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A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 5th Grade :)

Seven, Ten, & Eleven; Oh, Please Help Us Heaven!

2020-2021 Annual Curriculum Plans

Daniel – 1st Grade, Faith – 4th Grade, Noah – 6th Grade

I am finding that I need to start looking ahead to highschool years in order to best plan for Noah who is in/very close to being in junior high (we are using 6th grade as a transition year to junior high, which will officially start in 7th). When I get a chance I will check out the following “Homeschooling my teen” link below with basic information from HSLDA. In the meantime, I am scouring the Simply Charlotte Mason discussion forum to find resources and books that the amazing SCM moms consider “not to be missed” in the upper years. The following Book List/Subject Plans below reflect my prayerful research efforts on the forum, and elsewhere, for our 2020-2021 school year. We are looking forward to beginning our 6 year history cycle all over again this year, which will be the last full cycle for Noah before graduating, so I hope to make it count. 🙂

How did my baby get this big already??

The Book of Centuries, Apologia science textbook, Jump In writing program, and Economics studies are the four main additions to Noah’s schedule this school year (he actually asked for a science textbook, which is fantastic timing since that was the plan for junior high anyway). Because this is a lot to add in one year, we are going to take the junior high transition slowly and spread these new studies out over a couple years (BOC is a lifetime study, optimally). I was surprised that we could/should start economics in junior high; who would have thought? The excellent Uncle Eric economics series has 11 books, and is meant to be started in junior high. This is one subject where looking ahead was helpful.

We have found that giving our children a Charlotte Mason feast of subjects to delight in has been an extremely gratifying way to do school. “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  Goethe

 

Book List / Subject Plans

This list is a mix of our family studies and individual studies. All Items without prices have either no associated cost or are already on our shelves at home. Not every living book is listed; many will simply be checked out from the library and are not listed.

Bible:

The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos $12 (ebay offer $15)

Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus – Herein Is Love: A Commentary for Children $15 ($13.19 amazon)

SCM Jashub’s Journal $16

SCM Discovering Doctrine (?)

 

Scripture Memory:

1st term – Psalm 139:1-18

2nd term – The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17

3rd term – Romans 8:26-28

 

History:

TruthQuest History Guide -Beginnings ($30 Christianbook)

SCM Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors

Narration Note Cards for Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors $10

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt $6 (abebooks)

SCM Letters from Egypt $17

Adam and His Kin ($4 thriftbooks)

 

Geography:

SCM Visits to Africa

Hungry Planet

Material World

Halliburton Book of Marvels $40, and videos ($20 thriftbooks)

Artist Study:

1st term- James Audubon

2nd term – Grandma Moses

3rd term – John Constable and/or Beatrix Potter “The Country Artist”

 

Composer Study:

1st term – Brahms

2nd term – Schubert

3rd term – Hayden

 

Poet Study:

1st term – Lewis Carroll by Poetry for Young People Series $7 ($4.50 ebay)

2nd term – Rudyard Kipling ($4 thriftbooks)

3rd term – Carl Sandburg OR Edward Lear (write a limerick) ($5 ebay)

 

Hymn Study:

1st Term – There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

2nd Term – TBD

3rd Term – TBD

 

Character:

Polite Moments $25

Millers Stories and The Character Companion Workbook

The King’s Daughter and other Stories for Girls by J.E. White $6 ($4 ebay)

Tiger and Tom and other Stories for Boys by J.E. White $6 ($4 thriftbooks)

 

Economics/Government:

Uncle Eric Talks About Personal Career and Financial Security $11 ($14 rainbow resource)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy $14

Capitalism for Kids: Growing Up to Be your Own Boss $15

The Cabinet, The Supreme Court, The Congress, The Presidency (4 books) by Gerald Johnson

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Current Events:

God’s World News articles (magazine subscription)

 

Poetry Writing:

The Roar On the Other Side

 

Drawing and Painting:

Drawing Textbook by Bruce McIntyre $17 (Rainbow Resource $9)

The Laws Guide to Nature Journaling and Drawing Poetry

 

Writing and Narration:

Jump In Teachers Guide by Sharon Watson $12.50 ($13 thriftbooks)

Jump In (student workbook) $14 ($11 homeschoolbooksmart)

Teacher’s Manual for Jump In Workbook $5 ($4 thriftbooks)

Blank Books for story writing ($18 Rainbow Resource)

 

Science:

Signs & Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy $32

The Storybook of Science by Fabre $15 (Rainbow Resource)

Apologia General Science textbook and Tests and Solutions Manual (ebay $22)

 

Nature Study:

Nature Journals

SCM Learning About Birds with Thornton Burgess $11

Burgess Bird Book for Children $11 ($10 Rainbow Resource)

 

Math:

Kahn Academy

Life of Fred

Math U See Zeta Instruction Manual ($11 abe books)/Algebra and Decimal Insert Kit?

 

Book of Centuries: *

Riverbend Press Book of Centuries $35, or Laurie Bestvater Book of Centuries $37

 

Spanish:

Children’s spanish or bilingual picture books

Knowitall.org Spanish Videos

 

Spelling and Grammar:

Spelling Wisdom

Using Language Well

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Vocabulary:

Noah Webster’s Dictionary 1828

 

Handwriting:

Book of Mottoes

Hymns in Prose $12

Print to Cursive $15

 

Reading:

4th Grade Pathway Reader

1st and 2nd Grade Pathway Readers

 

Literature:

Narnia Series

The Hobbit

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Walter Farley Stallion Books

White Fang and Call of the Wild

Animal Farm

On the Far Side of the Mountain

Mountain Born

Life of David Crockett by Davey Crockett

 

Piano:

Simplymusic.com video lessons

 

Typing:

Mavis Beacon

 

Shakespeare:

How to Teach Your Kids Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig $21 ($6 Cheapbooks)

 

School Supplies List

So far at least…..;)

  • 1 Tops Composition Book $1.50, OR $9 Vintage Composition Book 
  • 1 Ruled Notebook for Spelling and Vocab $24
  • 1 Five Subject Notebook for Apologia $8
  • 1 4th Grade Writing Notebook (LWT) $4
  • 1 Learning Without Tears 4th-5th Pack of Paper $8
  • 3 Micron Pigment Ink Pens/Pilot Razor V Pens (for Book of Centuries)
  • 1 Sketchbook for His Story *

 

 

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May Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Neat

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

Norman Rockwell's America (Abradale): Christopher Finch ...

  • Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Haydn

 

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Poet: Maya Angelou

  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:


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  • Pray for neatness.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on neatness.

   Neat:

  • Orderly; tidy; harmonious arrangement; well kept.
  • Jesus made it clear that men are defiled by what is in their hearts and that godliness is not attained by what we eat or don’t eat or by how often we wash our hands (Matthew 7:18-23). At the moment of salvation, we are made completely clean and righteous before God and only then can we share in His godliness.
  • Why do we want to keep our homes neat? Writing Assignment: What is so special about home and family?

Home is where our heart is and so home is where ministry happens. Ministry is meeting the needs of others in a way that opens their heart to God. When we make home as fun as possible it helps form strong family ties (rather than friends houses or outside activities being the greater draw). Our yearbooks capture many of our beautiful moments. Read alouds, family movie nights, game nights, tea times, traditions, and special homemade foods all help to enrich home and family life. When we make our homes vibrant and warm, we are nurturing each others’ spirits and winning each others hearts. It is in our homes where God has the most undistracted access to our hearts and minds. The home is a God designed dynamic learning environment for children. We as a family commit to being at home, together, a lot, in order to build our home. We desire a slower paced environment and atmosphere in our home, where our children can soak and drink deeply of God, rather than us always rushing in and out, building up much of our lives outside of home, and separately. With some intentional thought, we can make our home a place that we prefer over any other place. May we always think of home as the best place to be.

  • We long for the peace that comes from a well-managed home and a well-tended soul. How does being neat help us to have peace?
  • When your room has items laying around everywhere, the dishes are piled high, the laundry hasn’t been done in weeks, and you are crawling around in dirt when you play, how do you feel? How do messes make a chaotic and and stressful atmosphere? Whether we like to admit it or not, our environment and those things in it can really affect our moods. Lets list as many words as we can think of to describe how it can make us feel. (Stressed, anxious, frustrated, distracted, hopeless, discouraged, etc.)
  • What are some time suckers that leave you with less time to stay organized and neat?
  • What are some things that are nice to have in place the night before so that the morning is more pleasant? Picking up your room and the house, doing dishes, hanging up your clothes all before bed is like giving yourself a gift for tomorrow. How do you think that is so?
  • Summer is coming and along with free time, creativity, and looser schedules often comes messiness, carelessness, and neglect. What can we do to make a plan to prevent some of the problme this summer?
  • Never leave a room empty handed (leave a room as you left it)One of the best things you can do to keep your home de-cluttered and cleaned is to keep the rooms you leave as you left them (once they are already clean and de-cluttered). So if you bring a book into the living room to read, then put it back on the bookshelf when you’re done. If you have a cup of coffee in your chair by the window, then take it to the kitchen when you leave. Get into the habit of looking around the room you’re leaving for anything that you can put away on your way out. Doing this regularly will make a huge difference in the state of your home.
  • “A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place” -Benjamin Franklin

When things don’t have a place to go, they will begin to pile up. So the old motto, “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” is particularly important to keeping a de- cluttered home. When new things come into your home designate a place that it will go right away, and put it there. This way you can always know where to put things back when you’re done with them and nothing will end up lingering in spaces for too long because you don’t know where to put them. Practice this principle: walk around the house, ask “Is everything where it should be?,” and make a game out of finding things out of place.

  • Discuss a creating a cleaning rotation schedule vs. a whole family clean up day/half day once a week. Which is preferable to you?
  • Organize a space that needs arranging and cleaning out.
  • For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 1 Timothy 3:5
  • Prince Tatters
  • “He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions.” -Johann Kasper Lavater

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella or with worship videos, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study where we all make contributions and lead out

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Scripture Memory:

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost – 1874-1963

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – My Story.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 Edition - By: Noah Webster

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Literature Read Aloud:

Amazon.com: Treasure Island (Annotated With Over 140 Illustrations ...

 

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • free online classics

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • free online classics

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (3x a week)

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Living Math Books

 

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Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Strathmore ((467-8 STR-467-8 48 Sheet No 140 Watercolor Art Journal, 8.5 by 11", 8.5"x11", 24

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish Edition): Brown ...

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Truck Art with Daniel

Make a Norman Rockwell inspired Saturday Evening Post illustration

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Spring Cleaning

 

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Hand Print Card for Father’s Day

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Fieldtrips:

Nature Excursions

 

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April Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Patience

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

Strong in the WordImage result for salad bar beef joel salatin

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

Norman Rockwell's America (Abradale): Christopher Finch ...

  • Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Haydn

 

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Poet: Maya Angelou

  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Romans 8:25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

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  • Pray these “scripture guided prayers for patience”.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on patience.

   Patience:

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella or with worship videos, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study where we all make contributions and lead out

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Scripture Memory:

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost – 1874-1963

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

Image result for ozchin blue notebook

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – My Story.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 Edition - By: Noah Webster

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Literature Read Aloud:

Amazon.com: Treasure Island (Annotated With Over 140 Illustrations ...

 

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Image result for Even Donkey’s Speak & other Stories of God’s Miracles in Asia

Image result for little house books

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • free online classics

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

Image result for scm visits asiaImage result for material world

 

 

Image result for hungry planet book

 

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Living Book List:

  • free online classics

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Book 7 and 8 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (3x a week)

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Living Math Books

 

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Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

Image result for laws nature guide

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Strathmore ((467-8 STR-467-8 48 Sheet No 140 Watercolor Art Journal, 8.5 by 11", 8.5"x11", 24

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish Edition): Brown ...

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Image result for arkangel shakespeare midsummer's night dreamImage result for tales from shakespeare by charles and mary lamb

Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

Image result for little house on the prairie

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make a Starry Starry Night Painting and a Bedroom at Arles sketch

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Truck Art with Daniel

Prepare an Easter Garden Basket

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Spring Clean

 

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Plan and Plant a Garden

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Find Ways to Help Others

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Fieldtrips:

Nature Excursions

 

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March Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Gardening

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Helpful

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

Strong in the WordImage result for salad bar beef joel salatin

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Artist: Van Gogh

  • What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh?

Composer: Haydn

 

Image result for poetry for young people maya angelou

  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world  as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

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  • Pray these “scripture guided prayers for helpers”.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on mercy.

          Helpful:

  • Bring back the nostalgia of our little years with We Help Mommy

  • Review our “Go to the Ant” chart

  • Read Created for Work

  • Who can you help? What could you help with when you were younger? What can you help with now that you are bigger? Share memorials of God’s goodness (pictures, slideshow, or movie of little helpers helping out through the years).
  • The Ants and the Grasshopper “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6
  • Work While You Work “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23, “No man can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24
  • Dust Under the Rug “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” Luke 16:10
  • The Week of Sundays “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” Proverbs 21:17
  • The Sheep and the Pig (contrast with the Little Red Hen) “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Which Loved Best? “Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth” 1 John 3:18
  • Beautiful Hands “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • RebeccaThere is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
  • King Alfred and the Cakes (scroll up a few pages) “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • For Want of a Horseshoe Nail (little duties neglected bring great downfalls)
  • The Husband who was to Mind the House (respect the hard work others do) “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, (especially those who have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction!), and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  • Mother Holly Do you only work if you know there will be a reward? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” –John Wesley

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella or with worship videos, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study where we all make contributions and lead out

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Scripture Memory:

Review:

  • Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
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A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost – 1874-1963

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – My Story.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

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Literature Read Aloud:

 

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • A Night to Remember, starring Kenneth Moore
  • The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck
  • Paperboy by Mary Kay Kroeger*
  • When Willard Met babe Ruth, by Donald Hall
  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Celenza
  • Rocks in His Head by Carol Hurst*
  • Leah’s Pony by E. Friedrich
  • Don’t Forget Winona by Jeanne Peterson*
  • Dust Bowl by David Booth
  • Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley*
  • What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Norman Rockwell Storybook by Jan Wahl
  • Twenty and Ten by Claire Bishop
  • Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton
  • House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert de Jong*
  • Heroes in Plenty by Theodora DuBois
  • Farm Summer 1942 by Donald Hall
  • When I was Nine by James Stevenson
  • Higher on the Door by James Stevenson*

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

 

  • A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story: A Tale Told with Tangrams

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Book 7 and 8 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (3x a week)

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Living Math Books

 

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Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Strathmore ((467-8 STR-467-8 48 Sheet No 140 Watercolor Art Journal, 8.5 by 11", 8.5"x11", 24

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make a Starry Starry Night Painting and a Bedroom at Arles sketch

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Prepare an Easter Garden Basket

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Spring Clean

 

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Plan and Plant a Garden

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Find Ways to Help Others

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Fieldtrips:

  • Gem and Mineral Show

 

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February Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Valentines Day

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Merciful

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Artist: Van Gogh

  • What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Van Gogh by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman

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  • The Story of Peter Tschaikowsky by Opal Wheeler (biography)

 

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  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

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  • Pray these prayers for mercy.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on mercy.

          Mercy:

  • Merciful: Graciously forbearing and forgiving; kindly withholding punishment due to an offender; compassionate. The definition of mercy seems to suggest the role of someone in power who decides what happens to a person who has made a poor choice, so they could be shown shown compassion for their terrible circumstances and forgiven for their behavior. Justice on one hand involves the dispensing of deserved punishment for wrongdoing, and mercy is all about pardon and compassion for an offender. Journal prompt: How can God’s Mercy and Justice possibly work together?
  • Journal prompt: Why is God’s judgment necessary and even merciful? Because it preserves order–without law enforcement, criminals and ruffians would wreak havoc. Because it encourages morality–without boundaries & consequences, children would grow wild. Because it shows that God really cares–without justice, who could really trust in God? Because it allows him to show mercy–for what is mercy if there is no judgment? And God delights to show mercy even at the moment of judgment. Christianity is unique in that God’s mercy is shown through His justice. There is no setting aside of justice to make room for mercy. The Christian doctrine of penal substitution states that sin and injustice were punished at the cross of Christ and it’s only because the penalty of sin was satisfied through Christ’s sacrifice that God extends His mercy to undeserving sinners who look to Him for salvation.
  • Who are some historical figures that exemplify mercy? (Good Samaritan, George Mueller, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, etc.)
  • God delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18) It is not drawn from him unwillingly; it is not forced out of him; it is not dragged out of his heart by the cries of his children; but he delights in the very pleasure of showing mercy to the miserable. God is very just, but the Word of God does not say anywhere that He delights in justice. Does our own heart delight in extending mercy or justice (what is fair and “right”)?
  • And shall we, who owe everything we possess, everything we hope for, to the unmerited grace of God, deny mercy to our fellow-creatures? Shall we, who must perish eternally, unless God be full of compassion towards us—be lacking in pity towards those who are in any measure dependent for their comfort on us? Remember the parable of the unforgiving steward? “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7
  • Lessons on forgiveness
  • Having another person walk alongside us is encouraging. To encourage simply means to help another person find the courage he or she needs to continue on. When we are miserable, it usually feels better if we know someone cares about our sadness. Is there a friend or family member you can come alongside to encourage them during a hard time right now? How do you think they feel? What are their needs and how can you meet them?
  • Seeking God’s Heart
  • And what are the fruits of mercy? Kind words? Sorrowful looks? Tears of pity? These are merely its blossoms, but substantial acts of kindness are the fruits. Mercy is a passion that begins in sympathy but it does not stop there—it leads to action. It is not mere sentimentalism, which sighs and weeps—yet does nothing more. Mercy needs a quick, discerning eye, a gentle hand, a tender heart. They flee the scenes of wretchedness, and never venture down into the dark and gloomy abodes where misery dwells in all its loathsome and repulsive forms. At such sights, their senses are offended, their feelings are shocked, their comforts are interrupted, and they resolve to expose themselves no more to the scene of misery. But mercy, like the physician, consults not her pleasure, but the calls of duty; and bracing up her nerves, and fortifying herself with motives, and kindling all her courage—flies to the scene of need and suffering. Mercy goes the dirty and narrow alley, where the poorest of the poor herd together, amid poverty, and wretchedness, and vice; where there is everything to offend every sense, and some new shape of misery or ‘specter of deprivation’ crosses his path at every step; where sounds which seem the wailings and blasphemies of the damned, at every step, come across his ear; see this herald of mercy, trembling, yet pressing onward, through all these horrors, to reach a hovel in the center of this earthly hell, where, amidst filth, and poverty, and disease, lies gasping a human being, to whom he is anxious to convey the comforts of one world, and the hopes of another. This is mercy! Mercy goes paces over the globe in search of misery, diving into the depths of dungeons, plunging into the infection of hospitals, surveying every building in which society inflicts or hides away sorrow and pain. This is mercy. The heroine, who, urged by the mighty impulses of her own brave heart, in opposition to kind advice, and as it seemed at first with neglect of prudence, but as we see now, under the protection of God, whose messenger she was, ventured within the walls of a prison, where, in addition to all that could offend the eye, the ear, the touch, the smell—there was everything to shock the moral sense. See this astonishing woman, descending from splendor to place herself amidst scenes of living, crawling filth, and leaving for a season the pure and quiet endearments of her home—to collect around her a band of furies, maddened at once by disease and vice; and all this for the simple purpose of reforming creatures considered by society beyond any hope, and below every effort for their improvement. This is mercy. (Grace Gems)
  • We are able to have mercy on someone with whom we can empathize with. Take time to learn about empathy. Read Stand in My Shoes and One Thousand Tracings.

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  • Discuss the “two parts of showing empathy”:
    • 1) Think about what the other person is feeling. How would you feel in that situation? (You could say “You must feel ____________” to show someone understanding)
      2) Think about what that other person/needs wants. What would you need or want from others in that situation?
  • Practice “standing in others shoes” by doing role play. Some shoes aren’t easy to fit into (i.e. situations more removed from our own personal experiences may require more effort to understand). Provide shoe boxes with different types of shoes that represent the feet of various people in various situations as described on “scenario cards” placed in the boxes. Children open the boxes and respond to the situations described on the scenario cards using the “two parts of showing empathy”. Scenario card examples:
      • I am staying home today because my stomach doesn’t feel right. Actually, my mom and dad divorced this summer and I don’t get to see my dad very much now. Everything has changed so much at home and it is all I can think about. This is my third day to miss school so far and my mom says she’ll lose her job if she has to keep taking off of work to stay home with me.  Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am the mom of one little girl and we’re homeless right now. It’s not like we’re living on the streets, though. We’re in this nice program where we get to live at a church for two weeks before we have to go to another church. The people feed us and we have a place to sleep and shower. I used to be a Librarian but I don’t have a job now, so I’m looking for work so that I can find somewhere for us to live and be able to pay the bills. Put yourself in place of me. How do I feel? What do I need? What does my daughter need?
      • I am a baby and something’s not right so I’m going to the Doctor. I haven’t been sleeping well so I’ve been kind of fussy lately. It could be that I’m cutting some teeth, but mom’s not sure. I cry all the time and it is driving my brother and sisters crazy. I’m too young to explain how I’m feeling because I don’t talk yet. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a fourth grader. I really struggle with math assignments and it takes me longer than everyone else to finish our worksheets. Sometimes I steal pencils so that I don’t have to waste time looking for one. If someone treis to talk to me when I am working sometimes I snap at them and say mean things. I am trying to concentrate because I know I am not going to do well anyway. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I just moved here from a foreign country. My English is not very
        good yet and I have a strong accent. I don’t understand a lot of the classroom rules so I keep making mistakes. My teacher gives me a lot more chances than other people in my class because I am new. But it makes people not want to be my friend because they don’t think that’s fair. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a mom and teacher and I really want my kids to learn and reach
        their goals. I have several students in my school that are all very different and all need me to help them. When I was working with one, others kept coming to the table with questions and accidentally interrupted what we are doing. I stood up and demanded that everyone return to their seats and to not get up in an angry voice. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a third grade girl and I got a REALLY bad haircut. I got gum in my hair and my mom had to cut it out. The person at the salon couldn’t even fix it! Everyone has noticed and it has put me in a really bad mood. I just want to be by myself. I don’t even want to be around my friends. Put
        yourself in my shoes.

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella or with worship videos, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study where we all make contributions and lead out

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Scripture Memory:

1 Corinthians 13

Review:

  • Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91
  • February Verses

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden–
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water
We gather every day,–
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – My Story.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

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Literature Read Aloud:

 

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • The seasons sewn : a year in patchwork / written by Ann Whitford Paul
  • Cowboy jamboree : western songs & lore / collected and told by Harold W. Felton
  • Mr. Yowder and the Windwagon / written and illustrated by Glen Rounds
  • The brave cowboy / Joan Walsh Anglund
  • Elfego Baca [videorecording] : legendary heroes / Walt Disney Pictures
  • Charlie drives the stage / by Eric A. Kimmel
  • Iron horses / by Verla Kay
  • The Eskimo : Arctic hunters and trappers / by Sonia Bleeker
  • Mike Fink : a tall tale / retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg
  • Molly’s pilgrim / by Barbara Cohen
  • Nils [by] Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • The hundred dresses / by Eleanor Estes
  • The bright design / illus. by Charles Michael Daugherty
  • The value of patience : the story of the Wright brothers / by Spencer Johnson
  • It’s a wonderful life [DVD videorecording] / screenplay by Frances Goodrich
  • Town mouse house : how we lived one hundred years ago / Nigel Brooks & Abigail Horner
  • A boy named FDR : how Franklin D. Roosevelt grew up to change America / by Kathleen Krull

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Kampung Boy by Lat
  • The way we do it in Japan / written by Geneva Cobb Iijima
  • Families of Japan

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Book 7 and 8 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

 

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Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make Valentines

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Make a Starry Starry Night Painting

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100th Day Celebration!

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Fieldtrips:

  • Mother Daughter Valentines Tea
  • Monument Crisis Center Service Project
  • Black Diamond Mines
  • K-Love Tour
  • Amtrak to Sacramento/Underground City Tour

 

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December Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Merciful

Bible: 1 John

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Artist: Van Gogh

  • What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Van Gogh by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman

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  • The Story of Peter Tschaikowsky by Opal Wheeler (biography)
  • Sing for Christmas by Opal Wheeler
  • Maestro Classics: Peter Tschaikowsky (music cd)

 

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  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

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  • Pray these prayers for mercy.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on mercy.

          Mercy:

  • Merciful: Graciously forbearing and forgiving; kindly withholding punishment due to an offender; compassionate. The definition of mercy seems to suggest the role of someone in power who decides what happens to a person who has made a poor choice, so they could be shown shown compassion for their terrible circumstances and forgiven for their behavior. Justice on one hand involves the dispensing of deserved punishment for wrongdoing, and mercy is all about pardon and compassion for an offender. Journal prompt: How can God’s Mercy and Justice possibly work together?
  • Journal prompt: Why is God’s judgment necessary and even merciful? Because it preserves order–without law enforcement, criminals and ruffians would wreak havoc. Because it encourages morality–without boundaries & consequences, children would grow wild. Because it shows that God really cares–without justice, who could really trust in God? Because it allows him to show mercy–for what is mercy if there is no judgment? And God delights to show mercy even at the moment of judgment. Christianity is unique in that God’s mercy is shown through His justice. There is no setting aside of justice to make room for mercy. The Christian doctrine of penal substitution states that sin and injustice were punished at the cross of Christ and it’s only because the penalty of sin was satisfied through Christ’s sacrifice that God extends His mercy to undeserving sinners who look to Him for salvation.
  • Who are some historical figures that exemplify mercy? (Good Samaritan, George Mueller, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, etc.)
  • God delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18) It is not drawn from him unwillingly; it is not forced out of him; it is not dragged out of his heart by the cries of his children; but he delights in the very pleasure of showing mercy to the miserable. God is very just, but the Word of God does not say anywhere that He delights in justice. Does our own heart delight in extending mercy or justice (what is fair and “right”)?
  • And shall we, who owe everything we possess, everything we hope for, to the unmerited grace of God, deny mercy to our fellow-creatures? Shall we, who must perish eternally, unless God be full of compassion towards us—be lacking in pity towards those who are in any measure dependent for their comfort on us? Remember the parable of the unforgiving steward? “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 
  • Lessons on forgiveness
  • Having another person walk alongside us is encouraging. To encourage simply means to help another person find the courage he or she needs to continue on. When we are miserable, it usually feels better if we know someone cares about our sadness. Is there a friend or family member you can come alongside to encourage them during a hard time right now? How do you think they feel? What are their needs and how can you meet them?
  • Seeking God’s Heart
  • And what are the fruits of mercy? Kind words? Sorrowful looks? Tears of pity? These are merely its blossoms, but substantial acts of kindness are the fruits. Mercy is a passion that begins in sympathy but it does not stop there—it leads to action. It is not mere sentimentalism, which sighs and weeps—yet does nothing more. Mercy needs a quick, discerning eye, a gentle hand, a tender heart. They flee the scenes of wretchedness, and never venture down into the dark and gloomy abodes where misery dwells in all its loathsome and repulsive forms. At such sights, their senses are offended, their feelings are shocked, their comforts are interrupted, and they resolve to expose themselves no more to the scene of misery. But mercy, like the physician, consults not her pleasure, but the calls of duty; and bracing up her nerves, and fortifying herself with motives, and kindling all her courage—flies to the scene of need and suffering. Mercy goes the dirty and narrow alley, where the poorest of the poor herd together, amid poverty, and wretchedness, and vice; where there is everything to offend every sense, and some new shape of misery or ‘specter of deprivation’ crosses his path at every step; where sounds which seem the wailings and blasphemies of the damned, at every step, come across his ear; see this herald of mercy, trembling, yet pressing onward, through all these horrors, to reach a hovel in the center of this earthly hell, where, amidst filth, and poverty, and disease, lies gasping a human being, to whom he is anxious to convey the comforts of one world, and the hopes of another. This is mercy! Mercy goes paces over the globe in search of misery, diving into the depths of dungeons, plunging into the infection of hospitals, surveying every building in which society inflicts or hides away sorrow and pain. This is mercy. The heroine, who, urged by the mighty impulses of her own brave heart, in opposition to kind advice, and as it seemed at first with neglect of prudence, but as we see now, under the protection of God, whose messenger she was, ventured within the walls of a prison, where, in addition to all that could offend the eye, the ear, the touch, the smell—there was everything to shock the moral sense. See this astonishing woman, descending from splendor to place herself amidst scenes of living, crawling filth, and leaving for a season the pure and quiet endearments of her home—to collect around her a band of furies, maddened at once by disease and vice; and all this for the simple purpose of reforming creatures considered by society beyond any hope, and below every effort for their improvement. This is mercy. (Grace Gems)
  • We are able to have mercy on someone with whom we can empathize with. Take time to learn about empathy. Read Stand in My Shoes and One Thousand Tracings.

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  • Discuss the “two parts of showing empathy”:
    • 1) Think about what the other person is feeling. How would you feel in that situation? (You could say “You must feel ____________” to show someone understanding)
      2) Think about what that other person/needs wants. What would you need or want from others in that situation?
  • Practice “standing in others shoes” by doing role play. Some shoes aren’t easy to fit into (i.e. situations more removed from our own personal experiences may require more effort to understand). Provide shoe boxes with different types of shoes that represent the feet of various people in various situations as described on “scenario cards” placed in the boxes. Children open the boxes and respond to the situations described on the scenario cards using the “two parts of showing empathy”. Scenario card examples:
      • I am staying home today because my stomach doesn’t feel right. Actually, my mom and dad divorced this summer and I don’t get to see my dad very much now. Everything has changed so much at home and it is all I can think about. This is my third day to miss school so far and my mom says she’ll lose her job if she has to keep taking off of work to stay home with me.  Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am the mom of one little girl and we’re homeless right now. It’s not like we’re living on the streets, though. We’re in this nice program where we get to live at a church for two weeks before we have to go to another church. The people feed us and we have a place to sleep and shower. I used to be a Librarian but I don’t have a job now, so I’m looking for work so that I can find somewhere for us to live and be able to pay the bills. Put yourself in place of me. How do I feel? What do I need? What does my daughter need?
      • I am a baby and something’s not right so I’m going to the Doctor. I haven’t been sleeping well so I’ve been kind of fussy lately. It could be that I’m cutting some teeth, but mom’s not sure. I cry all the time and it is driving my brother and sisters crazy. I’m too young to explain how I’m feeling because I don’t talk yet. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a fourth grader. I really struggle with math assignments and it takes me longer than everyone else to finish our worksheets. Sometimes I steal pencils so that I don’t have to waste time looking for one. If someone treis to talk to me when I am working sometimes I snap at them and say mean things. I am trying to concentrate because I know I am not going to do well anyway. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I just moved here from a foreign country. My English is not very
        good yet and I have a strong accent. I don’t understand a lot of the classroom rules so I keep making mistakes. My teacher gives me a lot more chances than other people in my class because I am new. But it makes people not want to be my friend because they don’t think that’s fair. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a mom and teacher and I really want my kids to learn and reach
        their goals. I have several students in my school that are all very different and all need me to help them. When I was working with one, others kept coming to the table with questions and accidentally interrupted what we are doing. I stood up and demanded that everyone return to their seats and to not get up in an angry voice. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a third grade girl and I got a REALLY bad haircut. I got gum in my hair and my mom had to cut it out. The person at the salon couldn’t even fix it! Everyone has noticed and it has put me in a really bad mood. I just want to be by myself. I don’t even want to be around my friends. Put
        yourself in my shoes.

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Scripture Memory:

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • December Verses

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden–
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water
We gather every day,–
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – All About Me.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

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Literature Read Aloud:

“Thanksgiving” themed picture books for Daniel are listed in previous November lesson plans.

Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent - By: Arnold Ytreeide

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann
  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Where Lincoln Walked by Raymond Bial
  • Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People
  • A. Lincoln and me by Louise Borden
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick
  • Abe Lincoln’s Beard by Jan Wahl
  • Me and Willie and Pa by F.N. Monjo
  • Fashions of the Old South Paper Dolls (Dover)
  • Kids During the American Civil War by Lisa Wroble
  • Civil War Days by David King
  • Civil War for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Great Locomotive Chase starring Fess Parker (film)
  • Gettysburg by F.N. Monjo
  • Battle of Gettysburg by Neil Johnson
  • Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Micheal McCurdy
  • Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia by Patrick O’Brien
  • Robert E. Lee by Lee Roddy
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  • Civil War Artist by Taylor Morrison
  • Clara Barton and Her Victory Over Fear by Robert Quackenbush
  • Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
  • Civil War Uniforms (Dover)
  • Old Abe by Patrick Young
  • Drummer Boy by Ann Turner
  • Blue and Gray by Eve Bunting
  • Red Legs by Ted Lewin
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Blow, Bugles, Blow  by Merritt Allen
  • Louis Pasteur: founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
  • Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom Matthews
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Kampung Boy by Lat
  • Vietnam, the Land by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the Culture by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the People by Bobbie Kalman
  • Thailand by Rau, Dana Meachen
  • Thailand by Glaser, Chaya

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Book 7 and 8 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

  • The Shark Swimathon
  • Seven Little Rabbits
  • Math Potatoes by Greg Tang
  • Math Fables by Greg Tang

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Science/Nature Study:

  • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Select a Samaritan’s Purse Christmas gift to give together this year.

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Shepherds Pouches to help the kids raise money for a Samaritans Purse gift. We pay a quarter for each kind deed done.

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Happy Birthday Jesus Party

Christmas Caroling

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Find or make ornaments that depict what God has done this year.

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Fieldtrips:

  • Ice skating
  • Live Nativity
  • Christmas tree cutting
  • Caroling at a care home

 

 

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November Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Zealous

Bible: 1 Peter & 2 Peter

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Art: Mary Cassatt

  • What Makes a Cassatt a Cassatt?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Mary Cassatt by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
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Music: Beethoven

  • Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler (biography)
  • An Introduction to the Classics: Ludwig Beethoven (1 hr story and music)
  • Masters of Classical Music: Beethoven (music cd)

1. Symphony 5 OR 6
2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) OR 8 (Pathetique, Opus 13)
3. Razumovsky String Quartets Opus 59, no 1-3 OR Septet in E-flat Opus 20
4. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)
5. Symphony 7 OR 9 (Opus 125)
6. Fidelio

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Poetry: Walt Whitman

  • Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Luke 10:27

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  • Encourage the children to write out their own prayers for zeal this month and use them.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on wisdom.

          Zealous:

  • Zeal: Having a burning passion for God and a burning desire to please Him by doing good works. Being enthusiastic; dedicated and ambitious; not lazy or indifferent; whole-hearted.

at Home

  • Showing excitement about lessons learned through life struggles.
  • Completing chores in good time with a positive attitude motivated by a love for making things clean and shiny.
  • Tackling work with a vision of how it will benefit others.
  • Showing genuine interest in the games and activities that other family members enjoy.
  • Showing excitement about doing things together as a family.

at School

  • Participate by asking and answering questions.
  • Show your enthusiasm for learning by writing a note expressing gratefulness to your teacher 🙂

at Church

  • Greet others with a cheerful smile.
  • Get involved in the ministry of your local church.
  • Purpose not to complain or talk critically of others.

 

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Scripture Memory:

Proverbs 2:1-10

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 100, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
  • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Stewardship Street verses

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Pa’s Fiddle (Amazon Prime Music)

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden–
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water
We gather every day,–
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – All About Me.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 Edition - By: Noah Webster

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Literature Read Aloud:

“Thanksgiving” themed picture books for Daniel are listed in previous November lesson plans.

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Where Lincoln Walked by Raymond Bial
  • Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People
  • A. Lincoln and me by Louise Borden
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick
  • Abe Lincoln’s Beard by Jan Wahl
  • Me and Willie and Pa by F.N. Monjo
  • Fashions of the Old South Paper Dolls (Dover)
  • Kids During the American Civil War by Lisa Wroble
  • Civil War Days by David King
  • Civil War for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Great Locomotive Chase starring Fess Parker (film)
  • Gettysburg by F.N. Monjo
  • Battle of Gettysburg by Neil Johnson
  • Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Micheal McCurdy
  • Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia by Patrick O’Brien
  • Robert E. Lee by Lee Roddy
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  • Civil War Artist by Taylor Morrison
  • Clara Barton and Her Victory Over Fear by Robert Quackenbush
  • Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
  • Civil War Uniforms (Dover)
  • Old Abe by Patrick Young
  • Drummer Boy by Ann Turner
  • Blue and Gray by Eve Bunting
  • Red Legs by Ted Lewin
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Blow, Bugles, Blow  by Merritt Allen
  • Louis Pasteur: founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
  • Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom Matthews
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Vietnam, the Land by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the Culture by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the People by Bobbie Kalman
  • Thailand by Rau, Dana Meachen
  • Thailand by Glaser, Chaya

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Goldfish, Book 7 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

  • The Shark Swimathon
  • Seven Little Rabbits
  • Math Potatoes by Greg Tang
  • Math Fables by Greg Tang

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Science/Nature Study:

  • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes

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Thankful Tree

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Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt (provide a picture of a leaf and then hunt it down at the Nature Park, or provide a leaf and go find the tree)

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Paint like an impressionist

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Fieldtrips:

  • CA Mission: San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo
  • Monarchs at Natural Bridges Park

 

 

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October Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: When I Grow Up / Heroes

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Wise

Bible: 1 Peter & 2 Peter

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Exploring History Through Art

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Art: Mary Cassatt

  • Great American Artists for Kids (Hands on Art Experiences in styles of the masters)
  • What Makes a Cassatt a Cassatt?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Mary Cassatt by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman

Music: Beethoven

  • Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler (biography)
  • An Introduction to the Classics: Ludwig Beethoven (1 hr story and music)
  • Masters of Classical Music: Beethoven (music cd)

1. Symphony 5 OR 6
2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) OR 8 (Pathetique, Opus 13)
3. Razumovsky String Quartets Opus 59, no 1-3 OR Septet in E-flat Opus 20
4. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)
5. Symphony 7 OR 9 (Opus 125)
6. Fidelio

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Poetry: Walt Whitman

  • Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: I pray that the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened.” Ephesians 1:16-17

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  • Print out and pray these prayers to pray for wisdom.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Sharing Time:

  • Choose a promise from scripture for your life this school year based on your personal needs/desires that we can all stand on and pray over you regularly throughout the year. (my verse a couple years ago: James 3:17: “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”)
  • Talk about how God keeps His promises. What has He done and for whom this year as we stood on His scriptures promises for them? Praise God!
  • Bring a picture and story of someone who is a hero to you
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Share some interesting information about that type of job.

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on wisdom.

          Wisdom:

  • Is wisdom knowledge? Wisdom is not knowledge; rather it is the right use of knowledge….and abilities…. and resources. It is also discernment of right and wrong, good and evil. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective.
  • “…give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation…” Ephesians 1:17 We need wisdom to know what comes from God and what comes from us. We need wisdom to recognize the counterfeits and attacks of the enemy. We need wisdom to deal with people. In numerous matters we surely need God’s wisdom in order not to err. How foolish we are! How hard it is to do everything according to God’s will! God wants to give us wisdom; He does not give it to our mind, but He gives us a spirit of wisdom so that we can have wisdom in our spirit. Wisdom and revelation are tightly connected. This is because all God’s revelations are revelations of wisdom. In our fellowship with God, He often gives us revelation, and we should often ask God for revelation. A spirit of revelation means God’s revelation in spirit. (Living Stream Ministry)
  • Where does wisdom come from? Who is wisdom? Read and explain 1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.Colossians 2:2-3 “….that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Proofs of His wisdom: the government is upon His shoulders, He is our Advocate before the throne, He built the heavens, balanced the firmament, devised the system of atonement, and the great plan of salvation.

The moment we believe in Jesus we are given this incredible gift of Wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and right understanding have they who keep his commandments.”

  • Review our memory work Proverbs 2:1-10. Why do you think wisdom is better than gold? Wisdom penetrates where gold cannot go. It carries pardon and peace into the deepest recesses of my spirit — while gold can do nothing but deck my body and my home. It gives me the strongest and the tenderest influence over others — while gold cannot dispel their griefs and answer their doubts. It lifts me into communion with the Most High God — and gold is powerless to lead me there, to that glorious country far beyond the stars! “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!” Proverbs 16:16
  • Little and Wise
  • Proverbs 1:5 “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance…”

“If you want to be a thoroughly learned man the best place to begin, is to begin at the Bible, to begin at Christ. It is said that even children learn to read more quickly from the Bible than from any other book; we will learn better and learn faster (in all things) by beginning with Christ than we could by beginning with any thing else. Before I knew the gospel I gathered up a heterogeneous mass of all kinds of knowledge from here, there, and everywhere; a bit of chemistry, a bit of botany, a bit of astronomy, and a bit of this, that, and the other. I put them altogether, in one great confused chaos. When I learned the gospel, I got a shelf in my head to put every thing away upon just where it should be. It seemed to me as if, when I had discovered Christ and him crucified, I had got the center of the system, so that I could see every other science revolving around in order. From the earth, you know, the planets appear to move in a very irregular manner—they are progressive, retro grade, stationary; but if you could get upon the sun, you would see them marching round in their constant, uniform, circular motion. So with knowledge. Begin with any other science you like, and truth will seem to be awry. Begin with the science of Christ crucified, and you will begin with the sun, you will see every other science moving round it in complete harmony.” (Charles Spurgeon)

  • Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more. – William Cowper
  • With wisdom we can see that our disobedience to God’s commands is connected to the discipline and consequences we are experiencing in our lives; it is not mere chance or luck. Our lives are governed by our response to God’s Word.
  • More often than not, the difficulties and conflicts of life are used of God to conform us more and more to the character of Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Ask God daily for His wisdom to know how to respond to life situations and to clearly see His sovereign purposes behind why things happen. Everything that happens to us is a tool in God’s hands that he is using for accomplishing His plans and purposes. There is no such thing as “bad luck” or “good luck” in a Christian’s life. Or is there a good reason to be angry or bitter at people or situations. Be slow to anger; instead be quick to ask God, “What are you doing/teaching through this?”
  • Is there something about which you don’t know what to do? James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” John 16:24, “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Spend some time praying for each other.
  • Review how God speaks: a whisper, an audible voice, a thought, a feeling, scripture, other people, signs, pictures, nature, and artistic expressions. Remind the children to keep recording the insights of wisdom that God gives them. Share our past personal prayer journal excerpts from the Lord with each other to inspire and motivate.
  • Whom do you/could you seek wisdom and instruction and mentorship from in your life besides your parents and pastor? Make a plan of how to be more intentional about these type of relationships.
  • What does a wise person look and act like? James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
  • The Fruits of Wisdom
  • The opposite of wisdom is folly, meaning the short-term self-indulgence which marks out the person who doesn’t think about long-term priorities and goals but lives on a day-to-day basis, asking, “What is the most fun thing to do now?” – James Packer
  • Numbering Our Days
  • Wise Priorities -The Mason Jar
  • Seeking Wisdom Treasure Hunt

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Scripture Memory:

Proverbs 2:1-10

Review:

  • Psalm 91
  • “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” 1 Samuel 16:7
  • “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
  • And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
  • Psalm 23
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  • “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

 

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Pa’s Fiddle (Amazon Prime Music)

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  • Jesus Loves Me
  • This is Our Father’s World
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • Be Thou My Vision

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Poetry Recitation:

Song of the Settlers 

by Jessamyn West

Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A gift no one can give,
For some, a way of dying,
For most, a way to live.
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Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A rifle in the hand,
The horses hitched at sunup,
A harvest in the land.
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Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A massacre, a bloody rout,
The candles lit at nightfall,
And the night shut out.
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Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A bullet in the back,
The wind in the long corn rows,
And hay in the rack.
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Freedom is a way of living,
A song, a mighty cry.
Freedom is the bread we eat;
Let it be the way we die!

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – All About Me.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

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Literature Read Aloud:

“Hero” themed picture books for Daniel are in previous October lesson plans.

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Pioneers: A Library of Congress Book
  • Blueberry Corners by Lois Lenski
  • A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos
  • The Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman by Lillian
  • Two Little Savages: Two Boys Who Lived as Indians and What They Learned by Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Good Hunting, Blue Sky by Peggy Parish
  • Red Fox and His Canoe by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Traditional Native American Arts & Activities by Arlette Braman
  • The Ohlone of California
  • Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness
  • Into the Woods: John James Audobon Lives His Dream
  • Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
  • Mountain Men: True Grit and Tall Tales by Andrew Glass
  • Davey Crockett
  • Kit Carson
  • Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett: A Tall Tale by Stephen Kellogg
  • Right Fine Life: Kit Carson on the Santa Fe Trail by Andrew Glass
  • Tree in the Trail by Holling
  • Lewis and Papa: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail by Barbara Joose
  • With Open Hands: A Story about Biddy Mason by Jeri Ferris
  • Strength of These Arms by Raymond Bial
  • Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
  • All Times, All Peoples by Milton Melter
  • Slave Family by Bobbie Kalman
  • Who Owns the SUn? by Stacey Chbosky
  • Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner
  • Nat Turner by Susan Gregson
  • Story of the Amistad by E. Sterne
  • Uncle Remus Stories (Joel Chandler Harris or Julius Lester)
  • Andrew Jackson: Pioneer and President by John Parlin
  • Andrew Jackson: An Initial Biography by Genevieve Foster
  • Ride Like the WInd by Bernie Fuchs
  • They’re Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness
  • Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette WInter
  • Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport
  • Escape from Slavery by Doreen Rappaport
  • Underground Railroad by Raymond Bial
  • Journey to Freedom by Courtni Wright
  • Thee, Hannah by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities
  • Wanted Dead or Alive: The Story of harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern
  • Minty: Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder
  • Courage to Run by Wendy Lawton
  • Walking hte Road to Freedom
  • Frederick Douglas: THe Last Day of SLavery by William Miller
  • Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe byu David Adler
  • Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (film)
  • Seven Alone (film)

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Bhutan by Robert Cooper
  • The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
  • Nepal (Enchantment of the World)
  • The Children of Nepal by Matti (World’s Children)
  • Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer
  • Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina
  • The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper by Richard Sobol

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draw math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Goldfish, Book 7 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

  • The Shark Swimathon
  • Humphrey the Lost Whale

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Science/Nature Study:

  • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Crayon or charcoal leaf rubbings, and watercolor resist leaf paintings

CHARCOAL LEAF ART for kids. Charcoal is a super medium for kids to use to explore the shape, texture and patterns of leaves.:

Do a Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt (provide a picture of a leaf and then hunt it down at the Nature Park, or provide a leaf and go find the tree)

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Tiger Eyes Chalk Pastel

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Fieldtrips:

Smith Family Farm – Brentwood

Clayton Pumpkin Patch

Ferry to Angel Island?

4H Elderly Outreach

 

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Tiger Eyes Oil Pastel – The Crafty Classroom

The tiger is India’s national animal. It’s strikenly beautiful with the contrasting markings of black, white and orange. This oil pastel project is just right for your studies on India. Children will be amazed with

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September Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Welcome back to school!! We are excited for another year of American History and an amazing year of learning together! ❤

Fun Theme: Me and My Family

Seasonal Theme: Back to School

Character/Habit: Godly

Bible: 1 Peter

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Exploring History Through Art

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Art: Mary Cassatt

  • Great American Artists for Kids (Hands on Art Experiences in styles of the masters)
  • What Makes a Cassatt a Cassatt?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Mary Cassatt by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman

Music: Beethoven

  • Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler (biography)
  • An Introduction to the Classics: Ludwig Beethoven (1 hr story and music)
  • Masters of Classical Music: Beethoven (music cd)

1. Symphony 5 OR 6
2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) OR 8 (Pathetique, Opus 13)
3. Razumovsky String Quartets Opus 59, no 1-3 OR Septet in E-flat Opus 20
4. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)
5. Symphony 7 OR 9 (Opus 125)
6. Fidelio

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Poetry: Walt Whitman

  • Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

Blessing and Promise Time:

Acknowledge each child’s unique traits and giftings, what I see ahead for this school year and how God can use him/her, my confidence and the Lord’s in his/her ability to succeed in areas of previous struggle, and pray scriptural empowerment that specifically ministers to each need as I lay hands on them. “Then Jesus took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” Mark 10:16

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  • Print out and pray these prayers to pray for godliness.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Sharing Time:

  • Bring something really cool to circle that God created, talk about respect for God’s creation
  • Bring something to circle that we are really proud of, talk about respect for ourselves- as ones who have been made in the image of God
  • Mommy share: Warm hearts and enjoy a sweet slideshow made by mommy with pictures that show many different ways that each child is special
  • Mommy Share: Put together a shoe box box of things that are very special to me and give insight into who I am as a person, and share about myself with your children. (a favorite toy or book from childhood, a cherished piece of jewelry, a piece of school work, something I made yourself, my prayer journal, etc.) Then have children try to do the same thing with their own shoe box of items at circle time on another day.
  • Family Share: Let each person in the family have a turn to sit in the middle of the circle to be complimented and encouraged by everyone else. Talk about respecting each other.

Discussion Time:

Review Friendliness. Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion on godliness.

          Godliness:

  • Godliness: like or similar to God; righteous; living in obedience to God’s commands out of love for Him and reverence for His character and precepts. Godliness is two fold: 1) character (that springs out of) 2) relationship.
  • Read and explain Psalm 127:4. So many Christian parents miss the potential of training their sons and daughters to make an impact upon eternity. The Bible calls children arrows (Psalm 127:4). Our job as parents is to straighten the shaft, to sharpen the point and to trim the feathers so that when we shoot you into the world you hit the target and make an impact in this world for Jesus Christ. (Character Journal)
  • Discuss our family’s methods in training our children towards godliness to put things into perspective – becoming more aware of why we do what we do. Make a list together of all the ways we have invited the Lord to be in our lives because we desire God filled lives. Keep asking Him to come in and continue to make us godly through various areas of training so that we may please Him in all we do. (Devotions, Homeschool, Sunday Worship Services, Serving/Ministry, The Lord’s Table, Holidays, Family/Grandparents (Legacy), Friendships, Nature Excursions/Journaling, Fieldtrips, Vacations, Camping, Meal Time Discussions, Playtime, In Our Beds, and through Art and Piano)
  • We must be careful not to overdo what God has asked or add things into our lives ourselves in order to be more righteous. Righteousness is doing what God asked – no more, and no less. “Do not be over-righteous.” Ecclesiastes 7:16 By assuming duties to which God has not called us, by undertaking austerities which God has not enjoined. We read of “the commandments and doctrines of men” with their “touch not, taste not, handle not” (Col. 2:21, 22), and to be brought under bondage to them, is being “righteous over much,” for it is going beyond what God Himself has prescribed for us. The Jewish Rabbis and scribes invented a vast number of traditions and ceremonies over and above what God commanded, supposing that by observing the same they were holier than others; and even condemned the Lord Jesus because He declined to observe their rules: see Mark 7:2, 5; and let it be duly observed that Christ and His disciples refused to heed their scruples, though He knew they would be “offended” or hurt! (Grace Gems)
  • Godly marriages begin now. If a young lady is not submissive to her parents then she will not be submissive to the leadership of her husband and there will be all kinds of conflicts and problems. If a young man is not kind and loving to his mother and his sisters, he will be unkind and selfish toward his wife and they will experience all kinds of tension in their relationship as a result. (Character Journal) If you got married with the same character you have right now today, what do you feel could be the one biggest issue in your heart that might hurt your spouse? Pray together and record it as an ongoing need in prayer journals.
  • Make a list of Ideals – a picture of you at your very best – character qualities you want to have when you grow up. Take inventory of each godly man (for the boys) or godly woman (for my daughter) in your life and write down the one thing you admire the most in each person. Use the list of ideals as a prayer sheet to pray over yourself (and for mom and dad to pray over you too) on a regular basis until you become the godly man/woman you have pictured in your heart.
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  • Pick meditation scriptures to confess and “renew our thinking” throughout the day with such as “Teach me to do the thing that pleases You, for You are my God. Let Your loving Spirit lead me forth unto the land of righteousness.” Psalm 143:10
  • “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me” (Psalms 18:20). God’s blessings are not automatic. It’s as we begin to develop Godly character that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives. (Character Journal)  Envision and discuss what could happen when we have been truthful….diligent…..respectful….etc.? Godliness is the condition for receiving God’s promises
  • A Prayer for Godly Living (sweet classic short sermon)
  • The Honor of the Godly

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Scripture Memory:

Proverbs 2:1-10

Review:

  • Psalm 91
  • Isaiah 61:1-4
  • Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32
  • “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
  • “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
  • “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ” Psalms 139:14
  • “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. ” Jeremiah 1:5
  • Stewardship Street verses

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Pa’s Fiddle (Pmazon Prime Music)

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  • Jesus Loves Me
  • This is Our Father’s World
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • Be Thou My Vision

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Poetry Recitation:

Song of the Settlers 

by Jessamyn West

Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A gift no one can give,
For some, a way of dying,
For most, a way to live.
Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A rifle in the hand,
The horses hitched at sunup,
A harvest in the land.Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A massacre, a bloody rout,
The candles lit at nightfall,
And the night shut out.Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A bullet in the back,
The wind in the long corn rows,
And hay in the rack.

Freedom is a way of living,
A song, a mighty cry.
Freedom is the bread we eat;
Let it be the way we die!

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – All About Me.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

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Literature Read Aloud:

“I am Special” themed picture books for Daniel are in previous September lesson plans.

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America, Epistles, and Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Pioneers: A Library of Congress Book
  • Laura’s Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls
  • Westward Ho! The Story of the Pioneers by Penner
  • Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman by Amelia Knight
  • Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki
  • James Madison by Mike Venezia
  • James Monroe by Mike Venezia
  • Andrew Jackson by Mike Venezia
  • Pioneer Girl by William Anderson
  • They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson
  • Seabird by Holling
  • Oars, Sails, and Steam: A Picture Book of Ships by Edwin Tunis
  • Paul Bunyan by James Stevens
  • Frontier Living by Edward Tunis
  • Stagecoach: The Ride of a Century
  • Picture That! The Trail West
  • Secret Valley by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Sewing Quilts by Ann Turner
  • Swamp Angel by Anne Issacs
  • Kindle Me a Riddle By Roberta Karim
  • Life in the Oregon Trail by Sally Isaacs
  • Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Children of the Covered Wagon by Mary Jane Carr
  • Gold Fever! by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Nine for California by Sonia Levitin
  • Red Flower Goes West by Ann Turner
  • Gold Rush! Young Prospector’s Guide by James Klein
  • Mary Patten’s Voyage by Richard Berleth
  • Chang’s paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr
  • They’re Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness
  • Steam, Smoke, and Steel by Patrick O’Brien
  • Mr. Blue Jeans: A Story about Levi Strauss by Maryann Weidt
  • Shooting Star: Annie Oakley the Legend by Debbie Dadley
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Patty Reed’s Doll

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Videos on India and these videos
  • The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
  • India: The Culture by Bobbie Kalman
  • India: The Peoples by Bobbie Kalman
  • India: The Land by Bobbie Kalman
  • Tiger Trek by Betsy Lewin
  • Danger On the Mountain: Scaling the World’s Highest peaks
  • Taj Mahal by Linda Tagliaferro
  • Ghandi by Demi
  • Mother Teresa by Demi
  • Monsoon by Uma
  • One Grain of Rice by Demi
  • The Brave Little Parrot by Rafe Martin
  • Sacred River by Ted lewin
  • William Carey by Janet and George Benge
  • Hidden Jewel by Dave and Neta Jackson

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draw math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Goldfish, Book 7 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

  • Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday
  • Multiply on the Fly

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Science/Nature Study:

  • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

  • Celebrate the first day of school! Show them how special this school year will be– as a new beginning, a fresh start– with a beautifully set breakfast table on the first morning of school. Set out any school supplies that can be given as gifts. Make a school year theme banner. Talk about goals and hopes and dreams for the year, and pray over each other at dinner night before school with daddy (We will do The Lord’s Table with communion).

Many years later, I am starting to see the fruit of Ephesians 1:18 in our kids’ lives. It is pretty much our life verse, even still. This year I am feeling led towards “Godly” as our year’s theme. I think its the one word that can best sum up our hearts desire for our kids, and our school ever since it began. Godly desires, Godly character, Godly lives. “Teach me to do the thing that pleases You, for You are my God. Let Your loving Spirit lead me forth unto the land of righteousness.” Psalm 143:10

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  • Make a self portrait and/or family portrait
  • First Day of School Pictures!
  • Paper Bag House craft with Daniel
  • Measure, weigh, and compare body sizes
  • Character Evaluations as a benchmark (children score themselves on various traits, then mom scores them, and then we set some goals for the year together)

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Fieldtrips:

California Gold Rush History – Columbia and Jamestown

Guide Dogs – San Rafael

Archery – Clayton

John Muir Historic National Historic Site – Martinez

Urban Ore and East Bay Vivarium – Berkeley

 

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