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)
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:
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Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
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