Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

My Little Mirrors

Noah and Faith,

My little mirrors.

Where did you learn to frown like that, scrunching up your face so, my little girl? And lately I wonder, where have all those smiles lighting up your face gone, my sonshine? …..After all, you are only four. Did I really overhear my girl’s pouty lips mutter, “I am so tired of that,” just like mama? Oh my, I knew better than to ever use that phrase in front of you– but I just couldn’t seem to help myself. Why do you seem so fragile today, my dear son, crumpling so easily under pressure? Have you lost your patience yet again? ………Where did you learn to act this way, my tender little ones?

Oh yes, that’s right. Its me you learned it from. Me. Mommy. This is the burden I bear. Despite all my attempts to cover up my appearance, you have found me out, and now I must face the bittersweet lesson, that you are my reflection. My little mirrors.

I know, I know. Oh yes, I know how you feel little ones.

I must admit there are times when I feel disappointed and discouraged to see so much of me in you. Never have I loathed each negative word, every impatient gesture, every selfish decision of today, like I do now– now that I worry it will be you copying me tomorrow. I never could have imagined the anguish of wanting to spare you from becoming me.

Your character is being written in these early years. Carelessness in front of my little mirrors writes itself in an unlovely way directly upon your hearts.

O God help me to crucify my flesh that I might not mar the hearts of my children forever! Refine me and teach me to master my emotions. Redeem us by letting my children witness your refining process in me. Let the changes they see in mama cause them to deeply believe that you are a God who saves. And let me take hope that there is purpose in this universal heartache of children patterning their parents after all.

Grace and peace to your hearts, mommies of little mirrors!

Christmas Day

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Brothers

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Winter Cuties

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Cutting Down Our Christmas Tree in Apple Hill

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Faith, All Smiles for Her First Pony Ride

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Lovebug, Head Up at Tummy Time!

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Reading The Legend of the Candy Cane with Mamama

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Sharing The Legend of the Candy Cane with Neighbors

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Praying for Our Sweet Neighbor Lois

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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Pajama Party with Friends

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Faith Rocking Baby Jesus While We All Sang Christmas Hymns

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A Fruity Christmas Tree

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The Kids’ Decorated a Tree

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And Then We All Popped in On Lois to Bless Her

IMG_4264 Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus (Cocoroons are Super Healthy Treats)

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Faith Has a Big Heart for Baby Jesus Since the Party

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A Live Nativity We Went to in Santa Clara

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Noah and Landon Meet Two Roman Guards

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Kids Got to Dress Up Like Roman Soldiers Too

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Christmas Tree Patterning

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Faith’s Pre-writing Lesson

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Advent Math–Add the Dice and Find the Number On the Tree

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Counting Practice with Jingle Bells

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“I Don’t Want To Do My Best……I Want to Be Perfect.”

That is what I overheard Noah saying to himself while he was being perfectionist about his cutting. Oh dear. I know this is the root of half our battles during homeschool lessons. The good news is Christ’s peace trumps perfectionism, AND Noah’s name means “peace and comfort.” This video about peace by Anne Voskamp explains how perfectionism is next to satanism! Interesting!

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Sweet, Sweet Faces

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December Lesson Plans

2013-2014

I invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School & Fabulous Fours and Fives 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. To preview our monthly 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 Truth Theme:  I will worship JESUS 

Preschool Fun Theme: Christmas (happy birthday baby Jesus, nativity, snow, candy canes, etc.)

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself with Charles Spurgeon’s sermon The Incarnation and Birth Christ.

Special Events:

December 10th–COMMUNITY OUTREACH Pass out candy canes and The Legend of the Candy Cane in the neighborhood.

December 12th–PAJAMA PARTY Come to school dressed in your jammas for a “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus” party!

December 16th-January 17th–NO SCHOOL Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (We will continue Bible and reading lessons)

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Numbers 26, 32; Deuteronomy 3, 31, 33, 34; Joshua 1-9

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 52-55

Week 2 Joshua10-11, 13-24; Judges 1-5

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 56-59

Week 3 & Week 4 Christmas Story in Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

The Children’s Story Bible chapters 1-5 (New Testament section), & the Christmas Story from lots of other Children’s Bibles

Memory Verse:

Review prior years verses: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Learn new verse: For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ”  Isaiah 9:6

Hymns:

Silent Night

MP3

Sheet Music Here

O Come All Ye Faithful

MP3

Sheet Music Here

Poetry for memorization:

My Gift

What can I give Him
Poor as I am;
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part.
But what can I give Him?
I will give my heart.

~ Christina Rossetti

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

Jesus is the Son of God.

and all the words from the fable in the reading lesson below.

Reading:

Materials:  printed fable, loose letters, word cards for “began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A fox, seeing them, said'”

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The Dogs and the Fox

By Aesop 

Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion, began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A Fox, seeing them, said, “If this lion were alive, you would soon find out that his claws were stronger than your teeth.”

Moral: It is easy to kick a man that is down.


Reading Lessons:
“began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A fox, seeing them, said'”

1. Write one word from the poem on the board

2. Discuss the word

3. Study it closely, then erase

4. Find the word card from a small pile of cards, then hide the card

5. Spell the word with loose letters (from memory if possible)

6. Find the word in the printed poem

7. Repeat steps 1-6 with each word

8. Do a review of all the words listed up on the board

Word Building Lessons (spelling):

Using loose letters, build words that rhyme with each of the words assigned for this month (ex: tear–wear, fear, near, gear, smear, clear etc.).

(Lessons 5-8 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

Math:

After completing each of the following lessons, and the children feel comfortable with them, make the materials available during independent work time/free play for the children to practice the activities on their own.

Week 1 Pattern Blocks

Use pattern block mats to build Christmas patterns (from Prekinders.com)–if building on top is easy, build next to.

Week 2 Sorting Toothpick Number Sets

(p. 144 in Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Have children place number sets (such as toothpicks pictured below; or stickers, coins, beans, paperclips, etc. mounted on cards) on the correct sections of a butcher paper number line.

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Fun Group Projects:

Do a Jesse Tree/Advent using Anne Voskamps Christmas Devotionals

Look into the lineage of Jesus Christ and show young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared through the ages through God’s people. Color or make ornaments that represent the story of the day.

Through various Scripture readings, the Jesse Tree takes the first 25 days of December to explain the lineage (or ancestry) of Jesus Christ. Stories that are key throughout the Old Testament are explained in a way that shows even very young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared, through God’s people, across the ages. Children can make or color ornaments that represent each story and then hang them on a Jesse Advent calendar tree.
Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/12/09/what-is-an-advent-jesse-tree/#pmFDk2Mx0dveJOlT.99
Through various Scripture readings, the Jesse Tree takes the first 25 days of December to explain the lineage (or ancestry) of Jesus Christ. Stories that are key throughout the Old Testament are explained in a way that shows even very young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared, through God’s people, across the ages. Children can make or color ornaments that represent each story and then hang them on a Jesse Advent calendar tree.
Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/12/09/what-is-an-advent-jesse-tree/#pmFDk2Mx0dveJOlT.99
Through various Scripture readings, the Jesse Tree takes the first 25 days of December to explain the lineage (or ancestry) of Jesus Christ. Stories that are key throughout the Old Testament are explained in a way that shows even very young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared, through God’s people, across the ages. Children can make or color ornaments that represent each story and then hang them on a Jesse Advent calendar tree.
Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/12/09/what-is-an-advent-jesse-tree/#pmFDk2Mx0dveJOlT.99

A Handwriting Keepsake

Alternative: write your list with others in mind–“make a list of things you would love to give or do for others you know”

Spread Christmas Cheer and Share the Gospel: Pass Out Candy Canes to Your Neighbors and Attach This Candy Cane Message

Go to a Live Nativity

A Fun Fruit Snack Tree

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Send a Christmas Letter to Our Operation Child From Last Year

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Movie Night: Watch Some Old Home Videos or Classic Christmas Movies Together as a Family

Make Christmas Cookies for Friends and Loved Ones

Have a Happy Birthday Jesus Party  in Pajamas

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Teach Your Kids How to Tie Knots and Make a No Sew Blanket for Baby Jesus (Baby Doll)

Pick Out a Gift to Give to a Family in Need

 

Make a Polymer Clay Nativity

Nature Study:

Winter is a great time for a bird study since they are easier to spot in leafless trees.

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

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