Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

March Lesson Plans

on February 25, 2015

2014-2015 Kindergarten and Preschool

Reminiscing……….1st year of preschool, Noah practices being a helper (with little friends) during our March “helper theme.”

THE Helper Equips Us To Be Helpers

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an empowering for service that takes place in the life of the Christian (Acts 1:5,8). Once baptised we are immersed in the Spirit’s life and power.

As a Spirit filled believer, when I spend time praying in tongues, I always have a better, more satisfying day. The most noticeable result being that I am able to effectively talk about Jesus to those I am reaching out to– namely the little people I am ministering to day in and day out at home–in order to bring them to a closer relationship with Christ. Indeed, the primary function of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to make Christians powerful preachers of the gospel, i.e. effective witnesses, just as Acts 1:8 proves. After Pentecost occurred in the New Testament, and the believers were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, Christianity and its message spread across the region like wildfire.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

When I say that I “preach better” to my children after praying in the Holy Spirit, I don’t mean to say that my words are more eloquent or emotionally charged, more wise or persuasive, or more intellectual or philosophical. Quite the opposite. The more of His power you have, the less convincing and persuading you need to be. The very simplest message changes a life when the Holy Spirit’s amazing power is on those words.

Paul said, “I didn’t come to you with persuasive words of mans wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith does not rest in the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:4-5)

Paul explains why it is so very important for the Spirit’s power to be on our words: that our children’s (friend’s, neighbor’s, co-worker’s) faith may rest in God and not in us. If the Christian gospel preached is only intellectual words, it holds no more power to change lives than the gospel of all other religions—religions built entirely on philosophy, and devoid of all power. In homeschool, our kids need much more to feel the power of the Holy Spirit descend on them and experience the ringing clarity of a simple lesson delivered from our own Spirit led hearts, than all the beautifully crafted words from our scripted lesson plans or books. Teaching with minimal Holy Spirit influence belittles the gospel, and teaching devoid of the Holy Spirit is akin to false religion.

What does it feel like to be empowered by the Holy Spirit? Wonderful and confidence building! In my experience, I know when the Holy Spirit is speaking through me, during a heart to heart talk with my child or friend for example, because physical manifestations of His power occur–a moving or burning within me (literally feels like being “on fire for God” or a “river of living water” flowing from my belly), tingling on my lips or ears, or just a surreal atmosphere of peace in the room. The same feelings can also come while praying in tongues. Sometimes the hand I place on my children starts to feel warm and tingly as I pray the words of encouragement that the Holy Spirit is giving me for them. Truly, after ministering to someone through the power of the Holy Spirit, the feeling that just the right words were spoken, at just the right time, and in just the right way, is one of the most exciting things about being a Christian to me!! Most of the Spirit filled Christians I know are very passionate and exuberant people about their faith because its hard to be lukewarm when the Spirit so fills your life.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11

This month’s lesson plans focus on the character trait/habit of being helpful and useful. Clearly, we should approach this goal by becoming equipped for service by the one who is named THE helper: the Holy Spirit. The Helper will equip us to be helpers. So many Christians are not even taught about speaking in tongues, but like the Apostle Paul said, “I would like everyone of you to speak in tongues!”

You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to be saved. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to have the Holy Spirit in you. You don’t have to speak in tongues to have times of feeling filled with the Holy Spirit, but if you want the free and full outpouring that is the baptism in the Holy Spirit, you must expect it to happen as in Scripture . . . If you want to understand the New Testament you need the same experience that all its writers had.” —The Holy Spirit and You by Dennis and Rita Bennet

How to Be Baptized in the Holy Spirit

As a secondary method of preparing to teach the habit of helpfulness this month, I recommend visiting my posts that describe habit training in greater detail:

Smooth and Easy Days with Our Children

The Spiritual Side of Habit Training

I invite you to join us at Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool along with us! To better understand how we use these lesson plans below, and get the “full picture”, please see our curriculum overview for the whole 2014-2015 school year, and our daily schedule (more of a goal than a reality this year). To let you know where our plans come from, we purchase Simply Charlotte Mason’s lesson plan handbooks for History/Bible, Geography, and Nature Study. We use SCM’s free curriculum guide, book finder, and suggestions from the discussion forum to help us select books for other subjects (no lesson plan books needed). Living books, being the emphasis of a Charlotte Mason education, means that most of our curriculum is purchased from Abebooks.com, or comes free from the library. School for us is just a big stack of carefully chosen living books, and narration; no textbooks, workbooks, or scripted lesson plans. We love how Charlotte Mason methods are easy, delightful, and a beautifully rich feast for the mind!

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Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Helpful, Useful, Productive, Hardworking, Good Steward, Responsible

Bible: Exodus

History/Geography: Ancient Egypt, Africa

Nature Study: Birds and Plants

Parent Study:

  • Continue learning about creationism vs. evolution and young earth vs. old earth
  • Continue my own prayer journal and nature journal along with Noah.
  • Read some chapters out of JR Miller’s book, The Home Beautiful

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

  • Poetry: Various selections from Favorite Poems Old and New
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach— selections, biographies, and other suggestions from All Things Bright
  • Artist: Rien Poortvliet, and paintings in his book, Noah’s Ark

Character/Habit Development:

Read one story a month from Storytime with the Millers. The Millers books are wonderful!!

Storytime with the Millers

Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Use God’s promise in Philippians 2:14-16 to confess regularly over each other:Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world  as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

Also take a minute in circle time to verbally build our children up with spoken blessings.

  • Awesome job, ________! You are persisting in doing good!
  • It makes us feel so good to work hard and finish a big job.
  • I noticed you have been a faithful steward over  ___________.
  • You are such a big help in this family!
  • You are shining like a star in the universe as you serve without complaining.

(With each bullet above, try to include specific examples of obedience observed of each child as well)

Prayer Time:

  • Today, repent. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.

 Discussion Time:

  • Use Helper Assessment periodically throughout the month
  • Who can you help? What could you help with when you were younger? What can you help with now that you are bigger? Share memorials of God’s goodness (pictures, slideshow, or movie of little helpers helping out through the years).
  • The Ants and the Grasshopper “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6
  • Work While You Work “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23, “No man can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24
  • Dust Under the Rug “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” Luke 16:10
  • The Week of Sundays “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” Proverbs 21:17
  • The Sheep and the Pig (contrast with the Little Red Hen) “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Which Loved Best? “Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth” 1 John 3:18
  • Beautiful Hands “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • RebeccaThere is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
  • King Alfred and the Cakes (scroll up a few pages) “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • For Want of a Horseshoe Nail (little duties neglected bring great downfalls)
  • The Husband who was to Mind the House (respect the hard work others do) “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, (especially those who have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction!), 13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  • Mother Holly Do you only work if you know there will be a reward? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” –John Wesley

Bible:

Read Exodus stories in the Children’s story Bible by Catherine Vos, and/or my ESV Study Bible. Read 1 corresponding commentary chapter from Exodus Commentary 3x a week (Commentary during Bible study at night with daddy).

Memory Verses:

  • Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
  • Review March verses from previous years:
    • “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
    • “Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13
  • Learn memory verse for our Stewardship Street “Living Expenses Bank” (a clothing store bank): “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Review previous coin bank verses:
    •  “Short Term Savings” coin bank (a gift store bank): “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.” Proverbs 21:20
    • “Tithing” coin bank (a church bank): “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
    • “Long Term Savings/Future Dreams Bank” (a rocket shaped bank): “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
    • “Charity and Missions” Coin bank verse (a lighthouse bank): “ If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” James 2:15

Hymns:

Lovely hymns are full of more truth than many sermons (2nd and 3rd verses are often especially theologically deep), and can imprint precious truths on our hearts.

Amazing Grace
Sheet Music Here

Poetry Recitation:

THe Boy We Want

A boy that is truthful and honest
And faithful and willing to work;
But we have not a place that we care to disgrace
with a boy that is ready to shirk.

Wanted–a boy you can tie to,
A boy that is trusty and true,
A boy that is good to old people,
And kind to the little ones too.

A boy that is nice to the home folks,
And pleasant to sister and brother,
A boy who will try when things go awry
To be helpful to father and mother.

These are the boys we depend on–
Our hope for the future, and then
Grave problems of state and the world’s work await
Such boys when they grow to be men.

(Taken from The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor)

Handwriting:

Copywork on usefulness, handwritten letters, notes of encouragement, Christmas and birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, poem or memory verse copywork.

Reading:

LOVE the pathway series readers

Word Building:

Preschooler Faith sounds out 3 and 4 letter phonetic words, and spells them out with letters (word building). Each week kindergartener Noah builds 5-12 new words that he is currently learning to read in his reader.

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Literature Read Alouds:

Put holds at the library/make online orders at abebooks.com today!

Illustrated Hedge of Thorns, TheIllustrated True Princess, The

Bird's Nest, The

History and Geography:

  • One lesson a day from SCM’s Genesis-Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt lesson plan book; living books that are suggested in the lesson plans

Math:

All lessons from Kathy Richardson’s “Developing Number Concepts” math books.

Developing Math Concepts In Pre-Kindergarten Book

Noah’s Lessons:

Coming soon…..check back soon
Faith’s Lessons:

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 ____?

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.

Week 3 Sorting Collections (p.125)

Provide collections of buttons, keys, nuts and bolts, shells, rocks, seeds, etc. This activity is to teach sorting by various attributes. Ask something like, “Who can tell me something about one of the buttons?” A child says, “This one has bumps on it.” You ask, “Do all the buttons have bumps?” A child says, “No this one is smooth.” You say, “Let’s put all the bumpy ones here and all the smooth ones here.” After sorting all the buttons, have them sort another way. Do the children naturally see ways to sort, or do you have to make suggestions? Are the children able to sort groups of objects, or are they finding pairs that match? Do they change categories in the middle of sorting?

Week 4 What is the Same as Me? (p. 93 )

To begin to notice size and shape, have the children search for objects in the room that are about the same length as one of their body measurements. “What can you find around the room that might be the same length as your arm (foot, hand, leg, etc)?” You can have them then record a measurement of the object by using markers and paper (optional).

Nature Study:

  • A story or two a month from this very sweet little treasure by Simply Charlotte Mason:

Videos:

Show children how the Kingdom of God IS advancing around the world. “Dispatches from the Front” is a thoughtful, moving, understated, and ultimately convicting series of videos depicting the work of the gospel in some of the most challenging corners of the world.” – D. A. Carson

19 science DVDs on creation

God of Wonders

Awesome Science is a high quality DVD series produced by a family that homeschools and works on the series together. Noah is the field guide and host for all 13 episodes which explore the globe to discover evidence of the accuracy of the Bible. Noah contends that the earth is NOT millions of years old and the dinosaurs did not die from a meteor. These videos provide excellent science content as well as a theological perspective. They are an effective way to challenge evolutionary assumptions with scientific evidence while providing a very visual science education.

6 Episodes all compliment study of the account of the flood in Genesis.

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Library series on ancient civilizations:

Book Jacket for: Ancient Mesopotamia [videorecording]Book Jacket for: Ancient China [videorecording]

Reading Rainbow: Birds of a Feather

Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Cut different budding branches, vase them, and watch spring arrive in all its colors. Or do a do a more methodical scientific study of a comparison of the branches.

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Draw and paint cute springtime critters together.

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Make learning some new ways to serve at home a part of the school morning this month. And make spring cleaning a family effort!

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Let those little hands glorify God and go pull weeds for the neighbors.

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Psanky Eggs
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March 15th–Hold a Christian Passover Seder with Family

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Easter Garden Basket–clay tomb, cross of sticks, Garden of Gethsemane, symbolic objects (butterfly, birds eggs), path, candle light, etc.

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Ressurection Egg Hunts

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Fieldtrips:

Johnny Appleseed Day at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Marsh Meander at Coyote Hills Regional Park

Daffodils and beautiful gardens at Fioli, a country estate in Woodside


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