Entries in gratitude (6)

Monday
Nov052018

0–5 Lesson Plan: A Heart Filled with Joy

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the importance of gratitude and ways to demonstrate thankfulness to God and others.

ReadDunkin.”

Think of one thing that happened to you recently that might not have been what you hoped for, but that turned out all right in the end. Discuss how looking for the good in a situation can make it easier to be happy when things don’t go as you wished or planned. 

Read My Little Talks with Jesus: Look on the Bright Side.”

Memorize this little rhyme:

“I’ll look on the bright side when things make me sad.

Soon I’ll find plenty of reasons to be glad!”1

The next time you’re feeling down because something isn’t going your way, remember this little rhyme, and take a few minutes to find something to be joyful about.

ReadThrough Ups and Downs.

Take a moment to pray, and ask Jesus to help you be positive and grateful throughout your day, especially when things don’t go as you planned.

Watch Sing a Song of Joy.”

Talk about how one way to find joy is by looking for ways to make others happy. Then brainstorm little acts of kindness to make others happy.

UseHave Fun with Gratitude” to think of three things you are grateful for and draw them in the little boxes. Post the picture by your bed so you can be reminded of these things at the start and end of each day.

Optional activity:

Footnote:

1 Katiuscia Giusti, “My Little Talks with Jesus: Look on the Bright Side.”

 Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Published by My Wonder Studio. Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

 

 

Monday
May072018

0-5 Lesson Plan: Everyday Gifts

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute 0–5 lesson plan on everyday blessings (e.g., God’s love, friendship, family) that fill up one’s day, and how to appreciate and be grateful for those gifts.

Read Everyday Gifts.”

Write a list of some of the everyday gifts, like those listed in the article, which you might experience. Discuss how even though those gifts might seem ordinary, they can bring joy to your day. Put this list up somewhere you can see it to remind you of some of the gifts that you are blessed with.

ReadThe Blessing of Family and Friends.”

Ask each child to name something special about a person in their family, and how that special something makes you or others happy. For example, “My sister Alice is fun to play with. She makes our games exciting,” or “Grandma is caring and thoughtful. She makes me feel loved.”

Read Building Friendships” and “One Kind Deed at a Time: Build a Better Friendship.”

Discuss how friendship is another everyday gift that can be given and received. Talk about some of the things that make a friendship special, and how to give the gift of friendship to someone.

ReadJesus Is with You!” and “Jesus, Friend of Little Children.”

Talk about how the best gift you can have is Jesus. Jesus will always be there to guide, love, help, and be your friend, no matter what.

Color one or more of the following coloring pages, and listen to the audio “Me and You.”

Additional material:

If you have suggestions of supplemental material or additional activities for teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by MWS staff.
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Monday
Mar062017

0-5 Lesson Plan: Filled with Joy

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on letting your heart be filled with joy, and then expressing that gratitude.

WatchDown in My Heart.”

Read My Little Talks with Jesus: Filled with Joy.”

Praise Jesus for two things that fill your heart with joy.

ReadPiggly Wiggly’s Trying Day.”

Talk about things that might go wrong in your day, and then think of all the blessings that your day is filled with that you make you joyful. 

ReadCharacter ABC: T Is for Thankfulness.”

WatchThank You, Lord, for Making Me.”

Make a display board of the things you’re thankful for. Whenever something happens that you are happy about, add that to your board.

Play Farmyard Praise Game.” 

Color Coloring Page—Character ABC: T Is for Thankfulness.”

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 © 2017 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: Filled with Joy (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: Filled with Joy (Portuguese)

Monday
Sep302013

0–5 Lesson Plan: Gratitude—A Great Attitude

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 15-minute 0–5 lesson plan on how gratitude can brighten our day.

Watch this clip on gratitude from Cherub Wings.

ReadKing Freddy.”

Talk about how gratitude, being thankful for what one has, makes whatever we face in life a better experience.

Read and/or memorize the rhymes on “Poster: Think on the Good.” A coloring page for this poster is available here.

Discuss how thinking on the good is a way to practice gratitude.

WatchLook on the Bright Side,” Treasure Attic music video.

Read the verses found on “Crazily Cool Card Set: Praise and Thankfulness,” and have your child choose one to memorize.

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 © 2013 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Gratitude—A Great Attitude (Portuguese)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Gratitude—A Great Attitude (Spanish)

Monday
Jul292013

0–5 Lesson Plan: Happy Being Me

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 15-minute 0–5 lesson plan on contentment.

WatchThe Garden,” Treasure Attic music video. Or read the story here.

ReadAs Little Ones.” The story as a coloring book is also available here.

ReadLinking Lionel.” A coloring page is also available here.

Talk about the unique talents and aspects of your child that are a blessing and encouragement to your family and others.

ReadYou May Be Small, but You Matter!” and “Are You Small Enough?

Praise Jesus for the things you like best about your child. Your child can also do the same.

Read and memorize Psalm 139:14 (NIV), “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.”

Additional material:

Ÿ   Color Coloring Page: Grumble, Bumble Bee

Ÿ   Read “Twinkle and Sparky.” A coloring page is also available here

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 © 2013 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Happy Being Me (Portuguese)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Happy Being Me (Spanish)

Monday
Jun062011

0–5 Lesson Plan: Whine or Shine?

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on thankfulness and overcoming whining and grumbling.

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Watch Way to Wake Up.”

Discuss how it’s not fun to be around someone who whines or grumbles. Compare grumbling and whining to a smelly sock, or anything very unpleasant that your child dislikes being around. Highlight what kind of attitude people do like to be around.

Watch Look on the Bright Side.”

Talk about how it can be easy to focus on the things that go wrong, but that happiness comes when you choose to focus on the good instead.

Read and/or memorize the rhyme on Poster: Think on the Good.” A coloring page for this poster is available here.

ReadBright Pebbles: So Much to Be Glad For.” Do the action activity on the last page of this article.

Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB): “Always be thankful!”

ReadPoem: My Happy Sunbeam.” The coloring book for this poem is available here.

Play the song “Sunny Sunbeam” while the children get up and dance to it (and/or enjoy it throughout the day while doing other activities).

WatchVideo: The Power of a Smile.”

Optional activity: Take a piece of cardboard or stiff paper, and cut it into a large circular shape to represent a sun. In the center of the circle, write “How to Get to the Bright Side”—and list ideas of things your child can do when he or she is feeling down. String a hole at the top of the circle, and hang it in a place where this craft can be easily seen. 

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 © 2011 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plan de clase 0–5: Refunfuñante o resplandeciente (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Whine or Shine? (Portuguese)