Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

December Lesson Plans

on November 23, 2015

2015-2016 Preschool-2nd Grade

Christmas is a creative teaching opportunity in every Christian home. Two Christmases ago, 3 year old Faith fell in love with baby Jesus and role played Mary in her heart as she cradled and swaddled our baby Jesus doll. 4 year old Noah was dreaming of buying a homeless person a house. Last Christmas Noah (5) and Faith (4) were so excited to dress up as Mary and Joseph, and make a presentation during our family Christmas get together. And I was humbled and moved to see them empty their piggy banks and give it all away when we did shepherds pouches. This year it seems they are really looking forward to caroling at a care home and in the neighborhood (and to the homeless Faith says), and I can’t wait to see how God will use their songs evangelistically to reach hearts.

Lets keep praying that our children’s hearts are falling more in love with Jesus every year through Christmas festivities and family traditions, whether big or small, and especially through intimate personal encounters with Jesus himself. Christmas is especially time for worship. As we sing to the newborn King who has been exalted to the highest place in heaven and on earth, we draw our children’s hearts to what Christmas should be all about. Take time as a family to worship the Prince of Peace and King of Kings!

Worship that turns off the CD, and is a pouring out of unrehearsed and unprepared songs from the heart, a co-creation experience with the Holy Spirit, is a place God wants to draw us to. “Tehlilah” in the Hebrew means to sing a new song, a hymn of spontaneous praise glorifying God in song, to sing in the spirit (interestingly, this is the only Hebrew word used when the Bible speaks of the Lord “inhabiting our praise”). I find singing from a melody in my heart, and putting new words to it, or putting words from the Psalms to it, engages me in worship that is “spirit and truth.” Sometimes it feels easy to just go through the motions in worship, offering our voice but not our heart, but Telilah requires a full heart, mind, soul, and spirit engagement. In my biggest dream for creative teaching opportunities this season, I envision my children writing new songs to Jesus for Christmas as we all step out in faith to sing Spirit led songs.

3 Year Old Noah’s “Christmas Lights” Song  (Telilah?):

Christmas lights, Christmas lights.

Christmas lights what are you doing?

Christmas lights, hallelujah, praising the Lord, Christmas lights.

Bible. Bible. Bible.

Christmas lights what are you doing?……..

Christmas is a time to love. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey me.” Its only through obedience that we can show love. Sometimes with the thrill of new gifts, the temptation to be greedy or self centered, combined with tired and hurried schedules, children struggle the most with obedience during the holidays–just when we wish they would be little angels and deserve those gifts! It can be frustrating as a parent to see what comes out of the hearts of our children during a season that is supposed to be all about “love, joy, and peace.” Every year I find that December is a great month to revisit the basic, but critical character lessons of obedience.

Charlotte Mason states, “The mother’s great stronghold is in the habit of obedience. If she begin by requiring that her children always obey her, why, they will always do so as a matter of course; but let them once get the thin end of the wedge in, let them discover that they can do otherwise than obey, and a woeful struggle begins, which commonly ends in the children doing that which is right in their own eyes.” She reminds us that obedience means children respond right away, with a good attitude, and with thorough effort–anything less becomes a constant source of irritation. She says, “…..the mother will insist from the first on an obedience which is prompt, cheerful, and lasting–save for lapses of memory on the child’s part. Tardy, unwilling, occasional obedience is hardly worth the having….” How true!

Discipline is important in training children in obedience, but a loving relationship is a prerequisite if discipline is to be effective. In child rearing we must aim to win our children’s hearts (Proverbs 23:26; Malachi 4:6). If we discipline without having our children’s hearts then we are actually sowing the seeds of bitterness and rebellion. The more we have of our children’s hearts, the less we will need to discipline, and the journey towards obedience will be easier. As a parent, these are things I need to be reminded of regularly!

Oh God, turn the hearts of our children toward us in obedience, that they may delight in following our ways, as we continue to turn their hearts towards you. Thank you for creative teaching opportunities to bring out Christ in CHRISTmas. Thank you for times of worship that bring new creative songs from the Spirit.

I invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool 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 school year, and our daily schedule. 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: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Obedience, Worship

Bible: 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel

History/Geography: Ancient Greece, Middle East

Nature Study: Ponds and Streams

Parent Study:

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog and picture study from Noah’s Ark book

 

Character/Habit Development:

Wisdom and the Millers: Proverbs for Children | Main photo (Cover)

Read Wisdom and the Millers: Pleasant Words p.97 and Envying Sinners p.121

Review Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, and review the “Go to the ant checklist” poster by Doorposts together. Refine work habits and servant attitude, offer opportunities for initiative and choice (like Observe and Serve). Pay Noah (6) in dimes and Faith (5) in stickers once a week (a natural math opportunity).

Have Noah study and write out related verses from his Child Training Bible and Child Virtue Bible (Child Study Bible– also see “Bible” section below)

 

Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Stand on Ephesians 6:1, “Children obey your parents,”  for ourselves and any other children who come to mind. Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage more of the same behavior by speaking over our children:

________ is such an obedient boy/girl.

I really appreciate how quickly you obey, ________.

God is pleased with such immediate obedience, ________.

Thank you for remembering my instructions, ________ . They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Thank you for obeying, ________; it sure makes life easier for all of us when we obey.

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

Prayer and Discussion Time:

Prayer Time:

  • Prayer for Obedience
  • Pray and praise using various Names of God that reveal the many dimensions of His character
  • Ask God to search our hearts for areas of disobedience, acknowledge when and how we are/were disobedient. Thank God for ways we have been obedient. Ask God for our obedience and our siblings.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistant sin/disobedience (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Discussion Time:

Obedience defined: Responding to the wishes of God, parents, and others in authority.

  • Do some obedience drills with multi-step instructions (please wash your hands, get a baby cup and fill it with water, choose a snack for the baby and cut it up, then leave it all at his highchair). Assess promptness, attitude, and thoroughness.
  • Create an obstacle course, blindold children, and lead them through using only your voice of instruction.
  • Tangibly reward obedience to poignantly illustrate our memory verse Eph. 6:1-3; most of all pray that that God will reward their obedience and that our children will have eyes to see His rewards
  • Take an obedience test several times during the month
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas, poems, and stories about obedience; read and discuss one a day:
  • Naughty Nellie
  • Dr. Johnson and His Father
  • Over in the Meadow
  • The Grizzly Bear and Her Cubs
  • Shining for Jesus
  • “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17) Sometimes the problem is not in what we do, but in what don’t do.
  • 2 Cor. 10:5 Even our thoughts need to be obedient.

Bible:

  • Early Morning: Personal time in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, Leading Little Ones to God Devotional together or a NT excerpt from mommy’s Bible
  • School: Read and narrate stories from Judges-1 Samuel in the Children’s story Bible by Catherine Vos, or my ESV Study Bible (about 2 chapters a day, 3x a week)
  • Afternoon Quiet Time: Read at pleasure in our Child’s Study Bible tabbed on various topics; Draw and write in Prayer Journals
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy 3x a week

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Memory Verses:

Review December verses from previous years:

 

  • Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on
    earth.’ ”
  • “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
  • “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
  • “For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ”  Isaiah 9:6

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.

Away in a Manger

Joy to the World

MP3

Sheet Music

Silent Night

MP3

Sheet Music Here

O Come All Ye Faithful

MP3

Sheet Music Here

Poetry Recitation:

Christmas Everywhere 

by Phillips Brooks

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,
Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,
Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,
Christmas where cornfields stand sunny and bright.
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

Christmas where children are hopeful and gay,
Christmas where old men are patient and gray,
Christmas where peace, like a dove in his flight,
Broods o’re brave men in the thick of the fight;
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!
For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all;
No palace too great, no cottage too small.

 

Handwriting:

  • Writing for Real Life: Christmas cards and letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, All About Me book, spelling words, poem, or memory verse.
  • Hand write new reading words from Delightful Reading curriculum. (Faith)
  • 3 lessons a week in Print to Cursive. (Noah)

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Spelling (Noah):

Noah will study, word build, hand write, and recite the spelling of all the new reading words from one story a week. We don’t use the Pathway Series readers as readers, but rather as a fun way to provide the words for our spelling. We love the sweet stories in these books.

the wooden letters Noah and Faith use for word building (spelling)

Reading: (Faith)

Materials:  printed fable, loose letters, word cards for the title, the author, and “Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion”

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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: (the title, the author, and “Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion”)

1. Write one word from the poem 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 poem

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: dogs–hogs, bogs, jogs, logs, etc.).

(Lessons 9-12 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

Vocabulary:

Most will be learned naturally in conversation as words in question arise, but Noah also looks up 1 word a week (and writes the definition in a notebook) to learn dictionary skills and spur his love for new words.

Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 Edition - By: Noah Webster

Literature Read Alouds:

 

 

 

 

History and Geography:

  • SCM’s Joshua-Malachi & Ancient Greece lesson plan book includes 1 chapter a week from a living book and 4 chapters a week from the spine (Bible portion is mentioned above). Noah will either narrate readings orally or narrate in his history sketchbook with a drawing of what he remembers.

Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece.  https://i2.wp.com/www.nothingnewpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/greeks-cover-600x400.jpg

  • One lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to the Middle East lesson plan book
  • Pray for the country of the week (as selected in the lesson plan book) using the prayer points in Window on the World

  • We will also do a few lessons from Home Geography

Math:

Lessons are from Kathy Richardson’s math books and AL Math Card Games:

Understanding Geometry Book

Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes once a week during math lessons to practice 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?” Sometimes 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.

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Geometry:

Copy Cat (p.19) Children create structures out of provided or self-selected math materials and their partners copy them. For preschoolers, have their partner add just one block at a time as they copy if you see that they are struggling.

Recording Designs and Creations (p.22)

  • Pattern blocks: Record a pattern block design with pattern block paper shapes or triangle grid paper (for extra challenge). The challenge is in the reproduction. Provide a paper to build upon to control complexity–smaller paper for easier designs, bigger paper for more challenging designs.
  • Tiles: Record with colored paper squares.
  • Geoboards: Record on another geoboard (easier), onto same size geoboard paper (hard), onto smaller geoboard paper (harder), or onto plain paper (hardest). Ask children what they see in their design (“I see a trapezoid, a square, and a rectangle.”)

Noah’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson–learning to regroup by 10’s.
  • Review Noah’s handmade subtraction book
  • Make fact family houses

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Games:

  • Telling Time tell time with clock cards, clock face and hands print out
  • Money set out an amount of money in quarters, have Noah exchange it for dimes and nickels and vice versa
  • To One Hundred (p. 26) Make a stock pile of 5’s and 10’s cards. Player take the top card and enters that number of beads on his abacus. Players take turns adding by 5’s and 10’s until someone reaches 100 exactly. Variation: Use a hundreds chart instead of an abacus.
  • Addition War (p. 39) Using about 40 1-9 numeral cards, deal the cards out evenly. Players take the top two cards from their stacks, set them face up, add them together, and say the sum aloud. The player with the higher sum takes all four cards. Equal sums means war and each player places two extra cards face down, and then places two more face up to add together. The higher sum takes all the cards.
  • Showing a Number On Various Manipulatives Use an abacus, place value cards, unifix cubes, and a hundreds chart to show a number like 37 or 56 or 94 on various manipulatives.
  • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
  • Go to the Dump (p.24) Repetition for memorizing facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)

Faith’s Lessons:

Week 1 Pattern BlocksUse pattern block mats to build Christmas patterns (from Prekinders.com)Week 2 Sorting Toothpick Number Sets

(p. 144 in Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Have children place the number sets on the correct sections of a butcher paper number line. Here are the toothpick sets I have made so far to show you what “toothpick sets” are.

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Week 3 Muffin Cup Math

Write/place a number in the bottom of each muffin space. Next, provide a large variety of different counters (like Christmas ornaments) for the children to count, place in the correct muffin spaces, and practice one to one correspondence. For example, four buttons would go in the space with number four written in the bottom. An extension would be to use higher numbers or a larger muffin pan.

Nature Study:

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Videos:

Reading Rainbow, Moody Science Classics, BBC’s Planet nature shows are what we rotate through at Family Movie Night on Fun Friday. We love all 3!

READING RAINBOW:DESERT LIFE

Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Pick out a Christmas Gift to give together from Samaritan’s Purse Catalog.

Shepherds Pouches can provide a meaningful way to help kids earn money for the chosen Samaritans Purse gift.

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Make a Manger and a baby Jesus to put under the Christmas tree

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Have a Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Pajama Party!

Have the children wrap a small toy of their own and bring to school to do a gift exchange. Talk about giving. Have a “cake” with candles for baby Jesus, sing happy birthday, wear party hats, etc. Give a small swaddled baby Jesus wrapped up in a gift box for each child to take home with a gift tag: To Noah, Jesus is my gift to you. Love, God

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Nutcracker Art Project

Paint/Chalk a picture of Mary and Baby Jesus

Poinsettia Art Project

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

Decorate Faithy’s Dollhouse for Christmas.

Sylvanian family Christmas Decorated house / manor - FULLY furnished AND figs! | eBay

Caroling gives children an opportunity to spread the gospel. Last year we sang this song and other traditional favorites around the neighborhood with friends, and passed out twiggy star ornaments.

Melanie Young says, “Christmas is the only time of year that it is not only socially acceptable, but considered a gift to knock on stranger’s doors and sing hymns full of gospel truth to them! We don’t want this tradition to ever die out, so every year we invite like minded families to come caroling with us.”

Dress up and Carol at a Care Home and in the Neighborhood!

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Find or make an ornament that depicts what God has done in the past year for the family, or for each individual (so kids have their own set to take when grown)

This year Faith has a diver ornament and Noah a train driver ornament because those are a few of their dreams. We picked a xylophone for Daniel because he loves worship time and can usually be found playing the xylophone.

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Nature excursions can provide opportunity to collect leaves, evergreen boughs, pine cones, and berries to decorate home. Build a manger for baby doll Jesus from collected sticks.

Nature-Inspired Front Door Christmas Garland

Make baby Jesus a blanket (still trying to do this after 3 years now! Haha)

Make a Christmas Wish List to Keep

Have friends and neighbors over for Christmas tea

 
 

Fieldtrips:

Nature Grubs Class Dec. 4th–a winter hike on a loopy trail (Briones) to look for circles, spirals, Fibonacci numbers, and spinning things as we near solstice.

Go to a Live Nativity in Santa Clara

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2 responses to “December Lesson Plans

  1. Amanda Y says:

    I just want to thank you so much for putting together these lesson plans! I know it’s very time consuming! You and your family are such a blessing and an inspiration! We follow along every month!! May God continue to bless your journey!!!

    • Miss Lynn says:

      That is such great news to hear that you are benefiting from our plans!! I always hoped someone was, but wasn’t sure, so thank you for letting me know Amanda. That is such an encouragement!! God bless you and your family and your homeschool!!!

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