Friday
Apr052019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Village of Emmaus

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 Village of Emmaus,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn of the historical backings to the life of Jesus, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2a)

ReadCities of the Bible: The Village of Emmaus.”

Check out the possible location of the village of Emmaus on a map. The village no longer exits, but some believe it might have been located where it is shown on this map.

Look up Luke 24:13–35.

Read Luke 24, verses 13–16.

Ask your child for ideas of why these two disciples didn’t recognize Jesus at first. Some possibilities could be:

•    They knew He had died, so it didn’t occur to them that this could actually be Jesus, Himself.
•    They were not among His closest 12 disciples and perhaps didn’t see Him up close or long enough to remember how He looked.
•    In those days, there was no video or even photographs to help become familiar with how someone looked.

Read Luke 24, verses 17–24.

Imagine with your child the pain and disappointment Jesus’ followers must have experienced when He died, and how their hopes had been dashed for the country of Israel to be restored by Jesus. Then imagine with your child the added confusion His disciples might have experienced when His body had disappeared, thinking it might have been stolen.

Read Luke 24, verses 25–27.

Follow up by reading Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment, Part 1,” and “Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment, Part 2.”

Read Luke 24, verses 28–35.

Imagine with your child the disciples’ surprise and joy as they suddenly recognized Jesus when He blessed and broke the bread.

View Road to Emmaus.”

Reflect how God can use a small village for such a wonderful story. He can do mighty things with each of us, no matter how insignificant we might feel at times.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2a

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

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Wednesday
Mar272019

Updated 2019: My Wonder Studio’s Easter Treasures

An index of all past and upcoming Easter-themed articles

To assist you in building on the Easter celebration this year, we’ve compiled a list of the resources available on My Wonder Studio.

EASTER STORIES

0-5

Level 1

EASTER ACTIVITIES

0-5

Level 1

EASTER-THEMED ARTICLES

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

EASTER ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0-5

Level 1

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

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DOC: Updated 2019: My Wonder Studio's Easter Treasures (Japanese) 
DOC: Updated 2019: My Wonder Studio's Easter Treasures (Portuguese)
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Monday
Mar252019

0–5 Lesson Plan: God’s Gifts of Salvation and Forgiveness

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the gift of salvation and the forgiveness that Jesus gives those who ask Him for it.

Read God’s Great Love for Us.”

Talk about things that can be done every day to be a good reflection of Jesus. Ask the children whether it is always easy to do what is right or good, and why one might choose to do something that is wrong, unkind, or hurtful. Explain how Jesus wants to help His children choose to do what is right, and that help is available through prayer.

Read Salvation Is Forever.”

Explain how even though someone may do wrong at times, if he or she comes to Jesus with a sorry heart and asks Jesus for His forgiveness, He is eager to help. Ask the children if there are any things that they could use Jesus’ forgiveness for, then take a few minutes to pray and ask Jesus for His forgiveness and His help to do better next time.

ReadSalvation Is Free.”

ReadBright Pebbles: That Simple,” then complete the “action” on the last page.

Memorize John 3:16.

ReadTwice Mine.”

Listen toMy Little Thoughts on God: Salvation Is a Gift” and color one of the coloring pages.

End by praising Jesus for His love and gift of salvation.

Additional material:

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

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Friday
Mar082019

Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan

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 Dothan,” that covers 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 Dothan.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Genesis 37:13–17.

Locate the city of Dothan on a map of Old Testament Israel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Genesis 37:3–11.

Discuss together what the causes might have been for Joseph’s brothers being jealous of him.

Discuss together what Joseph could have done differently concerning the dreams he had.

Explore what steps the brothers might have taken to overcome their understandable jealousy in this difficult situation:

  • They could have ignored Joseph when he began to boast.
  • They might have talked with their father directly about why they felt jealous, telling him how they felt he loved the youngest sons more than them.
  • They might have also told their father how they were hurt by Joseph boasting.
  • It’s possible they took these steps but their father wasn’t able to stop Joseph from bragging. If so, the brothers could have focused more on being thankful for good things in their personal lives and not as much on these difficult issues. Though this would not have solved the problem, it would have made it easier to bear.

Read Genesis 37:12–36.

Point out how originally the brothers had not planned to sell Joseph, and how the oldest brother, Reuben, protected Joseph by having him put in the pit instead of being killed as the others were planning to do.

Discuss how due to the brothers not having dealt with their jealousy of Joseph, they now acted out on it. Explain why it’s important to talk about negative experiences or conflicts with a parent, counselor, or teacher who can help to work out a solution or even just to express a conflict with a responsible individual who can help one navigate difficult situations and emotions. By talking with someone responsible, it allows one to get input on possible steps to take to rectify the situation or look for ways to deal with hurt or misunderstanding.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read 2 Kings 6:8–23 or “Elisha’s Secret Army.”

Recall together the following points from the story:

  • three miraculous occurrences,
  • one act of mercy,
  • the conclusion.

Talk about God’s mighty power that is available for us to call on for help, and how even if we don’t see specifics that show us it is God’s intervention, we know that He’s at work giving us the assistance we need, just as He was there for Elisha and the people of Dothan.

Talk about the power of the mercy shown to the members of the Syrian army.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View a picture of Tell Dothan in recent times, found here. (You can follow this link to other pictures of Tell Dothan.)

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
Feb082019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jericho

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jericho,” that covers 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 Jericho.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Joshua 2 and Joshua 6:1–5.

Ask the children what examples of faith-filled courage they see in these two passages. (For example, Rahab’s courage to hide the spies; later Rahab’s courage to hang the red rope in her window; the priests marching around Jericho with the trumpets.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Luke 19:1–10 and “October Hero of the Month: Zacchaeus.”

Explore with the children why people considered Zacchaeus to be a sinner.

  • You could have them imagine that an invading foreign government was ruling the country where you live and expecting people to pay taxes to the invading country.
  • Explain that Zacchaeus was collecting taxes for a foreign government, Rome, that had invaded their land, and how he likely also overcharged people in order to enrich himself.
  • Now have the children reflect on how surprising it would be for those citizens to see Jesus going to dinner with such a person.
  • Finally, have the children consider how they would feel if they were Zacchaeus and had been shown such love. Read verse 8 again to see what Zacchaeus promised to do to make amends.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A New Leader and His Undercover Agents.”

Read Hebrews 11:30–31 and ask the children to explain in their own words why Rahab was included in this chapter as a woman of faith.

Read Matthew 1:5–6.

CONCLUSION:
Talk about what these two Bible characters from Jericho (Rahab and Zacchaeus) had in common. (Both were likely looked down on by others for their sins; both received mercy for themselves and their families; both put love into action.)

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

Monday
Jan282019

0–5 Lesson Plan: What Can My Prayers Do? 

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the power of one’s prayers and how to use them to help others, draw closer to Jesus, make a difference, express gratitude, and more.

Read the first page of “Prayer Can….” Then, starting on pages two and three, after each point covered in the article, talk about what prayers can do and how prayers can make a difference. For example, ask, “How can prayer draw you closer to Jesus?” Some possible answers could be: Because when you pray, you are talking to Jesus; or when you pray, you can also listen to Jesus and hear what He has to say, etc.

ReadHow Far Can Prayers Go?

Have the children list three people who could use your prayers, either because they would benefit from help with doing something, are sick, or are in need of something. Then take a few minutes to pray for those people, asking God to be with them and help them in their situations.

ReadMy Little Talks with Jesus: I’m never too busy to hear your prayers” and “Make a Difference.”

Have each child draw a picture of something that they would like Jesus’ help with, either personally or for someone else. In a corner of their picture, write the verse: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). Encourage them to put the picture by their beds so they are reminded to pray for that situation when they lie down for sleep each night.

Close by praising Jesus for the power of prayer. Thank Him for His help to use prayer throughout the day not only to ask Him for help or for things, but also to praise Him for His loving care.

Additional material:

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

Friday
Jan042019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Ur

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Ur,” that covers 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 Ur.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Learn more
about the Ziggurat of Ur here.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Study a map
to see the area of the world that is now considered to have been the land of Canaan in the days of Abraham. (Note: The biblical land of Canaan comprises the modern-day countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Read Genesis 17:1–5 about when God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. See if your child can explain in his own words the reason God gave for changing Abram’s name.

Do you know the story about which land Abraham allowed his nephew Lot to have? (Hint: Genesis 13:1–12.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:
Read Genesis 17:15 where God changes Abraham’s wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 5:
Read Genesis 12:6–7 about Abraham and his family eventually arriving in the land of Canaan.

WRAP UP:
Read Hebrews 11:8–12 where God honors Abraham and Sarah for faithfully following Him.

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

 

Wednesday
Nov212018

Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

An index of all past and upcoming Christmas-themed articles

Dear moms and dads and kids of all ages,

The following is an updated list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts.

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed, and merry Christmas season,

My Wonder Studio team      

CHRISTMAS STORIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS-THEMED ARTICLES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

 

Parents and Teachers

 

CHRISTMAS ANIMATIONS AND SONGS
(Note: Audios can also be found under Christmas Stories and Christmas-Themed Articles.)

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

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DOC: Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)
DOC: Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Spanish)
DOC: Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Portuguese)

Monday
Nov052018

0–5 Lesson Plan: A Heart Filled with Joy

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the importance of gratitude and ways to demonstrate thankfulness to God and others.

ReadDunkin.”

Think of one thing that happened to you recently that might not have been what you hoped for, but that turned out all right in the end. Discuss how looking for the good in a situation can make it easier to be happy when things don’t go as you wished or planned. 

Read My Little Talks with Jesus: Look on the Bright Side.”

Memorize this little rhyme:

“I’ll look on the bright side when things make me sad.

Soon I’ll find plenty of reasons to be glad!”1

The next time you’re feeling down because something isn’t going your way, remember this little rhyme, and take a few minutes to find something to be joyful about.

ReadThrough Ups and Downs.

Take a moment to pray, and ask Jesus to help you be positive and grateful throughout your day, especially when things don’t go as you planned.

Watch Sing a Song of Joy.”

Talk about how one way to find joy is by looking for ways to make others happy. Then brainstorm little acts of kindness to make others happy.

UseHave Fun with Gratitude” to think of three things you are grateful for and draw them in the little boxes. Post the picture by your bed so you can be reminded of these things at the start and end of each day.

Optional activity:

Footnote:

1 Katiuscia Giusti, “My Little Talks with Jesus: Look on the Bright Side.”

 Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
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Wednesday
Oct242018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: You Are Capable

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that covers the lesson objective, “Learn various skills appropriate to one’s age.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1c)

To begin, talk with your child about skills and academic subjects they are endeavoring to learn. Choose one or two of the more challenging skills or subjects for them to focus on as you go over this class together.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Persevering to Gain Skills.”

Talk about how important it is to not give in to discouragement and quit before reaching the goal. Discuss how thinking of giving up when something is difficult will make it harder to gain the new skill. Discuss positive ways to approach the learning experience.

Tell them about a skill you gained because you didn’t give up, even when you were discouraged with your progress. Point out how you gained confidence for that skill or subject by continuing to study and practice in order to attain to the desired goal.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Achieving Goals.”

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Discuss with your child how both concentration and not giving up are keys to mastering a subject or skill and are necessary for reaching goals in life.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Concentration.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Stick with It.”

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Discuss with your child how when learning a new subject or new skill, one important key to learning is to cooperate with the teacher. The teacher works hard to help the student gain an understanding of the subject or skill. When students work together with the teacher, following his or her lead, it facilitates learning and also helps to make the learning process more enjoyable.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Appreciate Teachers.”

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Look at these two examples about how stepping out beyond fear was essential in reaching goals. If your child is being held back by fear of failure, talk about steps to get beyond that. Pray together to ask Jesus for His help in overcoming fear.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Learning a New Skill.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Have Courage.”

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Choose and color one of the cards from the set, “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faithfulness.”

Additional material:

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1c

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Sunday
Oct212018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Sum Total of Your Decisions

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn how one may not see the immediate effect of some of the choices one makes, but all choices eventually add up to determine the course of one’s life, which is why one must learn to choose rightly; learn that one has a choice in the way one behaves toward others, and in the daily decisions that one makes. One is able to evaluate the consequences of one’s actions and choose rightly.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Choice and Decision-making-2d)

Start by defining what little and big decisions are. For example, little and/or easy decisions could be:

  • Choosing what game to play.
  • Choosing which outfit to wear for school.
  • Choosing to take a shower before or after dinner.

The bigger the decision is, the longer it may take to think about it. It may also be the kind of decision that one may need help from others to make, such as:

  • Choosing homework before play. (While this may be considered an “easy” decision, it can be difficult to make, depending on a person’s willpower and self-discipline.)
  • Choosing to take proper care of your body through eating right, exercising regularly, and getting quality sleep.
  • Choosing to do the right thing when surrounded by people who are urging you to make the wrong choice.

Remind them that a basic formula to help when making decisions is: Good decisions equal good things; bad decisions equal bad things.

ReadWe Make DECISIONS and They Make Us.”

Read Are Daily Decisions Really That Important?

Remind your children that not all wrong decisions have immediate or lasting bad effects. Making the occasional wrong decision could help them in the process of figuring out what’s right and wrong. But there are wrong decisions they can’t come back from. For example, if they choose an activity that is a risk to their health or well-being, they could become sick or damage their body. If that happens, they may live with the difficult consequences of that decision.

Read YOLO or Carpe Diem?

Discuss with your children the wonderful support they have when it comes to learning and choosing to make good decisions. They have the support of their parents, teachers, and in some cases, their siblings and friends. They also have Jesus and His Word to help guide their life. These support methods can help them choose to do the right thing, but ultimately, the decision process will fall to them. God gave each person the majesty of choice, but He also gave us His Word to help us learn how to make the right choice.

ReadHis Desire, His Plan, Our Happiness.”

You can end with discussing some of the bigger or harder decisions your children are facing and the methods that could help them in their decision-making process. And one thing you can count on: simply praying and committing the decision to God will help. Remind them that often it helps to give more time to the decision-making process; some decisions take a great amount of time to make, and it’s better not to try to rush the process.

Additional reading material:

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Choice and Decision-making-2d

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Wednesday
Sep262018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Our Loving Protector

Here is a 45-minute lesson plan, divided into two halves, that highlights the lesson objective of learning about God’s power to protect (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God-1a).

The class is designed so it can be divided into two sessions if you like.

First half:

Read Standing on God’s Word: He Watches over Us.”

Look up Psalm 3:5 for another Bible promise about a good night’s rest.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Angelic Protection.”

Listen to the audio “Fear Thou Not.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Peace in a Storm.”

Listen to the audio “God Is Our Refuge.”

Review the verses from “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Fear Not.” You can also print these out for your child to color.

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Second half:

Read Standing on God’s Word: Saving Power.”

Follow this up by reading:

ReadPrayer Results” and “Power to Help.”

Listen to the audio “Therefore Will I Deliver Him.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Safekeeping. Then with your child, discover and discuss the similarities between the verse from this class, Psalm 34:7, and the verse in the “Saving Power” class, Psalm 91:14. (Hint: Reverencing / loving the Lord.)

Conclude by talking about the times Jesus has protected you and your child, both the obvious times of intervention and the unseen times. Then take some time to thank Jesus for His wonderful care!

Listen to I Will Bless the Lord at All Times.” Look up Psalm 34 (KJV) and sing along.

Additional materials:

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Our Loving Protector (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Our Loving Protector (Portuguese)