March 13, 2006

I'd Be Your Princess Lesson Plan

This is a lesson plan I developed for a preschool class of little boys based on the book, "I'd Be Your Princess: A Royal Tale of Godly Charachter" by Kathryn O'Brien. It is designed so you read each short section of her book and then do the activities listed below. It is fun, easy and teaches tremendous charachter lessons. Could easily be adapted for a much wider range of ages. I highly recommend this. Can be combined with the lesson plan for "I'd Be Your Hero" by the same author for the boys in your class.

1. Smile and wave to all people in the kingdom - you are so beautiful

"Let your beauty be of your inner self" -1 Peter 3:4
-Have girls put on princess crowns and gear.
-Have the girls take turns walking up and down the aisles smiling and waving with all the others waving back at them.
-Discuss how we are all truly beautiful by what is inside us and the actions we do.
- Have girls frown and scowl and compare how that felt inside and looked outside to when they smiled.
-Share how our kind actions and choices we make are what make us attractive to people and not what we wear. How God wants us to clothe ourselves with kindness, good deeds and inner beauty

2. Lower the drawbridge -because you are so helpful

"Serve one another in love" Galatians 5:13
- Have girls take turns opening the door for each other.
- Talk about how we are to serve and help one another.
- Share how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and came to serve and not be served.
- Ask them how they can serve a member of their family this week, encourage them to do it.

3. Listen carefully -because you love to learn

" Let us learn together what is good" Job 34:4
a. Take turns looking through the telescope at the pictures on the wall.
b. Have girls practice listening carefully as you tell them names of things
c. Share how the bible encourages us to learn and pay attention to wisdom, how we learn more when we listen carefully.

4. Listen to your opinion -because you know how to make good choices.
"For the Lord gives wisdom" Proverbs 2:6
a. Discuss how God gives us wisdom and our parents teach us how to make good choices. How each time we make a good choice we build trust and show we know how to make good decision.
b. Play Follow the leader to demonstrate how when they make good choices people will listen to them and follow what they say.

5. When someone falls down you help him -you are a good friend
"A friend loves at all times" Proverbs 17:17
a. Have girls take turns helping each other up from a seated position on the ground. While discussing how we need to help each other as friends.
b. Have girls take turns cheering each other on as they each do something fun up on stage. Talk about how we need to encourage and support our friends.

6. Sailing Ship, Hold the Wheel -because you are brave

"Be strong and courageous…for the Lord your God goes with you." Dueteronomy 31:6
a. Pretend you are sailing a ship, let each girl take a turn steering the "wheel" and leading the group. Talk about how they are brave and the importance of that.
b. Share the story of Jesus calming the seas and remind them that God is in control and takes care of them, allowing them to be brave.

7. Bow to the people -because you are humble

"Clothe yourself with humility toward one another." 1 Peter 5:5
a. Teach the girls how to courtesy.
b. Discuss the importance of being humble and not prideful. How we should never think ourselves better, prettier, funnier, etc than each other. But love each other and see the good in all people.

8. Say please and thank you -because you have good manners.

"Show proper respect to everyone." 1 Peter 2:17
a. Have girls ask each other for their crown by saying please and then saying thank you after they receive it. Make sure each girl has one crown at the end.
b. Demonstrate a counter example of "give me that" and taking something then walking away without saying thank you. (You do this not the girls)
c. Ask the girls how that would make them feel and then talk about the importance of having good manners and how nice manners make people feel respected and liked.

9.We would sing -because you love to sing praises to the Lord
"It is good to praise the Lord and to make music to your name O most high" Psalm 92:1
d. sing a praise song (short one) of your choice with the girls
e. mention how God loves hearing our praises.

10. Sharing -because you are so generous
"Good will come to those who are generous" Psalm 112:5
a. Have girls change crowns again to demonstrate sharing.
b. Encourage them to practice sharing with a sibling or friend this week.

10. Being gracious when someone breaks something -because you are kind

"Be kind and compassionate to one another." Ephesians 4:32
-Discuss how we can be kind to others when they may not be kind to us.
-Discuss how God and our parents forgive our mistakes and we need to forgive each others.

11. Dance -because you are good company
"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement" Philemon 1:7
-Have girls dance around the room and talk about being a good guest.

12. Conclusion
-Have each girl remove her princess gear and sit back down together.
- Each of us is special as we are -we are princesses as God made us, we don’t need crowns or castles or a title.
- Our parents and God love us just as we are
- We need to love each other just as they are.

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