Ark Kids Junior: Tools For School

Tools For School Week 2: Discipline Is Good!

Mia learns that sitting in the time-out chair can be helpful.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown From 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader

Big Story optional songs include:

  • soft instrumental music
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, American Ninja Warrior Shirt, Headband, Shorts, Wristbands
Hosts
  • Host and Co-host enter. The Co-host is dressed as if he/she is going to compete in American Ninja Warrior.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m glad that you’re here visiting with us today.

  • Co-Host runs around the stage as the Host talks. He/She jumps around as if dodging invisible obstacles.

Host Jr. Conductors, what kind of game do you think our friend is playing? (Pause) Maybe we should ask him/her. What are you practicing?

Co-Host I’m practicing my ninja training!

Host That sounds interesting. How do you do that?

Co-Host In ninja training we run and jump over things, twist around other things, and even climb under things. It’s a lot of fun…except for today.

Host What happened?

Co-Host I kept running and jumping while my ninja teacher was talking. She made me sit quietly. That’s hard to do. Can you try it, Jr. Conductors? Let’s use this timer to see if you can sit without moving or talking until the timer finishes.

  • Encourage the kids to keep sitting still and quiet.

Host That wasn’t easy. Have you ever had to sit in a time out chair before, Jr. Conductors? It’s not fun, but it can actually help you. That’s what we’re going to discover today. If you think that you can learn something important in the Bible, say, “Choo-choo!"

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, American Ninja Warrior Shirt, Headband, Shorts, Wristbands
Hosts

Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Does Mia seem upset with Conductor Carl? Why?

Co-Host I didn’t know that Conductor Carl didn’t like Mia. I thought they were friends.

Host They are friends.

Co-Host No, he put her in the timeout chair. I thought my ninja training teacher was my friend, but I don’t think she likes me anymore. She made me sit quietly.

Host Both you and Mia were disciplined. Discipline is when your mommy or daddy or teacher gives you a consequence for making a wrong choice. If you whine, you might not get to do something fun. That’s a consequence. That isn’t something bad, even though it does feel sad. Let’s practice our Big Point and find out what the Bible says.

Host Discipline Is Good! Co-Host No way! Discipline can’t be good.

Host It is good. When someone disciplines you, it means they love you.

Host What if your discipline is to not get dessert after dinner because you wouldn’t eat good food?

Co-Host (Shudders) That’s awful. Jr. Conductors, what’s your favorite dessert? (Pause) I wouldn’t want to miss out on eating that.

Host Your mommy or daddy loves you enough to teach you how important it is to eat good food for your tummy before eating something sweet.

Host What if your discipline is to sit in the timeout chair because you hit a friend?

Co-Host You couldn’t play. That would be terrible. Let’s pretend to wiggle like we’re stuck in a chair. I know that would mean your teacher did not like you.

Host That’s not true. Your teacher loves you enough to teach you it’s not kind to hit. Your teacher wants you to learn how to be a friend.

Host What if your discipline is to go to bed early because you were grumpy?

Co-Host Jr. Conductors, make a grumpy face. (Pause) I’m usually grumpy when I don’t get enough sleep. But I wouldn’t want to miss watching my favorite show on the tablet.

Host I know it’s not fun, but your grown up loves you enough to help you learn that we need lots of sleep to be healthy. Discipline is good because it is loving. Even God disciplines us. He only does it because He loves us. Let’s see if Mia will stay in her timeout chair.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, American Ninja Warrior Shirt, Headband, Shorts, Wristbands, Obstacle Course
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter. During the prior video, set up a simple obstacle course on stage using items such as cones, a crawl through tunnel, hula hoops, etc. Make the obstacle course challenging, but still possible.

Host I’m glad that Engineer Kelly helped Mia learn that Conductor Carl isn’t being mean. I think she is starting to believe the Big Point. Let’s practice singing the Big Point,

Host Discipline Is Good!

Co-Host I wasn’t sure if I believed the Big Point at first, but then I heard the verse that she shared from the Bible. I know that the Bible is where we learn true things, so the Big Point must be true.

Co-Host The Big Verse says in Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), “Listen to advice and accept correction.”

Host Accepting correction means that you’re okay with being disciplined. That’s what wise people do.

Co-Host Why are wise people okay with discipline?

Host Do you like your ninja training?

Co-Host Yes, it’s fun! But it is hard sometimes. I have to practice over and over and over again.

Host Does your ninja teacher tell you when you make a mistake?

Co-Host Yep, she tells me how to do it better the next time. My ninja teacher says that she wants to help me become the best ninja warrior. (Pause) Wait a second! That’s why wise people are okay with discipline. It’s helps you do better.

Host That’s right!

Co-Host I have an idea. Let’s practice running through my ninja training course. It’s already set up. I’ll choose some friends to help run through it with me.

  • Have the Co-Host run through the obstacle course once. The kids will follow, and the Co-Host will give them some advice on how to do it better. Allow the kids to run through it again.

Co-Host I liked helping my friends. Let’s clap for them. They listened and did an even better job the second time.

Host They sure did. Wise people don’t mind being disciplined because it helps them get better. God helps us become our best with discipline, too. That’s a reason to worship Him now. Let’s stand and do that.

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Leader
  • (Play optional soft instrumental music.)

Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. Whenever we do something wrong, it’s a wise choice to tell someone, “I’m sorry.” We can also tell God we’re sorry. God loves us and will always forgive us. Think of a wrong choice you made this week, like saying a mean word or hitting someone. Now tell God, “I’m sorry.” (Pause) That’s a wise choice. Let’s tell God, “Thank You” for teaching us to be wise. Everyone, say, “Thank You, Jesus.” I’m thankful we can all learn to do the wise thing.

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, American Ninja Warrior Shirt, Headband, Shorts, Wristbands, Mop, Vacuum
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter

Host I’m so glad that Mia learned our Big Point. She sat in the timeout chair the whole time and learned to make a better choice. We can do the same thing. Let’s practice our Big Point again,

Host Discipline Is Good!

Co-Host King David made a wise choice, too, when he listened to God’s helper, Nathan. He told the truth and learned from his consequences.

Host We all learn when we listen to wise people. It’s okay if someone explains how to do something better. They’re being kind by helping us.

Co-Host We can practice that with our Big Do. Conductor Carl gave us a great idea.

Co-Host The Big Do is to have everyone in your family try something new. Then show it to another person and ask them to help you do it better.

Host There are lots of fun new things to try, like learning to tie your shoes, reading books, or even helping around your house. That’s what we’re going to try now. Let’s have some friends help us mop/vacuum here at the Train Station. That’s something you could try at home. Everyone else can stand up and pretend to mop/vacuum with them.

  • Have a volunteer or two vacuum or mop the stage. Encourage the kids in the audience to stand and play along. Give the kids encouraging critiques on spots they missed to help them finish the job.

Co-Host They did a good job, and they listened to your help. That was wise.

Host I know that all of our friends will make wise choices when they listen to the Big Point. Let’s say it again.

Host Discipline Is Good!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say Discipline Is Bad or Discipline Is Good?

  • Stand up and run in place. Reach out and pretend to tag someone. Shout, “Tag, you’re it!” Who was playing tag in the Train Station today? Mia Did she get in trouble for it? Yes Was she mad at Conductor Carl at first? Yes

  • Let’s pretend to be an important king. What should a king wear on his head? Crown Can you wave like an important king? What was the name of the king in our Big Story? David Did he make a wise choice or a wrong choice? Wrong

  • Can you sit completely still while I count to ten? Don’t move a muscle. (Count to ten) Did Mia sit in her timeout chair the whole time? Yes Did Mia learn that Conductor Carl still loves her even though she was punished? Yes

  • Do your parents and teachers love you, even when they correct you? Yes Is it wise to obey right away when you’re being corrected? Yes Give me a “thumbs up” if you’re going to choose to accept correction this week.

  • What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), “______ to advice and accept correction.”

    • Listen
    • Don’t Listen
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Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
Small Group Leaders
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups. Small Group Leaders, take a few moments to welcome your group.

Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Engage 1 prep: Print and cut apart the matching cards activity sheet for each small group.

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I am so glad you came to visit! We are going to keep learning about wisdom all month. God gives us wisdom when we ask for it. Let’s decide if something is a wise choice or not. If it is wise, jump up to your feet. If it’s not wise, stay on your pockets.

  • Cleaning up your toys: Wise
  • Telling your mommy, “No!”: Unwise
  • Sharing with your friend: Wise
  • Pulling your sister’s hair: Unwise

Great job making wise choices. You are ready to go the Train Station and discover even more about wisdom. Let’s all say, “Choo-choo” together. “Choo-choo!”

Let’s stand and worship Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters. His/Her clothes are put on wrong. For example: their hat is backwards, one side of their overalls is unbuttoned, shoes are on his/her hands, etc.

(Walk out on stage backwards. When you get to the front of stage, stay turned around and wave to the back) Hi, Jr. Conductors! (Turn around) Oh, wait, you are out here! Raise your hand if you are excited to see Conductor Carl at the airport. Oh wait, no…Where are we going? Okay, I think I can get it right. Wave at me if you are ready to ride the train with Engineer Pickles. Is that right? Oh man! I meant Engineer Kelly. I keep making mistakes. I even had a hard time with my clothes today. Do I look silly? (Pause) I really don’t want to look silly when we go to the Train Station. I wonder if I should ask for help. What do you think? Should I ask for help? (Pause) Will you help me? Thank you! I’m going to call on each small group, and when it is your turn, tell me something that about me that I should fix so I don’t look silly.

(Give each small group a turn to tell you something to correct about your outfit. As they do, fix the mistake, if do-able on stage. )

Thank you so much! Do I look better now? I am so glad you helped me correct my mistakes. Let’s turn our eyes to the screen and see what is happening at the Train Station now!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Engage 1 Activity
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Mia is upset with Conductor Carl for putting her in the time out chair. Does that mean that Conductor Carl isn’t Mia’s friend? Conductor Carl put Mia in the time out chair because he loves Mia and wants to help her. Mia was disciplined. Discipline is when your mommy or daddy or teacher gives you a consequence for making a wrong choice. Even though it can make you feel sad, discipline isn’t bad. Let’s practice our Big Point and find out what the Bible says.

Discipline is Good!

Discipline is good because it helps us to learn to make wise choices. Wise people are glad when their mistakes get corrected. Correction gives us the opportunity to change and make right choices. In your small group, you will play a matching game and then decide if someone needs to be disciplined or not. Everyone put a bubble in your mouth and turn to your small group leader.

Small Group Leader
  • Lay out the matching cards and let the kids take turns finding the matches. As they find a match, read the situation and discuss whether or not they need to be corrected. Help them think through the consequences of the children’s actions if they aren’t corrected.

  • Scenario 1: Brandon took Bethany’s toy. Should Brandon be disciplined? Yes Why? So he can learn to ask and wait his turn

  • Scenario 2: Bethany ran away from her mom while they were in the grocery store. Should Bethany be disciplined? Yes Why? So she will stay safe with her mom and not get lost

  • Scenario 3: Ben’s mom told him no ice cream, but he took one anyway. Should Ben be disciplined? Yes Why? So he can learn to listen and obey

  • Scenario 4: Kayden’s teacher asked him to sit at his desk and read quietly. Kayden obeyed. Should Kayden be disciplined? No Why? He made a wise choice and listened and obeyed

  • Scenario 5: Anna and Marissa played kindly with each other in the sand box. Should they be disciplined? No Why? They made a wise choice and played kindly

  • Scenario 6: Brandon’s dad asked him to clean his room. Brandon told his dad, “No.” Should Brandon be disciplined? Yes Why? So he can learn to obey

Leader

Did your small group find all its matches? Great job! Discipline isn’t always fun, but it does show us that we are loved. Let’s watch and see if Mia will stay in her timeout chair.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Basket (1 Per Group), Ball (1 Per Group)
Leader

Leader enters.

Engineer Kelly helped Mia learn that Conductor Carl wasn’t being mean to her. He was being kind and following the Big Point. Let’s practice singing it together,

Discipline Is Good!

Engineer Kelly knows that the Big Point is true because it is from the Bible. Everything in the Bible is true.

In Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), the Big Verse says, “Listen to advice and accept correction.” Accepting correction means that you’re okay with being disciplined. Wise people know that discipline helps them to get better and not make the same mistake again.

In your small groups you are going to throw a ball into a basket. Your small group leader is going to help correct you if you need it so that you can make it in.

Small Group Leader
  • Line the kids up and have them toss the ball into the basket. Have them back far enough so it is a little bit of a challenge. If they don’t make it, offer simple suggestions like come closer, throw harder/softer, etc.

Leader

If you were able to make the ball in the basket, raise your hand! Wow! Listening to correction helps us to get better. Let’s hear a true story from the Bible about when King David was corrected.

Materials:
Small Group Leader

When we do something wrong, it is a wise choice to say, “I’m sorry” and ask for forgiveness. That’s what King David did. Everyone bow your head and tell God you are sorry for a wrong choice you made this week, like disobeying your mom or telling a lie. (Pause) God is so kind to teach us wisdom. Everyone, tell Him “thank you” for His forgiveness. That was a wise choice. Let’s see if Mia has learned to accept correction.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Mia made a wise choice and sat in her timeout chair the whole time! She learned that our Big Point is true, and it was loving of Conductor Carl to correct her. I am thankful that the Big Point taught her something true from God’s Word. Let’s sing it again,

Discipline Is Good!

Conductor Carl gave us a fun Big Do to do with our family this week.

Have everyone in your family try something new. Then, ask someone else to help you do it better. Maybe you could learn to tie your shoes, feed your doggy, or write your name. You all will have so much fun getting better at something new as you follow the Big Point!

Materials:
Leader
  • Did our Big Point say Discipline Is Bad or Discipline Is Good?

  • Stand up and run in place. Reach out and pretend to tag someone. Shout, “Tag, you’re it!” Who was playing tag in the Train Station today? Mia Did she get in trouble for it? Yes Was she mad at Conductor Carl at first? Yes

  • Let’s pretend to be an important king. What should a king wear on his head? Crown Can you wave like an important king? What was the name of the king in our Big Story? David Did he make a wise choice or a wrong choice? Wrong

  • Can you sit completely still while I count to ten? Don’t move a muscle. (Count to ten) Did Mia sit in her timeout chair the whole time? Yes Did Mia learn that Conductor Carl still loves her even though she was punished? Yes

  • Do your parents and teachers love you, even when they correct you? Yes Is it wise to obey right away when you’re being corrected? Yes Give me a “thumbs up” if you’re going to choose to accept correction this week.

  • What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 19:20 (NIrV), “______ to advice and accept correction.”

    • Listen
    • Don’t Listen

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