Friday
Aug112017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Adversity Does Not Overcome Me!—Part 2

Note: You can find part 1 of this lesson plan here.

Here is a 15- to 20-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that difficulties, trials, and obstacles are a part of life, and through learning to work through them, one can gain valuable understanding through these experiences; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Overcoming Obstacles-2a)

ReadGod Gives Victory.”

Talk about how God can help to give us victory when we call on Him. There is nothing that He cannot help us to overcome!

Recall a time in your life, or help your child recall a time in their life, when God helped to give victory when something seemed impossible to overcome or to get through.

Watch The Inspirational Story of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech.

Bring to your child’s attention that, again, not all obstacles are physical in nature, but that two boys in the videos shared some very good tips on how to overcome an obstacle or adversity, whatever it may be. Help your child to recall some of these tips: Focus on the positive, count your blessings, overcome the obstacle; don’t let it overcome you, see the good that has come out of your adversity.

End with reading these articles and claiming the verses: “A Thought for the Day: Defeating Dragons” and “I Will Help You.”

Additional material:

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: Overcoming Obstacles-2a

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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

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Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

Monday
Jul102017

0-5 Lesson Plan: Caring for the World around Me

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on how children can appreciate and care for the world around them.

Read A Big, Wide, and Wonderful World.”

Discuss your favorite parts of nature; for example, whether it’s the ocean, the mountains, particular biomes, animals, or different types of plants. Then take some time to thank Jesus for His beautiful creation.

WatchIt’s a Beautiful World.”

Talk about some of the ways you can help to take care of the world around you. Are there ways you can help out in your community, such as picking up rubbish or taking good care of public property?

Read How Can You Make a Difference?

Watch Color Your World with Kindness.”

Have the children create a picture of a kind deed he or she can do to help someone or better the community. Then write the following quote under or above the picture, No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”1 Post the picture somewhere as a reminder of how you can make a difference in your part of the world.

Optional activities:

1 Aesop

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.

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Friday
Jun232017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Adversity Does Not Overcome Me!—Part 1

Here is a 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that difficulties, trials, and obstacles are a part of life, and through learning to work through them, one can gain valuable understanding through these experiences; study and memorize Bible verses upon which this principle is based.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Overcoming Obstacles-2a)

Ask your child what they think an obstacle, adversity, or difficulty may be. Discuss some of the types of obstacles or adversities someone may face in their life—it could be a physical disability, difficulty remembering facts and figures at school, or it could be that they are from a poor country or background where they are often told it can’t get better for them. The conclusion of this short discussion should be that we all face obstacles or adversity, no matter what it is—life is full of them. So what do we do?

Watch Overcoming Obstacles” (YouTube video by Steven Claunch).

Discuss how not everyone has to overcome a physical disability, but as Steven Claunch brought out, there are other obstacles that we each face in our lives that are unique to us. The goal when faced with a big or small obstacle is to not allow the obstacle to overcome us, but for us to overcome the obstacle. Often an obstacle can overcome us when we become negative and focus on what we don’t have, instead of what we do have.

Read Overpowering Negative Thoughts.”

Read Growing Stronger, No. 2: Hidden Fortune.”

Discuss how this story shows that we often find out new things about ourselves—new gifts and blessings—when we hit an obstacle. In the story, Moira discovered that she had a talent for poetry when she thought she would only ever love to dance. Ask your child to think of something they may have discovered about themselves at a time when they were sick or unable to participate in something they had wanted to do. Encourage them to think of a good thing that came out of an adversity they faced.

Study these verses “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Overcoming Difficulties” and “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Overcomers.” Your child might want to choose one or more cards to print and color.

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: Overcoming Obstacles-2a

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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

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Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

Monday
May082017

0-5 Lesson Plan: God’s Healing Touch

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on God’s healing power and the things that can be learned during times of affliction.

Read In Times of Sickness.”

Talk about a time when your child was sick and the things he or she might have learned during that time. Did it help him or her to appreciate good health, have more compassion for others who are unwell, or want to follow guidelines for healthy living better next time?

Read God’s Healing Touch.”

Recall some of the stories in the Bible where someone was healed, and talk about how those miracles of healing might have changed the person’s life for the better.

Read Bright Pebbles: God’s Power to Heal.”

Watch Blind Bartimaeus.”

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

Take one of your stuffed animals and pretend that it is sick. Can you think of something that would cheer up your animal and help it feel better? Maybe a soft blanket to keep it warm, a game to cheer it up, or a lullaby to be soothed by. The lesson with this activity being that Jesus lovingly cares for you, too, whenever you are sick. 

Additional reading:

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.

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Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

Friday
Apr142017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Why Do We Celebrate Easter?

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following 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)

Ask your child what Easter means to them. If needed, remind your child why those who believe in Jesus celebrate Easter.

Read What Happened on That Day?

Discuss how although Jesus went through much suffering and injustice before His death, it was all for the purpose of carrying out the reason He came to Earth, which was to die for us, so that our sins might be forgiven. Also talk about how in the end He arose and defeated death—how nothing could keep Him from fulfilling His mission.

WatchHe Lives” (YouTube video clip with movie opener).

Listen to “He’s Alive.”

Read “Another Layer of Easter.”

Talk about how Jesus left us the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit to assist us as we continue to follow His way of life, and how this is another part of Easter that we can celebrate.

Watch Remember Me.”

End with thanking Jesus for His sacrifice, so that we could have the gift of salvation of our spirit and body, bringing us back into full union with God. Also thank Him for giving us the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit, so that He could continue to live His story of love and salvation through us.

Additional material:

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: Jesus, God’s Son-2a

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Copyright © 2017 The Family International

Monday
Apr102017

Bible MiniWorld: The Easter Story paper model

Available is a PDF of the Bible MiniWorld Easter Story paper model as a downloadable purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print and assemble these figures and scenery to create and re-tell the story yourselves. These can also be used as an activity with a youth group to enhance an Easter story Bible study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  You can find it at this address: https://www.etsy.com/listing/515075599/bible-miniworld-paper-toys-the-easter?ref=shop_home_active_1

Downloads

PDF: Bible MiniWorld: The Easter Story paper model (Japanese)

Thursday
Apr062017

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

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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.

Monday
Mar062017

0-5 Lesson Plan: Filled with Joy

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on letting your heart be filled with joy, and then expressing that gratitude.

WatchDown in My Heart.”

Read My Little Talks with Jesus: Filled with Joy.”

Praise Jesus for two things that fill your heart with joy.

ReadPiggly Wiggly’s Trying Day.”

Talk about things that might go wrong in your day, and then think of all the blessings that your day is filled with that you make you joyful. 

ReadCharacter ABC: T Is for Thankfulness.”

WatchThank You, Lord, for Making Me.”

Make a display board of the things you’re thankful for. Whenever something happens that you are happy about, add that to your board.

Play Farmyard Praise Game.” 

Color Coloring Page—Character ABC: T Is for Thankfulness.”

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 © 2017 by The Family International

Friday
Feb102017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: God Loves the Cheerful Giver

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to give. (For example, it’s not simply giving when one has excess, but it’s giving even when one may not have much oneself, but sees someone with a greater need than one’s own.)” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a)

ReadThat’s My Cow in There!

Discuss how the act of giving is always blessed—whether God gives us something we specifically asked for, or He gives us other blessings that we didn’t know we needed. These blessings include, but are not limited to, a happy heart, fulfillment, satisfaction, love, gratefulness, friendships, etc.

Read the verse “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV).

Talk about how God loves it when we come to our own conclusion about giving. Giving may cost us, it may be difficult for us, but when we give, we should give because we are happy with our choice to give.

Read Camp Plenty vs. Camp Too Little.”

Ask your child which camp they would like to live in and why. Discuss how giving can contribute toward Camp Plenty. When you give, you are encouraging Camp Plenty to grow, because you believe in the principle that when you give, you receive.

Watch this song on “paying it forward.” The actions in this song demonstrate how one act of giving kindness can encourage others to give kindness to someone else, and that act of kindness will return to you in some way.

ReadThe ‘Giving and Receiving’ Principle.”

Discuss the principles shared in this article. Ask your child the question asked in this article about thinking of Bible stories that back this giving and receiving principle.

End with the prayer prayed at the end of “The Giving and Receiving Principle.” Or have your child pray a prayer of their own.

Additional material:

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: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a

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Copyright © 2017 The Family International