Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 5th Grade :)

April Lesson Plans

2015-2016 Preschool – 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Farming

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Truthful, self controlled, Study the Gospel message

Bible: 2 Kings

History/Geography: Ancient Greece, Middle East

Nature Study: Ponds and Streams

Parent Study:

Nature Journal, Prayer Journal, and reading.


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: Better than the Mighty p.101, The Lip of Truth p.62, and Whoso Confesseth p.139

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 (7) 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) as training opportunities arise in his behavior.


Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Use God’s promise in Psalm 15:1-2 as a confession to speak daily over each other:Lord, _____ will dwell in Your sanctuary. _____will live on Your holy hill. ______ whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his/her/my heart”

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

  • I know ________ is honest. He/she is a boy/girl who tells the truth.
  • Even when it is hard to be honest, ________ is.
  • I know that I can trust what ________ says. He/she is careful to tell the truth.
  • There is no question in my mind. I know what ________ says is the truth.
  • God delights in you ________, when you tell the truth and so do I.
  • ________ can be trusted to tell the truth.

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

Prayer Time:

  • Use Instructions in Righteousness by Doorposts to help identify and attack dishonesty. Instructions for Righteousness offers scriptural ideas for rewards for truthfulness, and punishments for lying.

Discussion Time:

  • “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” – Macaulay
  • What honesty did for Abraham Lincoln
  • The Boy and the Robbers. State facts carefully and exactly, with out exaggeration or leaving anything out.
  • The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
  • The leap at Rhodes
  • Honesty is Best from Harper’s Third Reader
  • An Honest Kid
  • Honest Scales
  • Pure Truth
  • Traveling Tales and Tails
  • Truth Champions
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Have one child tell a second child a message. Have the second child report the message to me. I will write down the message and then check with the first child if the messenger reported accurately. We think of lying as intentional deception, but it can also happen through a careless effort to state the facts. Truthfulness requires careful listening and delivering of the facts.
  • Your friend tells you he caught a whale yesterday when he went fishing; you go to his house for dinner and his family serves you trout–the big catch. Your friend whispers to you when his mom is around and might not like what he is saying. When he says he will meet up with you in 10 minutes, he is there in 15 or 20. He says he likes to play with you best of all, but when other friends on the street get a new toy, his plans change and he goes to play at their house. Your friend tells you that you are his best friend in the whole world. How does his words and actions make you feel about that statement? How can being truthful make us a better friend? “When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful.” –St. Augustine
  • “The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.” Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


  • 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 chapters from 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

Leading Little Ones to God BB01

Memory Verses:

1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around looking for someone to devour.”

  • Review April verses from previous years:
    •  1 Peter 3:10 “For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.’ ”
    • “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
    • “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


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.

Holy, Holy, Holy!
Sheet Music Here

Poetry Recitation:




  • Writing for Real Life: 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)











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 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.” 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. Proverbs 23:4-5


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)


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

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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.

  • 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


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.





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:

  • Make a freedom quilt pattern out of pattern blocks
  • 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



  • 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  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 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

Nature Study:



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!


Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

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)


Farm Painting
Make some frontier food
10-Minute Homemade Butter


Truck art


  • Nature Grubs Class April 13th–Wildflowers
  • Look for tadpoles at Round Valley Creek
  • Check in on the newt eggs at Briones
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Parenting Wisdom

My Next Mom’s Night Meeting Invitation:

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.” 1 Kings 4:29

God has been asking me to pray for Him to enlarge my heart, increase my wisdom, move the boundary lines to go further than before, and bless my home and family for His service and glory.

As parents we can ask the Lord for an increase in our ministry of parenthood. We can ask that He would teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Because times change, and depending on what phase of parenting we are at, we will soon find ourselves with……

a brand new baby, or a child about to begin school, or a “little girl” becoming a “big girl,” or a boy entering the pre-teen-attude stage, or a teenager who will be out from under our roof and tutelage in a matter of only 4.3 years!!

We need fresh wisdom every step of the way! As moms we ca seek the Lord for our children in a time of intercession, asking God to remove any walls that keep us parenting through diminished vision and understanding. He will make our feet walk in wider places, and our mouths to speak words of power and knowledge, if we ask. We are doing kingdom work and we need supernatural power.

Enlarge my life, O God, that I may make a bigger impact FOR THEE.

We can start praying wisdom over each other even now! I am praying these scriptures for you all; they are a good beginning place for us to come into agreement:

Proverbs 9:10

Proverbs 3:15

Psalm 119:32

Psalm 119:45

Proverbs 4:12

1 Chronicles 4:10

We will spend the second half of our meeting allowing for some “iron sharpening iron” discussion time, where we can glean and share parenting nuggets of wisdom. What has God shown you over the years, what books have strongly influenced you, what has made a huge difference in your nurturing or discipling or habit traning or homeschooling or disciplining? Also, what parenting questions do you have that you would you like to ask a roomful of wise mothers? And how can we come into agreement with you for your children long term?

I am looking forward to learning and praying together about parenting, the greatest ministry ever!! Love this group of wise mom hearts!


We learned about sailing in the late 1700's as we toured Tall Ships of Gray's Harbor.

We learned about sailing in the late 1700’s as we toured the Tall Ships of Gray’s Harbor.















Faith was nuts about being on the ship, a dream come true for this water girl. She says she really wants to go sailing on the Hawaiian Chieftain for her next birthday (“instead of having cake and presents!”).



Making progress with cursive


Bros in Bible time


A random act of kindness from my girl


100the day Celebration! Building marshmallow structures.


Gumball Machines with 100 Gumballs


Rainbow colored snacks on a 100’s Chart


Faith hosted her own tea time for Noah, with advacados and water. 🙂


Big Picture Bible Timeline


Faith building “ick” words


Fingerpainting with cousins!!


Noah’s Penguin Watercolor


Faith’s Penguin Watercolor with a teensy bit of help from mommy


My Penguin Art


Faith loves her vintage reader from the ’60’s


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Our 2016 Family Scriptures


  • Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    Hebrews 13:5 (Let your conduct be without covetousness……NKJV Heb. 13:5)
  • The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
    Proverbs 13:14
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
    Colossians 3:16


  • Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
    Proverbs 14:29
  • I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.
    Psalm 119:60
  • But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
    John 4:23


  • She must not be arrogant or quick-tempered……….but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
    Titus 1:7-8
  • Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
    Colossians 4:2
  • Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
    Jeremiah 33:3

All Kids

  • For God wants you to be holy and pure and to keep clear of all sexual sin so that each of you will marry in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion as the heathen do, in their ignorance of God and his ways. I Thessalonians 4:3-5 (TLB)


  • Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
        are the children of one’s youth.
    Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
    He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
    Psalm 127:4


  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    Philippians 4:6
  • Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
    Matthew 6:34


  • Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
    1 Peter 3:4


  • Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10
  • Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Ephesians 5:22-28


  • Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Colossians 3:18-21



Our backyard woodpecker friend! I have been trying to get a good picture of her for a year now.
























Getting the soil ready for “Faithy’s Garden”
























Faith had a blast catching frogs at the Briones Lagoons













A Newt Egg Cluster













Faith loved catching newts too













California Newts













Noah doing Valentine string art



























One Strong Girl
























Sweet preschoolers having hours of fun in the sand table. These are the last few months of having two in preschool.













A little Valentine/Anniversary get away with my husband to The Lords Land near Mendocino was perfect.













She is so goofy, love her.













My Lion Cub
























Girl Day happened when Faith said, “Mommy, I have a date set for us to go to tea this week.” How could I resist? This strong girl is always talking about loving Jesus, praying for our pastor (and saying that he looks so nice with a bit of a twinkle in her eye), and how God is working change in her heart lately. One day she said, “God says someday I am going to marry him,” speaking of a music minister leading worship at a church we were at (I am thinking she means “someone like him,” since he happens to be a married man. 🙂

























Tea time with my sweetie, Miss FUN
























Cupboard House
























And next thing I knew they were covered in blackberry juice…..













Reading his Bible on his own













Taking stuff apart with his new tools
























Tea time with Miss Karla, our neighbor













Making valentines with cousins in the smallest possible corner of the house













A somewhat spontaneous Valentines Friendship Tea Party













Baby Gabe is walking!
























Daniel must have showed me his valentine from Noah 20 times; small things can mean so much. 🙂




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