Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

May Lesson Plans

on April 30, 2016

Its time to praise the Lord for another remarkable school year, and as we learn about the spiritual habit of praise, we will get to put it into practice at a very fitting time! We will be reflecting on our year as we rejoice in God’s goodness! We are also rejoicing this year that our little girl Faith is graduating preschool, and her spiritual and academic growth will be honored in a special little family graduation ceremony at the end of this month. A heart for Jesus is the most precious possible outcome of preschool for our little ones!!! (See more about graduation at the end of this post)

2015-2016 Preschool – 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring and Mothers Day

Character/Habit: Encouragement, Praise and Worship, 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: Pleasant Words p.97 and The Multitude of Words p.27

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 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:

  • Choose one person a day to go in the middle of our encouragement circle so that everyone else can speak lovely, thoughtful, personalized words of encouragement over that person’s life. Write them down as they are spoken and make keepsakes out of them.
  • Take a few moments to share verbally (and/or with a hand drawn picture) how we each have been blessed during this school year; rejoice in God’s goodness.
  • Bless and pray over each other’s futures as graduation approaches
  • 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- SINGING IN THE SPIRIT – 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, hearing, or seeing. (My kids love to say what they are picturing when I ask.) Write down what they say or sing or see as the Spirit gives it.
  • 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:

  • 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:

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

  • Review May verses from previous years:
    • 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.
    • “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

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.

Holy, Holy, Holy!
Sheet Music Here

Revisit many hymns in our hymn book that we have learned over the years

Poetry Recitation:

Let children pick their favorite stanzas to memorize.

Her Words

by Anna Hempstead Branch

My mother has the prettiest tricks
Of words and words and words.
Her talk comes out as smooth and sleek
As breasts of singing birds.

She shapes her speech all silver fine
Because she loves it so.
And her own eyes begin to shine
To hear her stories grow.

And if she goes to make a call
Or out to take a walk
We leave our work when she returns
And run to hear her talk.

We had not dreamed these things were so
Of sorrow and of mirth.
Her speech is as a thousand eyes
Through which we see the earth.

God wove a web of loveliness,
Of clouds and stars and birds,
But made not any thing at all
So beautiful as words.

They shine around our simple earth
With golden shadowings,
And every common thing they touch
Is exquisite with wings.

There’s nothing poor and nothing small
But is made fair with them.
They are the hands of living faith
That touch the garment’s hem.

They are as fair as bloom or air,
They shine like any star,
And I am rich who learned from her
How beautiful they are.

Handwriting:

  • Writing for Real Life: Mother’s Day cards, 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 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

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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)

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:

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

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:

  • Make a freedom quilt pattern out of pattern blocks
  • Book #3 by Kathy Richardson–pages 36-47.
  • Review Noah’s handmade subtraction book
  • Make fact family houses

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Games:

  • Subtraction with Skillball
  • 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
  • Use place value cards to add and subtract

Faith’s Lessons:

Week 1  Line Puzzles

Have children guess how many unifix cubes will fit on each line and then check and see how close their guess was. Have children compare two of the puzzles and write a number sentence such as “5 is less than 7”.

Week 2 Comparing Volume

Have children discover which of two different sized containers holds more manipulatives (of the same size), and which holds less. Write a number sentence. Extension: compare the volume of three containers and put them in order from most to least. Use smaller counters to work with larger numbers.

Week 3 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 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:

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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:

Use the book Bugs to draw some detailed pictures of insects in our nature journals, especially ones we find in nature

 A sweet Mother’s Day card idea-kissing fish hand prints
Easy (& cute) Handprint Fish
 
 Paint Butterflies
IMG_0323Pick Cherries

 Hand Raise a Butterfly

 
 
 Kids help and plan a Mother’s Day Tea
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The kids love to do color mixing every year, and then make lots of paintings to help decorate the house for graduation
 

 
 Faithy is graduating preschool!!! We will make sure to mark it and celebrate it with something heartfelt, ceremonial, and purposeful. A few years ago for Noah and Tayler, we had a very very sweet Graduation Send Off. It was an identity affirming “rite of passage” type celebration to prophetically call our little ones into the next stage of their life, and to speak words of blessing over them. The growth in maturity that had been called forth in that season for Noah, came in pretty dramatically. At Faith’s graduation, she will have an opportunity to show her growth in academic and spiritual training, and be applauded! Our other older children may have a public speaking opportunity as well to bless Faith and share about the school year. Graduation from preschool marks the beginning of an important training period for children–a 10 or so year period for training in Christian manhood or womanhood, to one day become a mature disciple of Jesus. See an example of training with measurable objectives: A Rite of Passage: Training Your Son for Christian Manhood.

 

 Requests for the Last Day of School: swimming, popsicles, and tye dying t-shirts!
Berry Bliss Rocket Popsicles | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Fieldtrips:

  • The butterfly garden at Coyote Hills Regional Park and/or The Bird and Butterfly Festival there
  • The creek at Round Valley Creek
  • Check in on the newt eggs at Briones

 


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