Entries in education (8)

Wednesday
Oct242018

Level 1 Lesson Plan: You Are Capable

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that covers the lesson objective, “Learn various skills appropriate to one’s age.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1c)

To begin, talk with your child about skills and academic subjects they are endeavoring to learn. Choose one or two of the more challenging skills or subjects for them to focus on as you go over this class together.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Persevering to Gain Skills.”

Talk about how important it is to not give in to discouragement and quit before reaching the goal. Discuss how thinking of giving up when something is difficult will make it harder to gain the new skill. Discuss positive ways to approach the learning experience.

Tell them about a skill you gained because you didn’t give up, even when you were discouraged with your progress. Point out how you gained confidence for that skill or subject by continuing to study and practice in order to attain to the desired goal.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Achieving Goals.”

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Discuss with your child how both concentration and not giving up are keys to mastering a subject or skill and are necessary for reaching goals in life.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Concentration.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Stick with It.”

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Discuss with your child how when learning a new subject or new skill, one important key to learning is to cooperate with the teacher. The teacher works hard to help the student gain an understanding of the subject or skill. When students work together with the teacher, following his or her lead, it facilitates learning and also helps to make the learning process more enjoyable.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Appreciate Teachers.”

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Look at these two examples about how stepping out beyond fear was essential in reaching goals. If your child is being held back by fear of failure, talk about steps to get beyond that. Pray together to ask Jesus for His help in overcoming fear.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Learning a New Skill.”

Read Standing on God’s Word: Have Courage.”

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Choose and color one of the cards from the set, “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faithfulness.”

Additional material:

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

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2018 by 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

Downloads

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

Wednesday
Jul172013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Building Toward the Future

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives: “Learn of the importance of investing in one’s education, and identify with Biblical, historical, and present-day characters who were/are successful, due to investing in their education,” and “Learn to try new things that one doesn’t yet feel capable of doing.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1bd)

Read “Make the Most of School” and “Study Diligently.” Talk with the children about how the education you received at their age is helping you today, just like the education Jesus received helped Him.

Discuss how some of the great men and women of history used their education.

Fanny Crosby’s excellent English language skills are displayed in her poetry.

David Livingstone (parts 1, 2, and 3) studied hard to be a doctor and missionary. During his missionary travels, he also used other skills gained from his schooling, such as a knowledge of geography.

Ask them if there is a historical figure they’ve learned about at school whom they admire, and then talk about what part his or her education played in what that person accomplished.

Read You Can Do It” and talk with the children about a skill they want to learn or improve in. If there’s a skill you would like to learn or improve in, talk about that and your plans for how you will be going about it.

Pray the first prayer from “Pray a Way: School Time.” If the children haven’t already done so, they might enjoy coloring their own copy of these illustrated prayers, “Coloring Page: Pray a Way: School Time.”

Read Turning Mistakes into Something Good” to encourage the children that even when they make mistakes with their studies, they can learn from these mistakes and therefore shouldn’t give up.

Study Matthew 25:14–30 and then do the activities found in “Bible Space Trek: The Parable of the Talents” and “Talents and Skills.” (The answer keys can be found here and here.)

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: Learning and Study Skills-1bd

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Building Toward the Future (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Building Toward the Future (Spanish)

Thursday
Jun202013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Joy of Learning

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objective: “Learn of the joy that comes from discovering and learning new things.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills-1a

Pray the second prayer from “Pray a Way: School Time.” The children also might enjoy coloring their own copy of these illustrated prayers, “Coloring Page: Pray a Way: School Time.”

Enjoy the two stories “Of Jumping Frogs and Funny Things” and “Nonumbersville—a World Without Numbers.” After reading these stories, talk about the benefits of a positive attitude toward learning these and other academic topics. If you know of a particular subject that one of your children has a difficult time with, discuss what can be gained from learning that subject and what will be lost if one doesn’t learn it.

Read Calculating Challenges.”

Read Your House of Education.”

Pray for the prayer requests for schooling that are listed on page two of “Bookend Your Prayers with Praise.” In order to start and end the prayer with praise, ask the children to praise Jesus for things they like about school or for ways they know that Jesus has helped them with their studies.

Memorize one of these “Promises for Schooling,” and talk about how each promise can be applied to praying for their schooling.

Additional material:

  • Level 1 Lesson Plan: Building Toward the Future (coming on July 17, 2013).

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: Learning and Study Skills-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Joy of Learning (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Joy of Learning (Spanish)

Wednesday
Dec282011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Reach Your Goals

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the lesson objective: “Identify ways to practice perseverance: learn to finish what one begins, to ask for help when needed, and to persist despite difficulty.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-1c)

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ReadSetting Goals.”

Discuss how the boy (pages 10, 12) was hesitant to start memorizing his poem for school because he thought it would be too hard, but because his dad encouraged him to do it a little at a time, when the boy did this he was able to reach his goal. Talk about what would have happened if the boy had waited to start memorizing the poem only one or two nights before he was meant to recite it at school.

 Ask your child what he or she thinks would happen if the girl who had to do the book report (pages 10, 12) had waited to read the book just a day or two before the book report was due. What kind of result would she have had then?

 Encourage the children to talk about ways they can relate this lesson to their scholastic studies.

Read and talk about Luke 14:28–30: Explain to the children how Jesus used this anecdote to encourage those who wished to follow Him as His disciples to first stop and make sure they would follow through on serving Him and not quit partway through.

Talk about how it’s the same with any goal in life. When we are setting out to reach a goal, the first step is to decide which goal to reach for, and what steps need to be taken to reach the goal. We then must decide whether or not we are willing to do what it takes to reach that goal.

 For example, if the girl who was saving up for a fish tank and fish thought at the beginning, I want a fish tank with pretty fish in it, and I want to go to the store and buy the fish right away. I don’t want to be bothered with all of the steps of preparing the tank for the fish, then she wouldn’t have been able to reach her goal.

ReadSkills Exhibition.”

Tell the children what skills you have gained in your life, and how this has helped you find fulfillment in this particular area of your life. Talk about any new skills you are working on acquiring as well.

Discuss with the children how each child in the story faced a challenge that they had to overcome, or how they learned other important lessons while acquiring their new skill. For example, Manch had to learn to be diligent in attending his coach driving classes; Nansel wanted to quit after she created her first work of embroidery; Tinshi needed to be attentive with her other studies, and not only concentrate on perfecting her skill of playing scurry ball; and Merchy learned that while he needed to do his best, he didn’t have to do better than others in order to find satisfaction in his work.

Decide on a goal and fill in a printed copy of the chart found at the end of “Setting Goals” (either page 15 or 16, depending on whether you’d like to use the colored version or the black-and-white version for the children to color). If the child is aiming for more than one goal, print out a chart to fill in for each goal.

Celebrate! Plan a way to celebrate reaching the goal. If your child is reaching for a goal, such as setting up a fish tank, then the celebration could probably be directly related to reaching the goal, such as buying the fish to put into the tank. But if the child is reaching for a goal such as learning to not bite his fingernails, then an unrelated celebration might be useful as an encouragement to help him persevere.

You might want to write at the end of the chart a plan for celebrating once the child reaches the goal he or she has decided to aim for.

For some goals, it also might help to celebrate as each step is reached, such as in the example of helping a child to break a habit of biting his fingernails. In that case, the first goal might be going one day without biting his nails, then one week, then one month, then two months, etc. In that case, it might be helpful to have small celebrations for reaching each step, and then a bigger celebration once the full goal is reached.

Memorize Psalm 37:5. Help your children write this memory verse on a card to post next to the “Setting Goals” chart, to encourage them in how God is helping them to reach their goals.

Remember to praise the Lord for His help in reaching the goal. (Read Psalm 150 for ideas on how to praise God for His help.)

Additional material for older children on working toward goals: 

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: Perseverance-1c

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

 

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Reach Your Goals (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Reach Your Goals (Portuguese)

Friday
Sep162011

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Super Traits for Super Students

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on character traits that enhance study skills. It highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn various skills associated with successful learning.” (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills 2-b)

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Have your child brainstorm all the character traits he/she thinks contribute toward being a successful student. Make a list. Next, read “Character Traits of Super Students.” See how many traits your child listed were in the article you just read.

Talk about your child’s studies. Start with highlighting the subjects that your child enjoys studying; talk about the subjects he’s mastered and the character traits that have helped him to learn and master those subjects. Briefly discuss subjects that your child may have more difficulty with. Ask your child to think of any character traits from the article that will help him in mastering any subjects he may be having difficulty in.

ReadThe Value of Making Mistakes.” What character trait or lesson did the boy learn that can also help your child in his/her studies?

Have your child write out Philippians 4:13 on a small piece of cardstock to use as a bookmark in a study book. Encourage the ones so inclined to decorate their bookmark.

Activity: Pick five traits that were listed in “Character Traits of Super Students,” and focus on using one trait per school day during his next week of school. You can have him write out the days of the week along with the traits he’ll be focusing on each day on a piece of paper.

Lastly, don’t forget that success in school and in many other areas of life doesn’t happen instantly! Read “Bite-Sized Goals” for a reminder of the importance of patience and perseverance in reaching your goals.

Prayer: Have the children thank Jesus for a scholastic subject they enjoy, and then also ask Him for help for a subject that they would like extra help with.

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.

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Learning and Study Skills 2-b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2011 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plano de aula para o Nível 2: Super Qualidades dos Super Estudantes (Portuguese)
DOC: Plan de clase nivel 2: Características fenomenales para estudiantes fenomenales (Spanish)

Wednesday
Sep222010

“Calculating Challenges” Supplement (Learning and Study Skills-1d)

The story “Calculating Challenges” highlights the following learning objective, “Learn to try new things that one doesn’t yet feel capable of doing.” (Learning and Study Skills-1d)

Pick one or two of the following discussion questions or activities to help your child understand the value of this learning objective.

  • Is there a subject or skill you have difficulty learning, or wish you didn't need to study?
  • Can you think of any  historical characters who did great things as a result of learning and mastering challenging subjects, situations, or skills? (Research it if you don’t know of any off hand)

 S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Learning and Study Skills-1d

Downloads

DOC: Suplemento de «Desafíos de cálculo» (Aprendizaje y aptitudes para el estudio-1d)
DOC: Suplemento de “Desafios de Cálculo” (Habilidades de Aprendizado e Estudo-1d)
DOC: "Calculating Challenges" Supplement (Japanese)

Saturday
Jul242010

Children’s Books and Classics Online

In “Book Bonanza: Going Exploring” we encourage youngsters to read a book or article featuring a culture they’re interested in learning about. If you don’t have a library nearby, or books readily available, here are a few sites where you can find online books and classics for children. We are not endorsing all that is available on these sites, but we hope you will find these links useful.

http://www.bibliomania.com/bibliomania-static/index.html  Classics, poems, children's books; includes summary of books and biography of authors. Also has study guides/notes that can be helpful for writing assignments or book reports.

http://www.bored.com/ebooks/ Books for children. Also has Christian biographies, stories, activities, games, outdoor games, cooking books, and books on science, music, and more.

http://www.classicreader.com/ Good amount of children's stories, series, fiction, drama, poetry, and more. No synopsis or any other info provided with the books

Information You Can Trust Includes many topics such as science, math, health, computers, and extensive resource/links listings in the reading zone; links to other book sites.

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ Multiple language books; searchable by age groups, titles, authors, languages, and other criteria.

http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm Books are categorized by beginner/advanced readers; many books are available in multiple languages or in audio format.

http://manybooks.net/categories/ Extensive book categories, large selection for young readers, can choose languages, available to read online or downloadable in several different formats.

Downloads

RTF: Libros infantiles y cuentos clásicos en línea (Spanish)
DOC: Livros e Clássicos Infantis Online