10 Month detailed outline and lesson plans focusing on “What is Maturity?

10 Month Outline Subject: What is Maturity?

Submitted by Tanya Selle & Won Shim Dadachanji

  1. September Week 1: “Everything Grows”
    1. Intro to Year’s Theme: “What is Maturity” & Explanation of Growth Stages
    2. Ice breakers: “Straight Face” name game: Going in a circle, kids say the name of kid next to them in a funny voice or accent; the point is for kids saying the name funnily and to not laugh while doing so; do a few rounds.
    3. Give out notebooks and pens.
    4. Ask: What does maturity mean? – Growth through the stages of growth, described in DP (p. 41); everything comes to perfection through undergoing the 3 stages of growth. Give background to how God’s creation took time and investment in order to develop and grow to what it is today. What stage are we at right now?
    5. Ask: HOW can we grow today? Discuss suggestions/ideas. Ex: challenges, read/practice HDH, build relationship with God/parents/family/friends, invest in others (like water & sun for a plant to grow), love enemies, etc. Expound on each idea to include action steps.
    6. We need to help each other grow too. Discuss HOW – by teaching each other and sharing our knowledge/experiences with each other.
    7. Activity: Put kids into groups of 2-3; each chooses a topic to present on (friendship, conscience, honesty, respect, integrity, responsibility to family, responsibility to God, reliability) as a group; each group takes 5 minutes to prepare and then presents.
    8. Give kids guidelines on what to think about/address (write on board):
      1. What does this word mean?
      2. Why is this trait important?
      3. What does this trait mean to you personally? (Ex. from life, home, church, school, friends, etc.)
      4. What could challenge you to become this trait?
      5. How can we practice using this trait in our lives?
    9. Recap: Core concepts of growth stages, helping each other grow, HOW we grow each day – discuss as group.
    10. Pray to close.
  2. September Week 2: Personal Growth – what is it & how do we grow?
    1. What did we talk about last week? Prizes for engaging responses.
    2. Need to grow in ALL areas of life, not just physical or spiritual – BALANCE is key (draw picture of imbalanced person who uses and strengthens only one arm; the other arm is small, weak and shriveled).
    3. Explain our spiritual and physical selves which each need their own nutrition and strengthening; Explain emotion, intellect, and will and how we need to balance each area in order to effectively grow.
    4. Give “plant analogy”: we need sun, earth, water, minerals = HDH , internal guidance, challenges to make us stronger, etc. – We need several things to grow – discuss more of the things we need in daily life to grow.
    5. HOW? Through the use of goals and visualization, we can get to where we want to go in life and grow where we want to grow.
    6. What does everyone want to grow in during the next year? Set specific goals for Sunday School – what do they want to learn or gain or change? Give examples (ex. Be more responsible, help parents out, understand God more, understand myself, stop complaining, etc).
    7. *Write down goals in notebook**
    8. Activity: “Challenges” – give kids the option to do either a “hard” task or a “medium” task; write tasks on pieces of paper & put in 2 separate hats; kids pick out random task – in order to grow you must push yourself when times are most difficult and reach for the “sun” and the “rain” (like plants).
      1. Hard tasks: Do 15 pushups, sing a song to everyone, draw a picture that shows who you are in some way, say something nice about each person, name everyone in the class (and possibly last names), dance to the music (ipod or other), do the plank for 30 seconds, pick someone and take them for a piggyback ride, talk about _____ for a whole minute.
      2. Medium tasks: Challenge someone to rock/paper/scissors, say one random fact about yourself, high-five everyone, tell us about one of your dreams, give everyone a handshake and give a formal greeting, tell us a story about your week, draw yourself on the board, play pictionary with 2 other people, tell everyone what animal they look like.
      3. Recap: Personal growth – reaching a balance and working in all areas of life, challenging yourself; discuss.
    9. *HW: Set a goal with your parents in how you want to grow this year at home. How can your parents help you along the way, and what do you need to do to make it happen? – Write down in notebook.
  3. September Week 3: Grow Relationship with God – what does this mean, who is God, and why a relationship?
    1. **Need blank paper and markers for activity
      1. Kids give in HW and report their experiences. Discuss goals once more, and then segue into topic.
      2. Describe process of creation (look to DP p. 41 again for this) – God is our CREATOR; He/She made everything have a process, including relationships. Why do you think? Discuss.
      3. God cannot make us love Him/Her. Why? God does not want us to be robots. We feel best when others want to love you or spend time with us, right?
    2. Who is God? Discuss: invisible being, energy, parent. Where/when do we see/experience God (Ex. Nature, family, hobbies, myself, with people, alone, etc)? Discuss and pinpoint how kids think/feel about God – is it a foreign thought to some? Is it familiar? Have they had experiences that they could share? Share TF’s and TM’s experiences in nature and my own experiences.
    3. Activity: Everyone draws a picture of how they see God – then show-&-tell it. Point out similarities and differences in pictures and discuss.
    4. Write down in notebooks how we can each experience God/build a relationship with Him/Her. Unofficial HW: ask parents 1) where they see God and 2) how they experience Him/Her.
  4. September Week 4: Grow Relationship with Family & Friends – How can we develop/better our relationships now?
    1. *Quiz (Wk. 1-3)
    2. “Human Knot” exercise: 2 groups, brothers vs. sisters; one person from each group goes out of room while groups tangle themselves up; selected kids come back and detangle their groups. – Let them guess the lesson: we are all connected & everything has a process!
    3. Ask: Why did God give us families/friends? Discuss: we grow mainly in the context of relationships; how we handle the situations that arise when having give and take (practicing respect, patience, kindness, etc.) – come up with examples as a class how we grow and challenge ourselves through relationships.
    4. Why should we love our siblings/friends? – read from TF’s autobiography p. 333 par. 2: “What are siblings…” Discuss overall importance of the relationship.
    5. Describe Give & Take Action (DP p. 22) – atoms, plants, blood flow in humans, between people, etc. Cause and effect; simple exercise: everyone get in a circle and do the “shock chain” – squeeze person’s hand next to you once you feel a squeeze from the other side. We all have an interconnected effect on each other; therefore, it is important that we take these relationships seriously.
    6. Ask and share one by one: How is your relationship with your parents and siblings?
    7. Activity: Get to know each other better – kids share in pairs answers to questions (favorite movie, nationality of parents, birthday, what makes you happy, etc.); then kids share what they learned about their partner (they can take notes).
  5. October: “What is My Mind?” Week 1: What is the Mind? – Invisible but important
    1. What did we talk about last time – who has something to add (experience/thought)? Prizes.
    2. Ask: What is the mind? How do we use it? DP explanation: Original mind – it represents the Subject partner/God.
    3. The mind enables us to make good decisions, right choices, overcome our bodily desires when needed (mind over body) – come up with examples and experiences as a group.
    4. The mind is also the intellect, self-discipline, the internalizing of thoughts, choices, experiences (journaling/reporting), conscience, etc.
    5. The mind is meant to have the power to tell the body what to do, but because of the Fall everything got reversed and messed up. I DECIDE – let kids know that THEY have the power to get back to what God really wanted for His/Her children.
    6. Why is it difficult for our minds to be in control? Discuss and pinpoint the things that make it difficult (i.e., laziness, hunger, tiredness, selfishness, etc.).
    7. What does it look like when our minds are in control? Discuss (i.e., being positive, enduring, being respectful/patient, etc.).
    8. Activity: Divide into small groups and give each group a situation; have to act out the negative and positive outcomes to the situation.
      1. lesson: they ultimately DECIDE their moods, responses, and outcomes to life’s problems; the original mind knows best.
    9. Situations:
      1. Earthquake and some friends are scared
      2. Teacher gives a huge load of HW and everyone is complaining
      3. Siblings upset because mom is not home to cook
      4. Siblings had a bad day at school
      5. You planned all summer for a beach trip but then it rained
      6. Hurricane took out your power so everyone’s bored at home
      7. Discuss how they felt during each positive and negative depiction of the situation outcome. Note that the positive solution allows God into our lives, whereas the negative one does not.
    10. Recap: God is in the Subject position, which was lost through the Fall; our original minds lead us to make the right choices; we can decide today to make those choices when we know they are the right ones, and give our minds (and God) more control and presence in our lives.
  6. October Week 2: The POWER of the Mind – Need self-discipline in order to unleash it
    1. Read and discuss: Cheon Hwa Dang p. 28-32 (till 1st sentence of p. 32) “Thought-Trains ‘All Aboard.'” – power of the mind, role of the ego (barrier to growth), “noise” we experience in our minds when we try to quiet it, etc.
    2. Discuss certain people who have harnessed the power of the mind – monks who melt the snow they sit in, TF in prison (sharing food), etc.
    3. Quiet the mind = meditation practice
      1. Exercise #1: Meditation prep p. 61-64 “Getting Started;” guide mediation for 5 minutes. Discuss experiences – did they have a lot of noise in their minds?
      2. Exercise #2: Energy visualization “movement;” kids close their eyes and have palms pressed together in front of them; they separate hands so they are almost touching; tell them to visualize and feel a ball of energy between their hands that slowly grows and shrinks – the gap between their hands will widen and narrow accordingly. Discuss their feelings/experiences with it.
      3. Have kids write down their thoughts and experiences in notebooks (short reflection).
    4. *HW: Meditate for 3 minutes with a parent – report back experiences with it.
  7. October Week 3: Intellect – Why learn?
    1. Kids give in HW and report experiences to group.
    2. Discussion: Why do we study/go to school? “The Way for Students” p. 109-110: subsections 1 & 2. – We should be people of higher (more heavenly) thoughts, goals, aims, purposes.
    3. Activity: Pair-share about favorite subjects in school OR favorite hobby – why do you like it? How can it be used for God’s will? Share partner’s response to the questions. Discuss own examples (i.e., I like cooking – I can use it to unite people all over the world)
    4. *Quiz (Wk. 4-2) Jeopardy style!! *This game can take a while – be sure to save at least 20-25 minutes for it.
  8. October Week 4: Above our Mind is our spirit (Cheon Seong Gyeong [CSG] p.555)
    1. Why do we learn? Prize.
    2. Ask: What is our spirit and how is it related to our minds? – Our spirit is our eternal essence. Our mind guides our spirit to grow. We must help our spirit to grow by listening to our conscience, which is in the position of our original mind.
    3. What is your conscience? – Who teaches you right/wrong? What is the ‘voice?’ – It points us in the right direction and urges us to make the right decision; a compass; need to sharpen it.
    4. Discuss: ever felt a nagging in your mind when you were about to do something wrong? Guilt can be an indication of your conscience at work. Kids share an experience of following conscience or not.
    5. Activity: “Follow your Conscience” – 1 kid blindfolded; 1 kid is conscience; others are bad influences. Conscience needs to guide blindfolded kid safely to the other side of the room without touching – only using words/directions; other kids shout out wrong directions and try to mislead. Blindfolded kid needs to figure out whom to listen to and to listen carefully. If there’s time, do another round, different people. Discuss how everyone felt and what it means for them in real life. Not always easy to figure out what your conscience is saying.
  9. November: “What is My Body?” Week 1: My Body – God-given
    1. Tell kids to take a moment to look at their hands, feel their hair, arms, etc. What do they see/feel?
    2. DP: “We are microcosms.” WE are the map and blueprint for the rest of creation! – God is in YOU.
    3. Draw picture of how the world is literally made after the idea of human beings: cross-section of earth – core, magnum, crust, trees, lakes, oceans, clouds, etc = cross-section of arm – bone, flesh/muscle, skin, hair, oils/cells, air, etc. Discuss – what else is evident in creation that resembles human beings?
    4. God is the painter and we are His/Her painting – pieces of God can be seen in us (and EACH work of art is totally UNIQUE). Likewise, we can see pieces of ourselves (our personalities) in the things we create/do.
    5. Activity: Write down things you see about yourself – talents, traits, what makes you happy, etc. Draw picture if you like. Share in pairs – then switch pairs. Remember that those things you share are traits of God as well.
  10. November Week 2: Self-Discipline – will/determination
    1. **Need card paper and markers for activity
    2. What was last week? Prize.
    3. Ask: Why should we exercise self-discipline in our lives? – health, other people, preserve/strengthen the physical temple God gave us, personal satisfaction, success, etc.
    4. What can help us to succeed? Discuss – not give up, have goals, positive attitude, inspiration, etc.
    5. Remember your goals from a while back? How is it going? How did/do you put it into practice?
    6. We need determination and desire to accomplish our goals – in the end, only YOU can make yourself do something.
    7. Activity: Make bookmarks with inspirational quotes.
    8. Review for TEST next week.
  11. November Week 3: Outside your Comfort Zone Lies Life’s Riches! – Confidence-building
    1. *TEST (Sept.-Oct. + Wk 1-2)
    2. Ask: Why should we step outside our comfort zones/challenge ourselves? (Illustrate if needed) How do we even know what our limits are? – Fears, things that make us feel insecure, shy or scared.
    3. We need courage in order to build confidence. Discuss: what is courage, what is confidence?
    4. Courage: have kids in 2 groups; each group reads a story of courage (David & Goliath, TF & the bully, or other); then they reenact the story for the rest of the group. Discuss.
    5. Confidence: linked to perseverance and courage together. Come up with examples as a group – when taking a test you are only confident if you studied for it (took perseverance to later have confidence); etc.
    6. Discuss examples of building confidence by facing fears and its other outcomes.
    7. *HW: Take a leap! Me: record what each kid will do to step outside their comfort zones this week. Next week: kids will share about it.
  12. November Week 4: Mind & Body Unity
    1. Each share the HW from last week – discuss experiences/lessons learned.
    2. *Quiz (Wk. 3-3)
    3. **Look in DP, CSG, “Book of Virtues” for explanations since there are so many sources.
    4. Review core points of what we said about the Mind and the Body.
    5. As a group, come up with examples of MBU (choosing not to oversleep or eat candy before dinner, etc.) – why should the mind be over the body anyway? – Mind represents the subject position/God, which was lost in Fall.
    6. What are specific ways to practice MBU today? – Meditation, prayer, nature, self-discipline, obedience, etc.
    7. Exercises: Stare at a partner for 1 minute without laughing. Hold out arms in front of body for at least 3 minutes straight – set a record! Discuss: how did you use MBU? Did you want to give up? How did you push through? Etc.
  13. December: “What is Love?” Week 1: Emotion – What is TRUE LOVE?
    1. What did we learn last week? Prizes.
    2. CSG reading: “God is Love”
    3. Love – compassion, kindness, selfless, service, boundless giving without expectation of return – explain the give & take principle in terms of how love works.
    4. How do we show these aspects of love to each other every day? Ex. What is compassion? Who taught this the most? (Jesus, TF)
    5. Activity: Give small groups each a situation to solve – what is the most loving/compassionate response?
      1. A friend forgot their lunch
      2. If a classmate gets hurt, what do you do?
      3. Someone drops something while walking by you
      4. You get a new videogame – you always win and can tell your friend is sad
      5. In class someone else is called out for talking when it was you who was talking
      6. See person struggling with groceries as the door of the store
      7. What are some other similar situations you have experienced? Discuss.
    6. Recap: True love is a give & take process, unconditional and selfless. Compassion is a very loving character trait. Can practice it wherever we go.
  14. December Week 2: God’s Love – What is it like?
    1. What did we learn last week? Prizes.
    2. Ask: has anyone ever felt like they experienced God’s love? What is it like? Share experiences, if any.
    3. Read from CSG on God’s Love – a parental love, peaceful feeling, nonjudgmental, comforting, sacrificial for children, etc.
    4. Read from TF’s Autobio p. 2 – God is the parent that just wants to carry us and comfort us.
    5. God also shows His/Her love for us through challenges – after all, He wants us to grow and mature! Discuss this point.
    6. Activity: How have you experienced God’s love (parents, nature, alone, etc.) or how do you want to experience it? Kids should write about it and share if they like.
  15. December Week 3: Love in the Family – from TP
    **Need blank sheets of paper for activity
    1. *Quiz (Wk. 4-2)
    2. “School of Love” – what does it mean? Why a “school”? Only place we can really learn about true relationships.
    3. Discuss: How do we experience love in the family? – “Rough love” (like jagged rocks in a bag becoming polished stones through rubbing and chafing), unconditional, “warm fuzzies,” etc.
    4. Can be expressed in different ways: strictness, punishments, responsibilities, rewards, etc.
    5. How do you show love to your family? What are your feelings towards them? Why do you love them? Do you feel you grow and learn in your family?
    6. Activity: Write a letter to your parents/family – show gratitude, thoughts, etc.
    7. *HW: Write down 2 things your family says they love about their family.
  16. December Week 4: GLove for the Creation/Nature
    1. Share HW results – discuss responses (similarities between responses? Differences?)
    2. There is also a love for the creation God made for us – where we exercise dominion over creation (explain Give & Take again).
    3. Discussion/Activity: Go outside. Talk about this creation and how it was meant for us to give joy to and to receive joy from. We must then love it and take care of it.
    4. One way of showing love is through SERVICE. Examples?
    5. Lead kids in cleaning up trash outside or just making the environment nicer.
    6. Take kids into woods for a short mediation: each kid find a “piece of nature” to hold (stick, leaf, rock, etc) and give good energy and gratitude to. Practice give & take of positive energy and love with it and your natural surroundings.
    7. After: Discuss if they feel more energy or peace or not?
  17. January: “Four Hearts” Week 1: Children’s Love – love for parents
    1. Anyone remember last week/month theme? Prizes.
    2. Reading from Unification.net on 1st realm of heart: http://www.unification.net/tfv/betancourt01.html – Discuss.
    3. Ask: What is ‘children’s love’? – practice filial piety, practice reverence for God & parents; we first experience love from our parents – this is also the direct love from God during this time; we learn about authority, laws, discipline, etc., this is only made possible through unconditional love; Ten Commandments (laws)
    4. What happens when we don’t experience unconditional love? What are some examples of people not having the right environment of unconditional love from both a mother and a father? Discuss.
    5. Make sure everyone understands the purpose of the 1st realm of heart.
    6. Activity: Game with chairs in a circle – “Amoeba” statements relating specifically to experiences in childhood – first light questions (I’ve never been to six flags. I’ve had braces before. I’ve never picked my nose. Etc.) then more “serious” (I’m the only girl in my family. I live in Bowie. I do the dishes. Etc.). Kids can come up with statements/questions themselves.
  18. January Week 2: Sibling’s Love – true bother/sister
    1. **Need blank paper and pens
    2. What did we learn last week? Anyone remember what someone else did for “Amoeba”?
    3. Reading on 2nd realm of heart: http://www.unification.net/tfv/betancourt01.html – Discuss.
    4. This is where we share/engage in active Give & Take; with the love of our parents as a background, we can interact harmoniously with our siblings (no jealousy or Cain and Abel drama).
    5. What do we learn by having siblings? – We learn service and living for the sake of others.
    6. Ask: What keeps us from having TRUE sibling love sometimes? – Peer pressure, selfishness, fallen nature, etc.
    7. Discuss peer pressure, its damage, and the ideal that we want to uphold (discuss WHY).
    8. Game for fun: “Paper telephone” on http://www.youthgroupgames.org/game/paper-telephone – Need teamwork and communication in relationships!
    9. *HW: Do one “angel act” for sibling or friend – write about it!
  19. January Week 3: Conjugal Love
    1. Everyone share what their “angel act” was and what happened.
    2. Ask: What is true marriage and what is the purpose of it? – true, selfless give & take, commitment only to each other and both to God. Also, to achieve what Adam and Eve didn’t because of the Fall.
    3. When is marriage for us?? – Ideally we get married (matched/Blessed) after we have developed our conscience and heart through going through the first two hearts successfully – after we are much more mature. We can prepare now.
    4. “True Love Waits” – what does this mean? Keeping pure in preparation for the conjugal relationship and purity within that relationship.
    5. What is Purity? Why should we keep it? And how? – Discuss: having honest, deep connection with God and parents; following conscience; keeping good, healthy, true brother/sister relationships with friends and family; being loyal to your future spouse.
    6. Discuss peer pressure again more seriously – outside forces tell us all the time to do the things that can destroy us, like smoking, doing drugs, or thinking of brothers/sisters in the wrong way. How can we overcome it? – By seeking an even greater influence from good things.
    7. Exercise: “Hang out with God” – Each kid look into your own eyes (with mirror at home) or just close them right now; imagine you are playing a game with God (basketball, soccer, board game, dressup, anything!); Tell Him how your week was, how hard school is, how awesome dinner was last night, how tired you are now, how much you hope you get ice cream today, etc. Just chill with Him for a while and see what you guys talk about. (*Can expand the visualization) Want to share about it?
    8. Unofficial HW: Invite God to stay with you and see through your eyes as you go through this week.
  20. January Week 4: Parent’s Love – Share the heart of God
    1. What was last week’s topic? Prize.
    2. *Quiz (Wk. 3-3)
    3. Ask: How do you think your parents feel about you? Let’s make a list together. What is their love like? (Ex: sacrificial, generous, patient, forgiving, creative, etc).
    4. Through having children, our parents can actually experience the heart of God – one of loving children unconditionally. Ideally, we must successfully go through the first 3 realms of heart in order to become truly loving parents.
    5. When we do something wrong as children, what do our parents normally do? Explain their heart behind harsh responses as well as the fact that parents are not perfect.
    6. How do you think God feels about this world – what with most everyone committing sin and destroying themselves? Beyond heartbroken… because we as His children are so ignorant of even His very existence.
    7. Activity: I will make list of parental traits on board (forgiving, listening, compassionate, etc.); Kids will make small paper hearts (5 each) with tape on back; then each sticks their hearts on the trait(s) they feel that their parents exhibit the most.
    8. Recap all the Hearts and share which one we feel the closest to (ask kids which one they feel is the most interesting or applicable to them).
  21. February: “Three Crowns” Week 1: First Great Kingship – God; Grandparents represent God & Heaven
    1. What was last week’s theme – share one big thing you learned. Prize.
    2. CSG reading p. 2450 on first great kingship.
    3. Elders represent wisdom, heaven, the past, continuity, history, etc.
    4. In this context, we can learn RESPECT – treat others how we want to be treated (Golden Rule), know my value. Respect others, myself, God/elders. Ask: what does respect mean for you? HOW do you respect someone? Make list.
    5. If we exercise respect for all things around us, we can be called respectful people of God, and this is how you earn respect as well. Practice now.
    6. What is DISrespect? Discuss and make list.
    7. Activity: Make two lines in front of white board (one for respect and one for disrespect), each line has 4 minutes to add respect vs. disrespectful things to the list. Discuss results and recap.
  22. February Week 2: Second Great Kingship – Parents represent the present and the earth
    1. Last week’s lesson? First Crown is what? Prize.
    2. CSG reading p. 2451 on second great kingship.
    3. We can learn OBEDIENCE in this context – filial piety to parents means absolute obedience, loyalty, trust.
    4. Ask: WHY do we obey at all? – Because we don’t always know what’s best for us (humility). We also want to (or should) honor and respect our parents even though they are imperfect. WHEN should we obey them?
    5. The opposite (disobedience and arrogance) caused the Fall
    6. It is the basis for so many things in our lives to have a good relationship with parents (share own experiences)
    7. Activity: 4 volunteers; 1 finder of a hidden prize, 1 NO relationship (says nothing); 1 BAD relationship (guides the wrong way); 1 GOOD relationship (guides the right way to the prize); Finder needs to figure out who to listen to and decide whether or not to obey. This is a good analogy for the role of relationships (good, bad, none) in obedience and in our lives. Good relationships lead us to our goals! Discuss how each person felt; recap.
    8. Review for TEST next week.
  23. February Week 3: Third Great Kingship – Children (us) represent unity of heaven and earth & the future
    1. Last week’s lesson? Second Crown is what? Prize.
    2. *TEST (Nov. Wk 3 – Feb. Wk 2)
    3. IDENTITY – Who am I? What do I represent? – Blessed children, we represent the new life from mainstream (fallen world); we need REAL strength and boldness to BE who we are.
    4. We are meant to inherit heaven and earth from God and our parents, which means we must complete God’s ideal of a perfected family and world for all of humanity.
    5. Discuss what ‘BC’ means. How do we feel in day-to-day life? Like we should just go with the flow, submit to peer pressure, etc? We all have unique personalities and gifts that are meant to brighten and better this whole world – do not lose sight of your true identity!
    6. Activity: Write down all of your own good qualities – be as thorough as possible. Share if you want. Pair up for kids to share what they feel the others’ good qualities are.
    7. *HW: Take time in class to write down one thing you can do to respect yourself more (health, spirit, hygiene, etc.), then do it during the week. You will share about it!
  24. February Week 4: The Royal Family – We are the princes and princesses!
    1. Each kid report what they did during the week to respect themselves more.
    2. *Quiz (Wk. 4-3)
    3. “One Family Under God” – what does this mean? Discuss.
    4. God meant for us to be like royalty in that we INHERIT the whole world – Heaven and Earth – and live in love with God at the center.
    5. If we are all so precious and holy, then how should we treat ourselves and each other? Discuss and come up with ways.
    6. How do people in the world today treat each other? – The exact opposite of what God wants (Ex: killing, hurting, cheating, abandoning, etc), like we live in the barn as animals.
    7. Because of our identities (and thanks to TP), WE are really the ones that can help to set a new standard and restore this world to a respectful, joyous, “royal status.”
    8. Activity: “Turn Over a New Leaf” – all kids stand on a blanket and try to flip it over without touching the floor with feet/hands. Lesson: changing old habits/old ways takes work, investment, communication, teamwork, and it is challenging!
    9. Recap core points of Royal Family and 3 Crowns.
  25. March: “Uniting Two Worlds” Week 1: What is the Spirit World?
    1. What did you learn last time? Prize.
    2. Explain the “two worlds” – DP p. 45. Ask/answer any questions kids may have.
    3. Share stories of the spirit world – by TF and other (testimonies); Discuss.
    4. What else is invisible to us but definitely real? (Ex: air, cells, love, feelings, etc.)
    5. Discuss: There is more than meets the eye – ancestors, spirits (good/evil), saints, Jesus, Heung Jin Nim, TF, etc. They do have an influence over us to an extent (good and bad). Some people are more spiritually open than others.
    6. In order to have good protection and guidance in our lives (or in others’ lives), we pray and often make good conditions.
    7. Discuss: What are conditions? Why make them? How do they work (need central figure, time period and object for offering)? Good condition can also be living a virtuous LIFE. Examples of good conditions?
    8. Exercise: Write down good conditions that you can make and do on a regular basis – at home, ask your parents about spirit world.
  26. March Week 2: What is the Physical World?
    1. Small squares of origami paper for activity.
    2. What is the physical world? Make list: earth, universe, me and you, God’s great art, gift to humanity. Visible, tangible.
    3. Everything is interconnected and operates by the laws of give & take.
    4. Read from TF’s autobio p. 29-34: nature and interacting/learning from the physical world.
    5. It is for us to take care of, seek joy from, contribute to – CREATIVITY.
    6. Activity: Origami – teach, make, and then give as a gift to someone else. Put your own feeling, effort, attention into making the origami figure, so that it becomes a truly unique, valuable and precious piece of art. Then, teach a more advanced origami technique. -Pray to close.
  27. March Week 3: “Inner and Outer Person
    1. Human beings are the unity of the spiritual and physical worlds – read CSG p. 558. Cosmos is in me! – DP p. 47. Explain (with picture on board) that we have an invisible mind and a visible body, which is parallel to the invisible spirit world and visible physical world.
    2. BUT, there is a conflict between these worlds because of the Fall – they got separated just like we became separated from God. We are now just completely oblivious to spirit world. Discuss this further.
    3. In order to reunite heaven and earth, we must follow our Original minds – remember what that is? HOW do we follow it? – Live by conscience, live for the sake of others; the Original mind will become more powerful, sharp, and louder for you to follow it.
    4. On white board, draw one BIG person. All the kids will take turns filling it in with “the cosmos” and anything else they feel we human beings embody. How do they feel about themselves now? Discuss picture together.
    5. *HW: At home, draw a picture of how you envision spirit world/Heaven – bring picture to class next week to explain it.
  28. March Week 4: Our Life Here for Our Life There
    1. Show and tell picture of spirit world.
    2. *Quiz (Wk. 4-3)
    3. Read from CSG p. 558 about preparation on earth for eternal life in spirit world. Discuss – what do you think? – 9 months in womb, 70-90 years on earth, eternity in Heaven.
    4. “What you sow is what you reap” – liberation and unity here is liberation and unity there. Everything we do here on earth is recorded! Good deeds reap good benefits, and bad deeds reap punishments.
    5. We essentially CREATE our own Heaven. HOW? How you live, act and think on earth will pretty much determine “where you are” in spirit world. Explain how people who live low lives and who know nothing else will most likely end up in a place that is of similar low energy.
    6. Go in a circle: what would your Heaven include/look like? What would you have to do now to make it happen? Everyone listen to and respect whoever shares their ideas/thoughts.
  29. April: “What is My Purpose?” Week 1: Purpose of Life? – Return joy to God
    1. Someone want to share again what their Heaven would look like?
    2. MBU on earth – Why is earthy life so important? Read CSG p. 560, 4.2 to explain.
    3. Describe (using white board) the four position foundation.
    4. Describe story of Genesis – the creation of the world. WHY did He/She create it in the first place? – Lonely, wanted object to love, wanted to outwardly (physically) express His love and creativity. When we make something with lots of investment and care, we feel happy and proud of it right?
    5. God gave us 3 Blessings – the “recipe” to achieve true happiness. What are they? Briefly explain each. Is there anyone we know of who has actually fulfilled the 3 Blessings?
    6. HOW do we return joy to God? – Through loving God, His creation, others and myself.
    7. Activity: Play Ninja! OR other favorite game – have fun and enjoy life with brothers and sisters.
  30. April Week 2: First Great Blessing – Be Fruitful
    1. Ask: What is our purpose here on earth? – To fulfill the 3 Blessings. Prize.
    2. What does this mean? Draw diagram – Means to grow to maturity (in prep for spouse) like a tree/fruit.
    3. Read from Sunday School packet section 3 on 1st blessing (Tanya has it).
    4. To be fruitful: MBU training with God at the center – HOW? By having God at the center of your thoughts and mind, seeking to understand God, practicing mind over body (alarm clock, candy, hot coals, etc.), growing relationships with family and brothers/sisters and friends.
    5. How do YOU already practice MBU? How do you want to?
    6. Activities: Physical – plank for 30 seconds or queens chair for 1 min; Mental – “Zip Bong” game: http://www.youthgroupgames.org/game/zip-bong
    7. Discuss: how did you practice MBU through these activities?
  31. April Week 3: Second Great Blessing – Multiply
    1. What did you learn last week? Prize for honest response.
    2. *Quiz (Wk. 4-2)
    3. What does this mean? – To have a family and grow in love. Draw simple diagram to explain. Read from Sunday School packet section 3 on 2nd blessing.
    4. Build ideal families with God’s love; “school of love;” what do we learn in the family (review)?
    5. Though you are still children, YOU play a role in building beautiful, Godly families – Discuss HOW. Make a list of how kids can also receive this blessing.
    6. You can look at this in terms of building a world family where we practice teamwork, respect, love, etc – your friends are your brothers/sisters!
    7. Activity: “Clumps” http://www.youthgroupgames.org/game/clumps ;

      “Blob Tag” http://www.youthgroupgames.org/game/blob-tag ;

      “Pictionary Relay” http://www.youthgroupgames.org/game/pictionary-relay

      Play on word ‘multiply’ and using teamwork in activities, meaning brothers/sisters should work together to achieve a goal.
  32. April Week 4: Third Great Blessing – Have Dominion over Creation
    1. What was last week’s topic and what did we do? Prize.
    2. Describe/review the process of creation of the world.
    3. What does this blessing mean? – Exercise OWNERSHIP over creation; take care of environment; WE create the ideal world we want to live in by deciding and taking initiative, and by honing our own skills and talents.
    4. Discuss: HOW can we take ownership over the creation? Share examples/experiences – i.e., see where there is a problem and use creativity to fix it. Come up with more examples about ownership and creativity.
    5. What happens when we do not care about our environment/creation God gave us?
    6. Activity: Skits about taking ownership, taking initiative, being creative, etc. Give groups of 3-4 about 10 minutes to come up with something. They need to make sure it includes something useful/educational for the whole class. The creativity of it is up to them! Discuss after each skit and then after whole activity.
    7. *HW: Do one thing especially nice for the creation – pick up litter, water plants, hug a tree, beautify a garden, feed the birds, etc.
  33. May: “What is My Responsibility?” Week 1: Personal Responsibility – What is it?
    1. Go over HW – what did everyone do for the creation?
    2. Explain: DP – 5% responsibility is mine, 95% responsibility is God’s (draw picture of this)
    3. We all have goals and an overall purpose in life – our portion of responsibility to fulfill those things is 5%, yet it is equal to 100% of our effort. For God’s will and your goals to be fulfilled, you need both God’s 95% and your 5% responsibility. (Touch on freedom and responsibility – why God requires us to make voluntary effort versus forced/predetermined effort. It’s because only then can we be truly free!)
    4. Ask: Remember the goals you made last year? What are they and how is it going? What do you feel your purposes/responsibilities are? (Answer to the best of ability)
    5. Describe and discuss examples of fulfilling personal responsibility: Noah and the Ark, Jews’ belief in Jesus, etc.
    6. Relate to TF’s life: TF was given a mission by God – what was it? He had 3 main purposes and responsibilities with each:
      1. Find the Truth – search and pray/God provides answers
      2. Spread the Word – preach and pioneer/God sent good Christians and gave dreams
      3. Be blessed – prepare/God prepared TM
      4. Discuss
    7. Activity: 1. Everyone picks name out of hat – must secretly serve that person; purpose: be a good person; 5% resp: serve them; 95% resp: provide right opportunities – do throughout next activities. 2. New partners: one is blindfolded other must lead them to find the ‘Truth’ (guide around obstacles in room); purpose: God’s Word; 5% resp: search and trust God; 95% resp: send people to guide you because you are still blind to the truth. 3. Those ‘Truths’ they found have simple clues on them (Ex: “What is the 21st leter of the alphabet?” = ‘U’); work in partners to solve and then solve in whole group – spells ‘UNITY’; purpose: unity; 5% resp: work together fully; 95% resp: God provided clues/answers.
    8. Discuss all 3 activities, and ask about the 1st one.
  34. May Week 2: Responsibility Revisited – How to be a kind and caring human being?
    1. What did we learn last week? Prize.
    2. What makes a ‘good person?’ Make a list as a group and give examples for each kind of behavior/characteristic.
    3. In groups, read stories on ‘Responsibility,’ ‘Kindness,’ ‘Compassion,’ etc. in “Book of Virtues” – then act out (SKIT DAY).
    4. Discuss in groups: WHY should I be this ‘good person?’ Think about lessons in the stories and the outcome of responsible or kind behavior versus irresponsible or mean behavior. Who are good people that I know of who I would want to be like?
    5. Through good deeds, we make God really happy and hopeful.
    6. Review for TEST next week.
  35. May Week 3: “Love your neighbor as yourself” – Jesus
    1. **Need a broomstick or other pole
    2. Why should we be good people? Prize to honest response.
    3. *TEST (Feb. Wk. 3 – May Wk. 2)
    4. KNOW yourself and accept/love yourself in order to fully love someone else. What does this mean? We can’t love someone fully without knowing how to first love ourselves; discuss this point more. Accepting and loving yourself means to respect your body and spirit by having integrity, honesty and by investing in/challenging yourself.
    5. Read “Good Samaritan” story (in Bible or Book of Virtues) and other parables. Discuss.
    6. Can you effectively love or help others when you are upset or unhappy?
    7. Activity: “Raise the Pole” http://www.youthgroupgames.org/game/raise-the-pole – teamwork! Discuss it.
    8. *HW: Do something nice for your neighbor with your parents (write down and solidify in class what you will do) – share about it in class next week.
  36. May Week 4: “Live for the sake of others” – TF
    1. **Blank paper, markers, stickers, post-its.
    2. What did we talk about last week? What did you do for your neighbor? Prize.
    3. *Quiz (Wk. 3-3)
    4. What does this phrase (LFSO) really mean? – Means service, sacrifice, making other happy first, receive vitality elements (explain), etc. Do a “word race” between 2 groups on the white board – how many things can you think of that have to do with service?
    5. Discuss: What is service? WHY serve? HOW do we serve others (even if there is no one else around, can we still serve?)? What kind of heart do you need?
    6. Read TF’s prison story in autobiography.
    7. Does service work when you have anger? Why?
    8. Activity: Make “happy” cards (quotes/pictures) – put on cars in parking lot or hand them out after church. *How else can we serve today?
  37. June: “Why Pray?” Week 1: Pray to Build a Relationship with God
    1. How was the experience passing out the “happy” cards last week?
    2. WHY do we need to build a relationship with God (review)? – Restoration, Fall, coming back to a close relationship with our creator/parent. How do we do this (review?)
    3. Through a close relationship with God, He/She can work and shine through us – He/She is the only one who truly knows us after all!
    4. Prayer is the backbone of spiritual life/life of faith, direct connection/conversation with God; Read book “Prayer” intro section + session 6 & 7 on the power of prayer and TF’s prayer
    5. We build relationships through communication and quality time – likewise, we can build a relationship with God in these ways, through PRAYER.
    6. Benefits: Can come to know God’s heart/feel closer to God, other.
    7. Need personal effort/investment to come to know God; prayer is not petitionary – God is not a vending machine – He/She has a heart. Discuss all these points. What do you think of prayer?
    8. Reflection with notebooks.
  38. June Week 2: Pray to Have Inner Peace
    1. What’s one reason we pray (last week’s lesson)? Prize.
    2. *Quiz (Wk. 4-1)
    3. What is peace? Why do we seek/need it? How does prayer bring it about? Discuss altogether.
    4. What IS prayer? – Center, spiritual air, conversation with God, lifeline, anchor, etc. Discuss.
    5. Read in book “Prayer,” sessions 1, 2, 5. Discuss and share own experiences with prayer – you don’t need to be religious, perfect or spiritually open for it; God just wants to converse with all of His children.
    6. Exercise: Meditation and prayer through peaceful mind (review how to mediate). Lead kids through a positive and relaxing visualization through meadows and calm nature. Do this for at least 10 minutes.
    7. Discuss/reflect on experience.
    8. Review for FINAL.
  39. June Week 3: How to Pray
    1. What are TWO reasons we talked about why we pray? Prize.
    2. *FINAL (cumulative)
    3. How do we pray effectively and sincerely? Suggestions/ideas? Read from “Internal Survival” pamphlet p. 35 on “Tips”. Pray like it’s a conversation or like you’re reporting to God, etc.
    4. Read “Prayer” sessions 3 + 4 on how not to pray, mindset in prayer, etc. Discuss own experiences and then kids’ own experiences.
    5. WHAT do we pray for? What do we say? – Say simply what is on your heart/mind. Like you would talk to a friend or parent. For family, friends, self, deeper things, etc.
    6. Exercises with prayer: Individual prayers in classroom about anything you like (things we talked about) for 3 minutes. Then write down what you felt. Go in a circle and share experiences and if you felt you changed the way you pray from before. Q&A, how can we improve? Discuss.
    7. *HW: Everyone draw names (secret) and pray for the person you choose over the week. Also pray for your family.
  40. June Week 4: My Potential – Unleashed!
    1. Who did you pray for last week and what was your experience?
    2. What does prayer achieve (when done consistently and sincerely)?
    3. A higher mindset, pure heart, sharper conscience, deeper sincerity, helps you to feel more like yourself (give example) – let’s you shine because prayer gives you a clear spiritual foundation and guides you in life, etc. Discuss.
    4. Share inspirational stories: “Success Depends on Maturity”; “A Smile”; “A Simple Gesture” on http://academictips.org/blogs Discuss lessons of stories.
    6. Go in a circle and share the goals made in the beginning of the year – accomplished or not? Share something important/useful you learned this past year; now, everyone repeat what someone else said about their year and congratulate them with a high five!
sixth gradeManish Saluja