Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

March Lesson Plans

on February 26, 2014

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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