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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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

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Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

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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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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

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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

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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

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Would You Like to See Jesus? (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Would You Like to See Jesus? (Spanish)

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

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

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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

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

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DOC: Updated 2017: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)

DOC: Updated 2017: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Spanish)

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

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
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

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

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Bananas and Life Goals (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Bananas and Life Goals (Portuguese)