Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

November Lesson Plans

2012-2013

Thank you for sharing your input on our lesson plans! And homeschooling or not, let us know some of your upcoming activity ideas for the kids, or how it went if you used something from our plans.

Bible Truth Theme:  I am Thankful (giving, compassionate)

Preschool Fun Theme: Thanksgiving (pilgrims, Native Americans, turkeys)

Special Dates:

November 6th–SHARING Bring a few items to place in the shoebox that we will send off to Operation Christmas Child. Then we will watch this video and pray for our child during Circle.

November 15th–COMMUNITY OUTREACH Bring something to add to our care package that will go to a group of homeless people living under a bridge here in our community. Keep them in your prayers that you do with your little one.

November 20th and 22nd–NO SCHOOL Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bible Stories:

Week 1 10 Lepers

Week 2 Poor Woman Who Gave Her Last Pennies

Week 3 No School

Week 4 The Good Samaritan

Memory Verse:

Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27

Song:

(From “Little Ones Sing Along”, a 1963 record. You could make up your own tune.)

Thank You God for Loving Care

Thank you God for loving care

Round about me everywhere

Thank you for the food I eat

Thank you too for water sweet

Thank you God for loving care

Thank you for my mother dear

Thank you for my father strong

For my family everyone

Thanksgiving Hymns:

Print out the sheet music each month, put in a binder and voila! A hymnal!

For the Beauty of the Earth

(For many American Christians, “For the Beauty of the Earth” may be the perennial favorite of all Thanksgiving hymns. Who knew? Not me, but I am glad I know now. :))

Sheet Music Here

Bringing in the Sheaves

Sheet Music Here

Cedarmont Kids Hymns MP3s for both For the Beauty of the Earth, Bringing in the Sheaves

Poetry:

(for memorization)

We Thank Thee

For mother-love and father-care,

For brothers strong and sisters fair,

For love at home and here each day,

For guidance lest we go astray,

Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.

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For this new morning with it’s light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For ev’rything His goodness sends,

Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.

Anonymous

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

Thank you

Literature:

Literary Gems in a PC sea of bland, corny thanksgiving day books for children:

The Thanksgiving Story follows three Pilgrim children–Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins–as they experience a trip on the Mayflower, settling in New Plymouth, being afraid of but then befriending some Indians, and finally sharing a feast together, each thanking God in their own way.

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God.

This year, take a biblical look at Thanksgiving’s original meaning and make traditions tailored to your own family.

This wholesome little book warms you from the inside with it’s tale of the Bassett childrens’ attempt to prepare Thanksgiving dinner while their mother and father are away.

Material World: A Global Portrait is a fascinating look at the material possessions of families throughout the world. These people have been determined “average” for their countries and the world’s leading photographers move the contents of their houses outside in order to create visible representations of their relative standards of living.

One reviewer said of Material World: “Although this book is a bit dated (from 1994), it singlehandedly explained so many concepts to my kids that it’s value can’t be underestimated. There are 30 countries portrayed and each features an average income family, many photographs of the family, explanations about their daily life, and tidbits about their income, life, and dreams. It is a wonderful resource, and really taught all of us (me included) to appreciate what we have, to appreciate different cultures for their own value, and to see these families- so diverse, with lives completely alien to us- as so very like us as well. What particularly struck me when reading this book was the smiles on the faces of the very poorest families, and the stressed out looks on the faces of the people who had much much more. Although technically it is a book about material possessions (and what that means to different people), I came away feeling that those things really mean less than nothing, that the lives of these people are in their stories and their faces, and that we Americans worry far too much about having the latest of everything.”

Math:

It is my executive decision that repeating our October math activities would be beneficial for all. 😉

Week 1 Pattern Blocks

Use a pattern template or build your own pattern

Week 2 Roll Again!

(p. 112 in Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Roll a die, tell the number, put out that many counters on an organizer (egg carton, ten frames, ten strips, etc). Then roll again!

Does the child take all the counters off the organizer before building a number? Is each number something new and different and unrelated to the previous? Or can the child count on or count back because they can see a relationship? Make a #5-10 die for children who are ready for larger numbers.

Week 3 Copy my Design on a Geoboard

Week 4 Cover Them Up

(p.138 in Developing Math Concepts in Prekindergarten)

Put counters on dot cards while counting aloud. Level 2: Label with a numeral card to show how many were counted.

Try to find/make dot cards in which the dots are arranged in various ways. Example: a “three” card is shown with two dots on the bottom and one on top, and another “three” card has three dots in a row.

Group Projects:

Tuesday, November 6th–Cooking Project by Miss Sheila. “Thank you!” cookies that we will deliver to the firefighters who let us come and visit last month.

Thursday, November 8th–Nature Park

Tuesday, November 13thArt Project/Homeless Care Package Project by Miss Lynn

Thursday, November 15th–Nature Park

Tuesday, November 27th –Art Project by Miss Cherie. Rainy day rainbow puddles using tempura paint and rain puddles on the ground.

Thursday, November 29th–Science Experiment by Miss Cherie. Food experiments–making natural plastic beads from milk, identifying starches with iodine, etc.

Nature Study:

Collect beautiful fall leaves and match them up to last years collection, check on the wasp eggs, etc.

Last Years Fall Leaf Collection. Beautiful!

May Our Homes Be Full of Giving and Full of Thanks this Thanksgiving Season!

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Halloween Exposed

Is Halloween Harmless or Evil?

I went trick or treating as a kid, as most of us did, but that doesn’t mean Halloween is a good thing for our own children. I remember coming home with PILLOWCASES full of candy. I ate it all, and some of my sisters too when she wasn’t looking. Now, when would a parent in their right mind ever hand over that much sugar to their child on any other single day of the year without a twinge of guilt? Never. And yet this happens in almost every home, every year, all in the name of a “Happy Halloween”. Do we all lose our minds or something when Halloween comes around?? Well we do lose our health every winter, child and parent alike, and wonder why that it is………after helping our children to consume all the Halloween pounds of immune suppressing sugar. Just as we are entering “flu season” too. Churches throwing the Halloween alternative Harvest Festivals are no less guilty as they are some of the best at dealing out pounds of candy to families. For this health reason alone, I view Halloween as a sin against humanity. Yet, that is not all, there is more, much more to expose.

As an adult Christian, I started to realize that I was associating myself with all that Halloween represents by celebrating it. I think the Spirit Halloween store typifies what Halloween represents. When you walk in you feel like your skin is crawling, or like there is a cold breath going down the back of your neck. That is a sign that the spirit in that store is in opposition to the Spirit in you. There is a lot of truth to the name of that store: Spirit Halloween–Halloween is spirit driven, but not by the kind of spirits you want in your life, thats for sure. We know demonic spirits have quite a presence in this earth according to the Bible. How do you think they manifest themselves? People don’t realize or don’t want to admit that Halloween is one of satan’s methods of drawing humanity towards the demonic. Being able to discern the spritual climate of an environment is important, especially for the sake of protecting our susceptible children. After having baby Noah, so sweet and innocent and undefiled, I couldn’t imagine taking him into a store like Spirit Halloween–full of every form of darkness, witches, and demonic images. So I began to think, if I want nothing to do with that store, why would I want to have any part in Halloween which exults these very dark things and thereby brings satan glory. Calling check–I am here to glorify God, not satan.

During this time of year, movies and television about murder, the occult, witchcraft, demons, the devil, sorcery are promoted. And are we to think that this is just an innocent holiday where our children go door-to-door dressed up in a costume collecting candy? Are we to ignore all the ghosts, witches, goblins, gouls, and haunted houses as we go down the street? Or are we to separate ourselves out of the environment altogether? What does the Bible have to say about witches, those who call up “ghosts”, and cast spells?

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…”
Deuteronomy 18:9-12a

Does it sound like God would think the spirits behind Halloween are harmless, or rather an abomination, a horror, objects of disgust? Run my friends from anything that would take the glory of God from your children and your home!

The Origin of Halloween

from the book Spiritual Housecleaning

The origin of Halloween is the Celtic festival of Samhain, the lord of Death and evil spirits. Long before Christ (over 2,000 years ago), Druids in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and other Celtic countries observed the end of summer by making sacrifices to Samhain. The Celts considered November 1 as being the day of death because the leaves were falling. They believed that Muck Olla, their sun god, was losing strength and Samhain, lord of death, was overpowering him. Further, they believed that on October 31, Samhain assembled the spirits of all who had died during the previous year.

Druid priests would lead the people in diabolical worship ceremonies in which horses, cats, black sheep, oxen, human beings and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicker cages and burned to death. This was done to appease Samhain and keep spirits from harming them, for it was believed at this time that all of the wandering spirits would get hungry. If you set out a treat for them, they would not trick or curse you. Hence we have the origin of trick or treat. Tom Sanuinet, former high priest of Wicca, had this to say about Halloween:

Trick or treat is a reenactment of the Druidic practices. The candy has replaced the human sacrifices of old, but it is still an appeasement of those deceptive evil spirits. The traditional response to those who do not treat is to have a trick played on them. Giving Halloween candy is symbolic of a sacrifice to false gods. You are participating in idolatry.

Invite the Glory of God Into Your Home

The average Christian is not aware that their house needs to be spiritually cleaned in order to experience the peaceful presence of God. The book Spiritual Housecleaning teaches you how to purify your home for God’s glory (the Origin of Halloween was excerpted from this book). Defilement can come in many forms: statues of foreign gods, magic charms, souvenirs of past sins. But whatever the form, God does not want us possessing defiled objects, for they dishonor the Holy Spirit and they invite the devil to wreak havoc with our lives. I highly recommend this book as it will really open your eyes to the realities of the spirit world.

Noah was having a lot of bad dreams when he was 2 years old and we could not figure out why. We have always sheltered him! After reading this book, it dawned on me that ALL of our movies were being stored in his room. While Dean and I had moved on to watching innocent wholesome things like Christian movies and Veggie Tales on Netflix, we had forgotten about the boxes of movies that a friend had once passed onto us being stored in Noah’s room ever since we had moved. This very wordly friend had given us every type of movie, and some even remained unwatched because the impure content violated our standards (which were pretty loose at the time). I felt so horrible that I hadn’t realized such a mistake. Noah has been free of bad dreams ever since we removed every one of those movies and prayed over his room. I also removed an ex-boyfriends jewelry from my own room and stopped having dreams about him. Dean also found some religious paraphernalia that seemed like a good idea for him to let go of, which I believe played a part in letting go of a religious spirit. I was so thankful that our house was cleaned out of these type of possessions and that the results were pretty dramatic. Spiritual Housecleaning will open your eyes and make room in your home for the glory of God to come in a greater way.

Firestation Fieltrip

Firefighters, Not Photographers

Afton and Tayler in the Firetruck

Smokey the Bear and Tayler, looking like a Disney Princess

Little Firefighter Practicing with the Hose

Amazing.

Leaf Print Art (Crayons, leaves, paper. Rub. Wa-lah!)

Button Struggles…….. (buttoning practice on a button snake)

Faith’s Birthday! Celebrated Faithy Style (standing up at the table)

Tayler Rubbing Gift Box Padding on her Nose (she LOVES fuzzy stuff)

“Mommy, do Snails Have Angels Too?”

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Homeschool: Awkward or Awesome?

The Image of Homeschool

A feeling like I am in an “elite”, very very private school washed over me today as the beauty of our surroundings here in homeschool overcame my senses. Classical music playing in the background, a mommy’s budding artistic skills upon the chalkboard, voices lifted up in beautiful worship to the Lord during Circle, little prodigies of God sitting all around me with bright shiny face listening intently to my heart’s tale of Noah’s Ark…… If you are doing Christian homeschool with your child, you have every right to feel the same way!! Please don’t let the world influence your image of homeschool, especially your homeschool. I think the Urban Dictionary encapsulates people’s stereotypical thoughts about homeschoolers pretty well:

Homeschool: If you know someone with a matter-of-fact attitude who regularly makes awkward jokes/statements out of turn, exhibits hyper-White characteristics, or simply possesses a number less-than-desirable eccentricities, this is likely the agency to blame.

Pretty funny actually, but no, not the image you want to carry in your heart of your homeschooling. I pray your mind will not be conformed to the thinking of this world that there is something off beat, odd, or socially unacceptable about your children or your methods. I pray that you will see how VERY SPECIAL, very set apart, very extraordinary, how hallowed and holy your homeschool is. The Bible says foolish things shame the wise and weak things shame the strong (isn’t “foolish” how many people view homeschool?). Not to snub people who make other educational decisions, but to encourage you who may have ever felt mislabeled as a homeschooler: have no shame, your children are part of a very very elite Christian private school (and yet tuition is nil!). So I looked up the definition of elite to see if it rightly defined what I was feeling, and it brought up the image of Daniel 1:4 (the scripture promise I stand on for my homeschoolers).

Elitism is the belief or attitude that some individuals, who form an elite — a select group of people with a certain ancestry, intrinsic quality or worth, higher intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern.[1]

I hoped it doesn’t sound like snobbery to you, but rather the calling of Christianity: having wisdom to govern, holding views that ought to carry weight in this world, exhibiting actions that build up society. Lets find some more analogies that show how awesome it is to homeschool children in the context of Christianity:

Ancestry: Christians are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

Intrinsic Quality: Christians are ruled by love

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

Intrinsic Worth: Christians are being transformed into the image of Christ

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corintians 3:18

Higher Intellect: Christians think God thoughts

For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16

Wealth: Christian have all their needs met according to His riches

And with all his abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs. Philippians 4:19

Specialized Training: Christians are trained by the Holy Spirit

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

The precious blood of Jesus paid the price for you to exalt in your inheritnance. The price was too high for us to cringe in these inherited robes of righteousness. Friend, see yourself as blessed— trained, intelligent, worthy to run a homeschool that matches the image stamped upon you.

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18

What is your image of homeschool? The world’s or Christ’s? Burn into your heart the image of your inheritance in Christ as the image you carry of your homeschool. I hope your sights will continue to raise from glory to glory!

Atmosphere is 1/3 of an Education

Sometimes we forget just how noble and lovely homeschooling is when it feels like an enormous effort to do meals, laundry, spelling, handwriting, exercise, math, groceries, literature, and memory verses all in a morning. I want to encourage you with Charlotte Mason’s wise words that “atmosphere is 1/3 of a child’s education”. You are the absolute perfect person designed to educate your child through the Christian atmosphere of your home. And simply through exemplifying a Christ-like attitude hour by hour, before even pulling out a book, you have already achieved 1/3 of your child’s education for that day!

Our children are going to learn more by living with us day in and day out than they will by reading about ratios and proportions. What we are—the ideas that rule our lives, the attitudes that rule our hearts, the actions and words that stem from those attitudes—will have a bigger impact on them than what they learn about some historical figure.
Once again Charlotte gently reminded us that the atmosphere of our homes makes up one-third of our children’s education. What we are speaks so much louder than what we do or plan to do.
I want my children to be “hourly the better” for spending their days with me. It’s a tall order that can be accomplished only with much prayer. Let’s renew our commitment to put forth the effort—daily—of living devotedly, acting lovingly, thinking correctly, and speaking kindly before our children.
It bears repeating:
“To ‘endeavour ourselves’ to the daily effort of education, to live and act, think and speak before the children, so that they shall be hourly the better for all that we are, is harder, no doubt, than to make one enormous sacrifice” (Vol. 5, p. 156). (SimplyCharlotteMason.com)

Nothing beats the atmosphere of a Christian HOME for educating children!!! Your Christ-like example and the Christ-like image of your homeschool will make a beautiful atmosphere for education. Your homeschool is extraordinary and distinguished, remarkable and distinct! Carry that image in your heart always.

Angelic Protection is a Promise

Beautiful Fall Art

Watercolor paper, white crayon, and quality watercolors (like Faber Castell, or even Crayola) are all you need to make these wax resist paintings. Make sure not to use poor quality watercolors (like Rose Art), to push down really hard when drawing a leaf pattern on the paper (before painting), and it should turn out gorgeous!

Pattern Block Math

Its good to use both templates and no templates

Holding Hands on a Nature Day

Roll Again Math

See October Plans for instructions

Snack Ball Cooking Project

I think you will love these super healthy snack balls! Even though the ingredient list looks expensive, they are cost effective because they are very filling. They are as yummy as eating cookie dough to me. 🙂

Gluten-Free Trail Mix Bites

1/2 cup nut butter
1/4 cup honey or less
2 Tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup any combo of chopped seeds, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips, etc. (Whole Foods “Oregon” trail mix is yummy, or I make my own mixture)
Pinch of salt, optional (recommended if using unsalted nut/seed butters)
1 tsp spices, optional (whatever spice flavor combos you like, e.g. cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
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1. Combine first four (wet) ingredients in a large bowl and let sit several minutes in another bowl of warm water to soften/warm for easy stirring, then stir to combine (I personally just mix everything at once).
2. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix together. If too wet and sticky, add a little more dry ingredients. If too dry and crumbly, add a little more honey and/or coconut oil.
3. Scoop heaping tablespoon of dough into your hands, squeeze dough together firmly, then mold/roll into a ball with your hands.
4. Place mixture in fridge for 30 mins and then they are ready to eat!
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Put molded balls in airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week, or longer in the freezer.
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