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April Lesson Plans

on April 1, 2014

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My favorite childhood memories are gardening memories. The rosy glow of summer evening sunshine filling heart and garden I hope will be a favorite memory for my children as well. Are you doing a vegetable garden with your children this year? I hope that you will participate in our lesson plans this month all about gardening, growing in faith, and Easter! A gardening theme is a great way to teach that faith is lot like a seed. Good things come to those who wait. Small faith will grow much bigger over time, and bear lots of fruit with consistent watering of the Word and pruning by our loving Gardener.

Bible Theme: I have Faith

Preschool Fun Themes: Easter and Gardening

Mother Study:

Books:

The Power of the Blood by H.A. Maxwell

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pearce (Passover section)

Songs:

The Wonderful Cross

At the Cross

Nothing but the Blood/Hosanna

The Same Power

Movies:

The Passion of Christ

The Case for Christ (documentary)

The Prince of Egypt (Passover). Ok, go ahead and share this one with the kids.

Passover Story (you Tube Clip)

Special Dates:

April 14th-18th–NO SCHOOL Enjoy some extra time together this week preparing for and celebrating Easter!

SHARING What have you grown in a garden before? What do you like about gardening? What do you dislike? What would be in your dream garden?

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Favor for a Neighbor–We started this last month and will continue this month because its been wonderful. We find a neighbor who could use some help around the house or the yard, and go help them.

Bible Stories:

The Children’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos

Chapters 8-21 in NT, plus Easter Story in Chapters 41-56 during Easter week

Memory Verses:

Review previous verse: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me..” Galatians 2:20

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

New Verse: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25-26

Classical Art Study:

Choose from hundreds of Garden Paintings found here.

Hymns:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

MP3

Sheet Music Here

No Mp3 of this hymn available, so learn it beforehand using the link below, and then teach it to the children a cappella:

Faith is a Living Power from Heaven

Lyrics and tune

Poetry and Recitation:

From Christian Mother Goose

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing their memory verse and poem for the month of April.

Reading:

Materials:  printed scripture verse, loose letters, word cards for “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly like an eagle.”

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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.

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Reading Lessons:
“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly like an eagle.”

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 5-8 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

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!

 

Math:

(Activities are from the Kathy Richardson books: Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten and Developing Number Concepts)

Week 1  Sorting More or Less (p. 149)

Children will determine whether groups of objects have more or less than the group they are being compared to. String different numbers of beads on pieces of yarn and tie both ends off (or use any number set material like toothpick, button, or paper clip cards as mentioned in previous lesson plan posts). Provide one sheet of paper labeled “Less” and one sheet labeled “More”. Lay the sheets of paper side by side and choose one of the strings of beads to lay in between the sheets. Now the children will pick up strings of beads on at a time from a pile and compare whether its more or less than the chosen string. If it has more beads, it goes on the “More” sheet; if it has less beads, it goes on the “Less” sheet. If its the same, place it in between the sheets with the original string. Ask, “What have you found out so far?” and “Can you tell me which numbers are more/less than ____?

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Week 2 Recording Designs and Creations (p.158)
Children will focus on shape and position by making a design and copying it. Have the children create a simple design with pattern blocks or tiles. Then have the children copy these designs by gluing down paper shapes that match the blocks (you can print “printable pattern block shapes from the internet” and cut them out before hand). The copying portion of the activity is important because reproduction requires children to pay close attention to the position of the blocks relative to each other and the number being used. Limit the number of blocks you give them if needed because it is easier for them to build than it is to copy.

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Week 3 Counting Boards: Changing Numbers (p. 173)

Children will practice changing one number of objects to another. First, lay out several duplicate storyboards (several sheets of paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example where unifix cubes represent cars driving down the road). Place a different number of “cars” driving down the road on each storyboard. Have children label each picture with the correct numeral (either write numbers on a small squares of paper or use numeral cards). Leave the cubes in place, and have children remove the number cards, mix them up, and put each in a different position than before. Now the cubes do not match their number labels. Children now adjust the number of cubes on the boards to match the newly placed numbers.

Family Traditions and Projects:

Plan and Plant a Garden

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Then Write an Experience Story

“Today we planted a garden in our backyard with mommy and daddy. First, we planted a pumpkin behind the rosemary. Next, we planted planted peas in a large pot. Then we planted lettuce, carrots, radishes, corn, and onions in our raised garden bed. Finally, we made sure to water all our plants. We can’t wait to eat fresh vegetables from the garden!

Planting a garden together is a perfect opportunity to use something called Language Experience Approach (LEA), or dictated stories. The language experience approach is a “whole language” approach that promotes reading and writing through the use of personal experiences and oral language. Beginning literacy learners relate their experiences to a teacher, who transcribes them. These transcriptions are then used as the basis for other reading and writing activities. Through LEA the teacher is able to demonstrate important concepts about print such as: starting on the left side of the page, capitalizing proper nouns and at the beginning of a sentence, spaces in between words, punctuation at the end, how to proceed to the next line on lined paper, etc.

LEA is something useful I learned in my teaching credential program, and is very compatible with Charlotte Mason methods as it treats language as a “whole” experience. Teaching language arts as a whole means that speaking, listening, reading, writing are taught all together in a natural and meaningful way, and lessons to teach skills and mechanics of language are not taught separately because this takes them out of context, thus losing their meaning. Since LEA develops literacy through whole language, it develops literacy with the whole learner in mind. Real people love to read and write for real purposes. (FYI, learning parts of language out of a workbook is the exact opposite of whole language methods)

So to do LEA, make a shared memorable experience together, such as planting a garden, then sit down and have children all contribute to retelling the experience while you write down their words in large print that everyone can see (like chart paper or a blackboard). You may help provide the framework such as a topic sentence and transitional words such as first, next, then, after, and last. You can help provide correct grammar without totally changing the children’s story. Read your story, re-read it, revise it, make a book out of it, share it, journal it, or write it down in a memory/scrap book……..do you see all the purpose and the meaning?!

This activity is very beneficial because the children will see how the writing process works from beginning to end, they will also get reading practice as you all read and re-read the story together, and beginners enjoy the activity because it uses a topic of high personal interest and familiarity. Plus, teamwork gets the story done which makes it easy and fun for brand new writers.

Plan a Botanical Playhouse/Teepee

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We did zero soil prep last year and so we got one vine instead of a bunch. I think we shall try again!

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Paint Rocks to Make Cute Vegetable Garden Markers. Make sure to spray varnish each side at least 5 times or colors will disappear rapidly! One year we varnished a painted rock project only once or twice and the paint washed off in no time.

 

Plant and Paint Sunflowers–We do a ‘Directed Painting’ every year (As I paint on my paper and talk the kids through, they try to copy)

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Repentance Box

Anne Voskamp: “As the day rolls out, and snags here and there, we find ourselves, Mama and Dad, big kids and little, taking a moment to confess our sins on small cards, slipping them into our box of repentances.

In this practice we are experiencing it afresh: Confessing sins is a cleansing, emancipating grace.

Come Easter morning, we’ll burn up our cards of sins confessed.

Because they are, astoundingly, no more, because of Christ who did it all.

And we’ll walk home with an empty box of repentance, giving thanks that He has written our names, not our sins, in His book of remembrance.”

Click to insert.

Dye Eggs–We love to use food coloring and vinegar instead of buying egg dying kits because the colors turn out brighter.

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We love doing Easter Garden Baskets!! Here are two very different ones we have done the last two years. The basket with succulents definitely worked out the best as far as longevity for us, but both types of plants made for beautiful baskets. Idea from A Holy Experience.

 

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Cross Necklaces made out of Sculpey Clay, beads pressed in, and baked.

Doing a Passover Meal is truly awesome. I recommend looking into doing this with your family! The book Biblical Holidays is so great, and will help you with everything you need to know.

Ressurection Eggs and egg hunts are so fun. Tayler was the one to find the egg with the cross inside two years in a row.

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At the Foot of the Cross Build a cross in your garden. Sit at the cross, run to the cross daily as needed, allow your flesh to be crucified. Nail your sins to the cross, worship, meditate on the meaning of Easter/Passover, and be still before Him.

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Paper Mache Eggs Fill with goodies!

Nature Study:

Find a pond and study the frog life cycle.

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