Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

Roadmap For You

Do you have a roadmap yet for your next, or first, homeschool year? March is that time of year when I start planning, or more like dreaming, about next school year and I am especially eager this year, because Noah will be a kindergartner!!! I have already cried my tears as I realized that my Little Lamb is not so little anymore, and now that I have somewhat come to terms with the reality of my boy growing up, I am excited and ready for the next stage. My, my, my, what a big year ahead! The rails have been well laid for smooth and easy days at our preschool, and I am really looking forward to continuing preschool with Faith for a few more years, while at the same time, venturing out into the unexplored territory of ‘elementary school land’ with Noah. I am so thankful that by our all knowing God, we have been provided such a great roadmap for the years to come through Charlotte Mason. Discovering SimplyChalrotteMason.com was the light bulb moment that showed me how Charlotte Mason studies are just so beautifully different. If you aren’t totally sure where you are headed next year with your own homeschool, consider Charlotte Mason! And then peruse the exceptional curriculum offered at SimplyCharlotteMason.com!

Charlotte Mason studies can be done very inexpensively by using the library since living books, not scripted lesson plans and expensive curriculum, promote true learning. Learning really shouldn’t be outrageously expensive. However, great curriculum that uses Charlotte’s methods is certainly available for those of us who don’t want to be pioneers! I have looked into great curriculum such as Sonlight, My Fathers World, Heart of Wisdom, Veritas Press, etc. and they all have some nice aspects, but only Simply Charlotte Mason provides curriculum materials, guidance, flexibility, and freedom that I could just gush and gush about. Unlike the other curriculum mentioned, SCM material is perfectly true to Charlotte’s methods, not just adopting a few of her nicest ideas. After making some SCM purchases, plus perusing many of the free curriculum sample pages on the website, I have not found one thing that would disappoint. And I am not easy to please either. After all the years I have studied and worked in child education, I am not at all easily impressed by the array of educational materials available, and so I feel that I speak the truth when I say Simply Charlotte Mason is a gold mine to be discovered by homeschool families.

Another excellent resource on the Simply Charlotte Mason website is the discussion forum where moms have such wonderfully wise advice and tips, book suggestions, planning ideas in every subject area and grade, and lots more. Its like being mentored by other Charlotte Mason moms who have been there and done that already, and want to share it with you! I learn SO much on the discussion forum that I go there now just to read what other moms are saying of late. Another way I use it a lot is to Google “Simply Charlotte Mason, (plus whatever I want to know)”. Google seems to come up with more related posts, so I use their search engine rather than SCM’s for really specific inquiries. (For instance, look up that curriculum you are considering on the SCM discussion forum and you will find details from other moms who have used it, and often why they decided to use SCM materials instead)

Oh, and let’s not forget to mention SCM’s Bookfinder! So helpful for looking up Charlotte Mason type books to check out at the library or purchase at Amazon. I use it to find books on any subject at any grade level, and I can rest at ease that the books suggested are all delightfully written living books–never dry, never twaddle.

One Mom’s Really Organized Planner For Her 4th Grader Wow! I don’t know if I would ever be this organized but watching this little video clip certainly casts vision for me. Its done by a mom who regularly contributes on the SCM discussion board. You’ll see why I say these moms would make great mentors after you watch. 🙂

Happy Prayerful and Productive Planning to You, Fearless Road Mapping Homeschool Moms and Dads!!

You can find a lot of posts that I have written on my blog about my dear homeschool mentor Charlotte Mason. Here are a few:

Meet Miss Mason

Fabulous Fours and Fives–Curriculum Overview

Nature Study

Bible Study

We are behind on posting our pictures, so here are the ones from February when our theme was ‘I am Loving’ and ‘Valentines’, and even a few from January. Hopefully I can get March pics up a little sooner!

Happy 5th Birthday Noah!!!

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Love this Little Man!!!

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Best Gift From Christmas

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Push Me Please

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Hanging On For Dear Life

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Riding My Big Girl Bike

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Playing All Together

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After Babysitting Another Praying Mantis Egg Case for Months, One Day…..Babies!!

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Dapper Dan and His Red Balloon

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Lovin’ My Overalls

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Pretty Girl

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Soaking Him In Cause Swaddle Days Are Coming to an End

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Hilarious Stuff

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Building a Snowman

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“This is the Day that the Lord Has Made” Sung with Jumping and Lots of Gusto Every Morning After Calendar

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Faith Just Starting to Word Build

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Faith Gets Her Own Reading Words Too

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Adorable in Big Brother’s Sweater

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Hanging With Daddy

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Valentines Friendship Tea Party with Eliana and Ashira

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Wiffle Ball Golfing

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A Happy Valentines Visit with Lois

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Yay Faith!! Awesome Fine Motor Skills!

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Noah’s Very First Copywork Page! Writing His Memory Verse for the First Time

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So Proud of You Buddy!!!

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Everyone Trying to Love on Daniel

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Pretend Baking

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Learning to Build With Legos

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Learning to Write Numbers

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Tayler Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth

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Many Pictures of Late that Depict Noah’s Heartfelt Thoughts About Jesus

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Rain Gear Girl So Eager to Play Out in the Rain

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Faith Showing Kindness to Bubs on a Rainy Day

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Two of Our Sweet New Chickies (We have four total)

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March Lesson Plans

2013-2014

Welcome Spring! Its time for a little bit of spring cleaning around the house, which to me, also includes rethinking or “cleaning up” some of the habits that structure (or hinder) our housekeeping and homeschooling. Spring cleaning, as well as daily chore responsibilities, present the perfect opportunity to encourage the participation of small helpers, and intentionally develop helpful servant hearts together. And remember mama, to whistle while you work! In other words, let the attitudes that rule your heart, and the words that stem from those attitudes, be the atmosphere that teaches your children hour by hour. Our children can be hourly the better as they spend their days with a cheerful mommy! As spring is the time for ‘all things new’, I will pray that the Lord breathes new life into the atmosphere of your homes in this season dear friends. Lord knows we could use some refreshing here as well! Will you pray for us too?

Bible Theme: I am Helpful (a servant, hard working, obedient) 

Take a look at these tiny helpers from 2012 when we just started preschool here! Awwww. It is so special to be on our third year of school and see how much the kids have grown in each of our 12 monthly themes.

Preschool Fun Theme: Spring has Sprung


Mother Study:

Goodness gracious I am loving this series about giving called ‘The Blessed Life” at our church, The Father’s House. The sermon last Sunday was called The Faithful Steward. I would love for it to encourage you to reflect on the state of your own stewardship/giving as you are exemplifying the “helper” in your home this month.

Love these relevant Little Lambs posts from last March:

Special Dates:

SHARING Who can you help? What can you help with? Share memorials of God’s goodness (pictures of our children being helpers throughout the years).

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Favor for a Neighbor–Find a neighbor who could use some help around the house or the yard, and go help them.

Bible Stories:

(The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos)

Week 1 Chapters 96-99

Week 2 Chapters 100-103

Week 3 Chapters 104-107

Week 4 Chapters 108-110 & 6-7 (in NT section)

Memory Verse:

Review prior verse: “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

New Verse:

“Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13

Classical Art Study:

We are reviewing our favorite images from the 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Day by Day Calendar right now.

Hymn:

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

Trust and Obey

Poetry and Recitation:

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing their memory verse and reading words.

Reading:

Materials:  printed scripture verse, loose letters, word cards for “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.”

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Proverbs 23:4-5 

Do not wear yourself out trying to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly like an eagle.


Reading Lessons:
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.”

1. Write one word from the selection 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 fable

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: not–cot, dot, got, jot, let, pot, blot, plot, knot, trot, spot, etc.).

(3rd reading selection, lessons 1-4 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson)

Week 1 Tell Me Fast (p. 42)

Hold up a dot card and have the child take the number of counters they think they would need to cover the dots on the card. Then place counters on dots while counting to check. Repeat with other dot cards and aim for eventual instant recognition of quantities to ten.

Week 2 Make a Train Race (p.115)
Two partners race to finish a 30 cube “train”. Take turns rolling a dot cube (dice) and adding cubes until someone reaches 30 cubes.

Week 3 Sorting Shape Puzzles (p. 68)

Make a 1-10 number line out of a long piece of paper (or papers put together) and have children sort shape puzzles (like the ones mentioned in last month’s lesson plans) under the correct number on the number line. With this activity they will see the variations of shape that go with each number.

Week 4 Graph and See (p. 152)

Make a simple graph out of unifix cubes to display data that the children collect themselves. Have them ask a small group of people a question and record their answers. Two category graphs might be enough for a first graph experience. Record peoples answers to a question like, “do you prefer apples or oranges?,” then stack unifix cubes to match the data, and use small cards to label the stacks “apples” and “oranges.” (could use this activity as an icebreaker to meet new neighbors while out on a walk)

Group Projects:

Learn how to use creative, Bible based discipline ideas, and the truth of scripture (including this month’s memory verse) will sink way down deep into your child’s heart

Object lessons/creative discipline that teaches the scriptural principles of rewards for obedience and punishment for disobedience:

Example Rewards for Obedience (with corresponding Scriptures to talk about):

  • Wear a special crown or string beads to make a shiny necklace (Proverbs 1:9–graceful ornament on head…)
  • Stay up late one night, skip nap, or play longer (Exodus 20:12–days will be long)
  • Give your child a tree to plant and care for with a sign displaying Psalms 1:3 (Psalms 1:3–will be like a tree, will flourish)
  • Give your child more responsibility, honor, and privilege. Put him in charge. (Matthew 25:20-23–faithful in little, ruler over many things; Matthew 5:19–great in the kingdom of God)

Example Punishments for Disobedience (with corresponding scriptures to talk about):

  • Pull weeds out of the garden (Proverbs 2:22–Cut off from the earth, uprooted)
  • Deny requests, do not allow child to participate in a planned event (Proverbs 10:28–Expectation will perish)
  • Place the disobedient child under the authority of an obedient child while performing a job (Proverbs 17:2–Will be ruled by wise servant)
  • Temporarily isolate the child from other children (2 Thessalonians 3:6–Withdraw from the disorderly)

*For thousands more scriptural ways to praise and encourage an obedient child, and for suggestions on how to punish specific sins accordingly, buy the book For Instruction in Righteousness: A topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child Training!!!

Make A Beautiful Spring Tree (on canvas for the wall?)

Little Red Hen Craft

My Favorite Craft Project from Last Spring

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Check out this link for housekeeping habit ideas for you and the kids! Solid habits help with the daily homeschool/housekeeping juggle for sure. Habit training is a very important part of homeschool.

Kids are happiest when they are doing things for others

Learning to Be a Servant Starts at Home–Teach Little Ones to Serve their Family by Doing Chores (Service Opportunities)

Make or Buy a Service Opportunities Chart:

Which sounds better to you – a household task or a chance to help? When I think of chore I think of Eeyore, hanging his head down because he has to rebuild his house of sticks, again. However, in service, we can choose to find freedom. The Bible urges us to serve one another in Galatians 5:13:

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom…

(habitsforahappyhome.com)

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Consider/Reconsider the Big Question of Allowance

Why or why not? How much? Given for what types of jobs? How much should be saved? How much should be spent?

Consider purchasing the book Stewardship Street to help you decide if you should set up a system of monetary rewards for special jobs well done. With service opportunities (chores), kids learn to be good employees, and with allowance, kids can learn to be faithful stewards of their earnings. Not all chores need to be paid–like brushing teeth, doing own dishes, cleaning one’s room, etc. because cleaning up after yourself is expected. Plus, some jobs can be done simply for the sake of serving without expecting any thing in return. Other jobs can be paid so that kids can learn stewardship. I think the learning potential here is huge–its time to pray about paying the kids for some household jobs here!

The book Stewardship Street wisely suggests teaching children ages 4 and up to divide their earnings into these seven categories:

  • Charity
  • Tithe
  • Living expenses
  • Discretionary spending
  • Short-term savings
  • Long-term savings
  • Dowry

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Help Your Kids Find Ways to Serve In Your Neighborhood 

Offer to help out your elderly neighbors, do some yard work, or let them just enjoy the joyful company of your children.

Nature Study:

Look for signs of spring and get back out to your favorite nature study places!

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February Lesson Plans

2013-2014

Welcome back to school! We take most of January off here, so we are excited to jump back into school for February. As we focus on how much we are loved by Jesus this month, February becomes a wonderful time of expressing our love to others through friendship necklaces and valentines, tea parties and crafts. We have such sweet memories of this theme from years past here at Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs.

Bible Theme: I am Loving (kind, thoughtful, forgiving)

Preschool Fun Theme: Valentines and Friendship

Mother Study:

Watch this video of a touching song and skit. Be reminded of how much Jesus loves you!

Special Dates:

February 4th–SHARING Who loves you? How can you tell?

February 11th–COMMUNITY OUTREACH Special delivery! Bring a valentine and some love to someone in the neighborhood who could use it.

February 13th–VALENTINES TEA PARTY Celebrate with a child size Friendship Tea Party. Bring a stuffed animal friend and valentines to pass out. Have the children find lots of ways to serve each other.

Bible Stories:

(The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos)

Week 1 Chapters 80-83

Week 2 Chapters 84-87

Week 3 Chapters 88-91

Week 4 Chapters 92-95

Memory Verse:

Review prior years verses: ‘We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17

New Verse:

Classical Art Study:

We are reviewing our favorite images from the 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Day by Day Calendar right now.

Hymn:

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

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

MP3

Sheet Music Here

Poetry:

Little Things

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.

So the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of Eternity.

So the little errors
Lead the soul away
From the paths of virtue
Far in sin to stray.

Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy
Like the Heaven above.

Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing their name and the names of recipients on their homemade valentines.

Reading:

Materials:  printed fable, loose letters, word cards for “that his claws were stronger than your teeth. Moral: It is easy to kick a man that is down.”

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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:
“that his claws were stronger than your teeth. Moral: It is easy to kick a man that is down.”

1. Write one word from the selection 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 fable

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: claws–jaws, paws, laws, straws, gnaws, thaws, draws, etc.).

(Lessons 11-14 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

 

                     

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson)

Week 1 Roll a Tower Race (p. 64)

Pages 12-14 here.

Week 2 Growing Pattern Task Cards (p.115)
Children use cubes or tiles to copy patterns they see on task cards such as these, and then extend the patterns. Or provide task cards that show only the first step of a pattern, and then the children may make the pattern grow in any way they like, as long as they make it grow in a consistent way.

Week 3 Build a Staircase (p. 57)

Take turns rolling a 1-6 and 4-9 dot or number cubes; build a stack of unifix cubes to match each roll. Children try to build a staircase with steps (using stacks) having from one to nine cubes. Choose which cube needs to be rolled in order to complete the staircase.

Week 4 Comparing Shape Puzzles (p. 165)

Choose two shape puzzles and predict which one will hold more. Fill puzzles with cubes, and then label each puzzle with a more/less card. Children who are ready can write a number sentence on paper such as “7 is more than 6” or “7 is 1 more than 6”.

Group Projects:

Throw a Friendship Tea Party to celebrate Valentines Day

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Make Friendship Bracelets/Necklaces Made with Sculpey Oven Bake Clay

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Decorate with Heart Garlands

Practice printing while reaching out–make homemade valentines for friends, family, shut ins, single parents, or widows.

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Crayon shaving hearts craft

Valentines Day crafty gift idea–DIY canvas art

Valentines treat cooking project

Nature Study:

Read tidbits from topics of interest in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock.

Love to You and Your Children!

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