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

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Copyright © 2017 The Family International

Wednesday
Nov292017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Jesus Is God’s Word

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 minutes to an hour. It relates to the lesson objectives: “Learn about Jesus, God’s Son, and why He came to earth,” and “be able to identify the benefits of reading God’s Word daily and becoming a student of the Word.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1a; and Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Word-1c).

ReadJohn 1:1-14,” or listen to this audio version.

Fill in the blanks of the activity “Jesus Is the Word.”

Points to discuss when reading the above article.

Page 1: Jesus is “the Word.” That’s because Jesus portrays the entire truth of God. Similar to how we read words to help us know a subject, we also get to know about God through knowing Jesus.

Everything was made by the Word, Jesus.

Page 2: When Jesus said that by following Him a person does not walk in darkness, what does He mean? Jesus taught and showed us the best way to live. He shined the light of His truth into the world by showing us both through example and through His Word how to live and love.

Page 3: John the Baptist told people that Jesus was coming, and baptized many to symbolize washing away their sins. He was preparing them for the arrival of Jesus. You can read about John baptizing Jesus in the article “When Jesus Was Baptized.” Read more about this prophet’s life in “Faith-Filled Models from the New Testament: John the Baptist,” and in pages 6–8 of “A Man Named Jesus, Chapter 1: Two Miraculous Babies.”

Page 4: Jesus came to earth as God’s gift to each one of us. However, though He was God’s gift of love, and though He is the one who created each of us, when He came, many people did not like Him and they turned against Him.

Page 5: Jesus knew His Father personally, and loved Him very much. He came to show us His Father, so that we could know Him as our Father too, and so we could live as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. The Father loves us very much!

Page 6: Jesus came to earth, became human, so that he could show us what God was like. Jesus, the Word, the truth about God, became a human to bring us into a full, loving relationship with God.

WatchGod’s Word Becomes Flesh,” starting at 49 seconds.

ReadFaith-Filled Models from the New Testament: John the Beloved.”

Listen to the audio, “I Am the Way.”

Read Meals with Jesus: Mary and Martha.” There is also an accompanying 3D picture of the story that can be assembled, as well as a coloring page.

Discuss why Jesus said that Mary had chosen what was good. Jesus was explaining to Martha that hearing His teachings was very important, which is why He told her that Mary’s choice was good. However, it was also important to serve the food to their guest, as Martha was doing, and Jesus didn’t say that Martha was wrong in doing so.

Read the following articles from the series “Standing on God’s Word.”

Listen to Jesus now to hear what words of love He has for you.

Choose from these cards Bible verses that go with the above lesson. If you haven’t already, you can print, cut, and color them as well.

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: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1a; and Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Word-1c

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Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

 

Tuesday
Nov212017

Updated 2017: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

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

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Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

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Monday
Nov132017

0-5 Lesson Plan: I Can Hear from Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute lesson plan on taking time to listen to Jesus and follow His still small voice.

Watch the song Here I Am, Lord.”

Talk about how God spoke to many people in the Bible, and because they listened and obeyed, God was able to do amazing things. Explain that we can ask for God’s help to make the right choices, and hear God’s voice throughout the day.

Read Making the Right Choice with Jesus’ Help.”

Ask your child about a time when Jesus spoke to him or her and how it made it easier to make the right choice. How did God’s voice sound—was it loud and obvious, or was it a quiet voice in your child’s mind or heart?

ReadBright Pebbles: When We Don’t Know What to Do.”

Read Which Socks?

Additional materials:

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

Wednesday
Oct252017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Climbing Out of the Dip

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that when one perseveres, great things can be accomplished; if one gives up when things begin to get difficult, nothing great would ever be accomplished.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Perseverance-2a)

Read Follow Your Dreams.

Discuss how following your dreams can seem fun and exciting, and for the most part it will be, but that with almost anything you set your mind to do, you need perseverance and endurance to see it through. No matter how excited you feel at the start of something, often, at some point, you will be challenged and could become tired or discouraged. If you are to see something through to the end, you need to expect it will get difficult, but determine that you’ll persevere? and find a way, or come up with a plan to get out of the dip and push forward.

Watch Katie Discovers the Dip.

Ask your children if they think Katie is in the dip, and how they think she will make it past the dip. Go further and ask your children if they can think of a recent dip they have encountered. It doesn’t have to be a big one. It could be something they feel discouraged about or stuck in. Or if they can’t think of one, you can offer to talk about one from your own life. Recognizing that you are in a dip is the first step, but what are some steps to helping you get out of it?

Read Sticking to the Job = Success!

Discuss how commitment is a huge part of seeing something through to success. Additionally, asking Jesus to help you commit to something—to see it through to the end—will help you to get past the difficulties or obstacles that sometimes make your goals seem way too complicated. But sometimes you can get stuck and not know how to move forward. When that happens, you need to learn how to reflect. Reflection plays a big part in helping you determine what you need in order to get unstuck.

WatchClimbing Out of the Dip.”

Take time to reflect. Now go back to that recent dip your child told you about, or the example you used of a recent dip you went through. Take the time to reflect on it and see what ideas for solutions you come up with on how to climb out of the dip.

Talk about how faith helps you persevere in seeing something to the end. Relying on an extra boost of God’s power can help you climb out of the dips you find yourselves in. You have to believe that you can, and also believe that God can help you see something through to the end. If you find it helpful, tell the child one of your own such experiences.

Read and discuss the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faith—Stand On It.” Talk about how these verses can instill faith and renew inspiration to continue on no matter how gloomy your child may feel about something. (If you haven’t yet done so, you can print out this page to cut out the cards and color one or all of them.)

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: Social Skills: Perseverance-2a

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Copyright © 2017 The Family International

Wednesday
Oct252017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Bananas and Life Goals

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 20 to 30 minutes, relating to the lesson objective: “Learn of the importance of investing into one’s education, and identify with biblical, historical, and present-day characters who were/are successful, due to investing in their education.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1b)

ReadThat Banana There.”

Listen to the audio, “That Banana There” or view it here.

Watch Dole: Banana Production, Plantation to Port.

Compare some of the points explained about producing bananas to experiences in the child’s life:
1) The banana shoot is well cleaned to make sure it is free from disease. This could be compared to how a parent or teacher explains what is acceptable behavior and what is not. For example, discuss with the child lessons about comportment they may have been learning recently. Talk about how learning takes time.
2) The banana plants are shown growing in clear jars, then planted into pots of ground coconut shell, and finally are planted in the field. This could be compared to how children go to preschool, then primary school, and step by step on to higher education.
3) There are often many steps that need to be taken to reach a goal, just like there are many steps to reach the goal of growing good bananas. Education is one way children prepare for adulthood, through learning important skills such as mathematics, social studies, science, language arts, etc. These steps are important, and it takes time to progress through those steps.
4) Each step is important. Talk about what would happen if one of the steps for producing bananas was not executed properly. For example, faulty drainage could cause young banana plants to drown. Bananas not packed well or kept at an incorrect temperature when shipped to another country will arrive in poor condition or even rotten. 
                In the case of a child’s education, children are trained one step at a time in the variety of subjects that they need training in for their lives. Sometimes it seems tiring or frustrating, as they have to pay close attention to understand the lessons well, but it’s all worthwhile.

ReadYou Can Do It!

ReviewPromises for Schooling.”

Pray one or both prayers in “Pray a Way: School Time.”

Additional material:

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1b

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Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

Monday
Sep112017

0-5 Lesson Plan: Discipline Helps Me Grow

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on the importance of rules and instruction, and how they help one to grow upright when they are followed.

Read Discipline Helps Me Grow.”

Talk about some of the rules in your home that help you to build good habits, and why it’s important to follow through.

WatchDo It ’Cause Daddy Said So.”

Read A Sapling’s Support.”

Think of one or two things that you would like to do better in; for example, if you are having a difficult time cleaning up after yourself, make it a focus for the next week or two until it gets easier to remember to tidy up.

Color Coloring Page: Discipline Helps Me Grow or “Coloring Pages: A Sapling’s Support.”

Additional reading:

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

Saturday
Sep022017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 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)

ReadFaith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Elisha, the Prophet.”

WatchAnimated Bible Story of Elisha.”

ReadMiracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil.”

Read Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float.”

ColorColoring Page: Miracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil” or “Coloring Page: Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float.”

Listen to the audio, “The Miracles of Elisha.”

ReadElisha’s Secret Army.”

WatchElisha chapter 10” or “Elisha the Prophet.”

Read “A Caring Servant.”

Talk about how God used a servant girl to bring about the miracle of Naaman’s healing, and that it most likely wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been faithful to talk about what God could do through Elisha. Point out how God wants us to be faithful to Him even in seemingly small things, and then He can do the big things that only He can do.

Additional resources:

●       “3D Picture: Miracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil

●      “3D Picture: Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Copyright © 2017 The Family International