The Wisdom Deck


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Wisdom TV

While watching a television show with your family, ask your child to find wisdom cards that would help the show’s characters deal with their problems.

Wisdom Charades

Divide students into two teams. Randomly pick 10 cards from The Wisdom Deck and give both groups one minute to look at their cards. The first player on the first team then draws a card from the deck of 10 and acts out the Proverb using the normal rules of charades (in other words, no talking, and so on). Team One then tries to guess which Proverb it is. You can play it two ways: The team must either guess the chapter and verse or recite the Proverb. Follow the rules of charades for the rest of the game.

Yep, That’s Me

Have a student sort The Wisdom Deck into four piles. The first should contain wisdom that the student believes she’s mastered. The second pile is for wisdom that the student feels okay about. The third pile contains wisdom that the student feels is an area of concern. The fourth pile contains wisdom that either doesn’t apply to the student’s life or is untrue. This activity is primarily diagnostic, but it will also give you an opportunity to provide feedback if the student’s self-assessment is wrong.

What About Tony?

Ask a student to name his wisest friend and his most unwise friend. Then have him sort The Wisdom Deck into piles of cards that (1) apply to the wise friend, (2) apply to the unwise friend, and (3) don’t apply to either friend. The object is to get your student thinking about what makes a person wise, as well as to offer him a chance to evaluate his friends’ wisdom.

I’ll Have One Steak - Medium Rare - and a Proverb, Please

This simple activity involves pulling a card from The Wisdom Deck and using it as a conversation starter around the dinner table. Ask your children (or students), “How does this Proverb affect how you lived your life today?” Your goal is to get your children (or students) to figure out how the Proverb applies to them. You can then continue the discussion by moving into hypothetical situations. You may also wish to share how it applied to your day.

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