Entries in kindness and courtesy (12)

Thursday
Oct272016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Being Considerate Means…

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 20 to 30 minutes, highlighting the lesson objectives: “Be able to define ‘respect’—consideration and thoughtfulness of others, admiration of somebody, showing esteem to someone else, being careful of another’s feelings and belongings,” and “learn to see things from others’ point of view and empathize with the difficulties, obstacles, or situations that others face.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Respect-1a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-1b)

Read Standing on God’s Word: Lifting Others Up.”

  • Ask the children to give examples of their own actions where they have helped others feel admired or respected for their good qualities.
  • Talk about how their actions helped the other person(s) in the examples they gave.
  • Read the Bible verse at the end of the class, Philippians 2:3, and discuss how being humble helps us show respect for others, and the benefits of doing this.

Read Tales of Farm Friends: Star: Spirited but Gentle,” and have the children think of ways they can be considerate of those who are younger than them.

Read Standing on God’s Word: Be a Good Listener.”

  • If applicable, recount a time when you didn’t listen to one of the children and apologize for this.
  • Then ask the children to explain how it feels to not be listened to.
  • Read the Bible verse at the end of the class, Romans 12:10, and talk about how listening to another shows that person your respect.

Pray together to be good listeners.

ReadStanding on God’s Word: Considering Others.

  • Bring out how in Nick’s case, it worked out for him to see his grandmother and not disappoint her, while also getting to do what he had hoped to do (playing with his friend).
  • Ask the children if it would have still been better for Nick to honor his agreement with his grandmother, even if he didn’t get to play at the park.
  • Read the Bible verse, Proverbs 3:27, at the end of the class, and ask the children if they can think of personal examples of when they did something for another person at the cost of forgoing something fun they had wanted to do.
  • Follow this up by reading “Kindness Pays Forward,” and talk about how in Nick’s case, his consideration of his grandmother paid forward and she also considered his desire to play with his friend.

Apply the verses of “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Giving” to the acts of consideration discussed so far.

  • Read one verse at a time, and apply it to the topics discussed in this class.
  • Choose a verse to memorize or review. Print out and color the card.

Additional resources:

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: Respect-1a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-1b

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

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Being Considerate Means… (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Being Considerate Means… (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)

Friday
Sep262014

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Spirit Fruit: Kindness

Note to parent or teacher: This 20- to 30-minute lesson plan highlights the following lesson objective: “Study the fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Fruits of the Spirit-2h)

ReadPower-Up Devotional #8: Spirit Fruit: Kindness.”

Memorize or print out the following and place somewhere easily viewable throughout the day: “Kindness is an action of love: it is the visible part of a caring heart.”

Discuss how kind deeds begin with thinking about others and their needs. Read “Love Memory Joggers,” Part 1 and Part 2.

Do the “The Loving Deeds Contest” and praise your children for the areas they do well in, and encourage them in the areas they can do better in.

Optional: Print out on cardstock the pages of “The Loving Deeds Contest,” cut out the eight bookmark-shaped pictures, and color them. You can then use these as bookmarks in your schoolbooks, a magazine, or to mark a favorite recipe in a cookbook. Spread them around in ways that you see them here or there as reminders, or give them out as gifts.­­

Here are some articles on kindness that can be read when you have the time:

Ÿ   Let It Pass

Ÿ   Hurt by Unkindness

Ÿ   1 Corinthians 13 for You Today!”

Ÿ   Fill Up to Pour Out!

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 Fruits of the Spirit-2j

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

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

Monday
Jun022014

0–5 Lesson Plan: Your Manners Matter, Part 2

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute continuation of a 0–5 lesson plan published in 2012 on the importance of good manners. (See “Your Manners Matter” for the first lesson plan on this topic.) 

ReadBright Pebbles: Be Like Jesus.” Do the action on the last page.

ReadIn a Robin’s Nest.”

WatchPlease and Thank You with Little Mandy Manners.”

WatchI Like to Be Polite.”

Have your children think of ways they can be more courteous in their daily lives. Help them write out a list. If you like, illustrate and color it, and place it somewhere visible throughout the day.

WatchIf You’ll Be Kind to Others.”

ReadThe Little Gentleman.”

Discuss why it is important to have good manners and to be thinking of others. [Answer: Good manners show kindness, respect, consideration of others, and as a result, they are a reflection of Jesus that others see in us.]

Have your children think of some act of good manners, courtesy, or kindness that they have been shown recently and have them thank that person for it.

Additional resources:

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 © 2014 by The Family International

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Your Manners Matter, Part 2 (Portuguese)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Your Manners Matter, Part 2 (Spanish)

Tuesday
Mar042014

0–5 Lesson Plan: Be a Sunbeam

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute 0–5 lesson plan on spreading joy and being an encouragement to others.

Listen toSunny Sunbeam

WatchHappiness Is Growing.”  

ReadMy Happy Sunbeam.”

Brainstorm ways in which your children can brighten others’ days. List these ideas on a large piece of paper and illustrate each idea, Place this list somewhere the children will be able to see it throughout the day. At the end of the day, talk of which ideas were implemented and the positive impact it had on your and others’ lives.

ReadSunshine All Around.”

ReadBright Pebbles: Drop a Little Sunshine.” Do the action at the end of the article.               

Have your children pick one verse from “Crazily Cool Card Set: Love” to color and memorize.

Additional resources:

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 © 2014 by The Family International

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Be a Sunbeam (Portuguese)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Be a Sunbeam (Spanish)

Wednesday
Jan152014

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Be Courteous

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan on the follow lesson objectives:

Watch Make Each Step a Loving Step.”

Define courtesy: Polite behavior that shows respect for other people. (Merriam-Webster)

Read What Is Courtesy?

Make a list with the children of courteous behavior they would like to improve in.

Read We’re Having Guests.” Ask the children if they have any questions about things they should do when you have guests.

Discuss local customs for being polite and courteous.

ReadHe’s the Picture, We’re the Frame.” (Note: Better viewing by accessing the PDF.)

Read A Caring Servant.”

Watch The Power of a Smile.” Smiling and helping others are examples of courtesy. Here are some ways the main character in this video was courteous and the good results that were achieved because of that.

  • While preparing for the day, the main character made the decision to put a smile on his face. He didn’t wait for something to happen to make him happy; he decided from the start to be positive and smile.
  • He wasn’t just smiling to look nice, but to help others. The first person he helped with his smile was his mother with the baby. Later, he helped others with his smile.
  • The main character was also concerned about being the help others needed. For example, to cheer up the bird, he sang a happy tune. And when he saw the woman struggling with her cart, he helped her push the cart.
  • Smiling won him friends, and those friends helped him smile at the two people who were arguing.
  • His smile helped people believe that good would come when the gloomy cloud gave way to a rainbow.
  • His happiness and concern for others helped him to show the girl the love God has for her.
  • Ask the children if they noticed other acts of courtesy in the video and what results came from those actions.

ReadSimple Courtesy.” This can be followed up with the activity found here.

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: Courtesy-1abcde

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

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Be Courteous (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Be Courteous (Spanish)

Monday
Jun042012

0–5 Lesson Plan: Your Manners Matter

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on the importance of good manners.

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ReadKing Freddy.

Ask your children what bad manners may look like in your household. Brainstorm with your children polite actions and words they should use daily. You can paraphrase this article covering ten basic manners to teach children.

ReadYou Can Show Good Manners.”

Discuss how being polite and using good manners is an important way to show consideration and respect toward others. Discuss what it would look like and how we’d feel if everyone behaved with bad manners.

Watch song “Manners.”

Read the story “Please” by Alicia Aspinwall, on the importance of saying please and thank you. (Click on the link and scroll down past the first article and poem to find the story.)

Learn the following poem:

Good manners may in seven words be found,
Forget yourself, and think of those around.

Do the activity, “Good Manners Flower.”

Optional activity: Watch “Crawford’s Good Table Manners,” then have a manners tea party with your child. Prepare some kid-friendly refreshments, and demonstrate to your child how to set a table nicely and use polite mealtime words (e.g., “please,” “thank you,” “may I be excused,” “please pass the…,” etc.) as you eat your snack.

Additional material:

Ÿ   Read “Bright Pebbles: God in Us.”

Ÿ   Watch “Kids Character Builder: Politeness, Part 1” and “Kids Character Builder: Politeness, Part 2.”

Ÿ   Read the story “Simple Courtesy.”

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

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Your Manners Matter (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Your Manners Matter (Portuguese)

Monday
Jan302012

0–5 Lesson Plan: Helping Others

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 30-minute lesson plan on helping others. You can divide this lesson plan into two parts for a shorter time of devotions.

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ReadBright Pebbles: Love Is the Best.”

Memorize the first part of 1 Corinthians 13:8 (“Love never fails.”). Help your child write this verse out on a small piece of cardstock, or on a whiteboard, and place it somewhere your child can see it throughout the day.

ReadBright Pebbles: A Reflection of Jesus.” Do the action on the last page.

Watch the song “Little Missionary” (click on “Little Missionary” song title).

WatchKids Like You: Sydney” and/or “Kids Like You: Kayla.”

Talk about how happy those who were shown kindness and love probably felt. Brainstorm, with your children, ways they can help people and show God’s love to others.

ReadBright Pebbles: Lend a Hand.” Do the action on the last page.

Watch the song, “It Comes Back to You.”

Read Bright Pebbles: How Do We Love Others.”

Do the action on the last page of “Bright Pebbles: Love Is the Best.”

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

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Helping Others (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Helping Others (Portuguese)

Monday
Jan022012

0-5 Lesson Plan: I Can Be Kind!

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on being kind.

ReadBright Pebbles: Thoughts and Words of Kindness.” Do the action listed on the last page.

WatchJelly Telly Kids Talk: Kindness.”

WatchLittle Acts of Kindness.” Talk with your children about what type of deeds they are planting.

ReadSharing Every Day.” Talk about how sharing is a part of kindness. See if your children can come up with other practical ways that they can be kind to each other.

WatchJelly Telly Kids Talk: Kindness, Part Two.” Discuss how the kindness the little girl showed was returned.

Watch the song “Do Unto Others” (click on “Do Unto Others” song title).

Watch the song “If You’ll Be Kind to Others,” and/or “A Few Little Hugs.”

Do the activity “Kindness Flower Fingers.”

Memorize Luke 6:31. One way to help your children memorize this verse is by having them stamp out a rhythm with their feet or by clapping their hands as they say the verse. Or, using a yellow highlighter, write out the verse in the center of a piece of paper. Have them trace out the words, and then draw pictures of what this verse means to them underneath or around the verse.

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 © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: I Can Be Kind! (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: I Can Be Kind! (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Sep142011

“Simple Courtesy” Supplement (Character Building: Social Skills: Courtesy-1c)

After reading “Simple Courtesy,” you might want to talk together as a family about ways you can each improve in showing respect to others and being courteous. Maybe you too could plan a way to celebrate your progress later on.

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Courtesy-1c

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DOC: Suplemento de «Simple cortesía» (Cortesía-1c)
DOC: Suplemento de “Boas Maneiras” (Cortesia-1c)

Monday
Sep052011

0-5 Lesson Plan: I Like to Help

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on being a help to others.

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WatchHappy Helper.”

ReadBright Pebbles: Lend a Hand.” Recall some way that your child has helped you in the recent past, and tell him/her a specific reason for how happy that made you.

ReadBright Pebbles: Caring for Things Big and Small.”

Talk about the chores that you (the parent) do around the house to keep it clean and tidy. If your child doesn’t have any chores, take a few moments to talk about what chores he/she can take on. Print out “My Weekly Chore Chart” as a way to help keep track of your child’s chores. Decide on a reward if your child does his/her chores diligently and cheerfully for one week. You could also hint at, and plan for, an extra reward if the child doesn’t need to be reminded.

Watch the video “Helpful Habits.”

Discuss how, at first, it’s difficult to learn new habits—like remembering to do your chores or being cheerful when asked to help. But after a while you will be remembering more often, and forgetting less often. Compare this with another habit that your child has successfully learned.

Memorize the verse Galatians 6:2.

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 © 2011 by The Family International

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DOC: Plan de clase 0-5: Me gusta ayudar (Spanish)
DOC: 0-5 Lesson Plan: I Like to Help (Portuguese)

Wednesday
May042011

“Acting God” Supplement (God’s Law of Love-1g)

The story “Acting God” is to highlight the following learning objective: “Learn what putting love into action means, and that real love results in good deeds.”

As an activity to help implement this objective with your child, decide on one day where you both will “act God.” Write down each deed of kindness performed in a notebook for this purpose.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Law of Love-1g

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DOC: Suplemento de «Representar a Dios» (Spanish)
DOC: Suplemento de “Fazendo o Papel de Deus” (Lei de Amor de Deus-1g)