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.

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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

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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

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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

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Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

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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

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 40 minutes, or made into a more in-depth study over a few days. It highlights the lesson objectives: “Be able to articulate why the Holy Spirit was sent to believers after Jesus departed” and “be able to define the baptism (or overflowing) of the Holy Spirit, and understand the purposes of Holy Spirit baptism, to give one comfort and peace, power to give more love to others, to be a greater witness of God’s love through Jesus, transformative power, a closer relationship with Jesus, wisdom to understand God’s Word, and help in hearing God’s voice; read and memorize Bible verses which highlight the purposes of the Holy Spirit.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Holy Spirit-1a,b)

Listen to the song, “Ye Shall be Witnesses.” 

Read The Acts of the Apostles: The Gift of the Holy Spirit

ReadThe Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Listen to Rivers.”

Talk about the various ways the Holy Spirit helps us with the following:

  • ŸUnderstand God’s Word and apply it in our lives
  • ŸHear God’s voice or the convictions laid on our hearts by God
  • ŸTo be filled to overflowing with the love of God for others so that we are open to Him working through us to help others
  • ŸGives us power and boldness to be a witness for Him

Read Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Peter.”

Listen to the audio An Audio Bible Adventure: Peter’s Transformation.”

Read The Acts of the Apostles: The Healing of the Lame Man.”

Listen toPerfect in Weakness.”

Bring out the ways Peter changed from denying he knew Jesus just prior to the crucifixion (John 18:1528), to becoming a man of great faith and courage, not afraid to stand up for Jesus after he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1438, Acts 3). He even defied the high priest and elders of the temple who commanded them to not teach about Jesus (Acts 4:1331).

Choose and memorize a verse from “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Holy Spirit.”

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: The Holy Spirit-1a,b

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit

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Copyright © 2016 The Family International

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Saturday
Jun112016

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Your Friendship Recipe

Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objectives: “Be able to describe the importance and benefits of friendships; identify the variety of relationships that are present in life, and how each friendship affects one’s life,” and “learn how we are responsible to look out for the welfare of one’s friends, and allow them to look out for one’s welfare as well.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Friendship-2ab)

WatchFriendship Soup Lesson.”

Talk about the question asked at the end of this clip: “What ingredients have you been putting in your friendship soup?” Also talk about any other ingredients that your child would want to include in their friendship soup and discuss any to leave out or remove that may not be contributing to a strong friendship (such as teasing, hurting someone’s feelings, being dishonest, etc.).

ReadThe Wounds of a Friend.”

Discuss how sometimes a part of being a friend means speaking the truth to your friend and being open to hearing them speak the truth to you. Sometimes the truth may make them or you feel uncomfortable, or may even hurt a little, but that type of honesty makes a friendship stronger. Discuss how the aim of that type of honesty is to help a friendship; it should not be used to point out the things you don’t like about your friend.

ReadHumility Helps Friendships.”

Talk about the need for humility in friendship and how honesty and trust can’t work well unless both people are willing to take the lower seat when needed. Try to come up with real examples with your child that help to confirm how humility can help a relationship (even if the relationship wasn’t among their circle of friends).

Read and discuss these Bible verses on “how to treat friends”: Luke 6:31; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:29-32; Colossians 3:12-14.

End with discussing one or two “ingredients” your child wants to try putting into action in their friendships in the coming weeks.

Additional reading:

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: Friendship-2b

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Copyright © 2016 The Family International

Friday
May132016

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Striving for Excellence 

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that the practical ways to strive for excellence are rooted in initiative, motivation, self-discipline, diligence, and perseverance; learn to ask oneself if one is giving one’s all to what one is doing, learn to find satisfaction in giving a task one’s best. ” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Excellence-2c)

Read How Much Satisfaction.” 

Read Barn-Raising Tuesday.”

Talk about how it pays to give each task or job your best, even if you feel you aren’t good at it or you simply don’t feel like doing it. Discuss an example of something in your children’s life, such as a difficult school subject, an uninteresting task, or even a basic routine that they could get more out of if they put more into it, if they practiced more self-discipline. Discuss how over time, they can get good or better at something if they persevere.   

Read “Maximizers Take Initiative.”

Talk about the difference between being a minimizer, maintainer, and maximizer. Personalize the benefits of being a maximizer—what does it mean for them? How can they become maximizers in the things that they do, such as school, their chores, their relationships with their siblings, friends, teachers, and/or parents? You don’t need to discuss every aspect of their life, just focus on the aspect that they need to take more responsibility in.

Read Skills Exhibition.”

Talk about how excelling in a skill or task takes perseverance and determination. It takes a desire to try again, even if the first couple of times you don’t succeed.

Read and discuss Talents and Skills.”  (You can also incorporate the crossword puzzle found in this article.)

End with a prayer, asking Jesus to help you have more initiative and excellence in all that you do.

Additional reading:

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: Excellence-2c

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Copyright © 2016 The Family International

Monday
May022016

0-5 Lesson Plan: Give a Hand—Volunteer 

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on what it means to volunteer and help change the world.

Read Character ABC: V Is for Volunteering.”

Read Bright Pebbles: Drop a Little Sunshine.”

Discuss what it means to volunteer. Do you have to be involved in a big project? Or are there simple but important ways that you can make a difference?

WatchHow to Change the World.”

Talk about ways that you could help to change the world in your local community or school. Make a list of two things you could do, and talk about when you can get started.

Read Love Your Neighbor.”

WatchKids Can Make a Difference” to see how some children have chosen to help those in need.

Color Character ABC: V Is for Volunteering.”

Additional reading:

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

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Wednesday
Apr202016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Stay Safe and Have Fun

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 20 minutes that highlights the lesson objectives: “Learn to take responsibility for one’s actions” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Responsibility-1b) and “Learn that moderation is a form of temperance, which is a fruit of the Spirit, and is manifested when one is abiding in Jesus.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Moderation-1a).

ReadHave Fun.” Ask the children to answer the question on the last page of this comic, “Can you think of times when you did something unwise that turned fun into something that caused a problem for you or someone else?”

ReadThe Protective Tower.”

Memorize one of the verses from “Crazily Cool Card Set: An Active Force Field.” Also discuss each of the verses in the context of what is brought out in “The Protective Tower,” about how when they obey Jesus as well as their parents and teachers, they are then in a better position for God to take care of them. He will protect them, and if something troublesome happens, He’ll see them through with His loving care.

ReadGod’s Favor” and talk with the children about how even if at times they might go overboard when having fun and something goes wrong due to their foolishness, God is still with them (see page 2).

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: Personal Responsibility: Responsibility-1b; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Moderation-1a

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Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

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Tuesday
Mar082016

0-5 Lesson Plan: Be a Friend

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute 0–5 lesson plan on how to be a good friend.

Read One Kind Deed at a Time: Build a Better Friendship.”

Talk about things that are important to build a good friendship (e.g., kindness, thoughtfulness, loyalty, etc.), and how to be the kind of friend who brings those qualities into a friendship.

Read The Secret to Making Friends.”

Talk about how making new friends sometimes takes effort. Discuss what Wiggly’s life might’ve been like if he hadn’t decided to make friends. What did Wiggly gain from making friends?

WatchBe a Friend.”

ReadCharacter ABC: B Is for Be a Friend.”

Do something to show a friend how much you care. You can write a note, give your friend a hug, or tell your friend what makes him or her special to you. Make a friend feel special today!

Color Coloring Page—Character ABC: B Is for Be a Friend.” 

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 © 2016 by The Family International

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Wednesday
Feb172016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Miracles of Healing

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 40 minutes, or made into a more in-depth study over a few days. It highlights the lesson objective: “Read biblical accounts of miracles of healing.” (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Healing-1a

WatchVideo: Blind Bartimaeus” and/or “Video: A Plan to Help a Friend.”

Read Jesus’ Healing Ministry.”

Talk about how during Jesus’ ministry on earth He healed many people. Ask the children what other stories they remember of Jesus healing someone. Look up and read some of the stories. (For example, raising Lazarus from the dead [John 11:38–44], healing the man at the Pool of Bethesda [John 5:1–15], the man with the withered hand [Mark 3:1–5], and another blind man [Mark 8:22–25].)

Read in Matthew 10:1, Luke 9:1, and Luke 10:9 how Jesus gave His disciples the power to heal people when He sent them out to spread the good news about the kingdom of God.

Read The Acts of the Apostles: Healing of the Lame Man.”

ReadMiracles in the Bible: Paul’s Protection from a Viper Bite.”

Read more accounts in the book of Acts of the disciples using God’s power to heal people. Here are some to choose from:

  • Peter healing many (Acts 5:12–16)
  • Ananias healing Saul (Paul) from blindness (Acts 9:17–18)
  • Peter healing Aeneas (Acts 9:32–35)
  • Peter raising Dorcas from the dead (Acts 9:39–42)
  • Paul healing a crippled man (Acts 14:8–18)
  • Paul raising Eutychus from the dead (Acts 20:8–12)
  • Paul healing many on the island of Melita (Acts 28:8–9)

You too can pray for yourself or others to be healed. “Pray a Way: God Heals” gives you a couple of sample prayers you could pray when praying for healing.

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

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

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