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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

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.

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

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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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November Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Peaceable

Bible: Colossians and Philemon

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

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: 1 Corinthians 13:5 “Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered…”

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  • Print out and pray these scriptures about thoughtfulness.
  • 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 experience with peace making, generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Thank God in prayer.
  • What are you tempted to complain about? What are you selfish about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you most thankful for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How would you like to generously help or give to others to help the world know Jesus? Ask God for help.

Discussion Time:

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

          Peaceableness:

  • Discuss characters from books and people in our lives who exemplify being peaceable
  • Mouldable Munchkins
  • Music to My Ears
  • “I have seen Christians in communist prisons with 50 pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red-hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterward without water, starving, whipped, suffering from cold, and praying with fervor for the communists…Afterward, the communists came to prison too. Now the tortured and the torturers were in the same cell. And while the non-Christians beat them, Christians took their defense. I have seen Christians giving away their last slice of bread (we had at that time one slice a week) and the medicine which could save their lives to a sick communist torturer who was now a fellow-prisoner.”-Richard Wurmbrand

Are the persecuted Christians fighting their enemies? Why do we fight each other?

  • Confess the sin of anger of your forefathers and ask God in the Name and through the power of the blood of Jesus to break any curse coming down the generations. Ask God to take back the ground Satan has taken because of anger.

    “An angry person stirs up conflict,
    and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” Proverbs 29:22

  • Review potential causes of discord (lack of peace) in your home. Ideas listed in the Bible include selfishness, envy, teasing another person, being hot tempered, stirring up anger/ provoking, lack of sympathy, lack of love, impatience or intolerance. James 4:1-3 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask you do not receive because you ask with the wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Review Unselfishness, Thankfulness

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:

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

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

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Hymn in Prose for Children by Mrs. Barbauld
Come and I will show you what is beautiful.
It is a rose in full bloom.
See how she sits upon her mossy stem,
like the queen of all the flowers!
She is the delight of every eye.
She is beautiful, but there is fairer than she.
He that made the rose is more beautiful than the rose;
He is all lovely; He is the delight of every heart.
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I will show you what is strong.
The lion is strong; when the voice of his roaring is heard,
the wild beasts of the desert hide themselves,
for he is very terrible.
The lion is strong,
but He that made the lion is stronger than He:
His anger is terrible: He could make us die in a moment,
and no one could save us out of His hand.
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I will show you what is glorious.
The sun is glorious.
When he shines in the clear sky,
when he sits on the bright throne in the heavens, and looks abroad over all the earth.
He is the most excellent and glorious creature the eye can behold.
The sun is glorious, but He that made the sun is more glorious than he.
The eye beholds Him not, for His brightness is more dazzling than we could bear.
He sees in all dark places; and the light of His countenance is over all His works.
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Who is this great Name, and what is He called,
that my lips may praise Him?
This great Name is God.
He made all things, but He is himself more excellent than all that He has made:
they are beautiful, but He is beauty;
they are strong, but He is strength;
they are perfect, but He is perfection.

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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.

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

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

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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:

  • Surrounded by Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island
  • Domitila : a Cinderella tale from the Mexican tradition by Jewell Reinhart
  • My Mexico by Tony Johnston
  • The Pinata Maker by George Ancona
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie DePaola
  • One Hundred and One Beautiful Small Towns in Mexico by Guillermo Garcia-Oropeza
  • Mexico A to Z by Ron Fontes Justine
  • The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi
  • Discovering maps / Alma Graham, project educational editor
  • National Geographic world atlas for young explorers
  • Wonderful houses around the world / Yoshio Komatsu ; drawings by Akira Nishiyama ; translated by Katy Bridges and Naoko Amemiya

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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).
  • Rhythmic Patterns (p. 90 & 95) Materials: Unifx cubes. Lesson: Have children copy a rhythmic pattern you make up like ‘Nod, nod, clap; nod, nod, clap…..’. Labeling the parts of the rhythmic pattern aloud using letters can be helpful (A, A, B; A, A, B……) Have the children make the ‘Nod, nod, clap’ pattern with unifix cubes. Say the cube pattern the children chose with both colors (green, green, yellow; green, green, yellow……) and letters (A, A, B; A, A, B……). Extension: Make sure children are also exposed to other patterns such as ABC, AABB, ABB, etc.
  • Is it More or Less? (p. 146) Materials: Unifix cubes. Lesson: Have children build several trains of specified lengths (all under ten). Say, “Show me a train that has more than six. Show me a train that has less than six.” State the relationship together: “Four is less than six, six is more than four.” Repeat with trains of various lengths. Extension: Decide how many more or how many less one train has than the other. “What can we do to the red train to make it just as long as the blue train?” is easier than “How many more cubes does the red train have than the blue train?” Choose the wording your children are ready for.
  • 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:

  • Missing Card (p.10) Lay out cards 1-10 in order, remove one card and close the gap. Have the child guess which number is missing.
  • Consecutive Numbers (p.12) Using 4 sets of 1-10 cards, deal 3 cards to each player, and put the rest in a stock pile. Player puts any card down (and draws another card), next player puts down the next highest number or the preceding lower number. Player may add to a row or start a new one. When the third card is put down in a row, that player collects that row. Player with most cards wins.
  • 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 3

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:

Paint Christmas Village Scenes

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Painting "Going for Christmas Trees"

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Make soup and pass it out to the homeless

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Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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Have a neighbor over for a cup of tea. Kids practice manners, hospitality, and social skills while making stronger connections to neighbors.

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Make a Thankful Tree

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Fieldtrips:

  • Christmas Trees
  • Hoedown

 

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October Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: When I Grow Up / Heroes (Christ, Parents, Community Helpers, Historical Figures, and Fictional Characters)

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Thoughtful

Bible: Ephesians and Phillipians

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:

Rembrandt (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America

Music Study:

  • Learn patriotic songs
  • Can you hear the water in these songs?
    • Claude Debussy – La Mer
      Duke Ellington – The River
      George Handel – The Water Music
      Felix Mendelssohn – Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
      Bedrich Smetana – The Moldau
      Johann Strauss II -The Blue Danube
  • Choose one composer to read his biography and listen to his work.
    • Pachelbel 1650-1700
    • 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:

  • Poetry for Young People Series: Emily Dickinson (future studies: Milne)
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • American History in Verse for Boys and Girls by Burton Stevenson
  • 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)
  • Rembrandt and 17th Century Holland
  • Rembrandt: The Christmas Story
  • Hanna in the Time of the Tulips
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt?
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • N.C. Wyeth Pilgrims by Robert San Souci

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 (7) 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:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Choral confession: So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12

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  • Print out and pray these scriptures about thoughtfulness.
  • 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:

  • 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. (Mine for this year is 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!
  • Pray and practice thoughtfulness this month and share about your experiences at circle
  • 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.

          Thoughtfulness:

  • Discuss characters from books who exemplify thoughtfulness
  • Write out a Wishes for Others list and then see how many we can make come true
  • Read bits of Learning How to Be Thoughtful by J.R. Miller
  • Read bit by bit of Thoughtfulness and Tact by J.R. Miller
  • Read/skim The Grace of Thoughtfulness by J.R. Miller
  • Read The Home Life by J.R. Miller
  • Read The Glasses You Wear by J.R. Miller
  • J.R. Miller:

    It should be our care to watch the little things in our conduct, the minute attentions, the small courtesies, the delicate graces and refinements of our manner — since by all these we add either to the volume of good we do, or to the measure of pain we cause.

    There come every day, a thousand opportunities to be thoughtful, in which are a thousand possibilities of giving happiness or hurt. In the mere tones of the voice in which we speak — lie the widest opposites of gentleness or harshness.

    “It is not so much what you say,
    As the manner in which you say it;
    It is not so much the language you use,
    As the tones in which you convey it.

    “The words may be mild and fair,
    And the tones may pierce like a dart;
    The words may be soft as a summer air,
    And the tones may break the heart!

    “For words but come from the mind,
    And grow by study and art;
    But the tones leap forth from the inner self
    And reveal the state of the heart!

    “Whether you know it or not,
    Whether you mean it or care,
    Gentleness, kindness, love, and hate,
    Envy, and anger — are there.”

Review Confidence, Courage, and Imagination

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:

Psalm 91

Also we will review all verses from previous Octobers:

  • “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:

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  • Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me
  • O Worship the King All Glorious Above
  • Conquering Now and Still to Conquer
  • Like a River Glorious
  • Standing on the Promises
  • Stand up, Stand up for Jesus

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Poetry Recitation:

by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
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Hymn in Prose for Children by Mrs. Barbauld
Come and I will show you what is beautiful.
It is a rose in full bloom.
See how she sits upon her mossy stem,
like the queen of all the flowers!
She is the delight of every eye.
She is beautiful, but there is fairer than she.
He that made the rose is more beautiful than the rose;
He is all lovely; He is the delight of every heart.
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I will show you what is strong.
The lion is strong; when the voice of his roaring is heard,
the wild beasts of the desert hide themselves,
for he is very terrible.
The lion is strong,
but He that made the lion is stronger than He:
His anger is terrible: He could make us die in a moment,
and no one could save us out of His hand.
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I will show you what is glorious.
The sun is glorious.
When he shines in the clear sky,
when he sits on the bright throne in the heavens, and looks abroad over all the earth.
He is the most excellent and glorious creature the eye can behold.
The sun is glorious, but He that made the sun is more glorious than he.
The eye beholds Him not, for His brightness is more dazzling than we could bear.
He sees in all dark places; and the light of His countenance is over all His works.
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Who is this great Name, and what is He called,
that my lips may praise Him?
This great Name is God.
He made all things, but He is himself more excellent than all that He has made:
they are beautiful, but He is beauty;
they are strong, but He is strength;
they are perfect, but He is perfection.

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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.

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

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

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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:

  • Life in the Thirteen Colonies by Robin Doak
  • New Hampshire Colony by Bob Italia
  • New Hampshire Colony by Dennis Fradin (and the other 12 Fradin colony books)
  • Wooden Shoes in America by Lois Maloy and Alice Dalgliesh
  • William’s House by Ginger Howard
  • Colony of Rhode Island by Sussan Whitehurst
  • North American Indians by Marie Gorsine
  • An Algonquian year by Michael McCurdy
  • Meet the North American Indians by Elizabeth Payne
  • Indian Crafts by Keith Brandt
  • Native Americans by Gallimard Jeunesse
  • Indian Tribes of America by Marion Gridley
  • White Swallow by Emma Gelders Sterne
  • The Indians Knew by Tillie Pine
  • Let’s Be Indians by Peggy Parish
  • More Than Moccasins” A Kid’s Activity Guide by Laurie Carlson
  • Cherokee by Andrew Santella
  • Cherokee Indians by Sonia Bleeker
  • The Cherokee Indians by Claro Nicole
  • Creek Nation by Allison Lassieur
  • The Creek Indians by Ellen Scordato
  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
  • The Iroquois by Virginia Driving Hawk
  • The Iroquois by Emily Dolbear
  • The Light in the Forest by Richter Conrad
  • The Pomo by Mary Worthylake

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Hey Canada by Vivien Bowers
  • Wow Canada! Exploring this Land from Coast to Coast by Vivien Bowers
  • Wilfred’s Hospital Ship by Dolores ready
  • Struggle for a Continent: the French and Indian War by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
  • A Brave Soldier by Nicolas Debon
  • M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet by Micheal Ulmer and melanie Rose-Popp
  • From far and Wide: A Canadian Citizenship Scrapbook by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

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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).
  • Rhythmic Patterns (p. 90 & 95) Materials: Unifx cubes. Lesson: Have children copy a rhythmic pattern you make up like ‘Nod, nod, clap; nod, nod, clap…..’. Labeling the parts of the rhythmic pattern aloud using letters can be helpful (A, A, B; A, A, B……) Have the children make the ‘Nod, nod, clap’ pattern with unifix cubes. Say the cube pattern the children chose with both colors (green, green, yellow; green, green, yellow……) and letters (A, A, B; A, A, B……). Extension: Make sure children are also exposed to other patterns such as ABC, AABB, ABB, etc.
  • Is it More or Less? (p. 146) Materials: Unifix cubes. Lesson: Have children build several trains of specified lengths (all under ten). Say, “Show me a train that has more than six. Show me a train that has less than six.” State the relationship together: “Four is less than six, six is more than four.” Repeat with trains of various lengths. Extension: Decide how many more or how many less one train has than the other. “What can we do to the red train to make it just as long as the blue train?” is easier than “How many more cubes does the red train have than the blue train?” Choose the wording your children are ready for.
  • 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:

  • Missing Card (p.10) Lay out cards 1-10 in order, remove one card and close the gap. Have the child guess which number is missing.
  • Consecutive Numbers (p.12) Using 4 sets of 1-10 cards, deal 3 cards to each player, and put the rest in a stock pile. Player puts any card down (and draws another card), next player puts down the next highest number or the preceding lower number. Player may add to a row or start a new one. When the third card is put down in a row, that player collects that row. Player with most cards wins.
  • 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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  • Pages 40-56 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 2

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:

Watercolor resist leaves, crayon rubbings, or charcoal rubbings

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

Make horse in a field art

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How to Draw a Running Horse

Make and Deliver Fall Blessings as an outreach to neighbors

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Dress Up and Play Heroes

Collect Signs of Fall

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Arrange a Community Helper Field Trip

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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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Fieldtrips:

  • Apple Hill
  • Pumpkin Patch

 

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September Lesson Plans

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

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Welcome back to school!! We are excited to jump back in the saddle because this year is Pilgrims, Pioneers, and Native Americans!

Fun Theme: Me and My Family

Seasonal Theme: Back to School

Character/Habit: Friendly

Bible: Ephesians

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:

Rembrandt (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America

Music Study:

  • Learn patriotic songs
  • Can you hear the water in these songs?
    • Claude Debussy – La Mer
      Duke Ellington – The River
      George Handel – The Water Music
      Felix Mendelssohn – Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
      Bedrich Smetana – The Moldau
      Johann Strauss II -The Blue Danube
  • Choose one composer to read his biography and listen to his work.
    • Pachelbel 1650-1700
    • 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:

  • Poetry for Young People Series: Emily Dickinson (future studies: Milne)
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • American History in Verse for Boys and Girls by Burton Stevenson
  • 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)
  • Rembrandt and 17th Century Holland
  • Rembrandt: The Christmas Story
  • Hanna in the Time of the Tulips
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt?
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • N.C. Wyeth Pilgrims by Robert San Souci

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 (7) 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:

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

Choral confession: Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harms.

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  • Print out and pray these prayers and scriptures to pray for godly friends, and to BE godly friends. (Also Col. 4:6 -gracious speech, seasoned with salt; Prov 22:11 – love gracious speech and purity of heart, and you will have the king for a friend)
  • 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:

  • 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:

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

          Friendliness/Courtesy:

  • Brainstorm a list of things that make a person friendly, and then a list of what would make a person seem unfriendly (Title the first list with the verse Titus 3:1-2 and the second list with Titus 3:3)
  • Where does being a good friend begin? Read 1 John 5:2
  • Have the children write out a list of friends in their prayer journal that they may begin to form the habit of praying for this month
  • Encourage the children to listen to God as they pray for their friends and write down scriptural encouragements as notes for friends
  • Three Types of People
  • Character Report
  • Social Skills
  • Courtesy – Courtesy is behaving in a way that benefits others- it means thinking of the effect of your behavior. Do you want to be successful? The original etiquette manuals (of Western civilization) were success manuals. They taught knights and nobles how to conduct themselves in the court of the king—which is where we get the concepts of “courtly” and “courtesy.”
  • Why He Carried The Turkey
  • Sir Walter Raleigh, p.26 in Laying Down the Rails book 1
  • Role play showing interest in others, and (courteously) asking them about themselves (starting conversation)
  • Read excerpts from Hints on Child Training by Clay Trumbull: Ch. 17 ‘Training a Child to Courtesy’
  • When do we tend to forget to be courteous? (busy, absorbed in ourselves) How does courtesy create good feelings and benefit relationships? (it says “I care about you” and it builds rapport – a close and harmonious relationship in which people understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well) What are some practical ways to show courtesy? (give full attention, eye contact, ask “how are you?”, say excuse me, hold doors open, make introductions, ask if you can help, send thank you notes, don’t talk loud at inappropriate times, don’t step on someone else’s stuff, don’t presume to announce/share someone else’s mistake/faults, let others go first at a door or a checkout line, say thank you to your server at a restaurant, no phone activity while talking to someone or sitting at a table with others, smile at others when you walk into the room, say hello to neighbors, remember names, be on time, friendly greetings at the front door, use less directive/commanding words, allow people out of the bus, train, or elevator before entering, give your seat to someone else, address elders as Mr. and Mrs., don’t interrupt, say thank you before leaving someone’s house, knock on closed doors and wait before entering)
  • Practice calling a friend to set up a play date

 

  • Review Pride/Humility: (from Kids of Integrity) As people, we tend to become proud of our accomplishments and abilities. In Jeremiah, wisdom, strength and wealth are listed as things we should not boast about. 1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” One of the best ways to stay humble is to remain focused on God’s greatness. He is so much wiser than us and so much stronger, and everything in the whole wide world is His! God is pleased when we fear (or respect) Him greatly (Psalm 147:10-11). When we recognize the magnitude of God’s holiness, power and love, and realize how imperfect, weak and unloving we are in comparison, it helps us to stay humble. Complimenting God & Pride Comes Before a Fall

 

  • Review Initiative from last September: Do you wait to be told to do something that you know needs to be done? Initiative is: doing the right thing without being told. Doing it before someone else does. Also, it can involve doing more than what you were told to do. Being the first one to do something good. Lack of initiative is assuming someone else will do it. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17 Talk about what the children are doing to take initiative. (teach Daniel the Bible, teach Daniel how to do housework, check the job board, pray out first in prayer) Now what else could you work on taking more initiative? (introduce myself to people at church, look for ways to help around the house without being asked, be the first one to smile or say I love you, do my lessons before I am told to, start a friendship with someone new, find a way to earn some money, look for ways to help around the neighborhood or church)
    • Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

 

  • Review Respect: consideration for others; to think highly of; admiration for something or someone because of their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Reverence is profound respect with a spiritual connotation/feeling about it. Honor is showing high respect for someone in a tangible way that comes from the heart. Honor is about going our of our way to treat someone as special, rather than doing only what is expected.
    • Review our Family Rules of Respect poster (no talking back, no antagonizing, look at someone when they are talking to you, answer when spoken to, respecting other people’s wishes, use manners, carry groceries for mommy, opening doors for others, greet daddy when he comes home, letting sisters go ahead of you, not damaging household items on purpose, greet and visit with elders at a gathering, etc.)
    • To continue to provide living examples, list words and deeds said and done this month in our family that show disrespect and ones that show respect or honor.
    • Talk about God’s way of disciplining disrespect (emphasis on work vs. play), which is also our way. Psalm 107:11-12  “…for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.”
    • (from Kids of Integrity)Talk to your children about God’s heart of love and willingness to forgive them when they are sorry. Encourage your child with Isaiah 57:15: “For this is what the high and lofty One says – He who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’ ”Explain that when we are deeply sorry in our hearts, God is willing to forgive us and continue His friendship with us. Affirm that earthly parents are also pleased to hear their children repent when they have done wrong and are quick to forgive as God is.
    • Read the following verses: Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord.” Romans 12:10 “…Honor one another above yourselves.”
    • Brainstorm ways to show respect and honor to girls, women, boys, and men. How about parents and grandparents? Also list ways to respect widows, the elderly, the younger, the weaker by serving them.
    • Proverbs 20:11 “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”
    • The First of April at Hazel Dell (LDR)
    • Egg Toss
    • Mealtime Manners
    • If you tend to think of only yourself what will you do when someone accidentally bumps into you? (get angry, think they did it on purpose) When they break your toy? When they say something unkind? How would your responses be different in each situation if you tend to think of others?
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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:

Psalm 91

Also we will review all verses from previous Septembers:

  • 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:

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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

Review some of the less well known hymns in our binders.

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Poetry Recitation:

by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
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Hymn in Prose for Children by Mrs. Barbauld
Come and I will show you what is beautiful.
It is a rose in full bloom.
See how she sits upon her mossy stem,
like the queen of all the flowers!
She is the delight of every eye.
She is beautiful, but there is fairer than she.
He that made the rose is more beautiful than the rose;
He is all lovely; He is the delight of every heart.
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I will show you what is strong.
The lion is strong; when the voice of his roaring is heard,
the wild beasts of the desert hide themselves,
for he is very terrible.
The lion is strong,
but He that made the lion is stronger than He:
His anger is terrible: He could make us die in a moment,
and no one could save us out of His hand.
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I will show you what is glorious.
The sun is glorious.
When he shines in the clear sky,
when he sits on the bright throne in the heavens, and looks abroad over all the earth.
He is the most excellent and glorious creature the eye can behold.
The sun is glorious, but He that made the sun is more glorious than he.
The eye beholds Him not, for His brightness is more dazzling than we could bear.
He sees in all dark places; and the light of His countenance is over all His works.
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Who is this great Name, and what is He called,
that my lips may praise Him?
This great Name is God.
He made all things, but He is himself more excellent than all that He has made:
they are beautiful, but He is beauty;
they are strong, but He is strength;
they are perfect, but He is perfection.

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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:

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

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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:

  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Pilgrims of Plymouth by Marcia Sewall
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
  • Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
  • The Story of Jamestown by Marilyn Prolman
  • What if You Had Been at Jamestown by Ellen Keller
  • America Builds Homes: The Story of the First Colonies By Alice Dalgliesh
  • Pocahontas and Captain John Smith by Marie Lawson (Landmark)
  • The Jamestown Colony by Brendan January (We the People)
  • Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
  • Pocahontas: True Princess and Two Mighty Rivers: Son of Pocahontas by M. Hanes
  • With Sword and Pen: Adventures of Joahn Smith by Bradford Smith
  • Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty (Landmark)
  • The House on Stink Alley by F.N. Monjo
  • Off to Plymouth Rock by Dandi MacKall
  • Across the Wide Dark Sea by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Kate Waters books (On the Mayflower, etc.)
  • Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness
  • First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson
  • A Light Kindled by Tracy Leininger
  • Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth by Patricia Clapp
  • The Pilgrims Knew by Tillie Pine
  • Pilgrims and Native Americans: Hands On Projects about Life in Early America by Jennifer Quasha
  • Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim’s Book of Food and Manners by Lucille Penner
  • William Bradford by Bradford Smith
  • Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • John Billington: Friend of Squanto by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Massasoit: Friend of the Pilgrims by Virginia Voight
  • Tattered Sails by Verla Kay
  • Sailing to America by James Knight (Adventures in Colonial America)
  • The Ballad of the Pilgrim Cat by Leonard Wibberly
  • Blue Feather’s Vision: The Dawn of Colonial America by James Knight (Adventures in Colonial America)
  • This Dear Bought Land by Jean Lee Latham
  • Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea by Edmund S. Morgan
  • Penguin Atlas of North American History to 1870 by Colin McEvedy
  • Early Settlements by Ray Spangenburg and Diane K. Moser
  • The Thanksgiving Primer – Plymouth Plantation

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Paddle to the Sea by Clancy Holling
  • Hey Canada by Vivien Bowers
  • Wow Canada! Exploring this Land from Coast to Coast by Vivien Bowers
  • Wilfred’s Hospital Ship by Dolores ready
  • Struggle for a Continent: the French and Indian War by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
  • A Brave Soldier by Nicolas Debon
  • M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet by Micheal Ulmer and melanie Rose-Popp
  • From far and Wide: A Canadian Citizenship Scrapbook by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

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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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  • Week 1  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).
  • Week 2 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).
  • Week 3 Rhythmic Patterns (p. 90 & 95) Materials: Unifx cubes. Lesson: Have children copy a rhythmic pattern you make up like ‘Nod, nod, clap; nod, nod, clap…..’. Labeling the parts of the rhythmic pattern aloud using letters can be helpful (A, A, B; A, A, B……) Have the children make the ‘Nod, nod, clap’ pattern with unifix cubes. Say the cube pattern the children chose with both colors (green, green, yellow; green, green, yellow……) and letters (A, A, B; A, A, B……). Extension: Make sure children are also exposed to other patterns such as ABC, AABB, ABB, etc.
  • Week 4 Is it More or Less? (p. 146) Materials: Unifix cubes. Lesson: Have children build several trains of specified lengths (all under ten). Say, “Show me a train that has more than six. Show me a train that has less than six.” State the relationship together: “Four is less than six, six is more than four.” Repeat with trains of various lengths. Extension: Decide how many more or how many less one train has than the other. “What can we do to the red train to make it just as long as the blue train?” is easier than “How many more cubes does the red train have than the blue train?” Choose the wording your children are ready for.

          Games:

  • Missing Card (p.10) Lay out cards 1-10 in order, remove one card and close the gap. Have the child guess which number is missing.
  • Consecutive Numbers (p.12) Using 4 sets of 1-10 cards, deal 3 cards to each player, and put the rest in a stock pile. Player puts any card down (and draws another card), next player puts down the next highest number or the preceding lower number. Player may add to a row or start a new one. When the third card is put down in a row, that player collects that row. Player with most cards wins.
  • 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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  • Pages 40-56 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 2

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:

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, and talk about goals and hopes and dreams for the year at dinner the night before with daddy.

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Make a self portrait and/or family portrait

 

Make an “I am Special” book with Daniel, just like the treasured books Noah and Faith made in preschool. 🙂

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First Day of School Pictures of course!

First Day Giggles

Paper Bag House craft with Daniel

Measure, weigh, and compare body sizes.

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Fieldtrips:

Renaissance Fair (we studied Middle Ages last year)

Golden Gate Fields to see a horse race (we read Black Stallion this summer)

 

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May Lesson Plans

2017-2018 * Preschool – Daniel * 1st Grade – Faith * 3rd Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring and Mothers Day

Character/Habit: Contentment

Bible: 1 Corinthians

History/Geography: Renaissance/Central 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:

Michelangelo (and other  high art of the Renaissance)

Music Study:

Renaissance Masterpieces CD

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

Book list:

  • Michelangelo / written and illustrated by Mike Venezia
  • Michelangelo’s surprise / Tony Parillo
  • Michelangelo / Diane Stanley

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, 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 (8) and Faith (7) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Child Training and Virtue Training Bibles during morning devotions pertaining to the character trait of the month
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete the workbook page “Gentleness” in their Character Companion workbook, and all together, read the suggested Miller Family stories that exemplify the trait
  • Use the stories and activities from various character development resources (like those pictured in my annual curriculum post) during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Stand on Philippians 4:5 “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage their behavior by speaking over our children:

  • I know you are gentle, _________. You have such kind and tender hands.
  • I know you are gentle, _________, because you use such kind words.
  • _________ is a gentle boy/girl.
  • Thank you, ________. We all appreciate it when you are gentle.
  • You have gentle hands, just like Jesus!
  • Gentleness is a quality I admire so much.

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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 persistant sin (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience about giving or receiving gentle behavior and harsh behavior.
  • What are you tempted to be harsh about? Ask God for help together.

Discussion Time:

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

Gentle defined: Patient and kind help or disposition; mild and peaceable behavior; soothing, not harsh.

  • What people in the Bible illustrate gentleness? Tell how.
  • Use some of these philosophical questions to start a discussion
  • Post a growing list on the fridge of “Warm Fuzzies” (gentle words) and Cold Pricklies (harsh or unpeaceable words) that are spoken/heard in the home throughout the month.
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  • Role play each element of this verse in two different ways: 1 Corinthians 13:5 “[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” Record on video for fun.
  • Get some blankies. Practice gentle words, tones, and expressions. Show how a warm gentle attitude is like wrapping others in a soft blankie. Next compare how harsh words, tones, and expressions feel like a burlap wrap. Challenge children to wrap their interactions with others in a warm gentle attitude.
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  • Gentle Heating
  • Mr. North Wind 
  • A critical eye can contribute to less than gentle ways. However, the closer we get to God the less we see of others’ faults (especially those in our own family) and the more we see the condition of our own sinful hearts. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”

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:

Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Also we will review all verses from previous Mays:

  • 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
  • Stewardship Street verses

    Hymns:

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    Holy, Holy, Holy!
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    Poetry Recitation:

    Understanding Poetry

    Baby Seed Song

    by Edith Nesbit

    Little brown brother, oh! little brown brother,
    Are you awake in the dark?
    Here we lie cosily, close to each other:
    Hark to the song of the lark–
    “Waken!” the lark says, “waken and dress you;
    Put on your green coats and gay,
    Blue sky will shine on you, sunshine caress you–
    Waken! ’tis morning ’tis May!”

    Little brown brother, oh! little brown brother,
    What kind of a flower will you be?
    I’ll be a poppy–all white, like my mother;
    Do be a poppy like me.
    What! You’re a sunflower? How I shall miss you
    When you’re grown golden and high!
    But I shall send all the bees up to kiss you;
    Little brown brother, good-bye.

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    Handwriting:

    • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books/story writing, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
    • Print to Cursive. (Noah and Faith)
    • Daniel will practice his letters on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

     

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    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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    Reading:

    Once a week, Noah uses the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith uses them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel uses our Lauri alphabet puzzle to sound out (reading) and word build (spelling) three letter word.

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    Vocabulary:

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

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    Literature Read Alouds:

    Also see “Christmas” themed picture books in “Literature Read Alouds” of previous December lesson plans.

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    • The Canterbury tales / by Geoffrey Chaucer ; retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
    • The Canterbury tales / Geraldine McCaughrean ; illustrated . by Victor G. Ambrus

    History and Geography:

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    5 lessons a week from SCM’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith will typically narrate readings orally, but also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings every once in awhile. 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to South America and Central America geography curriculum.

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    History Curriculum Manual and Spine:

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    Living Book List:

    • Johann Gutenberg and the amazing printing press / by Koscielniak, Bruce
    • The ancient Maya / by Perl, Lila
    • The Aztec empire / by Apte, Sunita
    • Montezuma and the Aztecs / Mathilde Helly and Remi Courgeon
    • The Aztec / by Patricia McKissack
    • Reformation overview : [videorecording by Christian History Institute] complete video curriculum
    • Balboa, finder of the Pacific. Illustrated by William Stobbs
    • Meet the North American Indians, by Elizabeth Payne. Illustrated by Jack Davis

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    Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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    Daniel’s Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

    Spend a few minutes once 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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    Mental Math for Noah and Faith: Everyday try to work in 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that require students to do mental calculations with math concepts they have already learned.

    Noah’s Lessons: Multiplication and Division book, Your Business book, Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game. He will be learning his multiplication table and practicing addition and subtraction.

    Faith’s Lessons:

    • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson–learning to regroup by 10’s.
    • Review Faith’s homemade subtraction book

    Games:

    • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
    • Oleson’s Store – Play Little House on the Prairie store using lots of money math
    • Khan Academy

    Extra: Download and print open ended math questions to use as time allows. Ask Faith to provide as many answers as she can.

    Daniel’s Lessons:

    Week 1  Counting Boards: Changing Numbers (p. 173)

    Children will practice changing one number of objects to another. First, lay out several duplicate storyboards (several sheets of paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example where unifix cubes represent cars driving down the road). Place a different number of “cars” driving down the road on each storyboard. Have children label each picture with the correct numeral (either write numbers on a small squares of paper or use numeral cards). Leave the cubes in place, and have children remove the number cards, mix them up, and put each in a different position than before. Now the cubes do not match their number labels. Children now adjust the number of cubes on the boards to match the newly placed numbers

    Sorting Number Sets (p.144) Object: To count and place number set materials in the correct sections of a number line, and to notice how the same number can be represented in many different ways. Make number set cards (like the toothpick set pictured in my December lesson plan) with varying objects such as buttons, paper clips, bread tags, beads on bracelets, beads strung on yarn, objects glued on popsicle sticks. Make two number lines: lay out two long pieces of butcher paper, each marked off into five sections labeled with numerals 1-5 and 6-10 (and corresponding number of dots next to each numeral). You can use one number line at a time to make the activity easier. After the children have placed several cards in one section on the number line, say, “Let’s check and see if all these are fours, sixes, threes (and so on).” Extension: If children are ready, have them sort the number set materials and put them in order without using the paper strip. Do children notice that the numbers get bigger to the right and smaller to the left, or do they search randomly for where to put their card? Are they comfortable choosing small numbers or big numbers? Are they able to sort the small numbers quickly? Do they need to recount the dots on the paper strip before placing their card? Are they accurate? Do they check and recheck to make sure they counted right?

    Week 2 Shape Puzzles (p. 60)

    Materials: unifix cubes, shape puzzles Lesson: The children estimate how many cubes will fit in a shape puzzle and then check to see how many cubes fit in the shape puzzle. Extension: Children can write the numerals down when they check each puzzle. Increase the size of the shape puzzle for children ready to work with large numbers.

    Week 3 How Many Ways? (p. 100)

    Materials: Various patterning objects (small colored square papers, buttons, unifix cubes, seashells, etc. Markers or crayons, and glue. Lesson: Give the children a pattern such as AABB, ABC, AAB, etc. Have them work to see how many different ways they can show that pattern using their choice of objects. Glue the objects down or copy the pattern down with markers or crayons. Make a chart/display of all the ways they came up with.

    Week 4 More or Less (p. 148) Object: To compare a group of objects to determine which group has more and which has less. This is a game that can be played by two children, or you and a child. Use the number set cards from previous lessons, and create a More/Less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”). Have each partner draw a card out of the pile of number set cards. One partner spins the More/Less spinner. If it lands on “More,” the partner whose card has more wins and takes both cards. If it lands on “Less,” the partner whose card has less on it wins and takes both cards. Play continues until they run out of cards. Are the children able to tell immediately which is more or which is less, or do they need to count?.

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    Videos:

    On Fun Fridays, we do family movie night, and love to watch Moody Science videos, Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Shirley Temple, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies from Netflix! I usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for my sensitive kiddos. We still often need to use the fast forward button though! 🙂

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    Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

    Pick Cherries

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    Make handprint Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards

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    Plan a tea party and let the kids serve the ladies

    Let Daniel explore Color Mixing

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    Paint Butterflies

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  • Fieldtrips:

    • Maker Faire in San Mateo May 18-20
    • Round Valley creek
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April Lesson Plans

2017-2018 * Preschool – Daniel * 1st Grade – Faith * 3rd Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Gardening

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Contentment

Bible: 1 Corinthians

History/Geography: Renaissance/Central 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:

Michelangelo (and other  high art of the Renaissance)

Music Study:

Renaissance Masterpieces CD

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

Book list:

Sister Wendy’s 1,000 Masterpieces

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, 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 (8) and Faith (7) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Child Training and Virtue Training Bibles during morning devotions pertaining to the character trait of the month
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete the workbook page “Unselfish” in their Character Companion workbook, and all together, read the suggested Miller Family stories that exemplify the trait
  • Use the stories and activities from various character development resources (like those pictured in my annual curriculum post) during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Stand on 1 Timothy 6:8 “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage their behavior by speaking over our children:

  •  ________ is a girl/boy who says “no” to wanting more things. He/she is content with ________.
  • What a wise girl/boy ________ is to not crave more ________.
  • How blessed it is to have a girl/boy who shares rather than keeping his/her things just for him/herself

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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 persistant sin/selfishness (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience about contentment or discontentment.
  • What are you tempted to be discontented about? Ask God for help together.

Discussion Time:

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

Contentment defined: Satisfied; happily restful or peaceful; not covetous; having a mind at peace

  • Philippians 4:12-13 “… I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” 1 Timothy 6:6 “I choose to be godly and content with what I have.” 1 Timothy 6:8 “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
  • If you could change your life so far, what would you change?
  • The Discontented Stonecutter
  • Circumstances do not make us what we are; they merely reveal the kind of person that we are already. The anger, selfishness, impatience and unforgiving spirit are what we are really like on the inside and serve to highlight how much we are in need of God’s mercy and grace so that He can change us to be more like Christ
  • Make lists: “I wish I had more….”,  “I am thankful that God has given me…” How would you feel if you could get what you wanted all of the time? Would that change the way you feel about the things you wanted?
  • Read Philippians 4:11-13. Try blowing up a balloon with holes. This is like us doing things in our own strength – we will never be content. Try blowing up a balloon without holes. This is like us doing things in Christ’s strength.
  • Stone Soup by John J. Muth
  • Discontentment stems from selfishness. Thinking of others leads to contentment. Make a list of how you could think of each sibling more.
  • You have so that you can give away. What has God given you? How can you use it for others?
  • What would you do with your money if you were worth 61 billion dollars like Bill Gates?
  • The Fisherman and His Wife
  • The Discontented Pig (in The Moral Compass)
  • It Could Always Be Worse
  • Let’s say you are carrying a pile of three books, and you are unhappy because they are heavy. Then I put one more book on the pile, so you are even more unhappy. If I take one book off the pile, and you are back to three books like you had at the beginning, how would you feel? If nothing actually changes, than can you really be happy in the same situation that made you unhappy before? So does happiness depend on your experiences? Do you think something can make you unhappy sometimes and make you happy other times? Is happiness an attitude, a way you think about something? Can you choose to be happy? Contentment is basically a matter of perspective and therefore something that can be learned. “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” Paul says. (Philippians 4:11)

 

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:

1 Corinthians chapter 13

Also we will review all verses from previous Aprils:

  • 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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Poetry Recitation:

Understanding Poetry

The Woodpecker

by Elizabeth Madox Roberts

The woodpecker pecked out a little round hole
And made him a house in the telephone pole.

One day when I watched he poked out his head,
And he had on a hood and a collar of red.

When the streams of rain pour out of the sky,
And the sparkles of lightning go flashing by,

And the big, big wheels of thunder roll,
He can snuggle back in the telephone pole.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books/story writing, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Noah and Faith)
  • Daniel will practice his letters on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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For kindergarten through second grade

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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Noah and Faith have fun with creative writing using these story starters once or twice a month.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah uses the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith uses them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel uses our Lauri alphabet puzzle to sound out (reading) and word build (spelling) three letter word.

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

Also see “Christmas” themed picture books in “Literature Read Alouds” of previous December lesson plans.

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  • Dick Wittington and His Cat
  • Trailblazer books – Medics and Missionaries

History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith will typically narrate readings orally, but also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings every once in awhile. 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to South America and Central America geography curriculum.

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History Curriculum Manual and Spine:

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Living Book List:

  • A travel guide to Renaissance Florence / James Barter
  • Follow the dream : the story of Christopher Columbus / by Peter Sis
  • The Columbus story / Pictures by Leo Politi
  • The voyages of Christopher Columbus / John D. Clare, editor
  • All pigs on deck : Christopher Columbus’s second marvelous voyage / by Laura Fischetto ; illustrated by Letizia Galli
  • A Renaissance town / Jacqueline Morley, Mark Pepp
  • Columbus / Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • Joan of Arc / by Shana Corey ; illustrated by Dan Andreasen
  • Joan of Arc / Josephine Poole ; illustrated by Angela Barrett ; research by Vincent Helyas
  • Joan of Arc / by Nancy Wilson Ross
  • The Renaissance / [illustrated by] Carme Peris ; [written by] Glòria & Oriol Vergés
  • Long ago in Florence; the story of the della Robbia sculpture. Drawings by Mamoru Funai
  • Galleys and galleons / written and illustrated by Walter Buehr
  • Prince Henry the Navigator by Leonard Fisher
  • In 1492 by Marzollo, Jean
  • Italian Renaissance by John D Clare
  • Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley
  • Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press by Koscielniak, Bruce
  • The log of Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage to America in 1492 by Christopher Columbus
  • A Picture Book of Christopher Coumbus by David Adler
  • Ship by David Macaulay

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • They put out to sea ; the story of the map / written and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
  • Elena’s story / Nancy Shaw ; illustrated by Kristina Rodanas
  • Hands of the Rainforest: The Embera People of Panama by Rachel Crandell
  • A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs by Antonio Sacre

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Math:

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Daniel’s Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

Spend a few minutes once 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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Mental Math for Noah and Faith: Everyday try to work in 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that require students to do mental calculations with math concepts they have already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Multiplication and Division book, Your Business book, Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game. He will be learning his multiplication table and practicing addition and subtraction.

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson–learning to regroup by 10’s.
  • Review Faith’s homemade subtraction book

Games:

  • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
  • Oleson’s Store – Play Little House on the Prairie store using lots of money math
  • Khan Academy

Extra: Download and print open ended math questions to use as time allows. Ask Faith to provide as many answers as she can.

Daniel’s Lessons:

Week 1  Counting Boards: Changing Numbers (p. 173)

Children will practice changing one number of objects to another. First, lay out several duplicate storyboards (several sheets of paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example where unifix cubes represent cars driving down the road). Place a different number of “cars” driving down the road on each storyboard. Have children label each picture with the correct numeral (either write numbers on a small squares of paper or use numeral cards). Leave the cubes in place, and have children remove the number cards, mix them up, and put each in a different position than before. Now the cubes do not match their number labels. Children now adjust the number of cubes on the boards to match the newly placed numbers

Week 2 Shape Puzzles (p. 60)

Materials: unifix cubes, shape puzzles Lesson: The children estimate how many cubes will fit in a shape puzzle and then check to see how many cubes fit in the shape puzzle. Extension: Children can write the numerals down when they check each puzzle. Increase the size of the shape puzzle for children ready to work with large numbers.

Week 3 How Many Ways? (p. 100)

Materials: Various patterning objects (small colored square papers, buttons, unifix cubes, seashells, etc. Markers or crayons, and glue. Lesson: Give the children a pattern such as AABB, ABC, AAB, etc. Have them work to see how many different ways they can show that pattern using their choice of objects. Glue the objects down or copy the pattern down with markers or crayons. Make a chart/display of all the ways they came up with.

Week 4 Spin and Peek (p. 150)

Materials: Counters, eight or nine bowls, more/less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”) Lesson: Played like concentration. Lift a bowl, count the counters, spin the more/less spinner to see if he or she should look for a bowl with more counters or less counters than the first bowl. If he or she finds it, take those two bowls out of the game. Play until all bowls are out of the game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Spanish class with Miss Maria

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, we do family movie night, and love to watch Moody Science videos, Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Shirley Temple, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies from Netflix! I usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for my sensitive kiddos. We still often need to use the fast forward button though! 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make Bird Nests

Use grid paper to draw a Celtic Cross

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Plant and Paint Sunflowers–a ‘Directed Painting’

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Plan and Plant a Garden
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Fieldtrips:

  • Look for tadpoles at Round Valley Creek or Castle Rock
  • Look for newt eggs at Briones
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December Lesson Plans

 

2017-2018 * Preschool – Daniel * 1st Grade – Faith * 3rd Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Obedience, Worship

Bible: Galatians

History/Geography: Middle Ages/Oceania

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:

Leonardo Da Vinci

Music Study:

Opera

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

Book list:

  • The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera
  • Pet of the Met by Lydia and Don Freeman
  • The Classical Child at the Opera by Anastasi Mavrides
  • A Child’s History of Art by Hillyer and Huey
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance by John Phillips
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Inventor and Scientist by F. Romei
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
  • Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd
  • Leonardo da Vinci for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Uh-Oh, Leonardo! by Robert Sabuda
  • Film- Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (Inventors Specials)
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Mike Venezia
  • Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, 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 (8) and Faith (7) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Child Training and Virtue Training Bibles during morning devotions pertaining to the character trait of the month
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete the workbook page “Unselfish” in their Character Companion workbook, and all together, read the suggested Miller Family stories that exemplify the trait
  • Use the stories and activities from various character development resources (like those pictured in my annual curriculum post) during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Stand on Ephesians 6:1, “Children obey your parents,”  for ourselves and any other children who come to mind. Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage more of the same behavior by speaking over our children:

________ is such an obedient boy/girl.

I really appreciate how quickly you obey, ________.

God is pleased with such immediate obedience, ________.

Thank you for remembering my instructions, ________ . They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Thank you for obeying, ________; it sure makes life easier for all of us when we obey.

(With each bullet above, try to include specific examples of obedience observed of each child as well)

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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 obedience this month, and the kids prayers too.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistant sin/disobedience (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience with obedience or disobedience.
  • What are you tempted to disobey about? Ask God for help together.
  • Share about our most memorable personal encounters with God in worship.

Discussion Time:

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

Obedience defined: Responding to the wishes of God, parents, and others in authority.

  • Do some obedience drills with multi-step instructions (please wash your hands, get a baby cup and fill it with water, choose a snack for the baby and cut it up, then leave it all at his highchair). Assess promptness, attitude, and thoroughness.
  • Create an obstacle course, blindold children, and lead them through using only your voice of instruction.
  • Tangibly reward obedience to poignantly illustrate our memory verse Eph. 6:1-3; most of all pray that that God will reward their obedience and that our children will have eyes to see His rewards
  • Take an obedience test several times during the month
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas, poems, and stories about obedience; read and discuss one a day:
  • Naughty Nellie
  • Dr. Johnson and His Father
  • Over in the Meadow
  • The Grizzly Bear and Her Cubs
  • Shining for Jesus
  • “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17) Sometimes the problem is not in what we do, but in what don’t do.
  • 2 Cor. 10:5 Even our thoughts need to be obedient.

 

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:

1 Corinthians chapter 13

Also we will review all verses from previous Decembers:

  • “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
  • “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on
    earth.’ ” Ephesians 6:1-3
  • “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
  • “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
  • “For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ”  Isaiah 9:6
  • Stewardship Street verses

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Whole Duty of Children

A child should always say what’s true
 And speak when he is spoken to,
 And behave mannerly at table;
 At least as far as he is able.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books/story writing, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Noah and Faith)
  • Daniel will practice his letters on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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For kindergarten through second grade

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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Noah and Faith have fun with creative writing using these story starters once or twice a month.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah uses the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith uses them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel uses our Lauri alphabet puzzle to sound out (reading) and word build (spelling) three letter word.

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

Also see “Christmas” themed picture books in “Literature Read Alouds” of previous December lesson plans.

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A Tree for Peter is a favorite Christmas read aloud here!

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  • Marvellous Blue Mouse by Christopher Manson
  • Two Travelers by Christopher Manson
  • Tournament of Knights by Joe Lasker
  • Sailor Who Captured the Sea by Deborah Lattimore
  • Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite De Angeli
  • Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  • Barefoot Book of Knights
  • Barefoot Book of Princesses

History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith will typically narrate readings orally, but also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings every once in awhile. 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to South America and Central America geography curriculum.

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History Curriculum Manual and Spine:

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Living Book List:

  • Vikings by John D. Clare
  • Viking Town by Jacqueline Morley
  • Story of Roland by James Baldwin
  • Knights and Castles and Feudal Life by Walter Buehr
  • Duke and the Peasant: Life in the Middle Ages by Sister Wendy Beckett
  • Middle Ages by Gloria and Oriol Verges
  • How Would you Survive the Middle Ages? by Fiona Macdonald
  • Castle, Abbey, and Town by Irma Black
  • Medieval Life by Andrew Langley
  • Days of Knights and Damsels by Laurie Carlson
  • Knights and Castles; 50 Hands on Activities by Avery Hart
  • Medieval Cookbook by Maggie Black
  • True Book of Knights by John Lewellen
  • Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
  • If you Lived in the Days of the Knights by Ann McGovern
  • Armor Book  by Micheal Berenstain
  • Illustrated Book of Knights by Jack Coggins
  • Knights in Armor by John Clare
  • Knights in Armor Paper Dolls by Dover
  • Coat of Arms by Catherine Daly-Weir
  • The Tower of London by Leonard Fisher
  • William the Conqueror by Thomas B. Costain

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

Herbert: The Story of a Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton

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Math:

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Daniel’s Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

Spend a few minutes once 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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Mental Math for Noah and Faith: Everyday try to work in 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that require students to do mental calculations with math concepts they have already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Multiplication and Division book, Your Business, Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game. He will be learning his multiplication table and practicing addition and subtraction.

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson–learning to regroup by 10’s.
  • Review Faith’s homemade subtraction book
  • Make fact family houses

Games:

  • Telling Time tell time with clock cards, clock face and hands print out
  • Money set out an amount of money in quarters, have Faith exchange it for dimes and nickels and vice versa
  • To One Hundred (p. 26) Make a stock pile of 5’s and 10’s cards. Player take the top card and enters that number of beads on his abacus. Players take turns adding by 5’s and 10’s until someone reaches 100 exactly. Variation: Use a hundreds chart instead of an abacus.
  • Addition War (p. 39) Using about 40 1-9 numeral cards, deal the cards out evenly. Players take the top two cards from their stacks, set them face up, add them together, and say the sum aloud. The player with the higher sum takes all four cards. Equal sums means war and each player places two extra cards face down, and then places two more face up to add together. The higher sum takes all the cards.
  • Showing a Number On Various Manipulatives Use an abacus, place value cards, unifix cubes, and a hundreds chart to show a number like 37 or 56 or 94 on various manipulatives.
  • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
  • Go to the Dump (p.24) Repetition for memorizing facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)
  • Showing a Number On Various Manipulatives Use an abacus, place value cards, unifix cubes, and a hundreds chart to show a number like 37 or 56 or 94 on various manipulatives.

Extra: Download and print open ended math questions to use as time allows. Ask Faith to provide as many answers as she can.

Daniel’s Lessons:

Week 1  Hunt for It (p. 38)

Materials: counters, 5-6 bowls/margarine tubs, dot cubes (dice, or make your own) or numeral cubes (make your own) with quantities at your child’s level (1-6 or 4-9 or 7-12 for example) Lesson: Hide various sets of counters under five or six bowls. Name a number and have children hunt for that number, lifting one bowl at a time. Children say whether each number they find is “more” or “less” than the one named. Instead of naming a number, you could also provide a dot cube or numeral cube to teach recognizing quantities and reading numerals. Extension: Have children write the number of counters that were hidden.

Week 2 Shape Puzzles (p. 60)

Materials: unifix cubes, shape puzzles Lesson: The children estimate how many cubes will fit in a shape puzzle and then check to see how many cubes fit in the shape puzzle. Extension: Children can write the numerals down when they check each puzzle. Increase the size of the shape puzzle for children ready to work with large numbers.

Week 3 How Many Ways? (p. 100)

Materials: Various patterning objects (small colored square papers, buttons, unifix cubes, seashells, etc. Markers or crayons, and glue. Lesson: Give the children a pattern such as AABB, ABC, AAB, etc. Have them work to see how many different ways they can show that pattern using their choice of objects. Glue the objects down or copy the pattern down with markers or crayons. Make a chart/display of all the ways they came up with.

Week 4 Spin and Peek (p. 150)

Materials: Counters, eight or nine bowls, more/less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”) Lesson: Played like concentration. Lift a bowl, count the counters, spin the more/less spinner to see if he or she should look for a bowl with more counters or less counters than the first bowl. If he or she finds it, take those two bowls out of the game. Play until all bowls are out of the game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Spanish class with Miss Maria

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, we do family movie night, and love to watch Moody Science videos, Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Shirley Temple, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies from Netflix! I usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for my sensitive kiddos. We still often need to use the fast forward button though! 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Draw and label Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18

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We are really excited to do a Christmas Caroling Party with a group of neighbors and friends this year to teach our kids to be salt and light in our neighborhoods. Families attending are praying Isaiah 61:1-4 over each other, practicing a list of Christmas hymns at home, and then gathering to mingle over treats and hot drinks (with neighbors too) after caroling door to door. God has definitely grown this little family tradition! I am thrilled!!

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We have been doing a Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Party (usually just us) each year.

Have the children wrap a small toy of their own and bring to school to do a gift exchange. Talk about giving. Have a “cake” with candles for baby Jesus, sing happy birthday, wear party hats, etc. Give a small swaddled baby Jesus wrapped up in a gift box for each child to take home with a gift tag: To Noah, Jesus is my gift to you. Love, God

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Make baby Jesus a blanket (still trying to do this after 5 years now! Haha)

Have kids make a Christmas Wish List as a keepsake

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 have been a meaningful way to help our kids earn money for a Samaritans Purse catalog gift.

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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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Field trips:

Ice skating

Movie: The Star

Live nativity in Redwood City

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Three Christmases ago Dean and I gave our kids knights and horses play figures and a wooden castle; I also blogged to parents about giving children imagination expanding gifts. I explained, “God is calling our boys to become the next ‘mighty men’, our girls the next ‘mighty women’, and it all begins in the precious imagination of a little child.” I was led on that very special Christmas to include personal heroic titles and poems, tokens of love that the children still cherish. We introduced the theme of royalty, knights, and chivalry along with the idea of being Ephesians 6:10-20 spiritual warriors. In our hearts we saw little Noah taking the first step towards knighthood for the King; he was now the Lord’s “page”. Over the years, the warrior theme has come alive in the imaginations of the children (definitely Faith too!) as they have played and played knights, while receiving a complimentary education that values discipline and duty, honor and virtue.

We were so excited to reach the Middle Ages period this year in history and experience all of the wonderful stories and ideas that bring it to life. It seems fitting that this year’s Christmas gifts would be a continuation of the knight theme that the Lord gave us originally. I hope to see our first little page ready to be promoted into a squire, ready for all the training that the Lord has in store for a boy maturing and growing into His kingdom calling. And Lord willing, some long awaited grand day there will be, The Accolade, his knighthood ceremony.

We are so excited for the gifts God has for all three kiddos this Christmas!

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened (that you may imagine!), so that you will know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
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~Noah~

Rescuer, Defender, Protector

God’s “Knight in Shining Armor”

Be steadfast, my boy, when you’re tempted,
To do what you know to be right.
Stand firm by the colors of manhood,
And you will o’ercome in the fight.

Knight’s tabard

Basic Tabard, Blue and White

Country peasant dress, comfortable enough for girl sword play

Velvet Cloaks

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Faith’s Sword

Small Sword, 60cm

Daniel’s Sword

Viking Short Sword, 60cm

Noah’s Sword

Squire Medium Sword, 85cm

Kids plan to paint their own wood shields

Sword belt for all their accoutrements

Money bag/Sword Holder

Merchant Purse, RedRight Hand Sword Frog, Brown

Leather Crowns for Princes and Princesses

‘The Accolade’ poster

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Sword for Sir Dean the Dependable

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Book for daddies training up little knights

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Parchment paper

7" x 10" Hand Finished Parchment Paper

Gold leaf

Gold Leaf Sheets 999/1000 Real Gold : 100 Gold Leaf Sheets

Calligraphy brush pens

Wax seal set

Mortar and pestle

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September and October Pictures

1st Day of School

Noah 3rd grade

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Faith 1st grade

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Daniel Preschool

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Our 2016-2017 Yearbook was a gift on the first day of school

Faithy’s new His Story book (for drawn narrations); the cover displays her pioneering spirit

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Yay! A Stewardship Street for Faith!!

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Learning to write my name for the first time

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Pumpkin Patch

Having a lot of fun at the care home with Helen and the ladies

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School time, and Faithy is the teacher, so pay attention boys!

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The Ohlone Cultural Festival; Faith ♥’s Native Americans

We learned about the artist Giotto, read A Boy Named Giotto, made our own paints like he did, and then painted on rocks, like he did. Super fun project for everyone.

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A multiplication pattern

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We ♥ mud We ♥ mud We ♥ mud

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Faith has really enjoyed writing and painting her own fairy tale story into a blank book (throughout kindergarten, and still finishing up)

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Noah (still) thinking he might want to be a train driver someday

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Warrior ready for his journey (that’s a map on his back)

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Awwww

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Fall Feast with friends (Mom’s Night)

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Art time while mommy reads history

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Its fun to be in preschool

Noah and Faith having a sweet picnic date for two by the water fountain

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Daniel using the Prayer Wall in morning devotions

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Nature Journaling at the park every week

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Nature Park Picnics are so peaceful

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A Leaf Scavenger Hunt got the kids adrenaline going one day (they think a stranger left the letter in the nature park mailbox, shhh)

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An Indian party for my precious girl

Faith's 7th bday

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Spanish class with Miss Maria

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Viking Coins came out cool

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Our Medieval Iluminated Letters

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Making stories to fit pictures in a book with no words was really fun for the kids (Journey and Quest by Aaron Becker)

Growing in our confidence found in Christ vs. a false confidence found in the things of this world. Character lessons are always my favorite part of school!

Queen of Laundry

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Palm Springs with Grandma XO

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November Lesson Plans

2017-2018 * Preschool – Daniel * 1st Grade – Faith * 3rd Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Unselfish

Bible: Galatians

History/Geography: Middle Ages/Oceania

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:

Leonardo Da Vinci

Music Study:

Opera

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

Book list:

  • The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera
  • Pet of the Met by Lydia and Don Freeman
  • The Classical Child at the Opera by Anastasi Mavrides
  • A Child’s History of Art by Hillyer and Huey
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance by John Phillips
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Inventor and Scientist by F. Romei
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
  • Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd
  • Leonardo da Vinci for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Uh-Oh, Leonardo! by Robert Sabuda
  • Film- Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (Inventors Specials)
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Mike Venezia
  • Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, 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 (8) and Faith (6) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Child Training and Virtue Training Bibles during morning devotions pertaining to the character trait of the month
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete the workbook page “Unselfish” in their Character Companion workbook, and all together, read the suggested Miller Family stories that exemplify the trait
  • Use the stories and activities from various character development resources (like those pictured in my annual curriculum post) during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Choral confession: Proverbs 11:25 “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

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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 selflessness this month, and the kids prayers too.

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience with generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Thank God in prayer.
  • What are you tempted to complain about? What are you selfish about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you most thankful for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How would you like to generously help or give to others to help the world know Jesus? Ask God for help.

Discussion Time:

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

  • Pray over the stories we receive from Samaritan’s purse in their quarterly magazine, Prayer Point and the Voice of the Martyrs Magazine
  • Treasures in Heaven activity (use a 100’s chart and apply some math)
  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15)? Satan wants to steal joy from our lives by making us ungrateful for all that we have. He wants us to think about what we don’t have, instead of being thankful for what we do have. Is there anything you find it hard to thank God for?
  • Teach children how to give creative and powerful thanksgiving to God with Names of God Prayers
  • Seeing the Bright Side game
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about generosity and compassion, read and discuss one a day:
    • “The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have”–Leonard Nimoy
    • The Magic Penny song
    • Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more….”
    • “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. –Frances Hodgson Burnett

    • Little Sunshine (story of how its the thought that counts)
    • Old Mr. Rabbits Thanksgiving Dinner in The Book of Virtues
    • The Legend of the Dipper (one small act of kindness can turn into something very great)
    • The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10
    • Grandmother’s Table (compassion requires putting yourself in someone else’s shoes)
    • Mother Theresa from Heroes for my Son
    • Read Elizabeth Fry’s story from Hero Tales
  • 100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference

 

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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Thank you for creation

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Memory Verses:

1 Corinthians chapter 13

Also we will review all verses from previous Novembers:

Psalm 100 for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

  • “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

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

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Thanksgiving Day

 

Lydia Maria Child (1844)

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To grandfather’s house we go;
       The horse knows the way 
       To carry the sleigh
  Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood—
  Oh, how the wind does blow!
       It stings the toes 
       And bites the nose
  As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To have a first-rate play.
       Hear the bells ring 
       “Ting-a-ling-ding”,
  Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
  Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
       Spring over the ground, 
       Like a hunting-hound!
  For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  And straight through the barn-yard gate.
       We seem to go 
       Extremely slow,—
  It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood—
  Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
       Hurrah for the fun! 
       Is the pudding done?
  Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books/story writing, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Noah and Faith)
  • Daniel will practice his letters on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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For kindergarten through second grade

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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Noah and Faith have fun with creative writing using these story starters once or twice a month.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah uses the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith uses them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel uses our Lauri alphabet puzzle to sound out (reading) and word build (spelling) three letter word.

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

Also see “Thanksgiving/Generosity” themed picture books for Daniel in “Literature Read Alouds” of previous November lesson plans.

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  • Marvellous Blue Mouse by Christopher Manson
  • Two Travelers by Christopher Manson
  • Tournament of Knights by Joe Lasker
  • Sailor Who Captured the Sea by Deborah Lattimore
  • Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite De Angeli
  • Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  • Barefoot Book of Knights
  • Barefoot Book of Princesses

History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith will typically narrate readings orally, but also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings every once in awhile. 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to South America and Central America geography curriculum.

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History Curriculum Manual and Spine:

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Living Book List:

  • Vikings by John D. Clare
  • Viking Town by Jacqueline Morley
  • Story of Roland by James Baldwin
  • Knights and Castles and Feudal Life by Walter Buehr
  • Duke and the Peasant: Life in the Middle Ages by Sister Wendy Beckett
  • Middle Ages by Gloria and Oriol Verges
  • How Would you Survive the Middle Ages? by Fiona Macdonald
  • Castle, Abbey, and Town by Irma Black
  • Medieval Life by Andrew Langley
  • Days of Knights and Damsels by Laurie Carlson
  • Knights and Castles; 50 Hands on Activities by Avery Hart
  • Medieval Cookbook by Maggie Black
  • True Book of Knights by John Lewellen
  • Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
  • If you Lived in the Days of the Knights by Ann McGovern
  • Armor Book  by Micheal Berenstain
  • Illustrated Book of Knights by Jack Coggins
  • Knights in Armor by John Clare
  • Knights in Armor Paper Dolls by Dover
  • Coat of Arms by Catherine Daly-Weir
  • The Tower of London by Leonard Fisher
  • William the Conqueror by Thomas B. Costain

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

Herbert: The Story of a Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton

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Math:

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Daniel’s Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

Spend a few minutes once 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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Mental Math for Noah and Faith: Everyday try to work in 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that require students to do mental calculations with math concepts they have already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Multiplication and Division book, Your Business, Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game. He will be learning his multiplication table and practicing addition and subtraction.

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson on pages 14-31–learning to regroup by 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s (preparation for grouping by 10’s, the base 10 system).
  • Faith will continue recording subtraction facts in in her Number Book, as she has recorded all addition facts and some subtraction (up to 10) that she explored with manipulatives last school year.
  • Telling Time tell time with clock cards, clock face and hands print out
  • To One Hundred (p. 26) Make a stock pile of 5’s and 10’s cards. Player take the top card and enters that number of beads on his abacus. Players take turns adding by 5’s and 10’s until someone reaches 100 exactly. Variation: Use a hundreds chart instead of an abacus.
  • Addition War (p. 39) Using about 40 1-9 numeral cards, deal the cards out evenly. Players take the top two cards from their stacks, set them face up, add them together, and say the sum aloud. The player with the higher sum takes all four cards. Equal sums means war and each player places two extra cards face down, and then places two more face up to add together. The higher sum takes all the cards.
  • Showing a Number On Various Manipulatives Use an abacus, place value cards, unifix cubes, and a hundreds chart to show a number like 37 or 56 or 94 on various manipulatives.
  • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
  • Go to the Dump (p.24) Repetition for memorizing facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)
  • Money set out an amount of money in quarters, have Noah exchange it for dimes and nickels and vice versa

Extra: Download and print open ended math questions to use as time allows. Ask Faith to provide as many answers as she can.

Daniel’s Lessons:

Week 1  Hunt for It (p. 38)

Materials: counters, 5-6 bowls/margarine tubs, dot cubes (dice, or make your own) or numeral cubes (make your own) with quantities at your child’s level (1-6 or 4-9 or 7-12 for example) Lesson: Hide various sets of counters under five or six bowls. Name a number and have children hunt for that number, lifting one bowl at a time. Children say whether each number they find is “more” or “less” than the one named. Instead of naming a number, you could also provide a dot cube or numeral cube to teach recognizing quantities and reading numerals. Extension: Have children write the number of counters that were hidden.

Week 2 Shape Puzzles (p. 60)

Materials: unifix cubes, shape puzzles Lesson: The children estimate how many cubes will fit in a shape puzzle and then check to see how many cubes fit in the shape puzzle. Extension: Children can write the numerals down when they check each puzzle. Increase the size of the shape puzzle for children ready to work with large numbers.

Week 3 How Many Ways? (p. 100)

Materials: Various patterning objects (small colored square papers, buttons, unifix cubes, seashells, etc. Markers or crayons, and glue. Lesson: Give the children a pattern such as AABB, ABC, AAB, etc. Have them work to see how many different ways they can show that pattern using their choice of objects. Glue the objects down or copy the pattern down with markers or crayons. Make a chart/display of all the ways they came up with.

Week 4 Spin and Peek (p. 150)

Materials: Counters, eight or nine bowls, more/less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”) Lesson: Played like concentration. Lift a bowl, count the counters, spin the more/less spinner to see if he or she should look for a bowl with more counters or less counters than the first bowl. If he or she finds it, take those two bowls out of the game. Play until all bowls are out of the game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

We will be meeting with Miss Maria and her family once a week to learn conversational Spanish!

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, we do family movie night, and love to watch Moody Science videos, Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Shirley Temple, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies from Netflix! I usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for my sensitive kiddos. We still often need to use the fast forward button though! 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Draw and label Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18

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Learn calligraphy

Make Robin Hood Hats

Make a catapult out of popsicles sticks

Make Medieval Crowns

Medieval Crown craft

Make Coat of Arms

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Make Capes (as Christmas gifts)

Reversible Hooded Cape. Tutorial by danamadeit http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/06/reversible-hooded-capes.html

Write to firefighters

Make soup and pass it out to the homeless

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Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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Have a neighbor over for a cup of tea. Kids practice manners, hospitality, and social skills while making stronger connections to neighbors.

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Make a Thankful Tree

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Fieldtrips:

  • CHECC Hoedown
  • Apple Hill to cut down a Christmas tree
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October Lesson Plans

2017-2018 * Preschool – Daniel * 1st Grade – Faith * 3rd Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: When I Grow Up / Heroes (Christ, Parents, Community Helpers, Historical Figures, and Fictional Characters)

Seasonal Theme: Fall, Scarecrows

Character/Habit: Confidence

Bible: James

History/Geography: Middle Ages/Australia

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

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

Giotto

Music Study:

Orchestra Basics

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

 

Book list:

  • Picture That: Knights & Castles (Exploring History through Art) / by Alex Martin
  • The Carnival of the Animals / by Jack Prelutsky
  • Peter and the Wolf / by Janet Shulman
  • The orchestra / written by Mark Rubin
  • The story of the orchestra : listen while you learn about the instruments, the music, and the composers who wrote the music / Robert Levine
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters / by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Giotto / by Flores D’Arcais, Francesca
  • Meet the Orchestra / by Hayes, Anne
  • Music of the Middle Ages Gregorian Chant / Hamburg

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, 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 (8) and Faith (6) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Child Training and Virtue Training Bibles 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 on Confidence in their Character Companion workbook, and together, read the suggested Miller Family stories that exemplify the trait
  • Use the stories and activities from various character development resources (like those pictured in my annual curriculum post) during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Choral confession: Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

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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 confidence this month, and the kids prayers for confidence.

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. (Mine for this year is 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.”)
  • Pray and practice confidence this month and share about your experiences at circle
  • 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.

Confidence:

Courage (Review):

  • “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”
    • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about courage, discuss one a day:
      • selfishness makes us cowards, but thinking of others makes us braver
      • we become brave by doing brave acts
      • we practice bravery by acting brave when we don’t really feel brave
      • the brave person is not someone who is never afraid
      • the fear of failures never hurts as bad as we expect them to
      • we imagine our fears into existence (Job and Chicken Little)
      • to refrain from foolish cowardice, refrain from too much mountain-making our of molehills
  • “Heroism comes from a perception of what is good, right, and beautiful, and a will to claim it and defend it.” –Sarah Clarkson
  • Read short true stories about the lives of Christian heroes

Imagination (Review):

  • “There are no days in life that are so memorable as those that vibrate to some stroke of the imagination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The Story of a Great Story An example of how the idea for Robinson Crusoe was sparked.
  • “Doubt and fear neutralize what God wants to do in your life. It takes courage to imagine. Do you know why most people don’t imagine? Because they’re afraid of failure.” -Rick Warren
  • Does fear or faith govern your imagination?
    If you let your imagination be governed by fear, you’re going to go around being freaked out, stressed out, and worried all the time. Imagination governed by faith is filled with all kinds of possibilities because “with God all things are possible.”
  • Imagination defined–mental pictures of things not present. Faith works with Imagination by allowing the Holy Spirit to develop a photograph upon our hearts of our potential destinies. 
  • The devil wants us to be blind to what God has thought and determined for us. When our imaginations are not Godly (provide examples), we need to cast down thoughts that steal our joy, and then raise up the vision of God for our life (provide examples). When God enlightens the eyes of our hearts, wonderful things begin to happen.
    • Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5
    • I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened, so that we will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:18 (Enlightened is translated as ‘photizo’ from which we get the word photograph
  • Children have the strongest most unrestrained imaginations. What would God have you imagine while you are young, so that you may live it when you are old?
  • What/who we admire, we tend to become. Who are the people and what are their qualities that you imagine yourself becoming like? Who are some of your heroes and what are they like?
  • Everything that has been created by mankind: skyscrapers, skis, cars, computers, buildings, boulevards, coffee cups, cotton balls and even things immaterial such as concepts and philosophies all began in the mind of someone before they became reality. What could God use you to do?
  • Practice using imaginative narration methods such as puppets, or drawing or acting the story out more often.

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:

1 Samuel 16:7 “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.’ ”

Also we will review all verses from previous Octobers:

  • “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:

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Poetry Recitation:

St. Patrick’s Prayer (400)

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books/story writing, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Noah and Faith)
  • Daniel will practice his letters on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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For kindergarten through second grade

Faith will study, word build, hand write, and then recite the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah will do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Noah and Faith will have fun with creative writing using these story starters once or twice a month.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah will use the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith will use them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel will use our Lauri alphabet puzzle to sound out (reading) and word build (spelling) three letter word.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise, but I will also have Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week 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 Alouds:

Also see “Hero/When I Grow up/Imagination” themed picture books for Daniel in Literature Read Alouds of previous October lesson plans.

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  • Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe / adapted by Marianna Mayer ; paintings by John Rush
  • Chanticleer and the Fox / by Barbara Cooney
  • The Ink Garden of Brother Theopane / by C.M. Millen
  • The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur / by Margaret Hodges
  • The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor / by Patrick O’ Brien
  • Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend / by Margaret Hodges

History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith will typically narrate readings orally, but also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings every once in awhile. 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to South America and Central America geography curriculum.

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History Curriculum Manual and Spine:

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Living Book List:

  • Silk Route / by John Major
  • What You will See Inside a Mosque / Aisha Khan
  • Atlas of Islam: People, Daily Life and Traditions / by Neil Morris
  • Muhammad / by Demi
  • Islam / by Philip Wilkinson and Batul Salazar (DK)
  • Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky / by Barbara Schiller
  • Leif the Lucky / by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Alauire
  • Leif’s Saga / by Jonathan Hunt
  • Leif the Lucky: Discoverer of America / by Erick Berry
  • Once Upon a Time Saints / by Ethel Pochoki
  • Saints: Lives and Illuminations / by Ruth Sanderson
  • Arabs in the Golden Age / by Mokhtar Moktefi
  • Child’s Book of Saints / by William Canton
  • Favorite Medieval Tales / by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Roman Empire and the Dark Ages: History of Everyday Things / by Giovanni Caselli
  • Everyday Life of a Viking Settler / by Giovanni Caselli
  • Arthur and the Sword / by Thomas Malory
  • Fin M’Coul : the giant of Knockmany Hill / retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paol
  • Patrick : patron saint of Ireland / by Tomie dePaola
  • Saint Francis / by Brian Wildsmith

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • The Pumpkin Runner / by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • One wooly wombat / written by Rod Trinca and Kerry Argent
  • Big Rain Coming / by Katrina Germein
  • The Gift Stone / by Robyn Eversole
  • New Zealand ABCs /by Holly Schroeder
  • First Book of Australia / by Edna Mason Kaula
  • Red Earth, Blue Sky: The Australian Outback / by Margaret Rau
  • Starry Sky / DK Reader (science)

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Math:

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Daniel’s Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

Daniels Lessons: Spend a few minutes once 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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Mental Math for Noah and Faith: Everyday try to work in 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that require students to do mental calculations with math concepts they have already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Multiplication and Division book, Your Business, Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game. He will be learning his multiplication table and practicing addition and subtraction.

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson on pages 14-31–learning to regroup by 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s (preparation for grouping by 10’s, the base 10 system).
  • Faith will continue recording subtraction facts in in her Number Book, as she has recorded all addition facts and some subtraction (up to 10) that she explored with manipulatives last school year.
  • Time to Any Hour (p. 61) Put the hour and minute cards face down in two separate piles. Provide a real clock. Have child form a time by turning over the top minute card and the top hour card, and then set the clock to match.
  • Compare Times (p. 62) Players take turns setting the clock. Then they make the time with their cards.
  • To One Hundred (p. 26) Make a stock pile of 5’s and 10’s cards. Player take the top card and enters that number of beads on his abacus. Players take turns adding by 5’s and 10’s until someone reaches 100 exactly. Variation: Use a hundreds chart instead of an abacus.
  • Addition War (p. 39) Using about 40 1-9 numeral cards, deal the cards out evenly. Players take the top two cards from their stacks, set them face up, add them together, and say the sum aloud. The player with the higher sum takes all four cards. Equal sums means war and each player places two extra cards face down, and then places two more face up to add together. The higher sum takes all the cards.
  • Showing a Number On Various Manipulatives Use an abacus, place value cards, unifix cubes, and a hundreds chart to show a number like 37 or 56 or 94 on various manipulatives.
  • Sort Attribute Blocks One person sorts all the blocks one at a time into piles according to a secret rule (thin and red), while the others watch and try to guess the rule. Or one person chooses a rule, and the other chooses a block and asks if it belongs. Play continues until the rule can be stated.
  • Make Attribute Block Patterns Also have the child find the error in a pattern or a missing block.Faith will continue recording subtraction facts in in her Number Book, as she has recorded all addition facts and some subtraction (up to 10) that she explored with manipulatives last school year.

Extra: Download and print open ended math questions to use as time allows. Ask Faith to provide as many answers as she can.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

We will be meeting with Miss Maria and her family once a week to learn conversational Spanish!

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, we do family movie night, and love to watch Moody Science videos, Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Shirley Temple, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies from Netflix! I usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for my sensitive kiddos. We still often need to use the fast forward button though! 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Watercolor resist leaves, crayon rubbings, or charcoal rubbings

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

Make a world architecture art project, such as a cathedral or

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Learn how to make something out of stained glass scraps

This is a mosaic table I made out of stained glass scraps!  This is actually my very first attempt...I was a bit ambitious!!!!!!!!!!

Make and Deliver Fall Blessings as an outreach to neighbors

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Dress Up and Play Heroes

Collect Signs of Fall

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Arrange a Community Helper Fieldtrip

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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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Fieldtrips:

  • Clayton Pumpkin Patch
  • Ohlone Cultural Celebration at Coyote Hills Regional Park
  • Fire station

 

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