Entries in great men and women of god (25)

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

Friday
Jun072019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Babylon

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Babylon,” that goes with the lesson objective “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Babylon.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Read Genesis 11:1–9 about the Tower of Babel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPHS 2 and 3:

Read the chapters below about some of the adventures of Daniel and his friends in Babylon. After reading them, see if the children can name the four kings Daniel served. (Answer: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus. This information can be found in chapters 1, 5, and 6.)

Match the Hebrew and Babylonian names of the four Hebrew friends (answers are found in Daniel 1:7):

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View one of these videos about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: “Gift for a Queen” or “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Gardens of Babylon Part 1 and Part 2.

BABYLON TODAY:

View on this map where the ruins of Babylon are found today. Zoom out and you will see the ruins are located south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq.

View these pictures of a reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum of Berlin, Germany.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

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

Friday
May032019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh,” that covers the lesson objectives: “Learn 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); and “Be able to describe what it means to be judgmental, and the negative effects of such an attitude; identify ways to show compassion rather than passing judgment.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Read Genesis 10:1–11 and help the children find the answer to these questions:

  • Was Nineveh built before or after the flood in Noah’s lifetime? (Answer: After.)
  • Besides being the founder of Nineveh, what else was Nimrod known for? (Answer: Being a great hunter.)
  • What was the ancient name of the region where Nineveh was built? (Answer: Assyria.)

Read 2 Kings 19:31–36 and Isaiah 37:33–37 (For those interested, here is the fuller story in Isaiah 37:10–37.)

  • The historical context

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:

Read Jonah, chapters 1–4 or a shorter version in a children’s Bible.

Reflect with the children about how it must have been for Jonah. The people of Nineveh were known for being cruel and evil, even posing a threat to the people of Israel. Maybe that’s why he didn’t want to warn them. When he finally did, thinking they would be judged, he was disappointed when they repented and were shown mercy.

Ask the children if they have ever been upset at another child who has been unkind to them, and maybe even thought it was unfair when the other child received attention from other friends, family, or teachers rather than consequences. Talk about how in such situations, even if it’s difficult to show the same mercy God shows, we can look to Jesus for help to do so.

Reflect with the children on how the people of Nineveh did not know how to live right (Jonah 4:11). Then talk about how helpful it is for us to have the examples in the Bible, especially in Jesus’ life, of how to live in a compassionate and caring manner.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read Matthew 12:38–41.

Ask the children what similarities there were between Jonah’s and Jesus’ messages to the people, and how these messages helped to change them.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

Find on a map the city of Mosul, where remnants of old Nineveh can be seen today.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b

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

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DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh (Spanish)
DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Dec202017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes. It relates to the lesson objective, “Learn of some 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-1a).

Read “Faith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Mary and Joseph.”

Discuss the following steps of faith it took for Mary and Joseph to be willing to be the earthly parents for Jesus.

  • Mary had to believe that what the angel told her was true, and be willing to bear God’s Son, Jesus.
  • Mary had to trust God that He would help her endure people looking down on her for being pregnant before getting married.
  • It took great faith for Joseph to accept what Mary and the angel told him about the baby Jesus. He had to believe that Jesus was God’s Son, and that he had been chosen to be Jesus’ earthly father.
  • It was a great responsibility to raise God’s Son, and they probably wondered if they could do a good job of it, but they accepted that God would do the work through them.

ReadLet’s Learn the New Testament: When Jesus Was Born.” This covers the stories of faith concerning Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, the shepherds, and the wise men.

ReadA Man Named Jesus: Simeon and Anna.”

Ask the children: Besides Mary and Joseph, who are others from the Christmas story that needed faith to believe the “impossible”?

  • Zacharias and Elizabeth: They believed God could give them a baby, even in their old age. And then they believed that God had a purpose in wanting them to name the baby John, instead of naming the baby after Zacharias as was the custom.
  • The shepherds that the angels sang to and who then visited baby Jesus: They believed what the angels told them. Even though baby Jesus was in a manger, with ordinary people as His parents, and animals around Him, they worshipped Him as God’s Son.
  • The wise men: It took faith to travel to where they believed they’d find the new king that they had understood from the stars had recently been born. It also took faith to obey the warning in God’s dream to not return to tell King Herod where they had found Jesus.
  • Simeon and Anna: When they saw baby Jesus at the temple, God revealed to them that He was the Messiah.

Review the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faith—Stand on It.” Read each verse, one at a time, and talk about ways each one applies to the faithfulness of the people involved in the Christmas story. The following are examples of how these verses apply, but you and your children can probably think of other ways they apply to the faith found in these important characters of the Christmas story.

  • Romans 10:17. These men and women were familiar with the prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah.
  • Proverbs 3:5–6. Mary and Joseph, and also Zacharias and Elizabeth, showed great trust that God would guide them in the raising of the important boys given to them.
  • Hebrews 11:1. Simeon had believed he would see the Messiah before he died.
  • Hebrews 11:6. The wise men diligently sought after the king that the stars foretold had been born.

Color “Coloring Page: Come See Jesus” and rejoice that you too have faith in Jesus as God’s Son!

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-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas (Spanish)

Saturday
Sep022017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Learn of the miracles that took place in the Bible,” and “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a)

ReadFaith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Elisha, the Prophet.”

WatchAnimated Bible Story of Elisha.”

ReadMiracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil.”

Read Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float.”

ColorColoring Page: Miracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil” or “Coloring Page: Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float.”

Listen to the audio, “The Miracles of Elisha.”

ReadElisha’s Secret Army.”

WatchElisha chapter 10” or “Elisha the Prophet.”

Read “A Caring Servant.”

Talk about how God used a servant girl to bring about the miracle of Naaman’s healing, and that it most likely wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been faithful to talk about what God could do through Elisha. Point out how God wants us to be faithful to Him even in seemingly small things, and then He can do the big things that only He can do.

Additional resources:

●“3D Picture: Miracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil

● “3D Picture: Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float

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 links: Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOCX: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha (Spanish)
DOCX: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jul262017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elijah

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Learn of the miracles that took place in the Bible,” and “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a)

Read Faith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Elijah, the Prophet.”

Explain the meaning of the name “Elijah,” which is “My God is the Lord.”

Ask the children what two words are needed to finish this sentence that Elijah spoke to the people of Israel. “If the Lord be God, ______ ___” (1 Kings 18:21 KJV). (Answer: follow him.)

Do you know what New Testament prophet was meant to have the spirit and power of Elijah with him? (Hint: The answer can be found in the story, “Let’s Learn the New Testament: Jesus Was Born".)

Watch sections of “Bible Stories for Kids: The Story of Elijah” or read from a Bible storybook about Elijah’s ministry. (Some parts of this video are to be skipped to protect sensitive viewers.)

  • How Elijah started: 0:00 – 3:16 (skip over 2:20 – 2:56 for sensitive viewers).
  • Elijah prophesies against King Ahab: 3:17 – 3:49.
  • Elijah hides in the wilderness: 4:22 – 5:26.
  • God cared for Elijah during the drought: 6:02 – 6:44.
  • The miracle of the flour and oil: 7:07– 9:45.
  • Healing of the widow’s son: 9:46 – 11:21.

Listen to the audio “Pour Out a Blessing.”

Talk about how God didn’t fail Elijah during his time of need, and how He also blessed the widow for her giving. Tell the children stories of times when God supplied for you, and how He blessed your giving.

Study or memorize from “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Giving.”

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Elijah.”

Listen to the audio “God of Miracles.”

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 links: Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elijah (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elijah (Portuguese)

Wednesday
May242017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Teacher

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Read The Acts of the Apostles: Sleeping in Class.”

Read The Acts of the Apostles: I Have Kept the Faith.”

Listen to the audio “New Testament.”

Do you know which books in the New Testament were written by Paul? (Answer: Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Also, he might have written the book of Hebrews. Paul’s writings are often referred to as “letters,” because these are recordings of letters he sent to individuals and groups of Christians he was teaching.)

Memorize or review a verse from “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Sharing God’s Love.” Talk about how Paul obeyed Jesus’ request in Matthew 28:19–20. (For example, Paul traveled to various cities and countries to teach people about Jesus. He taught not only in person but also through his writings.)

Do you know where Paul received the power to be such a faithful witness and teacher about Jesus? (You can find the answer in “The Gift of the Holy Spirit.” See here for a further study on 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 links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Teacher (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Teacher (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Mar292017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in five 15- to 20-minute sessions, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

SESSIONS 1 – 4
Read and study
the following classes, going over one a day. (Tip: To gain the most from these classes, read the story in a children’s or regular Bible. Scriptural references are found within each article.)

SESSION 5
Listen to
the audio “I Know Whom I Have Believed.” Look up 2 Timothy 1:12 in the Bible to show the children which of Paul’s letters this is from.

Study the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Want Some Power?” Ask the children if they can find the one verse that was written by Paul. (Answer: 2 Corinthians 4:7.)

Discuss the verses in “Crazily Cool Cards Set: An Active Force Field.”

Memorize a verse from one of the above two “Crazily Cool Card Sets.” (You can also print these out to use as coloring pages.)

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 links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jan252017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a)

Read Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Paul the Apostle” and November Hero of the Month: Paul the Apostle.” If the children are unfamiliar with the martyrdom of Stephen, read about Stephen from the story found in Acts 7:1–60. You can find a simple visualization of the story here.

Did you know that “The Feast of Saint Stephen” is celebrated in some countries on the 26th of December, the day after Christmas, to honor Stephen as the first Christian martyr?

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A Rabbi Sees the Light.

ColorColoring Page: The Acts of the Apostles: The Road to Damascus.” You might also like to assemble this 3D picture, “3D Picture: The Acts of the Apostles: The Road to Damascus.”

Do you know why the book of Acts uses the names of both “Saul” and “Paul” for the same man? “But Saul, who was also called Paul…” (Acts 13:9 ESV). Saul was his name in Hebrew. Paul was his name in Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.

ReadThe Acts of the Apostles: Saul Escapes in a Basket.” To give the children a fuller study of this story, you can also read with them Acts 9:8–25. There is also a coloring page and a 3D picture that accompanies this story.

Ask the children if they can think of another Bible story that has to do with someone being lowered from the top of a house. (See “A Plan to Help a Friend.”)

More to come later covering more of Paul’s exciting adventures!

Additional resource:

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 links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle (Portuguese)

Friday
Aug302013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is…

Note to parent or teacher: This 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on missionaries highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn of the calling that God places in individuals’ hearts even today to serve as missionaries and spread God’s message of love and salvation.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary Life-2d)

Listen to “Audio: Little Missionary.”

Ask your children to tell you what they think a “missionary” is.

Read What Is a Christian Missionary” by Got Questions.

Read “Ambassadors for Christ,” 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Read Matthew 28:18–20, the great commission Jesus gave His first disciples 2,000 years ago. Explain how those who commit their lives to telling others of the good news are known as “missionaries.”

Ask your children if they know of anyone who is a missionary, whether personally or from history. See how many names you can come up with.

ReadFamous Missionaries: James Gilmour” and “Famous Missionaries: Amy Carmichael,” and “David Livingstone, Part 1, 2, and 3.”

Discuss some of the sacrifices that missionaries have to make in order to fulfill the Lord’s commission to them.

List some qualities that all great missionaries of the past (and present as well) had in common (e.g., they had love and concern for those they ministered to, they learned the local language, they were faithful, etc.).

Praise Jesus for those missionaries in the past who made it possible for God’s Word to be enjoyed by your children today. Pray for any missionaries you know of, for the supply of their needs, and that the Lord will make a way for the people of that land to be reached with His love.

Additional material:

  • ŸLevel 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone
  • ŸThe Keys to the Kingdom (movie), story of a missionary to China, can currently be found here.
  • ŸThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness (movie), closely based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary in China in the 1930s.

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: Missionary Life-2d

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

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is… (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is… (Spanish)

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

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

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther (Spanish)

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

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

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel (Spanish)