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May Lesson Plans

on April 29, 2015

Have you noticed that most unhappiness in life is due to the fact that we are listening to ourselves instead of talking to ourselves? We are so used to listening to our souls–mind, will, and emotions–which love to talk away all day long, and as we know, misbehave quite often. You know how worries and troubles of yesterday, today, and tomorrow can fill your thoughts first thing in the morning as you sit there and listen? Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. All day long our soulish selves jabber away, giving our spirits little say so, and as a result, we feel unhappy. However, our souls were created to be subordinate to our spirits. Our spirits are where the Holy Spirit and His amazing truth abide. When we feel turmoil and unrest in our emotions, we need to call our souls to attention! Our souls don’t naturally bless and praise the Lord, and at times they must be wrangled. In Psalm 103, David speaks to his soul and commands it to bless the Lord. We can also command our souls, out loud, to line up with our spirit. Yes, its kind of funny, we can order ourselves around, and we can obey ourselves.

“I command my soul to bless the Lord. I command my hands to lift you up. I command my voice to sing your praise. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

As the school year comes to a close, and we are looking for a happy ending, Psalm 103 can help us to bring God His glory due. The end of the year should have a strong finish where God is allowed to seal the work He has done in us and our children. Our children really benefit from a good solid sense of closure to every milestone, which largely comes through celebration, and praise is the #1 way to create a life changing celebration. Plus, the best way to overcome any final plans of the enemy to cause our school year to fizzle out, or to come against weariness in our race just before reaching the finish line, or to avoid not realizing or taking notice of what the Lord has done this year, or to not go out feeling numb, jaded, or even disappointed is……….to PRAISE the Lord! However, if our souls happen to be working against some pretty strong negative feelings, lifting up our voices can feel uncomfortable, like a “sacrifice of praise.” Just when it seems like a perfect time in which to praise the Lord in exuberant joy–like at the end of a school year–sometimes we find that our soul feels blah, uninterested, unhappy, asleep, guilty, or ready to just move on to “better things” (i.e. Summer Break). Yet our spirit desperately knows that the Lord deserves mighty praise for what he has done at milestones such as this. So ready or not soul, its time to make a happy ending with a big praise celebration. As we focus on the happy habit of praise this May, lets practice bringing our spirits into command, and our souls into submission as we declare together in praise, “BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL!!!”

Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Praise

Bible: Numbers

History/Geography: Ancient Egypt, Africa

Nature Study: Pollination and Dragonflies

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 A.A. Milne (When We Were Very Young and Now We are Six)
  • 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

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time: Use God’s promise in Psalm 103 to command our souls to praise the Lord:Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Also take a minute in circle time to verbally build our children up with spoken blessings.

  • Awesome praise! God inhabits your praise!
  • God delights in the sound of your voice _______.
  • You are doing damage to the kingdom of the enemy with your mighty weapon of praise!
  • _______’s worship in spirit and in truth is beautiful.
  • God loves your joyful noise!

Prayer Time:

Discussion Time:

  • Why do we worship? God is worthy. (Psalm 18:3, Psalm 33:1, Psalm 96:7-9, Psalm 145:3, Philippians 2:9-11) We were created to worship. (1 Peter 2:9, Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Revelation 7:9-12)
  • How do we worship? In spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24, Psalm 95:1-7)
  • Read out Psalms of praise such as 8, 29, 34, 40, 63, 92, 103, and 147 on various days.
  • Teach and practice commanding our souls to praise the Lord no matter how we feel. (see intro at top of this lesson plan)
  • Teach the children about the different ways people praised and worshiped God in the Bible. Let them know that there are many ways to express our thanksgiving and love towards God. The following are a few examples and scriptures that talk about praise and worship in the Bible:

TOWDAH- TO SACRIFICE – Psalms 50:23 YADAH-

TO LIFT YOUR HANDS- 2 Chronicles 20:19-21

BARAK- TO KNEEL OR BOW – Psalms 95:6

SHABACH- TO SHOUT – Ezra 3:11

ZAMAR- TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT – Psalms 150/1 Chron. 15:16

HALAL – TO RAVE AND BOAST – Psalms 44:8

TEHILLAH- ALL OF THE ABOVE – Psalm 22:3

  • Focus on growing in/practicing some of our more neglected areas of praise listed above
  • Let the Spirit move and allow children to minister. Let children share by asking them what they are thinking, feeling, or seeing. (My kids love to say what they are picturing when I ask.)
  • Practice waiting silently in His presence. “Be still and know that I am God.”
  • When we are faced with hard times and tough issues that are beyond our control, instead of grumbling and complaining or being anxious, which hinders us from entering into God’s presence and steals our peace and joy, our goal is to learn to choose to rejoice in the Lord and enter into praise and worship. Make a list of complaints. Praise with all our might. Tear up the list when we feel that God has taken our burdens and heaviness has lifted.

Bible:

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

Memory Verses:

Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  • Review May verses from previous years:
    • “My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him. ” Psalms 28:7
    • “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
    • “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
  • Learn memory verse for our Stewardship Street “Spending” coin bank (a toy store): “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4-5
  • Review previous coin bank verses:
    • “Dowry” coin bank (a little yellow house): “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25 
    • “Living Expenses” coin 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 
    •  “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” coin 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 (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.

It is Well with My Soul

Sheet Music Here

Poetry Recitation:

(pick favorite stanzas)

My Mother
by Jane Taylor
Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush’d me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.
When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rock’d me that I should not cry?
My Mother.
Who sat and watched my infant head,
When sleeping in my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.
When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.
Who dress’d my doll in clothes so gay,
And taught me pretty how to play.
And minded all I had to say?
My Mother.
Who taught my infant lips to pray,
And love God’s holy book and day.
And walk in Wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.
And can I ever cease to be Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who was so very kind to me?
My Mother
Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear;
And if God please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,
My Mother.
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother.
When thou art feeble, old, and gray,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away.
My Mother.
And when I see thee hang thy head,
‘Twill be my turn to watch thy bed.
And tears of sweet affection shed,
My Mother.

Handwriting:

Copywork on praise, handwritten letters, notes of encouragement, mothers day 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!

 

Insect fables, like The Grasshopper and the Ants, in:

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. Noah’s has a “My Number Book,” which is simply a small blank book (from the dollar section at Target) where he records what he has learned about numbers 4-9 after our math lessons. Each number is designated a two page spread for drawing pictures and writing equations. For example, on the “7” page, he has recorded 0+7, 2+5, 3+4, 1+6, and sometimes draws pictures/cubes to represent his equations. We also record what we learn about subtraction as well. The book has been a great kindergarten project. The more a child can internalize these number combinations for numbers 4-9 before moving to larger numbers, the better. Understanding higher numbers completely rests on a solid understanding of the relationships between numbers 0-9. Developing Math Concepts In Pre-Kindergarten Book

Noah’s Lessons:

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes a day practicing instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

Grow and Shrink (p 28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2″ on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.

Number Arrangements: Cube Squares (79) Using unifix cubes, can you make a square? What numbers makes a square and which don’t? (4 and 9 do) Could have children record their arrangements by gluing down small squares of paper on 6″x 9″ pieces of paper in the same way they arranged the cubes.

Number Arrangements: Using Toothpicks (p 82) Have the children use toothpicks to create a variety of arrangements for their number of the day. Have children make recordings by gluing toothpicks onto 6″ x 9″ pieces of paper to match their arrangements. Children an also label recordings with equations that describe the parts of their number arrangements.

Building and Rebuilding (p98) Fold a large piece of paper into 4 sections to use as a working space. Choose a number of the day. Children use one type of counter and build a different design to represent the number in each section of their paper. Then they write a number sentence for each design. When the children have finished, remove the counters. Then they reread the number sentences, and build designs to match, this time using a different type of counter.

Instant Recognition of Number Shapes (p118) Hold up blank number shapes and ask children to describe any number combinations they see.

Number Shapes or Number Trains Using Spinners (p 90) Make a +/- spinner. Choose a number of the day, provide that number shape/number train, and unifix cubes. If child spins +, roll number cube to see how many of one color cube to place on the number shape. Then child fills in rest of shape with another color and records the equation (can use Number Shapes Equation Worksheet). If spinner lands on -, child fills in number shape with one color cube, then rolls the number cube to see how many counters to take off, and records the equation.

Faith’s Lessons:

(Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)
Week 1  Patterning (p. 151) Object: to copy and extend patterns. Provide several unifix cube patterns (trains) and have the children choose one that they feel comfortable extending the pattern (by building onto the provided pattern). Ask the children to tell you/show you their pattern. Extension: have the children make up their own pattern train. What is the level of complexity of the patterns the child is able to work with? Do the children simplify the pattern and always make an AB pattern?
Week 2 Sorting Number Sets (p.144) Object: To count and place number set materials in the correct sections of a number line, and to notice how the same number can be represented in many different ways. Make number set cards (like the toothpick set pictured in my December lesson plan) with varying objects such as buttons, paper clips, bread tags, beads on bracelets, beads strung on yarn, objects glued on popsicle sticks. Make two number lines: lay out two long pieces of butcher paper, each marked off into five sections labeled with numerals 1-5 and 6-10 (and corresponding number of dots next to each numeral). You can use one number line at a time to make the activity easier. After the children have placed several cards in one section on the number line, say, “Let’s check and see if all these are fours, sixes, threes (and so on).” Extension: If children are ready, have them sort the number set materials and put them in order without using the paper strip. Do children notice that the numbers get bigger to the right and smaller to the left, or do they search randomly for where to put their card? Are they comfortable choosing small numbers or big numbers? Are they able to sort the small numbers quickly? Do they need to recount the dots on the paper strip before placing their card? Are they accurate? Do they check and recheck to make sure they counted right?
Week 3 Matching (p.146) Object: To practice making two sets of the same number of objects, either by using one-to-one correspondence or by counting. Use the same number set cards used in the previous “Sorting Number Sets” lesson. Provide collections of various items (buttons, keys, nuts and blots, etc) and several sheets of construction paper. Have the child choose one of the number set cards. Then, have the children use the collections and construction paper (like a mat) to build a set that has the same number as the card. What size numbers can thhe work with? Do they copy the arrangement?
Week 4 More or Less (p. 148) Object: To compare a group of objects to determine which group has more and which has less. This is a game that can be played by two children, or you and a child. Use the number set cards from the two previous lessons, and create a More/Less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”). Have each partner draw a card out of the pile of number set cards. One partner spins the More/Less spinner. If it lands on “More,” the partner whose card has more wins and takes both cards. If it lands on “Less,” the partner whose card has less on it wins and takes both cards. Play continues until they run out of cards. Are the children able to tell immediately which is more or which is less, or do they need to count?

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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Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Butterfly Snack

Draw and Paint Butterflies

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Catch a butterfly, a dragonfly, or make a worm farm. Look for insect eggs, such as ladybugs or butterflies, on the underside of leaves. Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed, ladybugs lay on plants that have aphids. Consider planting  a butterfly garden so that butterflies will come to you, and so that you can study their life cycle with your children in subsequent years.

Our dragonfly

Butterflies we raised

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Our Monarch butterfly egg find

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 Mother’s Day Tea Party

2012

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2013

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2014

Fieldtrips:

Coyote Hills Regional Park Annual Butterfly Festival .IMG_7923


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