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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

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: 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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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:

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

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: 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
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  • 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.

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

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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

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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.
  • Character Report
  • 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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Six, Nine, Ten and Time for School Again!

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2018-2019 Curriculum Plans

Daniel – Kindergarten      Faith – 3rd Grade       Noah – 5th Grade

Bible and Character

Strong in the Word

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Leading Little Ones to God - By: Marian Schoolland

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Noah

Faith

Family

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For each character trait, this workbook references several Millers stories from the series (we do 1 page, i.e. 1 Character Trait, a month).

Miller Family Storybooks Set of 6

History

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

History Spines

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

Living Book List

California History

Looks like a wonderful Christian worldview curriculum by Lesha Meyers. A rare find!

Geography

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Nature Study

 

 

Jack's Insects

Jacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Nature Journals

Spelling

Spelling Wisdom and Using Language Well 1

Faith – Book 1. Noah – Book 2.

Delightful Reading My Word Book

Daniel gets spelling words from his reader to spell out with wooden letters and then write into his Word Book.

Handwriting

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Book of Mottoes

Print to Cursive Proverbs copybook Zaner Bloser

 

 

Narration/Writing

These journals are for written narration or copywork (depending on child’s age). We also have drawn narration books that were started in Kindergarten and continue to be used weekly.

Writing Journal A

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Writing Journal D

Faith

Writing Journal F

Noah

Readers

Living Together

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3rd Grade

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Kindergarten

 

Math

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Free online math program

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Noah -Intermediate Books: Fractions, Decimals and Percents.

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Faith- Elementary Books: Goldfish and Honey. Daniel – Elememtary Books: Apples and Butterflies + Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Business Math Pet Store

Noah and Faith

Literature Read Alouds

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Art Instruction

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Poetry

1 poet per term. Write 2-5 poems a year.

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Art Study

1-2 artists per term.

Cassat and Renoir, Grandma Moses, Van Gogh, and Norman Rockwell.

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Music Study

1 composer per term.

Ludwig Beethoven

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Joseph Haydn

 

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Spanish

Oso series, Child’s Play Series, and other Bilingual Children’s Books.

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Shakespeare

 

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Scripture Memory and Hymns

Selected Monthly, or every two or three months, depending.

  • The Solid Rock by Edward Mote
  • Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Dorothy Thrupp
  • Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby

 

  • Romans chapter (Life in the Spirit)
  • Proverbs chapter 2 verses 1-10 (Wisdom)
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • The Armor of God
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Ephesians 1 (Spiritual Blessings in Christ)
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May Lesson Plans

2018-2019     Pre-K – Daniel     2nd Grade – Faith      4th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring and Mother’s Day

Character/Habit: Encouraging

Bible: 2 Timothy

History/Geography: Early America/North America

Science/Nature Study: 106 Days of Creation/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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The Trail West by Ellen Galford; Two-Can Publishing Ltd. Staff; Alex Martin

Picture study:

Choose one artist a term to read his/her biography and study his/her pictures:

John Trumball, Frederick Remington

  • Possible Future Studies: Rococco Art (1700s), John William Waterhouse, Thomas Birch (American marine painter, early 1800s), Mary Cassatt (late 1800s), Cezanne (late 1800s)Vincent Van Gogh (late 1800s), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (late 1800s), Grandma Moses (1940s), Norman Rockwell (1940s), (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

Choose one composer a term to read his biography and listen to his work:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Possible Future Studies:

  • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
  • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
  • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
  • Telemann 1680-1760
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
  • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
  • Haydn 1732-1809
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
  • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
  • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
  • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
  • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
  • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
  • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
  • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
  • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
  • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
  • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
  • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
  • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
  • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
  • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
  • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
  • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
  • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
  • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
  • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
  • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
  • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
  • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
  • George Gershwin 1900-1930
  • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
  • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

Poetry Study:

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • Of arms and artists : the American Revolution through painters’ eyes / Paul Staiti.
  • Frederic Remington : the masterworks / Michael Edward Shapiro, Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Frederic Remington Art Museum collection / by Brian W. Dippie
  • Drawn to Yellowstone : artists in America’s first national park / Peter H. Hassrick
  • Mozart for kids.
  • The magic flute : an opera by Mozart / adapted by Kyra Teis.
  • Bravo! Brava! a night at the opera : behind the scenes with composers, cast, and crew / Anne Siberell ; introduction by Frederica von Stade
  • Mozart’s The magic flute / [music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder] ; a Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production
  • Relax, Daydream, and Draw, The Mozart Effect
  • The Trail West: Exploring History Through Art by Ellen Galford

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, Have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (10) and Faith (8) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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Discussion Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

  • Meditate on 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage their behavior by speaking over our children words such as:

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  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for 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).
  • Print out and pray these parent prayers/scriptures.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistent sin/selfishness (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Discussion Time:

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

Encouraging defined: Giving good advice or council that is beneficial, uplifting or edifying; words or deeds that give courage to another; inspiring with hope and confidence.

  • Choose one person a day to go in the middle of our encouragement circle so that everyone else can speak lovely, thoughtful, personalized words of encouragement over that person’s life. Write them down as they are spoken and make keepsakes out of them.
  • Take a few moments to share verbally (and/or with a hand drawn picture) how we each have been blessed during this school year; rejoice in God’s goodness.
  • Bless and pray over each other’s futures as graduation approaches.
  • The Ministry of Encouragement
  • The Habit of Encouraging Others
  • Be of Good Cheer!
  • How to Live a Beautiful Christian Life
  • The Hope of the Downcast Soul
  • Be encouraged as we learn to worship:
  • Why do we worship? God is worthy. (Psalm 18:3, Psalm 33:1, Psalm 96:7-9, Psalm 145:3, Philippians 2:9-11) We were created to worship. (1 Peter 2:9, Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Revelation 7:9-12)
  • How do we worship? In spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24, Psalm 95:1-7)
  • Read out Psalms of praise such as 8, 29, 34, 40, 63, 92, 103, and 147 on various days.
  • Teach and practice commanding our souls to praise the Lord no matter how we feel. (see intro at top of this lesson plan)
  • Teach the children about the different ways people praised and worshiped God in the Bible. Let them know that there are many ways to express our thanksgiving and love towards God. The following are a few examples and scriptures that talk about praise and worship in the Bible:

TOWDAH- TO SACRIFICE – Psalms 50:23 YADAH-

TO LIFT YOUR HANDS- 2 Chronicles 20:19-21

BARAK- TO KNEEL OR BOW – Psalms 95:6

SHABACH- TO SHOUT – Ezra 3:11

ZAMAR- TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT – Psalms 150/1 Chron. 15:16

HALAL – TO RAVE AND BOAST – Psalms 44:8

TEHILLAH- SINGING IN THE SPIRIT – Psalm 22:3

  • Focus on growing in/practicing some of our more neglected areas of praise listed above
  • Let the Spirit move and allow children to minister. Let children share by asking them what they are thinking, feeling, hearing, or seeing. (My kids love to say what they are picturing when I ask.) Write down what they say or sing or see as the Spirit gives it.
  • Practice waiting silently in His presence. “Be still and know that I am God.”
  • When we are faced with hard times and tough issues that are beyond our control, instead of grumbling and complaining or being anxious, which hinders us from entering into God’s presence and steals our peace and joy, our goal is to learn to choose to rejoice in the Lord and enter into praise and worship. Make a list of complaints. Praise with all our might. Tear up the list when we feel that God has taken our burdens and heaviness has lifted.

 

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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Memory Verses:

2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Review:

  • Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
    Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
  • Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
  • “My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him. ” Psalms 28:7
  • “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
  • “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

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 Hymns:

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Holy, Holy, Holy!
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In the Garden
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How Marvelous

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Poetry Recitation:

The Star Spangled Banner
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and brightstars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night thatour flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, halfconceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: 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.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. I also have 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 Alouds:

See Previous Years’ May Lesson Plans for Bug and Butterfly Books

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles 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:

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Living Book List:

  • The Alexander Hamilton You Never Knew by James Collier
  • Picture Book of Patrick Henry by David Adler
  • Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler
  • Thomas Jefferson by James Cross Giblin
  • When Mr Jefferson Came to Philadelphia by Ann Turner
  • Deborah Sampson Goes to War by Byrna Stevens
  • The Secret Soldier by Ann McGovern
  • Black Regiment of the American Revolution by Linda Brennan
  • Redcoats and Petticoats by Katherine Kirkpatrick
  • Steven Kellogg’s Yankee Doodle by Edward Bangs
  • Constitution by Sam Fink
  • Our Living Constitution: Then and Now by Jerry Aten
  • A More Perfect Union DVD
  • Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Pinkey
  • Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill
  • Pioneer Children of Appalachia by Joan Anderson
  • Bread and Butter Indian by Anne Colver
  • Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty
  • Bold Journey by Charles Bohner
  • Lewis and Clark DVD by Ken Burns
  • Sacajawea: Indian Guide by Wyatt Blassingame
  • Seaman’s Journal by Patricia Eubank

 

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • The Great Serum Race by Debbie S. Miller

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes using “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Count blueberries and grapes and other food at the table often.

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  • Number Arrangements: Cube Squares (79) Using unifix cubes, can you make a square? What numbers makes a square and which don’t? (4 and 9 do) Could have children record their arrangements by gluing down small squares of paper on 6″x 9″ pieces of paper in the same way they arranged the cubes.
  • Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 game boards with the outline of cube train 20 cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a game board. The goal is to be the first to completely clear his or her board. Each player rolls a 1-6 number cube (dice) and spins a spinner with minus sign on one side and plus sign on the other to see how many cubes to add or take off. Players lose a turn if they have to add more cubes than there are spaces available.
  • Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56) You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2″ or “1 and 4″ for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/her back, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.
  • Recording Designs and Creations (p.158)
    Children will focus on shape and position by making a design and copying it. Have the children create a simple design with pattern blocks or tiles. Then have the children copy these designs by gluing down paper shapes that match the blocks (you can print “printable pattern block shapes from the internet” and cut them out before hand). The copying portion of the activity is important because reproduction requires children to pay close attention to the position of the blocks relative to each other and the number being used. Limit the number of blocks you give them if needed because it is easier for them to build than it is to copy.

          Games:

  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book; Life of Fred Books; and Kahn Academy

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (once a week 10 minutes)

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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:

Hand print card for Father’s Day

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Pick Cherries
 
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Color Mixing and Butterfly Painting for Daniel
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Fieldtrips:

  • Visit John Muir Historic Site in Martinez
  • California Carnivores in Sebastopol & Sunset Beach on Russian River
  • Butterfly Garden at Coyote Hills in Fremont
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April Lesson Plans

2018-2019     Pre-K – Daniel     2nd Grade – Faith      4th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Self Controlled

Bible: Titus

History/Geography: Early America/North America

Science/Nature Study: 106 Days of Creation/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

Choose one artist a term to read his/her biography and study his/her pictures:

John Trumball, John William Waterhouse, Frederick Remington

  • Possible Future Studies: Rococco Art (1700s), Thomas Birch (American marine painter, early 1800s), Mary Cassatt (late 1800s), Cezanne (late 1800s)Vincent Van Gogh (late 1800s), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (late 1800s), Grandma Moses (1940s), Norman Rockwell (1940s), (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

Choose one composer a term to read his biography and listen to his work:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Possible Future Studies:

  • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
  • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
  • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
  • Telemann 1680-1760
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
  • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
  • Haydn 1732-1809
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
  • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
  • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
  • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
  • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
  • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
  • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
  • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
  • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
  • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
  • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
  • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
  • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
  • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
  • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
  • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
  • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
  • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
  • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
  • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
  • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
  • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
  • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
  • George Gershwin 1900-1930
  • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
  • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

Poetry Study:

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • Treasures from the National Museum of American Art by William Kloss
  • Of arms and artists : the American Revolution through painters’ eyes / Paul Staiti.
  • Frederic Remington : the masterworks / Michael Edward Shapiro, Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Frederic Remington Art Museum collection / by Brian W. Dippie
  • Drawn to Yellowstone : artists in America’s first national park / Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Story of Mozart in words and music [sound recording]
  • Mozart for kids.
  • The magic flute : an opera by Mozart / adapted by Kyra Teis.
  • Bravo! Brava! a night at the opera : behind the scenes with composers, cast, and crew / Anne Siberell ; introduction by Frederica von Stade
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / written and illustrated by Mike Venezia
  • Mozart and classical music / text by Francesco Salvi; illustrations by L.R. Galante
  • Mozart’s The magic flute / [music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder] ; a Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production
  • Sister Wendy’s American Masterpieces
  • Relax, Daydream, and Draw, The Mozart Effect

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, Have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (10) and Faith (8) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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Discussion Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

  • Meditate on 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage their behavior by speaking over our children words such as:

“I’m proud you went to God for help in using self-control. I see that the Holy Spirit is living in you, because I see your self-control. Jesus is proud of you and so am I.”

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  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for 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).
  • Print out and pray these parent prayers and scriptures for contentment this month, and the kids prayers too.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistent sin/selfishness (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Sharing Time:

  • Share anecdotes of how I have seen each child grow in self control and character over the years.

Discussion Time:

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

Self-Controlled defined: Able to keep one’s appetites, desires and emotions in proper balance to what is wholesome and expedient; temperate; self restrained.

  • Self Control is learning to quickly identify and obey the initial promptings of the Holy Spirit. Bringing my thoughts, words, and actions under the control of the Holy Spirit.
  • Do you want to hear about a great gift that God has waiting for all of us? Read Luke 11:5-13. Explain that the Holy Spirit is God’s special gift to us and that His Spirit can come and live in each of us (John 16:5-16, John 14:15-21). Ask your children if they want to accept God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. If they do, suggest that while you pray, they hold their hands open as though they were about to receive a gift. Pray with them, thanking God for His gift of the Holy Spirit and asking God to fill each of you with the Holy Spirit. Pray specifically for the Holy Spirit to provide self-control.

  • Read Romans 8:6 Being spiritually minded is life and peace. How much peace is in your life? Do you think you might need to be more spiritually minded? Who makes us that way? If you need more peace, lets pray for the Spirit to fill you.
  • Matthew 12:36 says that all of us will have to give an account to God for every careless word we speak. Ask the Holy Spirit to place a guard on our mouths.
  • Read No Hard Hearts on p.210 of Over the Edge devotional by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, and other devotionals on the topic of the Holy Spirit
  • Read Galatians 5:13-15 and 25-26. Shake a soda can, open it, and let it explode. When we do not use self-control, we end up “biting and devouring” each other, and “provoking and envying” each other. This is not God’s plan for our lives. He would rather see us encouraging and building one another up. When we feel like fizzing all over everyone, it is time to get alone with God for a talk. Help your children make plans for what they will do when they feel like they are going to lose self-control (see next idea).
  • Make a large wooden cross together to display among the backyard flowers for both Easter and habit training. Make a plan to run to the cross, kneel, and spend a quiet moment in prayer there whenever anyone of us is losing or has lost self control.
  • At the cross….. Repent today. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.
  • Ugly Tempers on Display
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  • Developing more self-control means learning to consider the bigger picture with regards to your decisions. Those who are highly impulsive tend to think only in the short-term, or about immediate reward. For example, a typically impulsive individual might think, “l am happier when I eat chocolate so it must be good to eat it.’
  • A quote from Jane Eyre in the moment of temptation: “….with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot.” Lines must be drawn — in advance. “Foregone determinations” she called them. Principles. These established guards in advance, destined to prevent us from faltering when our steadfastness may be put on trial.
  • Two wrongs do not make a right. The writer of Proverbs says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). We do not need to treat others in the same way that we have been treated. It is clear from these passages of Scripture that we need to act – not react. Neither should we simply be passive; but God’s Word confirms the need to actively rise above the tit-for-tat behavior that characterizes so many failing relationships.This is what should set us apart as Christians; and why we need to daily draw on the power of the Risen Christ. The wrongs committed against us are opportunities for us to grow in our walk with God as we acknowledge the Truth of His Word and submit ourselves to be governed by its principles rather than our emotions.

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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Memory Verses:

2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians chapter 13
  • 1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around looking for someone to devour.”
  • 1 Peter 3:10 “For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.’ ”
  • “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me..” Galatians 2:20
  • “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
  • “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25-26

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see   
A poem lovely as a tree.   
   
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest   
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;   
   
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;   
   
A tree that may in summer wear   
A nest of robins in her hair;   
   
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;   
Who intimately lives with rain. 
   
Poems are made by fools like me,   
But only God can make a tree.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: 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.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. I also have 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 Alouds:

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Sanji's Seed: A Story About Honesty

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles 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:

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Living Book List:

  • Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy by Shannon Zemlicka
  • Crossing the Delaware by Louise Peacock
  • Leutze: Washington Crossing the Delaware by Ernest Goldstein
  • Stars and Stripes by Leonard Fisher
  • Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner
  • A Flag for Our Country by Eve Spencer
  • Flag Day by Dorothy LesTina
  • betsy Ross by Ann Weil
  • Betsy Ross: Patriot of Philadelphia by Judith St. George
  • Betsy Ross by Susan Martins Miller
  • Betsy Ross & the Flag by Jane Mayer
  • Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys by Patricia Lee Gauch
  • Arrow over the Door by Joseph Bruchac
  • Great Big Wagon that Rang by Joseph Slate
  • Buttons for General Washington by Peter & Connie Roop
  • Danbury’s Burning! by Anne Grant
  • John Paul Jones: Hero of the Seas by Keith Brandt
  • They Called her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell
  • Black Regiment of the American Revolution by Linda Brennan
  • Jack Jouett’s Ride by Gail Haley
  • Patriots in Petticoats by Patricia Clyne
  • Picture Book of George Washington by David Adler
  • George Washington and the General’s Dog by F. Murphy
  • George Washington by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • I Did It With My Hatchet by Robert Quackenbush
  • George Wahsington’s Cows by David Small
  • Washington’s Birthday by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • George-isms: The 110 Rules George Lived By
  • Martha Washington: First Lady of the Land by L. Anderson
  • The Story of Mount Vernon by Natalie Miller
  • Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness
  • A Bird in the Hand: Sayings from Poor Richard’s Almanac
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar d’Aulaire

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • If You are Not From the Prairie by Dave Bouchard

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes using “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Count blueberries and grapes and other food at the table often.

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  • Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 game boards with the outline of cube train 20 cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a game board. The goal is to be the first to completely clear his or her board. Each player rolls a 1-6 number cube (dice) and spins a spinner with minus sign on one side and plus sign on the other to see how many cubes to add or take off. Players lose a turn if they have to add more cubes than there are spaces available.
  • Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56) You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2″ or “1 and 4″ for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/her back, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.
  • Recording Designs and Creations (p.158)
    Children will focus on shape and position by making a design and copying it. Have the children create a simple design with pattern blocks or tiles. Then have the children copy these designs by gluing down paper shapes that match the blocks (you can print “printable pattern block shapes from the internet” and cut them out before hand). The copying portion of the activity is important because reproduction requires children to pay close attention to the position of the blocks relative to each other and the number being used. Limit the number of blocks you give them if needed because it is easier for them to build than it is to copy.

          Games:

  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book; Life of Fred Books; and Kahn Academy

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (once a week 10 minutes)

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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:

Paint Cowboy at Sunset

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Make an Easter Garden Basket
 
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Plan a Family Seder
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Daniel – paint underground garden vegetables

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Fieldtrips:

  • Round Valley creek and other local creeks
  • Waterfall and wildflower hikes
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March Lesson Plans

2018-2019     Pre-K – Daniel     2nd Grade – Faith      4th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Gardening

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Exemplary/Role Model

Bible: 1 Timothy

History/Geography: Early America/North America

Science/Nature Study: 106 Days of Creation/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

Choose one artist a term to read his/her biography and study his/her pictures:

John Trumball, John William Waterhouse, Frederick Remington

  • Possible Future Studies: Rococco Art (1700s), Thomas Birch (American marine painter, early 1800s), Mary Cassatt (late 1800s), Cezanne (late 1800s)Vincent Van Gogh (late 1800s), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (late 1800s), Grandma Moses (1940s), Norman Rockwell (1940s), (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

Choose one composer a term to read his biography and listen to his work:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Possible Future Studies:

  • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
  • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
  • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
  • Telemann 1680-1760
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
  • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
  • Haydn 1732-1809
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
  • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
  • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
  • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
  • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
  • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
  • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
  • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
  • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
  • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
  • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
  • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
  • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
  • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
  • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
  • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
  • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
  • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
  • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
  • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
  • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
  • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
  • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
  • George Gershwin 1900-1930
  • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
  • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

Poetry Study:

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • Treasures from the National Museum of American Art by William Kloss
  • Of arms and artists : the American Revolution through painters’ eyes / Paul Staiti.
  • Frederic Remington : the masterworks / Michael Edward Shapiro, Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Frederic Remington Art Museum collection / by Brian W. Dippie
  • Drawn to Yellowstone : artists in America’s first national park / Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Story of Mozart in words and music [sound recording]
  • Mozart for kids.
  • The magic flute : an opera by Mozart / adapted by Kyra Teis.
  • Bravo! brava! a night at the opera : behind the scenes with composers, cast, and crew / Anne Siberell ; introduction by Frederica von Stade
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / written and illustrated by Mike Venezia
  • Mozart and classical music / text by Francesco Salvi; illustrations by L.R. Galante
  • Mozart’s The magic flute / [music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder] ; a Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production
  • Sister Wendy’s American Masterpieces
  • Relax, Daydream, and Draw, The Mozart Effect

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, Have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (10) and Faith (8) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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  • Lord, I pray You will help me be the best mother to my children that I can be. Give me strength, and help me to understand that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Give me patience, kindness, gentleness, and discernment. Guard my tongue so that the words I speak will build up and not tear down, will bring life and not destruction. Guide me as I make decisions regarding each child.
    Lord, show me Your perspective on each of my children’s uuniqueness and potential for greatness. Give me a balance between being overprotective and allowing my children to experience life too early. I ask You for the gifts of intelligence, strength, talent, wisdom, and godliness to be in my children. Keep them safe from any accident, disease, or evil influence. May no plan of the enemy succeed in their lives. Help me (and my husband) to raise our children to be obedient and respectful to both of us and to have a heart to follow You and Your Word. I pray that I will find fulfillment, contentment, and joy as a mother, while never losing sight of who I am in You. I know that we cannot successfully raise our children without You, so I ask that You would take the burden of raising them from our shoulders and partner with us to bring them up. Give me patience, strength, and wisdom to train, teach, discipline, and care for each child. Help me to understand each child’s needs and know how to meet them. Give us discernment about what we allow into the home through TV, books, movies, video games, magazines, and computer activities. Give us revelation and the ability each day to see what we need to see. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

    “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”
    – PROVERBS 31:28 –

    “They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.”
    – ISAIAH 65:23 –

    “Pour out your heart like water before the face of the LORD. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.”
    – LAMENTATIONS 2:19 –

  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray. 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.

       

 

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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Memory Verses:

Matthew 5:1-16 (Beatitudes/Salt/Light)

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 91, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • March Verses

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

Snow-Flakes

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent and soft and slow
Descends the snow.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: 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.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. I also have 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 Alouds:

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles 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:

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Living Book List:

  • In 1176 by Jean Marzollo
  • A Book of Americans by Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Paul Revere’s Ride by Ted Rand
  • Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson
  • Which Way to the Revolution? by Bob Barner
  • Story of Lexington and Concord by Conrad Stein
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord by Neil Johnson
  • George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
  • Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George
  • The Declaration of Independence by Dennis Fradin
  • The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards
  • Declaration of Independence by Sam Fink
  • Hatmaker’s Sign by Benjamin Franklin
  • Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy by Shannon Zemlicka
  • Crossing the Deleware by Louise Peacock
  • Leutze: Washingon
  • Poor Richard in France / by F.N. Monjo ; pictures by Brinton Turkle
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D’ Aulaire
  • Thomas Jefferson’s America Stories of the Founding Fathers by Jim Weiss

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling
  • Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds
  • Song of the Swallows

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes using “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Count blueberries and grapes and other food at the table often.

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  • Counting Stories (p. 30) Materials: Counters and Storyboards or blank paper. Lesson: Tell number stories and have the children act them out using some counters as objects in the stories. Children place the counters on a storyboard that represents the setting for the story. Pass out storyboards–paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example. Say, “Four trucks are driving down the road. Two cars pass them. Count the trucks and cars.” Children place counters on the storyboard and add them up. Extensions: Have children make up their own counting stories. Write the numerals on a small chalkboard as you say them so the children can learn to associate numerals with the amounts they represent (or don’t say the number as you write it if children are familiar with numerals). Or have children write their own numerals (placing counters right on top of the chalkboard).
  • Creations (p. 33) Materials: Unifix cubes, creation cards. Lesson: Create a model out of unifix cubes (resembling a simple animal for example), or use the provided creation cards in the book. Have children build a matching creation exactly as shown by the model or creation card, and without laying it on top of the model or card. Extension: Have children record the number of cubes they used to build each creation (writing or numeral card).
  • Grow and Shrink (p28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2” on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.
  • Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.
  • Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 gameboards with the outline of cube train 2o cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a gameboard. The goal is to be the first to completely clear his or her board. Each player rolls a 1-6 number cube (dice) and spins a spinner with minus sign on one side and plus sign on the other to see how many cubes to add or take off. Players lose a turn if they have to add more cubes than there are spaces available.
  • Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56) You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2″ or “1 and 4″ for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/her back, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.

          Games:

  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 5

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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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:

Plan and Plant a Garden

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Chalk Pastel Birds Nest
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning!

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Fieldtrips:

  • Round Valley creek and other local creeks
  • Waterfall and wildflower hikes

 

 

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February Lesson Plans

2018-2019     Pre-K – Daniel     2nd Grade – Faith      4th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Valentines

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Love and relationships

Bible: Hebrews

History/Geography: Early America/North America

Science/Nature Study: 106 Days of Creation/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

Choose one artist a term to read his/her biography and study his/her pictures:

Benjamin West

  • Possible Future Studies: John Trumball (Revolutionary War), John William Waterhouse, Rococco Art (1700s), Frederic Remington (old west, late 1800s), Thomas Birch (American marine painter, early 1800s), Mary Cassatt (late 1800s), Cezanne (late 1800s)Vincent Van Gogh (late 1800s), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (late 1800s), Grandma Moses (1940s), Norman Rockwell (1940s), (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

Choose one composer a term to read his biography and listen to his work:

George Frederic Handel

  • Possible Future Studies:
  • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
  • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
  • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
  • Telemann 1680-1760
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
  • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
  • Haydn 1732-1809
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
  • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
  • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
  • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
  • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
  • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
  • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
  • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
  • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
  • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
  • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
  • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
  • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
  • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
  • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
  • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
  • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
  • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
  • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
  • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
  • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
  • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
  • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
  • George Gershwin 1900-1930
  • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
  • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

Poetry Study:

  • When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • National Museum of American Art / [foreword by Elizabeth Broun ; introduction by William Kloss]
  • American History in Art by Rena Coen

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, Have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (10) and Faith (8) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral confession: 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

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  • Pray these prayers for relationships.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray. 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:

  • Share personal relational stories.
  • What kind of a date would you plan for each person in the family?
  • What makes you feel loved?

Discussion Time:

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

          Love and Relationship:

  • Definitions: Loving–To be devoted to, kindly care for, admiring of; genuine love includes the qualities of self-sacrificing and commitment to another.
  • “No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” –Amelia Earhart
  • Read Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed
  • Read Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  and How full is Your Bucket?
  • Review “The Brother-offended Checklist,” by Doorposts, and post its corresponding chart in the house.

  • “A young man should be more polite to his own sister that to any other young woman under heaven; and a young woman should ever turn to her brother as the one nearest in all this world to her until a husband stands by her side. Brothers and sisters are each other’s natural keepers. They should shield each other. They should be an inspiration to each other in the direction of all noble thought and better life. They should be each other’s guardian angels in this world of danger and of false and fatal paths.” –JR miller
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  • Read some of George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior (and use some for copywork)
  • Show these moving videos on various days as a source of inspiration:
  • Read:
  • Make and use kindness flags
  • Brainstorm a list of ways to show kindness to siblings and try to do one each day. To follow up, on the following days at circle time, have children point out how they noticed each other being kind, so boasting can be avoided (and thankful encouragement can be practiced!).
  • Administer a fun quiz to figure out your kids love languages
  • The story of the relationship between Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller is an excellent example of “being a friend,” and reading the story together will get children thinking of “friendship” in a different vein– as an opportunity to sacrifice, lay down our lives, and incite others to higher purposes.
  • Study and discuss the pictures in this awesome book, a page or two at a time:

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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Memory Verses:

Matthew 5:1-16 (Beatitudes/Salt/Light)

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 91, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • February Verses

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Duel
by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
‘T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t’ other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I was n’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went “Bow-wow-wow!”
And the calico cat replied “Mee-ow!”
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Now mind: I ‘m only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, “Oh, dear! what shall we do!”
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw—
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don’t fancy I exaggerate—
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning, where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)

 

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: 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.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. I also have 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 Alouds:

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles 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:

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Living Book List:

  • Log Fort Adventures by Edith McCall
  • Boston Tea Party by Jame E. Knight (Adventures in Colonial America)
  • Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes
  • In 1176 by Jean Marzollo
  • Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
  • Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady
  • Can’t You Make Them Behave by Jean Fritz
  • The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Charlie’s House by Clyde Robert Bulla

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes a week using “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Count blueberries and grapes and other food at the table often.

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  • Counting Stories (p. 30) Materials: Counters and Storyboards or blank paper. Lesson: Tell number stories and have the children act them out using some counters as objects in the stories. Children place the counters on a storyboard that represents the setting for the story. Pass out storyboards–paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example. Say, “Four trucks are driving down the road. Two cars pass them. Count the trucks and cars.” Children place counters on the storyboard and add them up. Extensions: Have children make up their own counting stories. Write the numerals on a small chalkboard as you say them so the children can learn to associate numerals with the amounts they represent (or don’t say the number as you write it if children are familiar with numerals). Or have children write their own numerals (placing counters right on top of the chalkboard).
  • Creations (p. 33) Materials: Unifix cubes, creation cards. Lesson: Create a model out of unifix cubes (resembling a simple animal for example), or use the provided creation cards in the book. Have children build a matching creation exactly as shown by the model or creation card, and without laying it on top of the model or card. Extension: Have children record the number of cubes they used to build each creation (writing or numeral card).
  • Grow and Shrink (p28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2” on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.
  • Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.
  • Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 gameboards with the outline of cube train 2o cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a gameboard. The goal is to be the first to completely clear his or her board. Each player rolls a 1-6 number cube (dice) and spins a spinner with minus sign on one side and plus sign on the other to see how many cubes to add or take off. Players lose a turn if they have to add more cubes than there are spaces available.

          Games:

  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 5

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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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 for seniors and each other

 
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100th Day Celebration!

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Fieldtrips:

  • Tea with Faithy
  • Medieval Mother and Son Banquet with Noah and Daniel

 

 

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December Lesson Plans

2018-2019     Pre-K – Daniel     2nd Grade – Faith      4th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Peaceable

Bible: Hebrews

History/Geography: Early America/North America

Science/Nature Study: 106 Days of Creation/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

Choose one artist a term to read his/her biography and study his/her pictures:

Benjamin West

  • Possible Future Studies: John Trumball (Revolutionary War), John William Waterhouse, Rococco Art (1700s), Frederic Remington (old west, late 1800s), Thomas Birch (American marine painter, early 1800s), Mary Cassatt (late 1800s), Cezanne (late 1800s)Vincent Van Gogh (late 1800s), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (late 1800s), Grandma Moses (1940s), Norman Rockwell (1940s), (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

Choose one composer a term to read his biography and listen to his work:

George Frederic Handel

  • Possible Future Studies:
  • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
  • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
  • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
  • Telemann 1680-1760
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
  • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
  • Haydn 1732-1809
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
  • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
  • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
  • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
  • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
  • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
  • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
  • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
  • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
  • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
  • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
  • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
  • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
  • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
  • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
  • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
  • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
  • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
  • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
  • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
  • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
  • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
  • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
  • George Gershwin 1900-1930
  • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
  • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

Poetry Study:

  • When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • National Museum of American Art / [foreword by Elizabeth Broun ; introduction by William Kloss]
  • The rooster crows : a book of American rhymes and jingles / Maud and Miska Petersham
  • American History in Art by Rena Coen
  • Messiah in Full Score Edited by Alfred Mann

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, Have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (9) and Faith (8) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral confession: Nehemiah 9:17 “…But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…

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  • Print out and pray these prayers about forgiveness.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray. 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:

  • Share personal stories of forgiveness.
  • Do you think you are slow to anger and abounding in love like God? What is hard for you to forgive? What has happened that your heart still feels sore about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you glad that God has forgiven you for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How can we choose to forgive others? Why must we forgive others? (Matt. 6:14-15)

Discussion Time:

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

          Forgiveness:

  • What is the worst pain you have ever had? Which is worse, pain in your heart or pain felt in your body? Did Jesus have only body pain or did He have pain in His heart, too? Why?
  • Read Scriptures and learn about Forgiveness
  • The strongest relationships are not between those who never hurt or offend one another – such relationships don’t exist (Philippians 2:21) – but between those who ask each other’s forgiveness on a regular basis. It takes humility and strength of character to admit when we have done or said something wrong and offended a family member. Pride keeps us back from asking forgiveness or even thinking that we need to ask for forgiveness. When there is pride, we tend to be more critical and judgemental of others. On the other hand, people who realize they are wrong and ask for forgiveness develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be forgiven.
  • Romans 12:17-19 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Ask the Holy Spirit to be present. Pray with your children, asking for and thanking God for His forgiveness. If your children need to release frustration have them touch the insides of their palms – the spot where the nails would have pierced Jesus’ hands. Then have them open their hands, “releasing” their hurt and pain to God, acknowledging that it is His job to “repay.”
  • Sing “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
  • Bitter Roots
  • 1 Peter 3:9 which states: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” In difficult situations, have your children pray for the person who they need to forgive and also say good things about them. Gently remind your children that they are being like Jesus when they forgive the other person – even when the other person hasn’t asked for forgiveness.
  • God’s Sponge
  • Heavy Luggage
  • (Make a list of friction causing scenarios that occur between siblings) Role play these scenarios and practice gently rebuking someone, then offering/asking for forgiveness. Luke 17:3 “So watch yourselves. ‘If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.’ ”
  • Remember 1 peter 3:9 said to repay evil with blessing. Our willingness to “go the second mile” is one of the most persuasive ways of demonstrating the love of Christ and our willingness to forgive. Go the Second Mile. Brainstorm lists of how we each could personally go the second mile in our relationships and situations.

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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Memory Verses:

Matthew 5:1-16 (Beatitudes/Salt/Light)

Review:

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

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

Good News From Heaven The Angels Sing

A Christmas Carol For Children by Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.

This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford:
He will Himself our Saviour be,
From sin and sorrow set us free.

To us that blessedness He brings,
Which from the Father’s bounty springs:
That in the heavenly realm we may
With Him enjoy eternal day.

All hail, Thou noble Guest, this morn,
Whose love did not the sinner scorn!
In my distress Thou cam’st to me:
What thanks shall I return to Thee?

Were earth a thousand times as fair,
Beset with gold and jewels rare,
She yet were far too poor to be
A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.

Ah, dearest Jesus, Holy Child!
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

Praise God upon His heavenly throne,
Who gave to us His only Son:
For this His hosts, on joyful wing,
A blest New Year of mercy sing.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: 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.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. I also have 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 Alouds:

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles 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:

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Living Book List:

  • Little Wolf Slayer by Donald Cooke
  • I Heard of a River by Elsie Singmaster
  • A Pirate’s Life for Me! by Julie Thompson
  • Pirate Diary by Richard Platt
  • The Story of William Penn by Aliki
  • The Folks in the Valley by Jim Aylesworth
  • Rudi and the Distelfinkby F.N. Monjo
  • Skippack School by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Presidents / by Martin W. Sandler ; introduction by James H. Billington

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling
  • Discovering maps / Alma Graham, project educational editor

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes a week using “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Count blueberries and grapes and other food at the table often.

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  • Counting Stories (p. 30) Materials: Counters and Storyboards or blank paper. Lesson: Tell number stories and have the children act them out using some counters as objects in the stories. Children place the counters on a storyboard that represents the setting for the story. Pass out storyboards–paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example. Say, “Four trucks are driving down the road. Two cars pass them. Count the trucks and cars.” Children place counters on the storyboard and add them up. Extensions: Have children make up their own counting stories. Write the numerals on a small chalkboard as you say them so the children can learn to associate numerals with the amounts they represent (or don’t say the number as you write it if children are familiar with numerals). Or have children write their own numerals (placing counters right on top of the chalkboard).
  • Creations (p. 33) Materials: Unifix cubes, creation cards. Lesson: Create a model out of unifix cubes (resembling a simple animal for example), or use the provided creation cards in the book. Have children build a matching creation exactly as shown by the model or creation card, and without laying it on top of the model or card. Extension: Have children record the number of cubes they used to build each creation (writing or numeral card).
  • Grow and Shrink (p28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2” on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.
  • Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.

          Games:

  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 4

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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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:

Finish Painting Christmas Village Scenes

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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Mini Party

Christmas Caroling

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Find or make an ornament that depicts what God has done in the past year for the family, or for each individual (so kids have their own set to take when grown)

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Shepherds Pouches to earn money for Samritan’s Purse

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Make a manger and a baby Jesus to put under the Christmas tree; nurture some stolen moments of fascination and worship of the newborn King with the littlest in the family

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Fieldtrips:

Piedmont Kids Choir Candlelight Service – December 2nd

Live Nativity in Redwood City – December 7th

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