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)

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.
Published by My Wonder Studio. Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

 

 

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

Monday
Sep102018

0-5 Lesson Plan: Better Done in Teamwork

The following is a 30-minute lesson plan covering the benefits of teamwork and unity and why many things are better when done in harmony with others.

ReadGetting Things Done Together.”

Brainstorm other games or sports that work better when done in teamwork. Discuss how the game or sport might not be as fun or successful if you try to play alone.

ReadBuilding as a Team.”

List other work or events that require people working together to make it successful. (For example, an orchestra, a dance/performance troupe, a sports team, etc.)

WatchAs a Team.”

Read Character ABC: U Is for Unity.”

Look up1 Corinthians 12:20–24,” and then talk about how odd it would be if different parts of the body didn’t work well together. Imagine with your child how difficult it would be for the body to do some of the things one easily does if the different parts of the body didn’t work well together.

Color Coloring Page: Character ABC: U Is for Unity.”

Additional material:

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

Tuesday
Aug212018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hello, Change!

Here is a 30–40 minute lesson plan that 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,” and “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.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2a,d)

ReadThe Wonders of Change.”

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1. (Focus on the concept that change is inevitable.)

Discuss with your children how change is a natural part of life. Change happens daily and affects the things around us. Ask them to think of things around them that they observe changes in, for example:

  • A banana that wasn’t ripe one
  • Wet clothes that are hung to dry or put in the dryer become dry again.
  • Some animals grow thicker coats of fur for the winter and then shed the extra fur for the summer.

Talk about how some changes could be more difficult to process or accept. For example:

  •  a move to another city,
  •  a friend moving to another school,
  •  a new grade,
  •  the change that happens to your body when going through puberty,
  •  a change in a daily routine or schedule.

Read Change Equals Development.”

Ask your children to think about a change that happens or may happen that they are not too happy about. Come up with ways to help them accept the change and guide them through any negative feelings they may have regarding the change. Maybe talking about the process of the change with you, their parents, will help them to understand it better, or maybe preparing better for the change will make them feel safer and be more ready to accept it.

SeePoster: Change Equals Development.” Have your children think about changes they are experiencing that could be helping them to develop.

Talk about how Jesus can bring us through difficult times of change. Look up these references in your Bible, read them together, and take the time to see how they can apply to your children and help to bring them the comfort and courage they need in times of change:

Note: You can also take time to see which other verses you can find that bring encouragement and strength in times of change.

End with listening to Don’t Worry Be Happy.”

Additional materials:

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Change-2a,d

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

Wednesday
Jul252018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: You Can Be Strong  

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 40- to 60-minute lesson plan that covers the lesson objective, “Learn that no problem one experiences is too big, bad, or ugly to take to Jesus; learn of the comfort and strength Jesus gives.” (Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Jesus, Your Best Friend-1c)

Listen to “Audio: Me and You.”

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Heavenly Joy.” After reading this article, talk about possible reasons the girl felt better after prayer.

  • Jesus always answers when we ask for help.
  • By looking to Jesus in prayer, she was relying on His strength and not her own.
  • Because she knew Jesus loves her, it gave her peace knowing she had asked Him for help.
  • (Read the accompanying Bible verse.) Jesus gives us the joy and peace that comes from knowing He understands our needs and will help us.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Guidance.” Possible discussion points on this article:

  • Joe didn’t know what to do, but he asked Jesus for help because he trusted Jesus to give him a solution.
  • The Bible verse in the article promises that Jesus will give us the guidance we need when we look to Him for it. Ask your children if they can think of times when Jesus gave them the guidance they asked for.
  • Ask your children about times they faced taking part in a game or activity that they don’t agree with. Talk about how Jesus can guide them to solutions. In this case, the solution was suggesting a positive type of play. Sometimes the solution will be to simply not take part and do something else, even if that means playing on one’s own.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Contentment.” Possible discussion points on this article:

  • Has your child felt disappointment when comparing with a friend’s talent? Talk about it, and discuss the talents your child has.
  • The verse says there is “great gain” with being content. Can your child think of things that can be gained from being content?
    --Instead of comparing, you can be happier by being thankful for your own talents and blessings.
    --When you focus on being thankful for what you have, you are then free to strive to do the most with what you have and often find out it’s far more than you realized.
  • Aimee wishes she could bake as well as Melissa can. Perhaps Aimee could spend time with her mother or another teacher to learn how. Talk about how being content doesn’t mean not striving to gain new talents.
  • How does practicing contentment strengthen a person? What verse from “Strength for the Day” could be applied?

Read Standing on God’s Word: Making Friends.” Possible discussion points on this article:

  • The girl didn’t know anyone, but when the other children invited her to play, she responded by joining in and was able to make new friends. Talk about how that was showing friendliness, like what the Bible verse talks about.
  • Ask your child if they can think of times they have gained friends by being friendly or if they can recall times when they could have been friendlier.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Rising Above.” Possible discussion points on this article:

  • How does the Bible verse in this class apply to what the boy’s reactions were to the events he describes?
  • What helped him be happier?
  • What experience has recently robbed your child of his or her joy? Talk about ways to apply the Bible verse and rise above such an experience.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Strength for the Day” and talk about ways your child can gain strength from each Bible promise.

Additional materials:

 

 

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Jesus, Your Best Friend-1c

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

Monday
Jul162018

0-5 Lesson Plan: Faith for Miracles 

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute 0–5 lesson plan on how faith in God’s power makes miracles possible.

Read Faith for Miracles.”

Discuss what it must have been like for the people who witnessed some of the miracles talked about in the article “Faith for Miracles.” Ask the children what they think they would have done if they had seen or experienced one of these miracles.

Read “Grow Your Faith.”

Memorize the Bible verse, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV).

ReadBright Pebbles: Faith Makes Miracles Possible” and have the children do the “action” at the end of the article.

Listen to My Little Thoughts on God: God of Miracles.”

Additional material:

The following animated Bible stories cover a few of Jesus’ miracles:

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

Compiled by MWS staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

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

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

Wednesday
May232018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Building Bridges of Kindness

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 40- to 60-minute lesson plan that covers the lesson objectives, “Learn the negative effects of gossip, criticism, and senseless interactions,” and “Learn how to compliment and appreciate others.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Communication and Interaction-1c,d)

Listen to Audio: Love Is of God.”

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Kind Words.” Discuss unkind words and their power. Perhaps you or your child can share a personal experience of saying something unkind to someone, and how you felt disheartened or troubled by having done so.

Now look at a kinder way, and ask your child to recall something nice or encouraging said to them. Have them describe how it made them feel. If you remember your child encouraging someone recently, remind them of that. That will encourage them that you notice, which will help reinforce the value of this lesson.

Listen to Audio: Love Thy Neighbor.”

Read Building Bridges.”

Talk about the quote “People are lonely because they build walls around themselves instead of bridges to reach others.” Relate a time when someone built a bridge to you and when you built a bridge to another person, and tell your child about these experiences. Encourage your child to think of a time when they experienced someone building a bridge to them. Now ask them if they can think of someone they could build a bridge to.

Listen toAudio: ‘Done It unto Me.’

Read Love, the Greatest Commandment, Part 9: Speak Well of Others.”

Listen toAudio: If Ye Have Love.”

ReadThe Ways of Love.” To end the class, the children can trace the figures on pages 7 through 9 to use in making their own “Loving Ways” book.

Additional materials:

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Communication and Interaction-1c,d

Contributed by MWS staff
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Monday
May072018

0-5 Lesson Plan: Everyday Gifts

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan on everyday blessings (e.g., God’s love, friendship, family) that fill up one’s day, and how to appreciate and be grateful for those gifts.

Read Everyday Gifts.”

Write a list of some of the everyday gifts, like those listed in the article, which you might experience. Discuss how even though those gifts might seem ordinary, they can bring joy to your day. Put this list up somewhere you can see it to remind you of some of the gifts that you are blessed with.

ReadThe Blessing of Family and Friends.”

Ask each child to name something special about a person in their family, and how that special something makes you or others happy. For example, “My sister Alice is fun to play with. She makes our games exciting,” or “Grandma is caring and thoughtful. She makes me feel loved.”

Read Building Friendships” and “One Kind Deed at a Time: Build a Better Friendship.”

Discuss how friendship is another everyday gift that can be given and received. Talk about some of the things that make a friendship special, and how to give the gift of friendship to someone.

ReadJesus Is with You!” and “Jesus, Friend of Little Children.”

Talk about how the best gift you can have is Jesus. Jesus will always be there to guide, love, help, and be your friend, no matter what.

Color one or more of the following coloring pages, and listen to the audio “Me and You.”

Additional material:

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

Compiled by MWS staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International