Entries in excellence (2)


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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


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

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