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

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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

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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

Thursday
May032018

Bible MiniWorld: The Princess and the Baby paper model

Available is a PDF of “Bible MiniWorld: The Princes and the Baby” 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 for a youth group to enhance a Bible study about the story of baby Moses.

You can find it at this address.

Friday
Apr132018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: I Will Trust, Part 2

Here is a 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that sometimes God allows difficulties and hardships in one’s life as a test of one’s faith, to cause one to draw closer to Him for help and support, which results in a happier life; learn the importance of trusting God despite difficult circumstances,” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2d) and “Learn how to trust even when God’s promises don’t seem to be fulfilled; understand the principle of Romans 8:28.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2e)

Listen / Follow Lyrics How Great is Our God.”

ReadFace the Wind.”

Talk with your children about how Jesus gives “sufficient grace” when a difficulty arises. “Sufficient grace” meaning that when things are going well in our lives, we can feel like we couldn’t possibly survive a certain difficulty. However, if that difficulty were to come our way, Jesus gives the grace and faith needed to go through it. We just need to look to Him, trust Him, and accept His help. You can take this point further by either using an example from your life or reminding your children of an example in their life.

Ask your children to think of a recent challenge or difficulty they have been through in the past that they wished hadn’t happened, and if they discovered something good from having gone through that experience. If they didn’t discover anything good nor felt it taught them to trust, then talk about the experience, and see if you can help them see the good outcome, and how they could learn to trust in God and rely on His love for them.

Read The God Factor.” (Note: It may work better to download the PDF of this article.)

Discuss with your children this aspect of trusting God to provide for His children when they have a legitimate need and how He will come through even when things seem impossible.

Look up these verses and read and discuss them together as you feel led:

  • Joshua 1:8
  • Psalm 9:10
  • Psalm 20:7
  • Romans 15:13

WatchTrust in the Lord.

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: Faith-2d,e

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

Wednesday
Mar282018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Death Didn’t Hold Jesus

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is an hour-long lesson plan highlighting the lesson objective: “Learn of Jesus’ death and resurrection.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1d)

Listen to and sing along with Jesus Is Alive.”

Read Bible MiniWorld: The Easter Story.”

If you have an iPad or iPhone, have fun with the app “Jesus Is Alive.”

View Beginner’s Bible: The Story of Easter. 

View Animated: The Easter Story.” 

Read Meals with Jesus: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus.”

Take time with the children to imagine yourselves being these followers who encountered Jesus and who thought they would never hear Jesus teach again after He died. Reflect on how exciting it must have been to discover Jesus was alive and to have been taught once again by Him!

Assemble the “3D Picture: Meals with Jesus: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus,” and/or coloring “Coloring Page: Meals with Jesus: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus.”

Additional materials:

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-1d

Contributed by MWS staff
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Death Didn't Hold Jesus (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Death Didn't Hold Jesus (Portuguese)

Monday
Mar262018

0-5 Lesson Plan: A Love So Great

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on Easter and God’s great love for us, and how we can demonstrate some of the qualities witnessed in Jesus’ life on earth in our everyday actions.

Read Pray a Way: Easter.”

Watch He’s Alive.”

Explain how Jesus lived a life that was filled with love, honesty, courage, and kindness. Even though Jesus left earth, He promised to always be near His children and would help them to teach other people about God.

Memorize the Bible verse, “And be sure of this: I am with you always.”1

Read “Jesus’ Love for Us.”

Talk about ways to follow Jesus’ example every day, and in so doing, make the world a better place. For example, building your faith in God and drawing closer to Him, being kind to others, being brave even when facing a difficult situation, being truthful, etc.

Read Bright Pebbles: So Much Love.”

Stand up and get ready to hop. Hop once, then thank God for His love for you. Hop again and tell someone in your family how much you love him or her. Then hop and tell God about your love for Him. Hop again, and say something loving to one of your family. Do this until you have said something loving to each person in your family.2

Additional material:

Footnotes:

1 Matthew 28:20 NLT
2
Katiuscia Giusti. Bright Pebbles: Love Is All Around

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

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DOC: Notice: 0-5 Lesson Plan: A Love so Great (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: A Love so Great (Spanish)

Thursday
Mar012018

Updated 2018: 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

0-5

Level 1

 Level 2

 Parents and Teachers

EASTER ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0-5

 Level 1

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

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DOC: My Wonder Studio's Easter Treasures (Japanese)
DOC: My Wonder Studio's Easter Treasures (Portuguese)
DOC: My Wonder Studio's Easter Treasures (Spanish)

Wednesday
Feb282018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gaining Wisdom from Difficulties

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in a 30- to 45-minute class. It relates to the lesson objectives on wisdom:

• Learn that the root of all wisdom comes from God, the fear of Him, and God’s Word; read and memorize Scripture upon which these principles are based. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Wisdom 1a)
• Understand that wisdom is a gift of the Spirit, and godly wisdom is a manifestation of God’s Spirit within us. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Wisdom 1b)
• Learn that there is a difference between man’s understanding and God’s wisdom. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Wisdom 1c)

Enjoy singing and dancing along with “Sing, O Heavens.”

Start with “Discover Jewels through Difficulties.” If either of the two examples can be recently applied to your child, study further as suggested in the text.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Caring for Pets.” Ask your child what jewels the children might have gained through this incident, such as:

• The children were reminded about the importance of being diligent in the details of caring for pets. Neglecting little things can sometimes have big negative consequences. For example, the little neglect of checking on Hammy’s water caused him to be sick from dehydration.
• This could be applied to other areas in the children’s lives. Perhaps they feel impatient with the expectation of being diligent with the small things they are asked to do around the house. Talk about the repercussions of not being diligent, such as when the water in the bathroom is left running, or when they do not flush the toilet, etc.
• Bible verse jewels that can be applied can be found in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faithfulness.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Don’t Argue, Have Fun” and “Standing on God’s Word: Forgiving Others.” Nick’s experiences help him to discover jewels that help him get along better with others. Discuss with your child the jewels Nick can gain from these experiences, such as:

• Being considerate of what the other person wants to do.
• How the joy that comes from getting along well together can be a greater joy than can be gained by always trying to get to do what you want.
• How friendships are hindered when we don’t forgive, but can grow when we do forgive.
• Read the Bible verses found within these two articles, and talk with the children about how they can apply these jewels in their lives.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Be Appreciative and Thankful.”

Ask your child what jewels can be found in this experience. Some examples are:

• Showing consideration of the feelings of those who do things for us by appreciating what they do.
• Often when something is difficult for us, Jesus does things to help us, similar to how the mother added raisins to the rice pudding, which made it more enjoyable. Read the Bible verse about how God makes a “way of escape” or makes things easier for us in what we might consider a difficult situation. Can you and your child think of times something was done to make a situation easier for the child?

Wrap up this study by talking with your child about difficulties that they have encountered in the past week or month, discussing the final point in the article “Discover Jewels through Difficulties”: “There are many jewels to find, even in difficulties. What jewels in God’s Word have you discovered this week?”

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: Wisdom 1a–c 

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

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gaining Wisdom from Difficulties (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gaining Wisdom from Difficulties (Portuguese)

Friday
Feb092018

Level 2 Lesson Plan: I Will Trust, Part 1

Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that sometimes God allows difficulties and hardships in one’s life as a test of one’s faith, to cause one to draw closer to Him for help and support, which results in a happier life; learn the importance of trusting God despite difficult circumstances,” and “Learn how to trust even when God’s promises don’t seem to be fulfilled; understand the principle of Romans 8:28.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-2d, 2e)

Read Mountain Rescue.”

Ask your children what the conditions were for the boy to be rescued—the main one being, of course, putting his trust in Jesus. But also, he needed to listen to Jesus’ instruction versus being distracted by circumstances, etc. See how many you can find together.

Discuss together how sometimes even when you put your trust in God, things can seem to go wrong. The boy in the story being lifted up by the rope almost fell, but in the end, Jesus came through for him—just as He promised. A good discussion point for this would also be how sometimes it may seem like things don’t work out, or Jesus doesn’t come through for you in the way you had expected, because the solution to the problem doesn’t always go the way you think it should. This is where trusting God takes more faith, knowing that God knows and His plan is always superior to your own.

Watch I Will Trust You.

ReadPut Your Full Weight on God.”

Discuss with your children ways you can put your full weight on God. Talk about how when you do put your full weight on God, that’s when the element of trust really kicks in. Your child may wonder what is meant by putting our full weight on God; if so, take this time to discuss the benefits of trusting God. For example, some of the benefits of trusting in God are the following:

  • it brings peace to your heart,
  • it helps you remain calm when it’s easy to freak out,
  • it helps you set aside the things that you can’t really take care of,
  • and gives you time to focus on those things that you can take care of, etc.

See how many more additional benefits you and your children can come up with.

End with reading these verses found in this “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Nature of God.”

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: Faith-2d, 2e

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