Entries in generosity (8)

Friday
Feb102017

Level 2 Lesson Plan: God Loves the Cheerful Giver

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to give. (For example, it’s not simply giving when one has excess, but it’s giving even when one may not have much oneself, but sees someone with a greater need than one’s own.)” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a)

ReadThat’s My Cow in There!

Discuss how the act of giving is always blessed—whether God gives us something we specifically asked for, or He gives us other blessings that we didn’t know we needed. These blessings include, but are not limited to, a happy heart, fulfillment, satisfaction, love, gratefulness, friendships, etc.

Read the verse “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV).

Talk about how God loves it when we come to our own conclusion about giving. Giving may cost us, it may be difficult for us, but when we give, we should give because we are happy with our choice to give.

Read Camp Plenty vs. Camp Too Little.”

Ask your child which camp they would like to live in and why. Discuss how giving can contribute toward Camp Plenty. When you give, you are encouraging Camp Plenty to grow, because you believe in the principle that when you give, you receive.

Watch this song on “paying it forward.” The actions in this song demonstrate how one act of giving kindness can encourage others to give kindness to someone else, and that act of kindness will return to you in some way.

ReadThe ‘Giving and Receiving’ Principle.”

Discuss the principles shared in this article. Ask your child the question asked in this article about thinking of Bible stories that back this giving and receiving principle.

End with the prayer prayed at the end of “The Giving and Receiving Principle.” Or have your child pray a prayer of their own.

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: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a

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

 

Tuesday
Dec202016

Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that generosity is not only about giving money or material goods to others, sometimes it’s also a matter of giving of oneself to others—one’s time, skills, compassion, etc.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2c)

Talk about how Christmas is a great time to celebrate love. Bring to your child’s attention that love should be celebrated all year round, but Christmas is a reminder of the wonderful love God manifested for us by sending Jesus to earth to teach us how to love freely and from the heart. At Christmas we can celebrate this love by being generous and taking the time to find a need and being the one to fill it. Celebrating love and giving to others can bring great joy to one’s heart. 

Listen to Audio: A Tailor’s Secret.”

Talk about how giving, in this instance, brought Klaus and the children joy in return. Because Christmas is often a time when people get to be with their families, it can also be a lonely time for those who do not have families to celebrate with. Use examples if you have heard? of people who might feel extra lonely or sad during this time. That’s why it’s important for us to also take time to think about others, to consider who may need some attention and thoughtfulness during the Christmas season. 

WatchChristmas Means Love.”

Read A Thought for the Day: Giving to Jesus.”

Discuss how you can celebrate love this Christmas, not with just your family, but with someone you know—a classmate, a neighbor, or a friend. See if you can come up with something special to do for someone to show them a little extra love this Christmas. 

ReadThe Gift of Moments.”

Discuss how celebrating love and giving to others is giving to Jesus. Discuss how Jesus also appreciates the small moments we take to thank Him for all the good and all the love that is in our lives.  

Have fun with Mammoth Christmas Crossword.” Once completed, you can find the answer key here.

Put into action by committing to do one thing for someone that will show them how loved and special they are to you. Perhaps choose someone you might not normally do something for. It doesn’t have to be something big. 

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: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2c

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

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love (Portuguese)

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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DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: Give a Hand—Volunteer (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: Give a Hand—Volunteer (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Oct142015

Level 1 Lesson Plan: A Heavenly Home

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the learning objective: “Understand that Jesus has prepared a place in heaven for all those who believe in Him.” (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Heaven-1b)

ReadEdith’s Treasure.”

Describe what Edith did, which was rewarded in heaven.

  • Tipping the newsboy.
  • Helping a sick friend with shopping and care of her children.
  • Sending money to missionaries and charitable causes for their projects.
  • Praying for others.

Talk with the children about why Edith did the things she did for others. Bring out that she loved Jesus and wanted to be a blessing to Him and others.

Ask the children how they think doing these deeds made Edith feel, and how they feel when they do kind deeds for others. Talk about how when we do things for others, it helps us enjoy the inspiration of heaven in our lives here and now.

ReadImagine Your Heavenly Home.” The children might enjoy drawing a picture of what they imagine for their heavenly home, or color one of these pictures.

Listen to “Magnificent Park.”

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: Heaven-1b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2015 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: A Heavenly Home (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: A Heavenly Home (Spanish)

Friday
Mar272015

Level 2 Lesson Plan: You Never Lose by Giving

“Level 2 Lesson Plan: You Never Lose by Giving” is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to give.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a)

ReadThe Giving and Receiving Principle.”

Discuss the spiritual principle that as we give, the Lord gives back to us. Maybe not in the ways that we expect, but He does bless our acts of giving. Ask the children to recount a time when they gave something away, whether a material item, or a gift of time, love, hugs, etc. Discuss together the blessings the Lord gave them in return.

Read Choose Things of Value: Time for ‘Me’ or ‘We’?” 

Discuss how it’s not what we give that matters, but the position of our heart.

ReadThat’s My Cow in There!

Talk about how when you do something kind for others, you shouldn't do it solely for a reward. Real generosity and giving is an act of love, and doesn’t expect anything in return.

Just for fun: Take the quiz “Bible Who, What, Why, and Where on Giving.”

Read the verses inCrazily Cool Card Set: Giving.” Print out your children’s favorite verse from this set, for them to place somewhere they like and commit that verse to memory.

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: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2015 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: You Never Lose by Giving (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: You Never Lose by Giving (Spanish)

Friday
Dec142012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gifts for Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:
•    Learn of the blessings and benefits that God gives to those who give Him to others. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1b)
•    Learn to identify ways in which one can show generosity to others. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1e)

Read A Key to Christmas Joy.

Talk about how “shining for Jesus” is made up of the gifts we give Him during the Christmas season and all throughout the year! The following articles explore some of the gifts we can give to Jesus.

Read Gifts for Jesus.” Look here for ideas on how to get the most out of this class.

Read Piles of Presents for Jesus.”

Read The Angel and the Gifts.

Make a “My Christmas Giving Wheel,” and spin it daily to find an activity you can do as one of your daily gifts to Jesus.

Give to Jesus through the ideas found on “A Christmas-Activity Calendar” on days 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 24. If you like, you could give these gifts to Jesus on some of these same dates.

Read “What Can I Give to Jesus?”

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 Great Commission-1bc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: Regalos para Jesús
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 1: Presentes para Jesus

Wednesday
Dec072011

“Gifts for Jesus” Supplement (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1a)

Encourage the children to find ways to give Jesus the gifts listed in “Gifts for Jesus” by reviewing one gift a day over the next two weeks, completing this review by Christmas Day. At the start of each day, talk with your children about the gift you will try to give to Jesus that day, and then together look for ways to put that gift into action. To celebrate the giving of each gift, make a Christmas chain link, adding a link for each gift as it’s given to Jesus—writing the gift on the link.

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1a

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DOC: Suplemento de «¡Regalos para Jesús!» (Generosidad-1a)
DOC: Suplemento de “Presentes para Jesus” (Generosidade-1a)

Wednesday
Oct192011

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Blessings of Generosity

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that further highlights the lesson objective: “Gain an understanding of generosity as based on Scripture: why it is that one gives to others, and the benefits to one’s spirit and heart that are gained through giving; study and memorize Bible verses that encourage giving.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1a)

Listen to and sing along with Done It Unto Me.”

Look up “generosity” in a dictionary to help the children understand the use of this word in the study.

ReadThe Rock in the Road.”

In your own words rewrite Proverbs 19:17 and relate it to a recent experience your child or someone you know has had. For example, “Melissa helped Daddy weed the garden, and Jesus will bless her for her helpfulness.” Or, “Jack played checkers with his elderly neighbor who visited, and God rewarded Jack with happiness for showing kindness.”

ReadHot Dog.”

Do the three activities listed inDid It to Me.”

ReadThat’s My Cow in There!

Look up Psalm 37:25–26 and Psalm 112:5.

ReadAn Important Race.”

Look up 2 Corinthians 9:7. Talk about how this verse applies to the story “An Important Race.” You can also discuss how Bobby didn’t have to give up his chance to win and God wouldn’t have held it against him if he had instead decided to go on and win the race. But because of the decision Bobby made, he was blessed.

Memorize: “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

Practice generosity by looking for ways to put these principles of generosity into action. (Here are two sites with some helpful ideas for teaching generosity to your children: “22 Ways to Teach Generosity to Children: Part 1” and “22 Ways to Instill Generosity in Children: Part 2.”)

Additional reading and classes:

Roshna’s Gift to Give

Generosity: Bible Stories

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1a

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

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Blessings of Generosity (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Blessings of Generosity (Portuguese)