Entries in forgiveness (8)

Friday
May172019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Why Forgive?

Note to parent or teacher: This is a 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Be able to identify the benefits of forgiveness to both the forgiver and the one forgiven, and how the person who forgives is the one who benefits the most; learn of the detrimental effects on one’s life when forgiveness is not practiced, and how when practiced, it is an important step in overcoming resentment or bitterness.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Forgiveness-2a)

Watch Matthew West’s song: “Forgiveness.”

Ask your child how difficult it is for them to forgive someone, and if they have found it more difficult to forgive some than others. Talk about why this may be.

If your child has had a recent experience with the need to forgive, perhaps you can use this time to discuss the situation and gain an understanding of how your child feels about letting go and forgiving the person who has wronged them. Do they feel ready? If not, what do they feel is missing?

ReadWhy Forgive?

Go over the three points addressed in “Why Forgive?” and ask your child how they can apply either one or each one to a current situation they may be going through that involves needing to forgive someone who has wronged them. The three points to cover are:

  • Forgiveness puts your heart right with God (page 2).
  • Forgiveness heals you (page 3).
  • Forgiveness changes lives for the better (page 5).

They may not have an example of how the current situation has changed a life for the better, but they could imagine how it could. Or together you could think back on another time when forgiveness did make someone’s life better—either your child’s, yours, or the one who needed to be forgiven.

Ask your child, What if the roles were reversed? What if your child needed someone’s forgiveness? What if they have apologized but the person they have wronged doesn’t want to forgive them?

ReadThe Thing about Apologies.” 

Discuss with your child how they felt their apology went. Or if they haven’t yet apologized, after reading this, how do they feel would be the best way to apologize? The story covered three key ingredients (page 4):

  • Regret
  • Responsibility
  • Remedy

See if your child can remember what each one of these means, and if not, go back and read the first part of page four. Go over these key ingredients again and see how they can become a part of the apology that is needed, or if a remedy is needed, together figure out what can be done.

Remind your child that even if the person they have wronged doesn’t forgive them right away, if their heart is in the right place, then they can depend on God’s forgiveness, because God always forgives.

ReviewCrazily Cool Cards Set: Forgiveness.”

Additional material:

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Forgiveness-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Monday
Mar252019

0–5 Lesson Plan: God’s Gifts of Salvation and Forgiveness

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the gift of salvation and the forgiveness that Jesus gives those who ask Him for it.

Read God’s Great Love for Us.”

Talk about things that can be done every day to be a good reflection of Jesus. Ask the children whether it is always easy to do what is right or good, and why one might choose to do something that is wrong, unkind, or hurtful. Explain how Jesus wants to help His children choose to do what is right, and that help is available through prayer.

Read Salvation Is Forever.”

Explain how even though someone may do wrong at times, if he or she comes to Jesus with a sorry heart and asks Jesus for His forgiveness, He is eager to help. Ask the children if there are any things that they could use Jesus’ forgiveness for, then take a few minutes to pray and ask Jesus for His forgiveness and His help to do better next time.

ReadSalvation Is Free.”

ReadBright Pebbles: That Simple,” then complete the “action” on the last page.

Memorize John 3:16.

ReadTwice Mine.”

Listen toMy Little Thoughts on God: Salvation Is a Gift” and color one of the coloring pages.

End by praising Jesus for His love and gift of salvation.

Additional material:

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Published by My Wonder Studio. Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: God's Gifts of Salvation and Forgiveness (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: God's Gifts of Salvation and Forgiveness (Portuguese)

Friday
Feb082019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jericho

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jericho,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Jericho.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Joshua 2 and Joshua 6:1–5.

Ask the children what examples of faith-filled courage they see in these two passages. (For example, Rahab’s courage to hide the spies; later Rahab’s courage to hang the red rope in her window; the priests marching around Jericho with the trumpets.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Luke 19:1–10 and “October Hero of the Month: Zacchaeus.”

Explore with the children why people considered Zacchaeus to be a sinner.

  • You could have them imagine that an invading foreign government was ruling the country where you live and expecting people to pay taxes to the invading country.
  • Explain that Zacchaeus was collecting taxes for a foreign government, Rome, that had invaded their land, and how he likely also overcharged people in order to enrich himself.
  • Now have the children reflect on how surprising it would be for those citizens to see Jesus going to dinner with such a person.
  • Finally, have the children consider how they would feel if they were Zacchaeus and had been shown such love. Read verse 8 again to see what Zacchaeus promised to do to make amends.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A New Leader and His Undercover Agents.”

Read Hebrews 11:30–31 and ask the children to explain in their own words why Rahab was included in this chapter as a woman of faith.

Read Matthew 1:5–6.

CONCLUSION:
Talk about what these two Bible characters from Jericho (Rahab and Zacchaeus) had in common. (Both were likely looked down on by others for their sins; both received mercy for themselves and their families; both put love into action.)

Additional material: 

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Monday
Jan042016

0-5 Lesson Plan: When You Forgive

Here is a 20-minute 0–5 lesson plan on what it means to forgive others when you have been saddened or hurt by someone’s actions and the importance of forgiveness.

ReadCharacter ABC: F Is for Forgiveness

Talk about how forgiveness is a choice that a person has to make—it’s not a feeling. Discuss when someone does something wrong to you, the first step you take is to choose to forgive the person.

Watch Video: The Parables of Jesus: The Prodigal Son

Talk about how the father in this story forgave his son—even though his son had made wrong choices, the father still loved him and received him back with open arms. Explain that Jesus is like the father in that story. He sees our faults, but He is always full of love for us, and wants to help us to make things right when we admit a wrongful act and try to do what’s right.

Read My Little Talks with Jesus: I forgive your mistakes

Pray The Lord’s Prayer” together.

Color Coloring page: Character ABC: F Is for Forgiveness

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 © 2015 by The Family International

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DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: When You Forgive (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: When You Forgive (Portuguese)

 

Here is a 20-minute 0–5 lesson plan on what it means to forgive others when you have been saddened or hurt by someone’s actions and the importance of forgiveness.

Wednesday
Sep112013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Apologizing and Repentance

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objective: “Be able to identify when one has done something wrong, and describe how to seek forgiveness for wrongdoing.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Forgiveness-1c)

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Look up definitions of “apologize” and “repent,” and explain how these two actions complement each other; that to apologize is to say one is sorry for wrongdoing, and to repent is to make an effort to change and not repeat the wrongdoing.

Read page 6 of “The Lord’s Prayer” and page 4 of “Be Kind” for examples of apologizing.

 

Read pages 9–11 of Tiny Bible Treasures: Zacchaeus Meets Jesus” about how Zacchaeus repents of his past wrongdoings (cheating people).

 

Read Matthew 3:8: “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God” (NLT).

Discuss steps one can take when seeking to be forgiven; for example, recognizing what you have done wrong, asking for forgiveness, doing something to manifest that repentance, and when possible, doing something to make up for the wrongdoing.

Read an example of the last discussion point in “Puppendorf: Scary Shumba.” Nosey repents of his wrongdoing and explains how he had spread untruths about Shumba, and then apologizes to all concerned, and also later develops a friendship with Shumba.

Read Yuichi’s Garden.” In this story, after his father explains what he had done wrong, Yuichi shows true repentance by taking care of his garden, and not neglecting his duties the next time his friend asks him to play when he’s meant to be caring for the garden.

Follow up the lessons on apologizing and repenting by reading some of the following stories over the next few days:

  • Piles of Presents for Jesus.” Ray and Amelie both gave Jesus presents of things He enjoyed by apologizing to each other and forgiving each other.
  • Simple Courtesy.” An example in this story of not truly apologizing and repenting is when Carol and Leora told Joe they were sorry for bumping into him. However, they didn’t stop running and they didn’t help him pick up the papers they caused him to drop.
  • Billy and the Broken Promise.” Billy apologizes to his friend Alex for letting him down. And Alex quickly forgives his friend and welcomes him back.
  • How Emma Met Suzy.” Emma tells Jesus she’s sorry about how she hasn’t taken good care of Joe’s fish tank, and asks Him to show her what to do to help make things right. Emma then does what Jesus shows her to do.
  • The Truth of the Purple Walls.” It wasn’t wrong that the three didn’t have the paint mixed correctly when they painted the first room. What was wrong was that they tried to cover up their mistake with a lie. When the problem was exposed, they finally apologized to the king. The king asks them to show their repentance by telling the guest, Lord Tray, about what they had done, and then painting another room for him to stay in, even though they had to do this on their day off.

Additional material:

  • Be the Artist: Zacchaeus Meets Jesus:” By tracing some of the figures on pages 2 and 3, the children can draw a picture of Zacchaeus up in the tree. To add Jesus talking to Zacchaeus, the figures to trace are on page 1.

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: Forgiveness-1c

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

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Apologizing and Repentance (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Apologizing and Repentance (Spanish)

Wednesday
Aug212013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Forgiving Others

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives: “Understand that Jesus has forgiven all sins and mistakes, and therefore it is our duty to forgive others; read and memorize Bible verses that highlight this principle,” and “be able to identify steps to take that will help one to practice forgiveness.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Forgiveness-1ab

Read The Lord’s Prayer.” See page 6, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12 KJV), then ask the children what the two children on this page forgave each other for. (Answer: The sister apologized for getting upset, which showed her brother she was no longer upset at him for messing up her room. And the brother forgave his sister for having been upset.)

Also read Matthew 6:14–15, and talk about the importance of forgiving others if we wish to experience God’s forgiveness for our own sins. 

Look up and read Ephesians 4:26. Talk with the children about how if we are angry and hold grudges, we can make ourselves very unhappy and undermine the possibility of being a friend with the person we are angry with.

Read Be Kind” and ask the children if they have ever been misunderstood and accused of something they hadn’t done, and the importance of forgiving the other for the accusation. Even if Travis hadn’t apologized, explain to the children how it still was important for Dylan to forgive Travis.

Watch The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.” Also read the original parable as Jesus told it in Matthew 18:21–35.

Read Tiny Bible Treasures: Zacchaeus Meets Jesus.”

Review the examples of apologizing in the above articles: “The Lord’s Prayer” (page 6), “Be Kind” (page 4), and “Tiny Bible Treasures: Zacchaeus Meets Jesus” (pages 9–11).

Memorize a verse from Crazily Cool Card Set: Forgiveness” with the children. Print the cards out so the children can color them and add them to their set of Crazily Cool Cards.

Pray the prayers found in “Pray a Way: Forgiveness.” If one of the children is hurting over something another has done to him or her, the prayers could possibly be adapted to the situation. The first prayer could be adapted by putting a name in place of “others.” The second prayer could be adapted by putting a name in place of “another.”

The children also might enjoy the accompanying coloring page.

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: Forgiveness-1abc

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

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Forgiving Others (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Forgiving Others (Portuguese)

Tuesday
Jul032012

0–5 Lesson Plan: Forgiving Others

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on forgiving others.

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Praise activity: Have each child praise Jesus for a time when they made a mistake or did something accidentally that caused a difficulty for another person, but the other person forgave him/her. (For example: "Thank You, Jesus, that even though I spilled my milk this morning at the breakfast table, and it poured all over my mom's dress, she said it was okay. She was kind and helped me to find a cloth to wipe up the spill, and then gave me some more milk.")

WatchJelly Telly Kids Talk: Forgiveness.”

Read Matthew 18:21–22.

Ask the children how many times they would like to be forgiven for the mistakes that they make. Discuss that we should extend the same amount of forgiveness to others that we would like to receive ourselves.

Watch "We All Make Mistakes." After watching the music video, discuss how when others make mistakes, we can choose to get angry or to forgive.

ReadBe Kind.”

ReadBright Pebbles: As We Forgive Others.”

Memorize Matthew 6:14.

Close with the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6:9–13.

Additional material:

Ÿ   Print out and color some or all of the cards from “Crazily Cool Card Set: Love.”

Ÿ   Watch “The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.”

Ÿ   Read “Bright Pebbles: Love Focuses on the Good.”

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 © 2012 by The Family International

Wednesday
Feb292012

“Be Kind” Supplement (Character Building: Social Skills: Respect -1b)

After reading “Be Kind” with the children, ask them to talk about times when they have been misunderstood, and how it made them feel.

Next ask them to reflect on times when they have misunderstood others.

Bring out the point of how it was also important for Dylan to forgive Travis.

Pray together, asking Jesus to help each one to be more patient with others and open to the needs of those around them.

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Respect-1b

Downloads

DOC: Suplemento de “Seja Amável” (Respeito-1b)
DOC: “Be Kind” Supplement (Spanish)