Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

3/29/12 Forgiven.

All of Us Have Become Like One Who is Unclean,

and All Our Righteous Acts Are Like Filthy Rags

Me covered in the filthy innards of a vaccuum bag to illustrate the filth of sin.

Sin is as ugly as filthy rags. Hate your sin. He who has been forgiven little loves little. In other words, he who is unaware of the magnitude of his own sin, feels forgiven of little. Therefore he will love Christ little unable to recognize the magnitude of Christ’s grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Holy as I am Holy

Tayler illustrates being robed in the beauty of Christ’s righteousness as believers. A true princess of God!

Simply believe, and the goodness of Jesus is imputed to you; your sins, your filthy rags, are no more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awareness of Sin Reveals Need For a Savior

I asked the kids to tell me one of their sins. Noah and I have been talking a lot lately about how Jesus takes away our sins and what sin is, but still, can such a little child be aware of his own sin? Without much hesitation, Noah responded with a very knowing answer, that was not parroted. Wow, I was humbled to see light dawning in the eyes of my son’s understanding. Awareness of sin precedes awareness of a need for Christ’s redeeming grace.

Today, repent. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Will Remember Your Sins No More. Forgiven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Day Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do this fingerplay with your little ones. I guarantee smiles!

 

Raindrops, raindrops!

Falling all around (move fingers to imitate falling rain)

Pitter-patter on the rooftops, (tap softly on floor)

Pitter-patter on the ground.

 

Here is my umbrella; (open huge umbrella)

It will keep me dry.

When I go walking in the rain,

I hold it up so high. (raise umbrella high in the air)

 

Pitter-patter, raindrops!

Falling from the sky; (wiggle fingers to imitate falling rain)

Here is my umbrella

To keep me safe and dry!

 

When the rain is over, (close umbrella)

And the sun begins to glow, (make a large circle with arms)

Little flowers start to bud, (cup two hands together)

And grow, and grow, and grow! (slowly unfurl cupped hands)

 

Oh my, Noah LOVES this fingerplay. He loves it so much that he HAD to do it with Daddy as soon as he got home from work.

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3/26/12 Easter Party

Building Your Community

Our desire at Little Lambs is to be a fountain of life always giving out, never becoming a stagnant pool of homeschoolers that keeps to itself. We want to shine the light of Christ in our community as He shows us how. So God showed us that we could make our holiday parties an outreach to those around us, and to start by throwing an Easter Party for Jesus. Wanting to be more connected to our neighborhood and our community, we invited some neighbors with children and some faithful playgroup friends as well. Having lived in my neighborhood for two years now, it was about time that I introduced myself to more of our neighbors. I didn’t even realize how many Christians live around us until reaching out–at least 9 houses in just two courts. How is that possible when something like only 2-3% of households in the Bay Area profess to be Christian?? I started to wonder if we have all been planted here for some bigger purpose, and if we are supposed to be more connected, rather than all going our separate ways. AND living right by us, 2 families, one Christian and one Charismatic Cathlolic, homeschool their kids in 1st through 6th grade. It was great to meet the moms and find that we have some things in common. We already knew their kids because they are always out riding bikes, and often stop by curious to learn from Dean’s maintenance projects, or to playfully engage our kids. Its cool how homeschooling kids are able to drop their studies on a Monday morning for a few hours to come to an Easter party. And the kids didn’t just come to be served–they played, interacted, and took care of our little ones. It was a blessing.

Who have you been meaning to go introduce yourself to? You too may also be pleasantly surprised after you obey that nagging voice to “Go!”

Watching all the ages co-mingling happily together at the party reminded me of how age segregation is one big difference between school and homeschool. We should ask ourselves, are we meant to be separated from the diversity of ages all around us for an entire 12 years of schooling? Just think about how much you have learned from the children and the elderly in your life. Sometimes I wonder if I am learning more from my kids than they are learning from me, you know? Schooled children are largely removed from these daily life lessons as classrooms are all divided up by age. Consequently, older children have very little opportunity to develop compassion, interest, and mentorship towards little children; little ones live separate from the guidance and nurturing that they are meant to receive from older ones. After years and years of age separation in school, an indirect message is engrained in developing minds: only same aged peers matter. We see in homes how older siblings grow quite cold in their after school hours towards younger siblings and parents, even locking themselves away in their rooms doing homework, watching TV, and talking on the phone; family relationships further deteriorating. The book Dumbing Us Down, a harsh critique of compulsory schooling, states, “It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed, it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present….” The author John Gatto says, “Children and old people are penned up and locked away from the business of the world to a degree without precedent: nobody talks to them anymore, and without children and old people mixing in daily life, a community has no future and no past, only a continuous present. In fact, the term “community” hardly applies to the way we interact with each other. We live in networks, not communities, and everyone I know is lonely because of that.”

John Gatto believes the “Curriculum of Family and Community” is at the heart of any good life. I couldn’t agree more.

If you have any reservations at all about our current national system of education, I highly recommend that you read Dumbing Us Down. It is SO eye opening. Shouldn’t we have eyes wide open when handing our children’s lives over to an institution for 12 years??

As a parent, you have stood guard over your child’s mind and heart, you have protected them since the day they were born, you would never let a stranger lay a hand on them, so please please please keep protecting as you make educational decisions for them.

Neighbor Friends–Owen, Valerie, and Olivia

Big Kids Interacting with Little Kids

Gabby helped Tayler with the Easter egg hunt

Olivia plays ball with Luca and Gianna

Joe builds a marble run with the little guys

Friendship crosses age barriers

Gabby took Tayler under her wing

Mr. Foodie elected to skip the egg hunt so that he could eat a second helping

Gianna says hello to bunny

Woo-hoo! We made it to school!

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3/22/12 An Eggciting Day

We did a Ressurection Egg hunt today during circle time and the kids loved it. I named a color, a hiding spot clue, and instructions to run the egg back to our circle once an egg was found. The kids were excited to see what was inside each egg, and one by one, the items helped me to convey the full Easter story. Retelling the highlights of our school day over dinner that night, my husband, an avid supporter of Little Lambs and homeschooling, asked a great question, “How do the kids learn academics through a school with so much spiritual focus?” Instead of trying to explain the big picture, which I think he gets anyway, I used the Ressurection Egg hunt as a very literal example of how academics can be intertwined with Biblical education. Following directions (i.e. following hiding spot clues) is a huge standard in all preschools. Opportunities for development of cooperation, sharing, and conflict resolution also surfaced during the hunt. Listening skills were employed during the Bible story telling, and story sequencing was introduced as we lined up the eggs in sequential order. Finding something hidden sharpens observation skills, and running around is P.E.! That was plenty of academics for our 3 year olds. However, the lesson could have been arranged differently to even challenge a 10 year old. Spiritual education doesn’t have to be taught in a 20 minute window every morning, it can really be intertwined into everything we do in homeschool.

Now the big picture is this….our homeschool’s main purpose is to equip our children to bring God glory. I like the way the Heart of Wisdom, explains their philosophy as One Thing Needed–the story of Mary and Martha reminds us that only one thing is necessary. “A willingness to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word is the most important thing we can ever teach our children. Sensible Martha had many accomplishments, but worry and trouble were her rewards. Mary, on the other hand, was praised for choosing that good thing which was itself her reward and which would not be taken away from her.” “What about academics—math, language arts, history, and science?” Of course these things matter, but only as they sharpen your focus on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Academic subjects are important tools, but they are only tools, not the goal. The moment academics cloud your view, to whatever degree they slow your pursuit of God’s will, they then move from being helpful tools to what Jesus calls “cares of this life.”

Gosh, I feel so freed in this pursuit! So “care” free!!

Back to Ressurection Eggs…..it dawned on me that this would be a great alternative or complimentary egg hunt to do with our own kids at our family Easter celebration. It would certainly help bring more Jesus into our Easter by holding a Ressurection Egg hunt, and then gathering the kids around to tell the Easter Bible story using the treasures within. An egg hunt that glorifies God instead of the Easter bunny! Sweet! Have you thought about that?

Make Your Own Ressurection Eggs or buy them online

Teach the Easter Story Using Ressurection Eggs

Ressurection Egg Hunt

3 Nails in the Hands and Feet of Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

     

 “t” is for tomb

   

 ‘Crazy Balloon’ Fun Outside

Eggsperiments with Miss Cherie

Squeeze David!

If you apply even pressure to a raw egg, like a mother hen sitting on her egg, it won’t break!

Can You Tell Which is Raw, Which is Hard Boiled?

Will One Sink and One Float?

Will One Roll Differently Than The Other?

Will One Spin?…… Yes!

Its the Hard Boiled One!

Noah cracked open the egg to see if it was the raw or the hard boiled egg that spun.

Why Not?

Its always a good time for a snack.

 

No Thank You

Eggs Soaked in Vinegar for several days become rubbery….like the sole of your shoe. Want to touch it Tayler?

Boing!

Try this!

Light a candle in a jar, set the egg on top…..

Egg Vaccuum

….and watch how the egg gets sucked in.

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Passover: A beautiful foreshadow of Jesus Christ

This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. Exodus 12:14

 

Why aren’t we taught Biblical holidays in church?

Are Christians supposed to celebrate Passover?

(and other Biblical festivals)

 

Here are a few reasons why Little Lambs chose to celebrate Passover today (taken from this book):

The whole redemption story is portrayed for us in the Biblical holidays. The holidays contain more divine information of spiritual and prohetic value than any subject of scripture.

There were two major revivals in the Old Testament and both were marked with a reinstitution of the the Passover Festival.

A passover meal is a powerful visual aid to teach children the Bible.

The Biblical holidays were celebrated by Jesus, His apostles, and the early New Testament Church (including Gentiles).

Our Christianity can not be fully understood without studying the Old Testament and our Hebrew roots. We are grafted into a Hebrew family! (we study a Hebrew book and serve a Hebrew Lord)

The Biblical holidays have a deep abiding meaning for Christians since their completeness is found in Jesus.

The reason the church departed from the holidays is becuase they were trying to de-Judaize the church due of fear of legalism.

God is awakening us to the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.

Shedding the pervasive Western/American/Greek mindset in order to reexamine the scriptures from a Hebraic mindset will help us find previously unnoticed intricate details and treasures. “Studying scripture from our modern mindset is like looking for gold in a dark mine with a dim pen light–you can see enough to stumble around but you need more light to see clearly.” I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind!! (Romans 12:2)

Get back to living life like the early church (a model church) who celebrated the festivals. To understand the Early Church we must dig through layers of a mountain of mans influences shoveling off man’s traditions, theories, interpretations, and philosophies from Greek and Roman civilizations, Constantine, Marcion, Catholicism, etc. Remember how much good came when Wycliffe and Calvin did just this? They dug through layers of junk, discarded many theological errors, and found a view of God’s salvation by grace!

Christians can learn so much from the Biblical Hebrews strong family centered worship.

Some believe that Easter has pagan origins. Whether it does or does not, we can be sure that we are not tied to anything pagan when celebrating God’s intended way as shown in the Biblical Passover festival.

 

Could it be that Easter is meant to be a Christian Passover festival?

Perhaps you might find some ways to make your Easter into a Passover this year?

 

Now from the perspective of personal experience and my heart. I have felt that God has been trying to move me into reinstituting Passover in my life, school, and family. However, I had never even been to one and knew very little about it–so you could say I was winging it, and just trusting God. I read A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays which helped immensely. Using this book, I planned a Passover Seder meal for Little Lambs and distributed information about the festival to all the moms. We invited grandmas because I felt that this was going to be one of those times that generations should be transferring their legacy of faith to the next generation. The day arrived, families came, and it was a lively atmosphere–just the way a party should be. There was so much joy and life in the room. Like me, maybe you can recall the stress and woes of some of the holidays past when it was supposed to have been a happy, fun, worshipful, family bonding day? Compared to so many of my Easters and holidays past in, this first Passover surpassed them in many ways–especially in the presence of God. So by experience, I am a believer: that when you do holidays God’s way, the way He meant for them to be celebrated, the way He showed us how in the Bible, God shows up!! It was a beautiful time!

 

 

A Picture of Jesus

Matzah

The bread had no time to rise because the Hebrew slaves left Egypt in a hurry.

He was pierced for our trangressions, bruised for our iniquities.

Lamb

God passed over the Hebrews who put the blood of the Lamb on their doorpost.

We are rescued and passed over by the blood of Jesus, our Lamb of God.

Bitter Herbs

The Hebrew slaves cried bitter tears in their cruel bondage.

We eat horseradish with matzah to remember how Jesus has absorbed our bitter sins, our ugly bondage to sin.

Haroset

Symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrews in building.

For us, it symbolizes the how sweetness of Jesus overcomes the bitterness of sin.

 

Our Matzah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Passover table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma Heather leads us in Washing of the Hands

I wash my hands as a token of my desire to live a clean life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mommy made me crackers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah! We found the Afikoman

We broke one piece of matzah remembering He was broken for us, wrapped it in linen as Jesus was at burial, and hid it for the children to find.

 

Hugs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

A really good book to help you celebrate and study the Biblical Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April Lesson Plans by Cherie

Week 1

Center: Tie die butterfly craft http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Tie-Dyed-Butterflies.html

Materials: Coffee filters, food coloring, eye dropper, pipe cleaners, beads

Week 2

Center: Bird feeder

Materials: pine cone, peanut butter, bird seed, string

Directions: Spread peanut butter over pine cone, then roll in seeds.

Week 3

Center: Fishing sorting and counting

Directions: Children will use pole to fish.  On the bottom of each fish caught will be a number (each fish color will be numbered 1 – 4).  Children will line up fish by number and color.

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April Lesson Plans: Faith like a mustard Seed

Week 1: Gardening

Book: Mortimers First Garden–a really darling book

Bible: Parable of the Mustard Seed

Math Center: Seed Sorting–sort seeds back into their respective seed packages

Group: Planting a garden with Mr. Dean (& Mr. Piggy of course). Bring straw hat, trowel, and overalls.

Group: Paint sunflowers

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Week 2: Chickens

Book:

Bible: Faith of Jesus—Feeds the 5,000 and walks on water

Math Center: Egg Numeral Matching–match plastic play egg halves marked with numbers 1-12

Group: Taking Care of our Chickens

Group: Miss Cherie’s Science lesson

Week 3: Farming

Bible: Faith of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego

Song: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Fine Motor Center: Farm Animal Lacing

Group: Farm bingo

Group: Cook a vegetable fritata

Fieldtrip:

Saturday April 14th– Ardenwood Historic Farms

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April Lesson Plans by Carol

Week One Center: Word Building

Supplies: Words written on cards, letters (either magnets or letter cubes)

Directions: Children will match up letters to form the words they see on the cards

 

Week Two Center:  Math Game

Supplies: ice cube tray, one die, items to fill ice cube tray sections

Directions: Children will roll the die and place that number of items in the ice cube tray sections, and will continue to do so until the whole tray is filled.

 

Week Three Center: Seed Names

Supplies: seeds, glue, construction paper with children’s name written on it

Directions: Children will put glue on top of their name and then place seeds on top of the glue to dry.

 

 

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3/15/12 “C” is for Cross

Today’s activities especially seemed to highlight our letter of the week “c”. We do a letter of the week every week and the few minutes we spend with it in circle time is paying off. David and Noah have both just started to read their first words with mommies at home! In circle time at school we sing the untraditional ABC song, “ah” “buh” “cuh”, and Tayler, my song singer, has picked up the sounds so quickly that she may soon take over my job. 😉 At Little Lambs, we learn lowercase letters and letter sounds, rather than uppercase letters and letter names as traditional schools do. That way we will be reading sooner! It makes sense because learning letter names does not help at all with reading, and learning uppercase letters is a low priority since they comprise a very small percentage of print. And so letter names and uppercase letters act like clutter in the brain, making the learning to read process a little longer and a little more confusing.

The more we learn about learning, as homeschoolers must, we are gathering more insight into the unthinking traditions of school–the alphabet and phonics being two examples. It has been a wonderful blessing charting our own path for our precious children!!!

David says, “Its Cute!”

Our Cute “C is for Cross” Necklaces

Take a look, Tayler in a smock! (proud of herself for it too)

David looking handsome in his new glasses

Before we knew it, Noah’s mouth painted green

Its face paint mommy. No. What about paint my nails? I want to paint my nails like Taylers. This paint is not nail polish, Noah. I want nail polish on my nails mommy……….Can you find me some nail polish?………Mommy! I want some nail polish!……Aye Yi Yi.

Faithy did not enjoy her painting experience

“C is for Cross” Masterpieces

“School is Over”, our regular boisterous closing song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last but not least, lets not forget Miss Cherie and Miss Afton’s big debut today as they starred in an improvisational drama depicting some of the Bible Stories of Passion Week, Palm Sunday through Easter. It was adorable how Tayler could hardly wait to see her mommy’s play, and how when it was all over, both mommies received exuberant hugs around the necks for their performances. The applause for such a simple but sincere performance made me appreciate the humility of our little ones, again.

So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:4

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3/13/12 Easter Garden Baskets

Just a few pictures today of the end products. The Easter Garden Baskets were a whimsical creation of the Garden of Gethsemane, the hill of Calvery, and the burial tomb all combined with meaningful elements such as candles to represent Jesus as the Light of the World, tiny birds eggs to represent our new life in Him, etc. The Easter gardens turned out really awesome if I do say so myself! I could hardly think of a better way to fill up an Easter basket with the true meaning of the holiday. I actually love the plant selection–being a former cacti hater, God has shown me the beauty of another part of his creation (once dubbed ugly) through this project. Here is where we got the idea if you want to make one too.

Tayler’s Bee-u-tee-ful Basket

Noah’s “Just One More Plant Mommy” Basket

David’s “I Don’t Like Dirt” Basket

(cross and tomb still in process)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So why no pictures of us doing the project? Well we had to move the project indoors because of the rain today and you should have seen the dirt fest that transpired inside my house. I guess we didn’t feel like jumping up and leaving another dirt trail in order to grab a camera. Moms and three year olds alike were fully covered in dirt head to toe. Good times. :0 Good memories. 🙂

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Easter Spiritual Resources

How can we prepare our hearts for Easter, the most important Christian holiday of the year? We can revisit the familiar spiritual resources and experiences of Easters past, and learn about some new ones from the spiritual journey of a friend. Listed below is a partial recollection of things through the years that have opened the eyes of my heart to the miracle of Easter. I hope to share these resources so that they will serve you too this spring ……to help focus, remind, and offer meditation on the cross, the blood, the resurrection all day long, even flooding into your “free time” or “down time”. I am sure you too have a list of influences that have shaped your perception. What if we could make one comprehensive list between us all……..as a way to share what we have been given and bless each other? Take a moment friends to add any book, song, movie, etc. to the list that has caused you to behold Jesus face to face, caused your understanding to become less dim than before.

May we come to see Him more clearly in our quest for vision this season, and find ourselves transformed into His image glory by glory.

Books:

The Power of the Blood by H.A. Maxwell

Christianity: History or Hoax by Josh McDowell

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pearce (Passover section)

Songs:

At the Cross at the Cross Where I First Saw the Light (hymn)

The Wonderful Cross

At the Cross

Here I am to Worship

Nothing but the Blood and Hosanna

The Same Power

Movies:

The Passion of Christ

The Case for Christ (documentary)

The Prince of Egypt (Passover)

Drama:

Lifehouse Everything

Scriptures:

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:1-8

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

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