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

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

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

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 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

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

 

Monday
Jan222018

0-5 Lesson Plan: What Is God Like?

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute 0–5 lesson plan on what God is like, and how we can feel and know He is all around us.

ReadBright Pebbles: Wherever We Are, God Is.”

Close your eyes and take a deep breath and think of God’s love for you. Then each person takes a turn to give thanks to God for one thing He has done or created that makes him or her glad.

Listen toAudio: God Is Love.”

ReadWhat Is God Like?

Ask the children to describe one thing that makes them think of God. 

Additional material:

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 © 2018 by The Family International

Wednesday
Dec202017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes. It relates to the lesson objective, “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a).

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

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

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

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

ReadA Man Named Jesus: Simeon and Anna.”

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

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

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

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

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

Additional resources:

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

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

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

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

Friday
Dec082017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Would You Like to See Jesus?

Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Be able to identify key elements that enhance a Christian’s witness; recognize how a good Christian example can draw others to Jesus: one’s countenance, comportment, and actions all play a part in one’s witness to others,” and “Be able to identify opportunities to share Jesus with others, and how to be ready to do so at any time.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Preaching the Gospel-2d, 2e)

Read Would You Like to See Jesus?

Talking points:

ReadA Thought for the Day: Light Up!

WatchShow Jesus.”

Discuss ways your children can show Jesus to others. It doesn’t always have to be in big or obvious ways. Often it’s the small, considerate, and kind things they do that people will notice. If people are aware they love Jesus, then when they show them how they love Jesus through example, these people may also come to know Jesus and understand His great love.

End with this thought A Thought for the Day: An Important Job?

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

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Preaching the Gospel-2d, 2e

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