Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 2nd Grade :)

May Lesson Plans

on April 25, 2013

2012-2013

What a joyful time of year, reflecting on all the goodness of God these last 9 school months, while looking forward to the delights of summer! Time for some extra exuberant praise sessions with the kids!!
 
I can’t believe its already the last month of school before summer break, and that this is the last official lesson plan until fall! Time flies when you are having fun! We will keep learning over the summer, but learning will be more unstructured. Time to get outdoors more and go on more fieldtrips! We hope you will keep learning with us! (Our Fall curriculum plans are underway and we will share soon.)
 
If you are new here, we invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to do homeschool together with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. If you would like to preview other themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Theme: I have Joy

Preschool Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself on the topic of Biblical joy with Charles Spurgeon’s sermon: The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People

Special Dates:

May 7th–Mother’s Day Tea Party We will celebrate moms and grandmas today with a frilly tea party. (See last years ideas for planning your own party)

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Joy Comes as a Result of Faith (1 Peter 1:3-9 –mom look over New Life Version for a simple way to explain, but present King James Version to children for literary value)

Week 2 Psalms 100, & spend some extra time singing and dancing

Week 3 Paul and Silas (Acts 16)

Week 4 Heaven (Revelation 21–22)

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: “My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him. ” Psalms 28:7

Learn new verse: “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Classical Art Study:

Choose from hundreds of Mother and Child Paintings here.

The Young Mother by Mary Cassatt, 1900

Hymns:

To God Be the Glory

MP3   Sheet Music

Come Now Fount

MP3 and Sheet Music

Poetry for memorization:

Select favorite verses from Jane Taylor’s poem:

My Mother

Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush’d me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rock’d me that I should not cry?
My Mother.

Who sat and watched my infant head,
When sleeping in my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who dress’d my doll in clothes so gay,
And taught me pretty how to play.
And minded all I had to say?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray,
And love God’s holy book and day.
And walk in Wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who was so very kind to me?
My Mother

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear;
And if God please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,
My Mother.

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old, and gray,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away.
My Mother.

And when I see thee hang thy head,
‘Twill be my turn to watch thy bed.
And tears of sweet affection shed,
My Mother.

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

mother

Word Building:

Use lowercase letters to build:

Week 1 mom

Week 2 bug

Week 3 grub

Week 4 ant

Extension: After building the assigned words, select other beginning consonant letters that form a new word from the same word ending (this can be done by the child or the teacher). For example, you could lay out letters b, c, f, m, p, r, s, to choose from and then have children make new words by taking off the h in hat and replacing it with a new consonant. However, half the fun for the kids is finding the initial consonants that form new words for themselves, so I have my kids try letters one by one to find new words through trial and error. Either way, have the children sound out their new word and announce what word they built. The children will see that many words can be built from the same word endings ( word endings being –om, –ug, –ub, –ant). See Welcome Back to School post for more Word Building information.

Provide real objects or pictures to represent the word of the week during your word building lesson if you want.

Literature and Reference Books:

Place books on hold on your library’s website today, or order from an online bookstore, so they will be ready for you on time!

Insect fables, like The Grasshopper and the Ants, in:

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Week 1  Patterning (p. 151)

Object: to copy and extend patterns. Provide several unifix cube patterns (trains) and have the children choose one that they feel comfortable extending the pattern (by building onto the provided pattern). Ask the children to tell you/show you their pattern. Extension: have the children make up their own pattern train. What is the level of complexity of the patterns the child is able to work with? Do the children simplify the pattern and always make an AB pattern?

Week 2 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 3 Matching (p.146)

Object: To practice making two sets of the same number of objects, either by using one-to-one correspondence or by counting. Use the same number set cards used in the previous “Sorting Number Sets” lesson. Provide collections of various items (buttons, keys, nuts and blots, etc) and several sheets of construction paper. Have the child choose one of the number set cards. Then, have the children use the collections and construction paper (like a mat) to build a set that has the same number as the card. What size numbers can thhe work with? Do they copy the arrangement?

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 the two 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?

Group Projects:

Craft a tea party invitation.

Paint your own Bug Barn–Only $3.75 at Rainbow Resource!

Order a ‘Grow Your Own Butterflies’ Kit

Raise a Snail Family

Dig for Worms and then Make a Worm Farm

Make a Buggy Snack

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Listen to Relaxing Sounds of Insects

Have some end of the year fun making Sharpie Tye Dye T-shirts!

Nature Study:

Catch and Study Your Own Bugs

Field Guides, The Handbook of Nature Study, and the website whatsthatbug.com can help you with insect identification.

The scriptures say that God reveals Himself in the Word, in the conscience, and in creation. Therefore, just as studying the Bible reveals truths of God to your children, so does studying nature! Most Christian families would never omit Bible study, but how many Christian families are missing out on the enjoyment and theological significance of studying nature?

Go enjoy nature with your children this month!

All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

 


2 responses to “May Lesson Plans

  1. Tara Hannon says:

    Check out this blog post I read recently. Really encouraging for those of us with “big” families… or just a love of family. 😉 http://womenlivingwell.org/2013/04/having-babies-in-opposite-world/

    • Miss Lynn says:

      Yes that is a great post and blog! You benefit from living in the family oriented south, and blessed you are, but perhaps you have received some doubtful remarks about having a third child? Three seems like such a big number now days because of people’s modern perceptions. I feel like I am attracting some stares myself with Noah on one hand, Faith on the other, and a baby on the way. We get a lot of “your hands are full” comments, but I don’t really see it as too negative of a remark. I see it as projection–an admission that it would feel overwhelming for them to have 3 little ones. When we go out, its nice when the kids hair isn’t looking crazy, outfits all stained with food, and I have a happy face. When we go out looking a little polished, it feels like people get the message that we can handle it and even enjoy having kids. Of course appearances are shallow, but its a lot of what strangers judge others by.

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