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

 

Wednesday
Jan252017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle

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 Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Paul the Apostle” and November Hero of the Month: Paul the Apostle.” If the children are unfamiliar with the martyrdom of Stephen, read about Stephen from the story found in Acts 7:1–60. You can find a simple visualization of the story here.

Did you know that “The Feast of Saint Stephen” is celebrated in some countries on the 26th of December, the day after Christmas, to honor Stephen as the first Christian martyr?

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A Rabbi Sees the Light.

ColorColoring Page: The Acts of the Apostles: The Road to Damascus.” You might also like to assemble this 3D picture, “3D Picture: The Acts of the Apostles: The Road to Damascus.”

Do you know why the book of Acts uses the names of both “Saul” and “Paul” for the same man? “But Saul, who was also called Paul…” (Acts 13:9 ESV). Saul was his name in Hebrew. Paul was his name in Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.

ReadThe Acts of the Apostles: Saul Escapes in a Basket.” To give the children a fuller study of this story, you can also read with them Acts 9:8–25. There is also a coloring page and a 3D picture that accompanies this story.

Ask the children if they can think of another Bible story that has to do with someone being lowered from the top of a house. (See “A Plan to Help a Friend.”)

More to come later covering more of Paul’s exciting adventures!

Additional resource:

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
Jan022017

0–5 Lesson Plan: I Will Trust

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on trusting God when faced with fear.

ReadWhen the Lights Go out

WatchWhen I Am Afraid.”

Read “Just Me and Jesus: You’re Never Alone.”

Talk about some of the things that you would like Jesus to help you to not worry about.

ReadBright Pebbles: Our Awesome Protector.”

Draw a picture of Jesus watching over you, and then draw a circle around you and Jesus. This is the place where Jesus is keeping you safe from the things that may make you fearful.

Read Bright Pebbles: Always by Our Side.”

Memorize this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5).

Color Coloring Page: When the Lights Go Out.”

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

Tuesday
Dec202016

Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that generosity is not only about giving money or material goods to others, sometimes it’s also a matter of giving of oneself to others—one’s time, skills, compassion, etc.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2c)

Talk about how Christmas is a great time to celebrate love. Bring to your child’s attention that love should be celebrated all year round, but Christmas is a reminder of the wonderful love God manifested for us by sending Jesus to earth to teach us how to love freely and from the heart. At Christmas we can celebrate this love by being generous and taking the time to find a need and being the one to fill it. Celebrating love and giving to others can bring great joy to one’s heart. 

Listen to Audio: A Tailor’s Secret.”

Talk about how giving, in this instance, brought Klaus and the children joy in return. Because Christmas is often a time when people get to be with their families, it can also be a lonely time for those who do not have families to celebrate with. Use examples if you have heard? of people who might feel extra lonely or sad during this time. That’s why it’s important for us to also take time to think about others, to consider who may need some attention and thoughtfulness during the Christmas season. 

WatchChristmas Means Love.”

Read A Thought for the Day: Giving to Jesus.”

Discuss how you can celebrate love this Christmas, not with just your family, but with someone you know—a classmate, a neighbor, or a friend. See if you can come up with something special to do for someone to show them a little extra love this Christmas. 

ReadThe Gift of Moments.”

Discuss how celebrating love and giving to others is giving to Jesus. Discuss how Jesus also appreciates the small moments we take to thank Him for all the good and all the love that is in our lives.  

Have fun with Mammoth Christmas Crossword.” Once completed, you can find the answer key here.

Put into action by committing to do one thing for someone that will show them how loved and special they are to you. Perhaps choose someone you might not normally do something for. It doesn’t have to be something big. 

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-2c

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 The Family International

Saturday
Nov262016

Updated 2016: 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,

Once again, we’ve updated our list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts. We hope this list is beneficial to you.

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

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

 

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DOC: Updated 2016: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)
DOC: Updated 2016: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Portuguese)

Tuesday
Nov082016

0–5 Lesson Plan: Shine Bright

Note to parents and teachers: Here is a 20- to 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the importance of being a good example of Jesus to others through your actions, words, and attitudes. 

Read Shine Bright.”

Talk about ways that you can be a positive example to those around you. What are some things you can do at home, school, or in your community so you can “shine bright” for Jesus?

Read “Bright Pebbles: A Reflection of Jesus.”

Do the “Action” on page 5 of “Bright Pebbles: A Reflection of Jesus.”

Read Character ABC: eXample.”  

Color Character ABC: eXample Coloring Page.”

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.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright 2016 by The Family International

Wednesday
Nov022016

Anticipating Christmas!

You can begin celebrating Christmas now by starting to prepare The Nativity Story paper model. The goal is to create and set out a new section each week of December, so you can place Baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas morning.

Alternately, you can create the pieces in advance, and then starting on December 1st, set out one or two pieces a day, with the aim of adding Baby Jesus on Christmas Day, and the wise men with their gifts the following days.

To set out The Nativity Story paper model as the story unfolds:

Sunday, December 4th: Mary, Joseph, and the donkey, as they prepare for their trip to Bethlehem.

Sunday, December 11th: In Bethlehem, set up the stable, manger, cow, cats, chickens, and mouse, ready to receive their unexpected guests.

Sunday, December 18th: Outside of Bethlehem, place the shepherds, sheep, and campfire.

Sunday, December 25th: Bring all the characters to the stable, adding Baby Jesus to the manger and the angel announcing His birth.

Sunday, January 1st: The wise men arrive with their camels, bearing gifts for Baby Jesus.

The Nativity Story paper model can be found here, where it is offered by the model creator, Didier Martin, to download, print, and assemble.

Download all three PDFs that include the model parts. Also, download the instructions, which teach how to cut, fold, and glue together your Nativity scene.

Note: The most difficult piece to assemble is the stable. If you prefer, you could use a small box, set on its side, and then glue the leaves to the top and the textured wall pieces or colored paper on the inside and outside of the box.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Photos by Didier Martin. Used by permission from
www.mylittlehouse.org.
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

A printed copy of The Nativity Story is also available at Amazon.

Downloads

PDF: Anticipating Christmas (Japanese)
PDF: Supplement: The Nativity Story Paper Model Instructions (Japanese)
DOC: Anticipating Christmas (Portuguese)
DOC: Anticipating Christmas (Spanish)

Thursday
Oct272016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Being Considerate Means…

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 20 to 30 minutes, highlighting the lesson objectives: “Be able to define ‘respect’—consideration and thoughtfulness of others, admiration of somebody, showing esteem to someone else, being careful of another’s feelings and belongings,” and “learn to see things from others’ point of view and empathize with the difficulties, obstacles, or situations that others face.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Respect-1a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-1b)

Read Standing on God’s Word: Lifting Others Up.”

  • Ask the children to give examples of their own actions where they have helped others feel admired or respected for their good qualities.
  • Talk about how their actions helped the other person(s) in the examples they gave.
  • Read the Bible verse at the end of the class, Philippians 2:3, and discuss how being humble helps us show respect for others, and the benefits of doing this.

Read Tales of Farm Friends: Star: Spirited but Gentle,” and have the children think of ways they can be considerate of those who are younger than them.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Be a Good Listener.”

  • If applicable, recount a time when you didn’t listen to one of the children and apologize for this.
  • Then ask the children to explain how it feels to not be listened to.
  • Read the Bible verse at the end of the class, Romans 12:10, and talk about how listening to another shows that person your respect.

Pray together to be good listeners.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Considering Others.

  • Bring out how in Nick’s case, it worked out for him to see his grandmother and not disappoint her, while also getting to do what he had hoped to do (playing with his friend).
  • Ask the children if it would have still been better for Nick to honor his agreement with his grandmother, even if he didn’t get to play at the park.
  • Read the Bible verse, Proverbs 3:27, at the end of the class, and ask the children if they can think of personal examples of when they did something for another person at the cost of forgoing something fun they had wanted to do.
  • Follow this up by reading “Kindness Pays Forward,” and talk about how in Nick’s case, his consideration of his grandmother paid forward and she also considered his desire to play with his friend.

Apply the verses of “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Giving” to the acts of consideration discussed so far.

  • Read one verse at a time, and apply it to the topics discussed in this class.
  • Choose a verse to memorize or review. Print out and color the card.

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: Character Building: Social Skills: Respect-1a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-1b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International.

Friday
Sep232016

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Fitness and Me

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

WatchGet Your Body Moving!

WatchPhysical Activity and Kids Let’s Move It!

Talk about the three important physical benefits of caring for our bodies that were brought up in this video: These are physical, mental, and social. Ask your child if they can think of any more. Also ask your child what physical activity or fitness means to them personally.

ReadA Thought for the Day: Your Body a Temple!

Read Temple Care.”

Discuss the spiritual principle of how God created us and how one way we can show Him our gratitude for our body is by taking good care of it. Discuss the different ways the children can do this. Also talk about how everyone inevitably falls ill at times, but if the children have done their part to care for their bodies, then they can put their trust in Jesus (including working with doctors when needed) to help them feel better.

ReadThe Hygiene Experiment.”

Talk about how hygiene is a big part of staying healthy. Not only should we remain physically fit, but we should wash up daily, brush teeth at least twice a day (and floss), faithfully wash our hands often throughout the day, etc. Discuss the aspects of hygiene you know your child needs to hear about, and talk about what an experiment like this would mean for them. What would happen if they didn’t keep their body and surroundings clean?

End with committing to doing one thing that will better your child’s health, whether it is something that will help them be more physically fit or keep themselves clean.

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: Personal Responsibility: Health and Personal Care-1c, 2b

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 The Family International

Monday
Sep052016

0–5 Lesson Plan: Try, Try Again

Note to parents and teachers: Here is a 20- to 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the value of persevering even when it’s difficult.

Watch Try Again.”

Read Keep Trying.”

Talk about things that your children needed to learn, which may have been difficult when they first started to learn, but now are easy to do (walking, talking, riding a bike, playing a game, etc.). Discuss what might’ve happened if your children had tried only once and found the task too difficult, so stopped trying.

ReadBright Pebbles: Run the Race.”

Do the “Action” on page 5 of “Bright Pebbles: Run the Race.”

Read Character ABC: You Can Do It!

Color You Can Do It!

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.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright 2016 by The Family International

Wednesday
Aug242016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Jesus Cares

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 20 to 30 minutes, highlighting the lesson objectives:

Read Jesus Understands When You’re Sick.” To help your children understand how different things were when Jesus was here on earth, ask them what other things they can think of that might have been different for Jesus as a boy. For example, He didn’t use a toothbrush and toothpaste bought at a supermarket.

Read Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Jairus and his daughter.” Read the full story in Mark 5:22–24, 35–43, or Luke 8:41–42, 49–55.

Read Standing on God’s Word: God’s Healing Touch.”

ReadJesus Is with You!” Relating back to “Standing on God’s Word: God’s Healing Touch,” talk with the children about how if Brendan had received an injury requiring attention, he would have been taken to see a doctor, and then Jesus would have been there alongside the doctor and nurses who cared for him.

Ask the children for stories about the times and ways Jesus has helped them through their accidents or illnesses.

Choose a verse from “Crazily Cool Cards Set: God’s Healing Power” to color, memorize, or review.

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: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Healing-1a,b,c

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

Monday
Jul042016

0–5 Lesson Plan: Jesus, Friend of Little Children

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan about the friendship a child can build and share with Jesus.

Read Jesus, Friend of Little Children.”

WatchForever Friend.”

Talk about things Jesus might have experienced as a child that are similar to things your children experience in their daily life.

ReadSpend Time with Me—It Makes Me Happy!

Discuss some of the things that are important to a good friendship and how you can apply that to building a stronger friendship with Jesus.

Read Me and Jesus.”

Color Jesus, Friend of Little Children” or “Me and Jesus.”

Additional reading:

 

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International