a closer relationship with Jesus, wisdom to understand God’s Word, and help in hearing God’s voice; read and memorize Bible verses which highlight the purposes of the Holy Spirit.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Holy Spirit-1a,b)

Listen to the song, “Ye Shall be Witnesses.” 

Read The Acts of the Apostles: The Gift of the Holy Spirit

ReadThe Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Listen to Rivers.”

Talk about the various ways the Holy Spirit helps us with the following:

  • ŸUnderstand God’s Word and apply it in our lives
  • ŸHear God’s voice or the convictions laid on our hearts by God
  • ŸTo be filled to overflowing with the love of God for others so that we are open to Him working through us to help others
  • ŸGives us power and boldness to be a witness for Him

Read Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Peter.”

Listen to the audio An Audio Bible Adventure: Peter’s Transformation.”

Read The Acts of the Apostles: The Healing of the Lame Man.”

Listen toPerfect in Weakness.”

Bring out the ways Peter changed from denying he knew Jesus just prior to the crucifixion (John 18:1528), to becoming a man of great faith and courage, not afraid to stand up for Jesus after he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1438, Acts 3). He even defied the high priest and elders of the temple who commanded them to not teach about Jesus (Acts 4:1331).

Choose and memorize a verse from “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Holy Spirit.”

Additional resources:

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.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Holy Spirit-1a,b

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit

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Wednesday
May212014

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Conquer with Faith

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the lesson objectives: “Learn what faith is, i.e.: faith is a belief in the unseen, and a substantial and real commodity in the spirit, etc.; read and memorize Bible verses that build on the concept of faith,” and “learn of God’s condition for miracles, and in what circumstances God likes to perform miracles.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-1a, Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1b)

Listen toA Strong Tower.”

Pray one of the prayers found in “Pray a Way: Courage.”

ReadNothing Is Impossible for God.” While reading it, here are some points to highlight:

  • Pages 2–3: Ask the children to reflect on how frightening it must have been for the children of Israel to be faced with the Red Sea and the Egyptian army closing in behind them. At this point, Moses told them, “Stand still and watch the Lord rescue you” (Exodus 14:13 NLT). Discuss how this took great faith because they couldn’t see any solution to their difficulty.
  • Page 4: Talk about recent Word studies you and the children have had together, or verses they have memorized, and how these have strengthened your faith.
  • Page 5: Talk about how Jesus forgives us if we sometimes don’t have enough faith. Peter started to sink because he stopped trusting. But later, after Jesus had returned to His heavenly home, Peter showed great faith for miracles as recorded in the book of Acts, such as the story in Acts 3 when Peter and John prayed for the lame man to be healed.
  • Pages 6–7: Read the full account of this story in Joshua 3:7–17.
  • Page 8: If you have an age-appropriate story about a challenge you faced in your life, tell the children about it, relating how the three faith-building steps played out. (1. Keep your faith strong. 2. Keep your eyes on Jesus. 3. Put your faith into action.)

Color the coloring page: Exodus 14:14

ReadDoomed, but Saved by a Princess,” about a mother’s step of faith that saved her baby boy.

Memorize one of the scriptures quoted in “Pray a Way: Courage.”

  • “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear” (Hebrews 13:6 ESV).
  • “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT).

Additional resources:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-1a, Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2014 by The Family International

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Tuesday
Sep032013

0–5 Lesson Plan: Courage over Difficult Things

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 15-minute 0–5 lesson plan on how to have courage when faced with difficult or challenging situations.

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ReadBright Pebbles: Power! Power! Power!

Talk about anything that your child may be facing that is difficult to do, or challenging to face. The next article discusses how God can give comfort, power, and instruction for the difficulties and challenges in our lives.

ReadWith God’s Help.”

Pray together for Jesus’ guidance regarding whatever difficulty you had talked about earlier.

Read Carina and the Christmas Play.” Highlight how sometimes there are practical steps we can take so that we can be courageous in facing challenges. Can your child think of one or two ways that Carina was able to be courageous in facing her fears? See if you can come up with a few practical steps that will help your child with her challenges.

Claim Psalm 37:5 (NIV), “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this.”

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.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 by The Family International

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Friday
Jul262013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on the life of Esther (which can be broken into shorter parts) highlights the following lesson objectives:

ŸLearn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

ŸLearn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ŸUnderstand that justice is fairness and equality; it is rewarding good work and punishing evil; it is standing up for what is right and doing one’s best to right wrongs. (Character Building: Social Skills: Justice-2b)

ReadSeptember Hero of the Month: Queen Esther.”

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 1.” (Runtime: 7:55)

Read the following facts on the history and background of the story of Esther:

ŸThe book of Esther spans ten years, 483–473 BC.

ŸGo here for a world history timeline chart that depicts other major world events occurring during this time period. (After following the link, click on the “history” link that should appear on the left-hand side, then click on “500 BC – AD 1” that will appear on the right-hand side under other historical time period links.)

ŸThe book of Esther takes place in the area that is present-day Iran. Find Iran on a map or globe, or go to Google Maps and search Iran.

 

ŸKing Ahasuerus was also known by his Greek name, Xerxes.

ŸFor more on the Persian civilization, read “Persian Empire for Kids” or “Persian Empire” for a comprehensive article on this ancient civilization.

 

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 2.” (Runtime: 9:39)

Discuss how God can use those in government positions to help perform His plan. See if your child can list seven characters (including Queen Esther) in the Bible who held positions in foreign governments that God used to perform His will. (Answer: Queen Esther, Daniel, Joseph, Nehemiah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.) God can use each of us in whatever place we are in. Look up 1 Corinthians 7:20. "Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him" (NIV).

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 3.” (Runtime: 10:52)

Talk about how sometimes doing the right thing is difficult. Queen Esther, probably still in her late teens or early twenties when this story takes place, knew that seeing the king to plead for the life of her people could cost her position and even her life. So she fasted for three days and asked her people to do the same. She knew this enterprise would require courage—courage that she alone did not have. When we are called on to act courageously, we can ask God for help through prayer, and ask others to pray for us so that we can make the right decisions.

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Esther.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Esther.

Additional resource:

Ÿ    “Bible Word Search: Esther

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.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c; Character Building: Social Skills: Justice-2b

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Friday
Jun282013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Daniel highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ReadHero of the Month: Daniel.”

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Daniel’s life.

Listen to “Daniel” from Great Adventures 2.

Read the story of Daniel, either from the Bible (see below for the more well-known stories from his life) or from an adapted retelling of the story (a children’s Bible, etc.). You could read a chapter a day for the next week, or otherwise space them out according to what works best for you.

  • Ÿ   Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the king’s food: Daniel 1
  • Ÿ   Daniel interprets the king's dream: Daniel 2
  • Ÿ   The fiery furnace (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego): Daniel 3
  • Ÿ   Daniel interprets the writing on the wall: Daniel 5
  • Ÿ   Daniel in the lions' den: Daniel 6

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: The Humbled King” (runtime: 12:59).

Discuss how Nebuchadnezzar's greatest sin was pride, but we don't have to be the king of a world empire and live in extravagant luxury to be proud. Look up the following verses and discuss them: James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7; John 3:27; Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6.

Read, paraphrase, and explain “Daniel” from Meditation Moments. (Or, if your children are older, an audio recording is also available.)

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Daniel.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Daniel.”

Additional resources:

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.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Friday
May242013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Nehemiah

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Nehemiah (this can be broken into shorter parts) highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Understand that when one perseveres, great things can be accomplished; if one gives up when things begin to get difficult, nothing great would ever be accomplished. (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-2a)

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Nehemiah’s life.

Watch The Fabulous Bentley Brothers: Nehemiah.”

ReadJuly Hero of the Month: Nehemiah.”

Listen to “Audio Bible Adventure: The Man Who Built a Dream.” (Audio runtime 10:40.)

Highlight how four months elapsed between the time Nehemiah heard of the disrepair of Jerusalem and when the king inquired why Nehemiah looked downcast. These four months were not wasted. Nehemiah fasted and prayed with his friends; he had also prepared a plan for the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls that he was able to immediately present to the king when an opening presented itself.

Read Nehemiah 4:7–23. These verses recount how Nehemiah prayed to God for protection and deliverance, but also did his part in arming his men. Ask your children how this concept of prayer plus practical effort is played out in our daily lives. Discuss examples of things we should pray for, where God might also expect us to do our part.

Listen to “Audio Bible Adventure: In Defense of the Poor.” (Audio runtime 9:59.)

Talk about times when we must do what we know to be right, and encourage others to do the same, even if everyone around us is behaving differently. 

Here are some interesting facts to talk about with your children before or after listening to the Audio Bible Adventures on Nehemiah:

ŸThe book of Nehemiah takes place roughly twenty-nine years after the events in the book of Esther, and twelve years after the last account in the book of Ezra.

ŸThe books of Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah each recount, in their varying ways, the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, and the return of the Jewish people to the land of Judah. Read or paraphrase “Introduction to Nehemiah” found on page 2 of this article, which gives an overview of that time period.

ŸKing Artaxerxes, King Ahasuerus’ son, is the reigning monarch in the book of Nehemiah. (King Ahasuerus, also known as Xerxes I, is the monarch that Esther marries in the book of Esther.)

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Nehemiah.”

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Nehemiah.”

Additional resources:

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.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-2a

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Friday
Feb222013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: King David

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on King David highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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ReadHero of the Month: King David.”

Read 1 Samuel 16:1–13 for the story of Samuel anointing young David to be the future king of Israel.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A Giant’s Challenge” (runtime: 7:48).

Talk about how God likes to use people who are lowly in their own eyes to show His greatness. Can your child think of other instances in the Bible where this was shown? (Gideon and his band of three hundred, Jaal defeating a general, Mary and Joseph as Jesus’ earthly parents, Jesus’ fisherman disciples, etc.)

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: To Win an Enemy” (runtime: 07:01).

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Exploits of a King-to-Be” (runtime: 6:20).

Highlight the fact that while King David was a great king, he was not perfect. In fact, at one point he committed a very bad sin (see 2 Samuel 11, 12:1–15). However, he repented with a great repentance, and accepted God’s punishment in humility. And then later, knowing that God had forgiven him for so much, it became easier for him to have compassion and forgiveness for others. King David once said of God, "Your gentleness has made me great" (Psalm 18:35).

Listen to “Psalm 34,” a Psalm of David.

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: King David.

DoHero of the Month Quiz: King David.

Additional resources:

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.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Saturday
Jan262013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Gideon

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Gideon highlights the following lesson objectives:“Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.”(Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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ReadHero of the Month: Gideon.”

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A Pitcher, a Torch, and the Sword of the Lord” (runtime: 10:47).

Discuss
the following points together:

  • As with Gideon, the humble son of a farmer, God frequently uses weak, seemingly unqualified people, who are more dependent on Him. Brainstorm other instances in the Bible or from history where this is illustrated. (Some ideas are the following: Joseph, Moses, David, etc.)
  • When God asks something seemingly impossible of someone, God provides the supernatural power equal to the task at hand. How do you see this played out in the people you discussed previously?
  • Large numbers don't mean anything to God; in fact, often He seems to work with the weak and the few in number so that it will show His strength and not our own.
  • As this story brings out when the men were sent to drink water, often the Lord tests us when we don't even know that we're being tested. Use a personal story or a story from the Bible or history to illustrate this point.

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Gideon.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Gideon.”

Additional resources:

  • Illustrated Bible stories of Gideon for younger children
  • Answer questions about Gideon and then find the matching hidden pictures.

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.


S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Friday
Dec282012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Joshua

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Joshua (can be broken into shorter readings) highlights the following lesson objectives, “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Joshua’s life. Point out the events that led up to the time when Joshua became leader of the Israelites (i.e., the Israelites had been enslaved by the Egyptians, God anointed Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses appointed Joshua to be the next leader, etc.)Also, point out that the people who lived in the land of Canaan at the time were worshippers of Baal, Moloch, and other idols which involved many evil practices.

ReadDecember Hero of the Month: Joshua.”

Look at this map to show the route Joshua and the people of Israel took as recorded in the book of Joshua. Explain that Canaan is now modern-day Israel. Look up Israel on a map.

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A New Leader and His Undercover Agents”(runtime: 7 min), a retelling of Deuteronomy 34 and Joshua 1 and 2.Highlight how this story shows God is faithful to keep His promises. He had promised His people a homeland, and they were now entering to possess it. However, it wasn't handed to them without effort on their part; God required that they do their part in order to gain what He had given them. And when Israel did so—God was with them, helping them supernaturally and miraculously to claim the land God had promised to their forefather, Abraham.

Listen toAn Audio Bible Adventure: Highway Through the River and a Most Unconventional War”(runtime: 9 min), a retelling of Joshua 3, 4, 5, and 6.Discuss how we are oftenprone to equate greatness with bigness and numbers with power, whereas none of this is necessarily true when it comes to God’s power. God doesn't go for bigness after the manner of this world. He's seldom for the strong, but almost always for the weak. (Look up Isaiah 55:8 and 1Corinthians 1:27.)

Read The Wall of Jericho Did Fall!” Scientists confirm this famous Bible story.

Listen to “Audio: Around the Walls,” and—for those children who would like to do so—color “Hero of the Month Coloring Page: Joshua.”

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: The Hoax of the Moldy Bread and the Day the Sun Stood Still”(runtime: 10 min), a retelling of Joshua 9 and 10.

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Joshua.

Here are some other links to Joshua’s story retold for children:

Note: If you do a verse-by-verse reading of the book of Joshua, you could divide the reading into several sittings, reading one or two chapters at each sitting. The following are key events from the book of Joshua:

  • Ÿ   God speaks to Joshua, and Joshua takes command: Joshua 1
  • Ÿ   Joshua sends spies to Jericho and they are saved by Rahab: Joshua 2
  • Ÿ   The Jordan River dries up to allow the Israelites to cross on dry land: Joshua 3
  • Ÿ   The Israelites build a memorial to commemorate God’s providence: Joshua 4
  • Ÿ   The captain of the Lord’s army visits Joshua: Joshua 5
  • Ÿ   God gives Joshua a battle plan, Joshua carries it out, and the walls of Jericho fall down after seven days: Joshua 6
  • Ÿ   God stops time so that Joshua and the Israelites can fight during daylight: Joshua 10:11–1 4
  • Ÿ   Joshua chapters 7 to 12 continue the story of Joshua’s conquering of Canaan, chapters 13 to 21 detail his division of the land, and chapters 22 to 24 describe the tribes’ commitment to staying in Canaan.
  • Ÿ   Note: The story of Joshua and Caleb scouting out the land of Canaan is found in Numbers 13 and 14, and will be touched on in an upcoming lesson plan on Caleb.

Additional resources:

 Ÿ   Here’s a crossword on the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho.

Ÿ   Here’s an activity page maze around the walls of Jericho.

Ÿ   Video: Books of the Bible: Joshua.

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. 

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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Friday
Nov092012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Caleb

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a lesson plan on Caleb, which highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ReadJune Hero of the Month: Caleb.”

Listen or readAn Audio Bible Adventure: There Are Giants in the Land!

Here is a link to Caleb’s story retold for younger children:

Exploring Canaan”: retold in story format, with a couple of illustrations. [Note: Good for younger audiences.]

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Caleb.

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Caleb.”

Additional resources:

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.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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