Entries in joy (3)

Wednesday
Nov192014

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Tips for Joyful Living

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a lesson plan that you can break up into two or three 15- to 30-minute sittings. It highlights the lesson objective: “Learn that obedience can’t be decided on the basis of one’s desires or feelings, but rather that it is a habit one must cultivate in order to live a safe and happy life." (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Obedience-1e)

Read Experience Joy,” and then take a closer look at each action found in the text by reading the accompanying scripture and article, as well as discussing how the action can make one happy.

  • Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24 NLT).

ReadDora and the Garden.”

Ask the children to think of a time when they were pleasant and how it made them and others happy. If you know of a time when being unpleasant made things difficult, talk about a more pleasant way to have handled that situation.

  • “I have stored up your word in my heart” (Psalm 119:11 ESV).

ReadA Promise for Every Need” or “Remember Roy.”

Talk about how memorized scripture can bring happiness into one’s life.

  • “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 ESV).

ReadBe More Like Jesus.”

Ask the children to think of things Jesus did that would have made Him happy because He saw that it made others happy. For example, when He prayed for someone, or when He cooked for His disciples (John 21:9).

  • “Pray for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT).

Pray one of these prayers for your friends and loved ones.

  • “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12 ESV).

Pray a prayer from “Pray a Way: Respect.”

ReadFocus on the Donut.”

Look for the positive side of a recent disappointment that one can be happy about.

  • “An encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25 NLT).

Listen to or read “You Are God’s Ray of Light.”

Make a plan to encourage another, and talk about how that will bring happiness to the receiver as well as to the giver.

  • “Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).

Pray the second prayer of “Pray a Way: Easter.”

  • “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9 ESV).

ReadWe’re Having Guests.”

Recall a recent visit from someone, and talk about the joy all experienced by making the visitor feel welcome.

ReadSkills Exhibition.”

Look ahead with the children at the joy they will experience by progressing in a new skill they are currently studying or practicing. For example, they will be able to play a song on the piano that will make Grandma happy.

  • “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20 NLT).

Read The Fountain of Believers.”

Discuss what they like about a having a Bible class when friends join in.

Sing or dance along with “Joyful Singing.”

  • “The Lord is close to all who call on him” (Psalm 145:18 NLT).

Read I Love to Listen.”

Silently take time to talk to Jesus for one minute. Have the children reflect on the peace and joy that comes from knowing Jesus heard them. “He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).

Conclude by rereading the last page of “Experience Joy.”

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: Obedience-1e

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2014 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Tips for Joyful Living (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Tips for Joyful Living (Spanish)

Friday
Feb282014

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Spirit Fruit: Joy

Note to parent or teacher: This 20-minute lesson plan highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn that the joy Jesus gives can also be one’s strength that helps one not to be swayed by external circumstances or situations.” (Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Joyfulness-2a)

ReadPower-Up Devotional #5: Spirit Fruit: Joy.” 

Discuss how joy springs from knowledge of who Jesus is and all that He has done for us. (See “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Character of Jesus” and “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Nature of God.”)

Talk about how when we aren’t feeling joyful, if we spend time thinking of all the ways that Jesus cares for us and all the things He does for us, soon our joy will return.

Choose a favorite promise from Jesus in the Bible with your child. If it’s one from the Crazily Cool Card Set, print it out for your child to color. If another Bible promise, print it out for them on cardstock or have your children illustrate the promise. Add a title to the card or poster: “My reason for joy.”

Read Joy Equals Strength.”

Read Taste the Joy.”

End with a prayer of thanksgiving for all that Jesus brings into the children’s lives.

Additional material:

Ÿ   Story: The Gift of Joy

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: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Joyfulness-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2014 The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Spirit Fruit: Joy (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Spirit Fruit: Joy (Spanish)

Wednesday
May182011

“Gift of Joy” Supplement (Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Problem Solving-1a)

After you and your children have read “Gift of Joy,” here’s an activity to help reinforce what they’ve learned.

Along with the children, take turns acting out a scene of something that you probably would be unhappy about. You and your children can then suggest things that could be done in order to experience the joy Jesus gives, even in a situation that might not seem so good at first.

S&S link: Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Problem Solving-1a

Downloads

DOC: Suplemento de «El don de la alegría» (Spanish)
DOC: Suplemento de “O Dom da Alegria” (Resolução de Problemas-1a)
DOC: "Gift of Joy" Supplement (Japanese)