Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

How-to: Post Plans

Don’t you think cooperative planning will make teaching in Little Lambs fun!? I am so pleased to share this exciting homeschool journey with other mom friends! Lets do a good job as teachers in the area of planning and contribute whatever we can individually to make our school excellent. How great that we have a blog where we can so conveniently share and store our plans! Here’s some specific info about posting plans:

Each month, we will plan 4 weeks of curriculum, and the fifth week (or partial week), will be used as review or for catch-up. In your planning post, you may use a 4 week format similar to mine below–yours may just look a lot simpler than mine. For each activity you post, provide an activity title, a short description of the activity if needed, and where to find your activity –Brainstorm pages, or name and page # of the book (resource name may be omitted if you thought it up yourself). This month, if you are unsure how to post in the Brainstorm pages, website addresses can be given as resources used, rather than referring us to the Brainstorm pages. I will give a quick tutorial (explaining how to easily insert pictures using “Press This” in Tools) when you get to school on January 3rd.

Please post plans for at least 4 Centers each month (1 per week). If you are able to contribute any other non-Center related learning activities, include those plans in your post as well. If you later think of more Centers you would like to bring to school, feel free to do so even if it wasn’t listed in your plans (just let me know a few days or more ahead). The number of Centers we can offer each day is flexible, and sometimes we find new inspiration as we go.

We will set a planning deadline/goal each month to help us stay on track. The deadline will typically fall around the 4th Tuesday of the month. So for example, we will post all of our plans for the month of February by January 24th (the 4th Tuesday). I will try to get my plans up first each month if that helps ya’ll decide which of your activities to plug in which weeks.

Teachers brains are always going as good planning requires thinking ahead. The earlier we start planning in the month, the more thoughtfully planned we will be, and more able to offer our children the best we can (quantity, quality, and inspiration). Being familiar with the Masterplan will help us immensely as well.  Our minds are in two places at once as teachers–teaching and planning. For the duration that we will be teaching about lambs and winter this month, we will also be planning love and Valentines.

Leave a comment if you have any thoughts about planning.

Sooooooo…….

Our next planning goal for February themes: January 24th.

I will see you on the 3rd with your first two Centers! I am excited to see all of this come together and thankful for all your hard work!! No stressing, k? 🙂

Lynn

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A Blackboard Approach to Handwriting

Handwriting Without Tears explains the benefit of blackboard practice and the Wet-Dry-Try process before using paper and pencil.

Q: Why do you use slates and blackboards instead of dry-erase boards? I use your blackboard and like it, but am often asked about dry-erase boards.

A: The multisensory feedback from slates and blackboards is excellent for young children. You can actually feel the movement of the chalk on the slate, which improves the learning experience. Dry-erase options don’t provide this tactile feedback.

You can adjust the size of chalk to improve a child’s grip. Dry-erase markers are large and chunky. Children often grip them incorrectly with a fisted grip or a thumb wrap to compensate for the size challenge.

Writing with chalk on a slate creates resistance and slows the movement of the chalk. It takes more motor control (something young children simply do not have) to write on dry-erase than on slate chalkboards since the markers on a dry-erase board move quickly with little resistance.

The frame of the Slate helps to prevent and eliminate reversals of capitals and numbers. Similarly, the placement of the lines on the Blackboard is appropriate for learning lowercase letter formation and placement in print or in cursive.

Children learn best when engaging in fun, repetitive activities. Repetition builds memory. With the Slate and Blackboard, you can get several repetitions of correct letter formation using the Wet-Dry-Try process (scroll down on this link to find the video).

Sounds good to me! Shall we try it?

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Hello Little Lambs!

I am so excited to have our own blog for our little school! It was so much easier to create than I thought it would be (thanks to my computer genius brother pointing me in the right direction)! We can all contribute to the blog with posts, comments, pictures, links, activity ideas, etc. to make this a really dynamic and personal schooling experience. And what a wonderful record of memories it will provide throughout the time that we do school together! Praise God for always knowing just what we need!

My Little Lamb

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