Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

Doing Life Together

Hey Guys,

Will you please visit my church, Bay Summit’s, website and listen to a message spoken recently called Doing Life Together? I thought it was a good message and as my Pastor was speaking, I kept thinking of you all because in the special way that we do school, we really are doing life together.

Jesus said that the world will only know Christians by our love for one another…….how we hang out together, how we do life together. Church attendance is very important because the family of God, just as any family, must be together regularly in order to be healthy rather than broken and dysfunctional. Also being in close relationship with the family of God as we attend church helps us work out our love walk in a major way as others will inevitably hurt us, challenge us, spite us. Working through the hurt and forgiving is how God designed for love to grow in a family. And as we do, it becomes a testimony to others: “the world will know Christians by our love for one another.” However, when Jesus said to love one another, He never meant for it to happen in a compartmentalized way on one Sunday morning meeting a week–it is meant to be lived out everyday. Pastor Scott explained how the early church in the Bible did everything together–they shared their possessions, they ate meals together, they worshiped together, met in each others homes, shared everything they had with each other, they exemplified living out love for one another. It is exactly what Christ wants for the church today.

That intimate picture of how the early church related is also what I envision for Little Lambs! For us to share everything we can to help each other grow as mothers, as loving families, to grow in faith and love, and along the way form really solid, close relationships. I think our school is so much more than just school–it is doing life together. It is being in each others lives week in and week out, sharing the experiences and feelings of teaching the mind, body, and spirits of our little ones the best we know how, supporting and cheering each other on in the daily tasks of motherhood, praying and knowing you are prayed for until answers come, celebrating milestones and accomplishments of someone else’s child who has now become as dear to you as your own………the list is almost endless. I love the cooperative nature of our homeschool and how it naturally lends itself to a very sharing, giving, personal, and supportive environment. I hope we all realize what a blessing it is that God has handpicked each of us to participate in this group He put together. Just watch how God’s plan is to use the building of our relationships as the vehicle of blessing in each of our lives. We all have so much that we can give to be a blessing to each other. It is wonderful to be connected to each one of you and I pray that you will see how doing life together is the vision of Little Lambs as you watch the video.

http://www.baysummitchurch.com

Love, Lynn

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February Lesson Plans by Carol

Week One:

Center:  Heart Dot Painting Page (www.makinglearningfun.com)

Supplies: Dot Paints, Heart painting page

 

Week Two:

Center: Tissue Paper Hearts (me)

Supplies: Tissue Paper squares, glue, construction paper heart shapes

 

Week Three:

Center: Heart Lacing (www.totallytots.blogspot.com/search/label/Love)

Supplies: heart shapes hole-punched around the edges, lacing string

 

Week Four:

Center: Color Heart Matching Game (www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/ValentineColorWordFileFolder.htm)

Supplies: File Folder game assembled

 

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February Lesson Plans

Week 1

Cupid Mr. Potato Head (Brainstorm)

Week 2

Foam Valentine Butterflies and door hangers (Brainstorm)

Week 3

Doily heart project (card) (Brainstorm) (exactly Lynn, boys can’t wear heart doily t-shirts!)

Week 4

Do-A-Dot heart  (Brainstorm)

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February Lesson Plans

Love & Friendship

Booklist:

 

                     

Week 1: What is Love?

“l” for love

Circle:

What is love according to 1 Corinthians 13? Love is kind, love is patient, love is not all about me. We will discuss lots of specific and personal examples of what love is and is not.

Centers:

Math: Numeral Dot Cards with Heart Magnets and Cookie Sheets (me)

Group:

Math: Ding! (p.100)

Art: Make beads (Brainstorm)

Week 2: Loving Family

“v” for valentine

Circle:

After all the sins Joseph’s brothers committed against him, Joseph forgave them. Only Jesus can give us the ability to love unconditionally and forgive those who hurt us. Loving your family requires lots of forgiveness because many times family hurts us the most.

Centers:

Language/Art: Valentine card writing center (me)

Group:

Art: Watercolor Valentines to bring to a care home (me)

Cooking: Treats to bring to a care home

Week 3: Loving Friends

“f” for friend

Circle:

David and Jonathan were examples of God-honoring friends who really cared for each other. Friends get along, share, help each other, and have fun together!

Centers:

Fine Motor: Friendship bracelets (Brainstorm)

Group:

Celebration: Friendship Tea Party Picnic

Math: Counting Jars and Sorting Attribute Blocks (p.78 & 124)

Week 4: Love is a fruit of the Spirit

“h” for heart

Circle:

God wants us to grow spiritual fruit. Love is a spiritual fruit. Plants need sun, water, and soil to grow fruit. We need the Bible, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to grow spiritual fruit.

Centers:

Folded Heart Cutting (me)

Group:

Art: Heart Crayons (Brainstorm)

Science: Hear Your Heart, make a stethoscope (book order)

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1/19/2012 Thursday!

In circle today we continued to learn about  Bartimaeus and read another story about snowmen.  We even attempted a song about snowmen melting that had to do with subtraction.  At least they enjoyed themselves as each one pretended to be a snowman melting away.

Centers went well.  Noah and David played together with the white snow dough we made during group time last week as Cole cleaned pennies (a science experiment using vinegar and salt), Taylor worked on drawing the letter “l”, and Roman decorated his paper winter mitten with stickers.

For snack Miss Lynn planned a wonderful project using bananas, fruit leather, apples, grapes, celery and cloves.  These items were artfully arranged to make a snowman on a skewer.  Yes it was ambitious, but we all made it through! The kids enjoyed eating their masterpieces after a quick picture:)

Since our snack time activity took longer than expected we skipped group time and just played outside.  Most of the toys were cleared out for Noah’s birthday party the weekend before so the kids all got creative. They played tag and hit the fence with sticks and rock.  It was probably more fun that they didn’t have toys.

All lined up by the door to come in from outside time. So organized…for about 3 seconds anyway:)

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Love, Love, Love, Love, Crazy Love

As lesson planning time for February is upon us, here are some questions to ask ourselves and get us thinking about love, our next theme for February………

Important Question #1: What can we do to show our students that we LOVE them this upcoming month?

We don’t just want to teach ABOUT love, we want to SHOW love. Showing, or living what we teach, is so important considering that anything we teach must come out of us if it is to be truly taught. It must exist inside of us in order to REALLY be put it inside of them. We must love in order to teach love. Otherwise we are just saying a bunch of words that may sound well put together but there is no life in them, they are dead, empty shells, ineffective, and after the tons of work we put into our lesson planning, wouldn’t it be sad to have it all fall on deaf ears, unmoved hearts, unseeing eyes…..because our words were hollow? I have seen it again again–the more I teach from my heart (something that I asked and allowed God to put there for my sake and for the sake of the children), the more the kids hang on every word spoken during a lesson. Why? Because the words are alive with the very life of God! It is truly a miracle.

I think it would be a great start to approach our lesson planning with the 5 love languages in mind. Showing love in a variety of ways to our students is important because everyone has their “language” for giving and receiving love: words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, physical touch. With that in mind, do you guys have any practical and simple ideas for showing our little ones love?

Important Question #2: How well are we loving others?

This may be a good time to honestly assess our love for our family, our husband, our children, our home, our friends, our God, our students, our neighbors and community, our homemaking, our school, our interests. Personally, I feel that I need to focus some love my husbands way right now as starting up a homeschool has consumed so much of my time and interest lately. (Pray for me?) Doing a heart check  can help as we may find that our affections are a little unbalanced, or that one or more areas is altogether lacking and suffering. Not that we must be perfect in our love before being good teachers of it (not at all!), but praying about the lack and making a concerted effort to remedy it will go a long way in keeping out the staleness of teaching from an unchecked heart.

How about you? Is there an area you are willing to share with us that could use some extra attention?

Important Question #3: What does God say about love in scripture that stands out to you personally?

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8

How will we ever know love without knowing God? Studying the Bible to know Love will be our first and most important resource in preparing for February at school. God is the author of love, the absolute source of love, and the creator of love. Only He can fill my lack, and so try as I may to work up loving my husband or loving my housework, I am not the source (God is) and can not create love (God does) that does not exist. I am such a failure on my own! I marvel at how botched things get whenever I purposely or accidentally leave God out of something. Did you see the list of people and things we need to love in question #2?! That’s a lot of love!! Its a relief that I don’t have to work up all the love that’s required in my life on my own, I just have to ask for help. I love you for that God.

“Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

I like that this scripture prioritizes things for me because I need that. If I love God with everything I am and everything I have, everything else falls into place. That long list of who and what we need to love becomes doable and not daunting anymore when we prioritize our love this way. If God is put first, He takes an undying interest in ordering and prospering the rest of our relationships and responsibilities for us. Loving God provides that constant heart check that we need as He is always peering inside of each one of us and is the only one who truly understands us. We can breathe easy knowing that He is at work in everything that concerns us.

Is there a verse you would like to share?

Important Question #4: What are some practical examples of love that we can offer our children to very personally illustrate the concept of love to them?

This is a list that is very personal to the growth that I would love to see in Noah in the area of love:

*Desire to spend time with God everyday before playing with toys (not forced devotions because forced love is not love at all)

*Honoring daddy with a cheerful hug and greeting when he arrives home from work

*Saying “I love you” first to mommy and daddy

*Letting sister play with him and his toys

*Helping sister/friend when he or she falls down or gets hurt

*Obeying immediately, cheerfully, and thoroughly

*Initiating hugs and kisses

*Taking care of younger children

*Giving compliments, saying nice things to others

How about your little one? I want to take each of our little one’s areas for growth into consideration when meditating on what to discuss during morning Circle time and as discussion opportunities arise throughout the school day. This is homeschool, not school, and so it can and should be very personal to the needs of our children. (Don’t you LOVE that?!)

As things come to mind about the topic of love, please add them in our post. It will take all of us putting our heads and hearts together to answer these 4 questions well. So why don’t we co-author this post as thoughts about love come up (or at least leave comments below)? These are just my attempts at bringing us closer to finding some answers, but there are things we all can share to encourage and sharpen each other. Perhaps you have an additional question to pose to the group? You are welcome to add it in! At the very least I hope this gets us thinking as lesson prepping is so much more than pom poms and printables, it starts in the heart!! I love you guys!

I will continue to update this post myself as well as more thoughts come to mind………

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February Lesson Plans

Week One:

Center: Not Valentine’s related but should be fun.  Ground hog day is Feb. 2.  We will bring a very bright light that should cast shadows in the house.  We will encourage the children to dance in front of the light and watch each others shadow.  We can also do hand puppets…maybe heart shadows…(me)

Week Two:

Center: Decorate a photo of a loved one with valentines stickers to present as a gift to that loved one.(me)

Please, each kid bring a photo (or photos) of special people in his/her life to decorate.  I will provide the stickers.

Week Three:

Center: Popsicle picture frames to frame our pictures from the week before.  Children will present their gifts this week. (me)

Supplies: Colorful popsicle sticks, twine/yarn, tacky glue, heart confetti, etc.

Week Four:

Center: conversation piece (heart candies) graph. (http://www.123child.com/UBB/showthread.php?3096-Valentine-s-Day-preschool-lesson-plans)

Supplies: conversation heart candies in a box, paper with pre-drawn squares, tacky glue

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1/17/12 Winter Continues!

We were back in school today with chilly weather helping to create the continued winter theme.

In Bible time we read the story of Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). He asked God to give him his sight back, and God healed his sick eyes. Mrs. Lynn lead Noah around with his hands over his eyes to simulate how difficult life without site must have been. She came prepared with several blind folds for each child to experience the same, but Mrs. Emily was the only willing participant.  They did enjoy yelling though so Mrs. Emily could find them while she wandered around the room “in the dark”. We also read a story about a little boy playing in the snow, who was upset to find that his snowball melted in his pocket after he came inside.  It was a great addition to our melting ice project that Mrs. Cherie brought in last week.

Today our centers included making an adorable felt snowman. Noah and Tayler did a very nice job, and how sweet is the look on Tayler’s face?!:

We practiced our lowercase letter ‘L’ with help from Mrs. Lynn, then wrote them all by ourselves: great job Tayler and Noah!

Mrs. Lynn had a really cute snowman project with 3 play dough balls, twigs, and colored rocks to decorate it…

the kids seemed to enjoy decorating a melted snowman much better… poor Frosty!

Our youngest participant to date, Faith, enjoyed learning today too. She worked on our ‘snowball’ numbers adn tong project above, as well as practicing pen use and tracking various line “shapes”, below. Noah enjoyed this project too and was great and cleaning up for the next kiddo:

 

Another project, with the same lines to follow, honed the small motor skills of using scissors – go Cole go! He was able to maneuver each line… and more lines on another sheet, then another sheet, all with Noah’s unwavering moral support:

And boy was that exhausting! Cole needed a little time to unwind with his favorite books while the other students trudged on:

The group project was a 2 day project the kids started last week.  It was a sweet snowman, that they decorated with a selection of buttoms, cut out scarves, hats, arms, eyes, noses and mouths:

 

 

 

     “Please don’t throw me away! Keep me! Keep me! Put me in a special memory book of keepsake school projects,” says Mr. Snowman.

Noah’s Snowman

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Snowflakes! 1/10/12

Well we may have been a little ambitious today, but that is ok, we are just excited about school! But poor Emily stayed and helped (unscheduled) during Centers while Alex waited in the car because, well….. much help was needed.

Playing in the Snow!

We made pretend snow angels and snowmen in Circle, learned how God creates snowflakes no two alike, and how Jesus washes our hearts whiter than snow.

Letter of the week “w” for “winter” on the blackboard

Salt + Ice + Food Coloring       Wow!

Other amititiously fun centers 😉

A Snowy Village

Snow Dough

Mommies were so proud to hear our little ones practicing their manners as we shared playdough tools with each other. “Can I please use your roller?” “May I use that when your done please?” While making the dough, we experienced opportunities to practice patience while waiting for a turn to measure ingredients. The reward of having a turn was enough to inspire patience in our eager dough makers. It turned out to be a great social skills activity!

Thank you sooooooo much for all your help today Cherie!

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Lambs! 1/5/12

What a fun day! Tayler and Afton joined us as we learned all about Lambs. The kids were all ears listening how sin hurts us and separates from our Shepherd and how much He loves us and wants to save us from the wrong things we do. We sang a familiar tune “Jesus has a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb….” and checked back in with Lambie to see how she was doing after needing to be saved from her fall into the bathtub. Her bandaids were off, her boos boos healed up, Jesus heard her prayer and saved her that day. Yeah Lambie! We had a yummy surprise sweet potato fries snack with yogurt dip. Noah and David scarfed. Thanks Miss Emily!

Lamb Mask Art Project

The kids giggled as their masks transformed them into lambs.

               Little Lamb                                      Big Lamb

Snowball Fight!

Miss Emily good naturedly hung out on the floor scooping up cotton balls to resupply the ammunition while the other mommies caught the gleeful moment on video camera.

At the end of the day we all agreed—We LOVE LITTLE LAMBS SCHOOL!

Aftermath

hee hee! shhhh…

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