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September Lesson Plans

on August 24, 2016

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Me and My Family

Seasonal Theme: Apples, Back to School

Character/Habit: Respect and Honor

Bible: Matthew

History/Geography: Ancient Rome, Europe

Science/Nature Study: 106 Days of Creation/Nature Journals


Parent Study:


  • Read books by Alice Smith, one of God’s generals in the realm of intercession

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

Picture study: Monet (by Taschen)

Composer Study: Vivaldi by Classical Kids

Poetry Study: Favorite Poems Old and New

Character/Habit Development:

  • Read stories “Nothing Shall be Impossible” p. 52 and “Appreciation Day” p.26″ in Growing with the Millers
  • Read through the book Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends this school year
  • Use Keepers and Contenders of the Faith handbooks to work on spiritual life skills, personal skills, serving, homemaking, special knowledge skills, creative skills, and recreational skills. The kids can earn badges as they complete a checklist of activities for each skill. On the radar for this year:
    • Letter Writing
    • Serving Family
    • Serving Neighbors
    • Gardening
    • Embroidery
    • Archery
    • Counted Cross Stitch
    • Woodworking
    • Scrapbooking
  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, and the “Go to the ant checklist” poster by Doorposts together. Refine work habits and servant attitude; have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (7) and Faith (5) in dimes once a week (natural math in an everyday situation); provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Habit Training Bible (AKA Child Study Bible–see “Bible” studies below) in their handwriting books as behavior needs arise
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Acknowledge each child’s unique traits and giftings, what I see ahead for this school year and how God can use him/her, my confidence and the Lord’s in his/her ability to succeed in areas of previous struggle, and pray scriptural empowerment that specifically ministers to each need as I lay hands on them. “Then Jesus took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” Mark 10:16

Choral confession: 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the King.”

Prayer Time


Our Prayer Wall

















  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).
  • Print out and pray these parent prayers and scriptures for respect this month, and the kids prayers for respect.
  • Continue Praying for people of the nations, especially places we learn about in history/geography studies. Use the children’s book, Window on the World:When we Pray God Works, to inform us about nations and people groups, and provide prayer points for both.

Sharing Time:

  • Bring something really cool to circle that God created, talk about respect for God’s creation
  • Bring something to circle that we are really proud of, talk about respect for ourselves- as ones who have been made in the image of God
  • Mommy share: Warm hearts and enjoy a sweet slideshow made by mommy with pictures that show many different ways that each child is special
  • Mommy Share: Put together a shoe box box of things that are very special to me and give insight into who I am as a person, and share about myself with your children. (a favorite toy or book from childhood, a cherished piece of jewelry, a piece of school work, something I made yourself, my prayer journal, etc.) Then have children try to do the same thing with their own shoe box of items at circle time on another day.
  • Family Share: Let each person in the family have a turn to sit in the middle of the circle to be complimented and encouraged by everyone else. Talk about respecting each other.

Discussion Time:

Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion.

Respect (and a review of initiative and pride):

  • Review Pride/Humility from last September: (from Kids of Integrity) As people, we tend to become proud of our accomplishments and abilities. In Jeremiah, wisdom, strength and wealth are listed as things we should not boast about. 1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” One of the best ways to stay humble is to remain focused on God’s greatness. He is so much wiser than us and so much stronger, and everything in the whole wide world is His! God is pleased when we fear (or respect) Him greatly (Psalm 147:10-11). When we recognize the magnitude of God’s holiness, power and love, and realize how imperfect, weak and unloving we are in comparison, it helps us to stay humble. Complimenting God & Pride Comes Before a Fall
  • Review Initiative from last September: Do you wait to be told to do something that you know needs to be done? Initiative is: doing the right thing without being told. Doing it before someone else does. Also, it can involve doing more than what you were told to do. Being the first one to do something good. Lack of initiative is assuming someone else will do it. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17 Talk about what the children are doing to take initiative. (teach Daniel the Bible, teach Daniel how to do housework, check the job board, pray out first in prayer) Now what else could you work on taking more initiative? (introduce myself to people at church, look for ways to help around the house without being asked, be the first one to smile or say I love you, do my lessons before I am told to, start a friendship with someone new, find a way to earn some money, look for ways to help around the neighborhood or church)
    • Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
  • Respect: consideration for others; to think highly of; admiration for something or someone because of their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Reverence is profound respect with a spiritual connotation/feeling about it. Honor is showing high respect for someone in a tangible way that comes from the heart. Honor is about going our of our way to treat someone as special, rather than doing only what is expected.
  • Brainstorm Family Rules of Respect (no talking back, no antagonizing, look at someone when they are talking to you, answer when spoken to, respecting other people’s wishes, use manners, carry groceries for mommy, opening doors for others, greet daddy when he comes home, letting sisters go ahead of you, not damaging household items on purpose, greet and visit with elders at a gathering, etc.)
  • To continue to provide living examples, list words and deeds said and done this month in our family that show disrespect and ones that show respect or honor.
  • Talk about God’s way of disciplining disrespect (emphasis on work vs. play), which is also our way. Psalm 107:11-12  “…for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.”
    • (from Kids of Integrity)Talk to your children about God’s heart of love and willingness to forgive them when they are sorry. Encourage your child with Isaiah 57:15: “For this is what the high and lofty One says – He who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’ ”Explain that when we are deeply sorry in our hearts, God is willing to forgive us and continue His friendship with us. Affirm that earthly parents are also pleased to hear their children repent when they have done wrong and are quick to forgive as God is.
  • Read the following verses: Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord.” Romans 12:10 “…Honor one another above yourselves.”
    • Brainstorm ways to show respect and honor to girls, women, boys, and men. How about parents and grandparents? Also list ways to respect widows, the elderly, the younger, the weaker by serving them.
    • Proverbs 20:11 “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”
  • The First of April at Hazel Dell (LDR)
  • Egg Toss
  • Mealtime Manners
  • If you tend to think of only yourself what will you do when someone accidentally bumps into you? (get angry, think they did it on purpose) When they break your toy? When they say something unkind? How would your responses be different in each situation if you tend to think of others?
  • The Little Mother
  • Explain how learning about other cultures increases our respect for other people groups around the world. Enjoy Wee Sing: Around the World during car rides.


  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, read Jesus Calling devotionals, pray and worship. Together: Read Over the Edge devotional, worship acapella and with guitar, pray using the prayer wall.
  • School: Read and narrate stories from Matthew in my ESV Study Bible
  • Afternoon Quiet Time: Draw and write in Prayer Journals
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy (we happen to be in Romans)


Memory Verses:

Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord.”

Also we will review all verses from previous Septembers:

  • “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
  • “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
  • “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ” Psalms 139:14
  • “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. ” Jeremiah 1:5
  • Stewardship Street verses



  • This is Our Father’s World
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • Be Thou My Vision

Poetry Recitation:

My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow–
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.



  • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work.
  • Hand write new reading words from Pathway readers. (Faith)
  • 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. Faith will practice working towards spelling as well this year through the same process. Noah doesn’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.

Reading: (Faith)

Faith will practice reading to me this year from the first two or three books in the Pathway series.


Most are learned naturally in conversation and through read alouds as words in question arise, but I also have Noah look and define up a word a week in his Vocabulary (& Spelling) Notebook to learn dictionary skills and to spur a love for new words.

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

Literature Read Alouds:

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Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia Cover

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Trusty Tries To Fly


History and Geography:




  • 5 lessons a week from SCM’s Matthew-Acts & Ancient Rome. Noah will either narrate readings orally or narrate in his ‘His Story’ sketchbook with a drawing of what he remembers.


  • One lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to Europe lesson plan book


  • Do a few lessons from Home Geography (didn’t happen last year so we will try again!)

We loved reading about David Livingston from this series last year, so this year we plan on reading 3 more Christian hero biographies. (these definitely could be categorized as Character Development books as well)


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.






Mental Math: Everyday end each lesson with 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that required the students to do mental calculations with math concepts they had already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Pages 40-56 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book

Faith’s Lessons:

Combining Stacks: Pick it Up (p112)

Make 5 stacks of cubes (no more than 5 cubes each). Have child make identical stacks. Say, “Can you pick up four?” The child can pick up a stack of four and/or two stacks that add up to four.

Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56)

You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2” or “1 and 4” for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/herback, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.

Act Out Stories (p18)

Example: You have eight crayons in your box. You take out the red and yellow one. How many crayons are left in the box? Act it out. Also use fantasy stories that have to be mentally computed. Example: There are five ladybugs on a bush, 3 more land. How many ladybugs are there now?

Modeling Addition and Subtraction Equations (p 22)

Do the same type of math stories as above, except now model equations that go with the stories. Write some horizontal and some vertical so children become familiar with both. Allow them to practice math stories with pictures and objects as well.

Acting Out Stories to Go with Equations (p 25)

Now try encouraging children to tell stories that describe your equations. Children can use manipulatives.

Counting Boards: Reading Equations (p 33)

Provide counting boards for children to represent the problem on a subtraction/addition card. For example, place a “4-2” card under a picture of a tree. Have child decide what the cubes will represent (apples, cherries, oranges, birds, etc) and then place them on the boards in groups that represent the problem.

Science/Nature Study:





We will be meeting with Miss Maria and her family once a week to learn conversational Spanish through music and art! What a blessing! Maybe, maybe we keep trying to use the following book (we struggled last year with it):













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

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

  • Finger paint and foot paint to showcase our children’s unique prints

  • Draw or paint a self portrait in September and June, and keep them to track children’s developmental and artistic growth

Royal Portraits!





























We really treasure our handmade 2014 and 2015 “All About Me” books, and our 2016 “My Story” testimony books.

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With instilling honor and respect in mind, this year we will begin an “All About My Family” book, that our children may “rise in the presence of the aged” (Leviticus 19:32), and the older generation may “tell the coming generation” (Psalm 78). The project will among many things, bridge generations, and inspire us to honor and appreciate the older generations’ contributions in our lives.

It will be a Family History/Heritage/Genealogy/Legacy Scrapbook, preserving fun, memorable, and keepsake things:

  • old family photos
  • notable historical events that happened during the lives of ancestors
  • flags/map for each country ancestors are from
  • pictures and journaling of family heirlooms
  • grandpas love letters, love stories, etc.
  • Tell me Your Story Grandma Book excerpts
  • Traditional folk costumes paper dolls from countries of ancestry
  • family history interviews and transcriptions
  • favorite family memoirs of faith
  • family tree
  • spiritual legacy
  • cultural foods, traditions, favorite recipes (especially handwritten)
  • make a family coat of arms
  • visit a grave site and journal it
  • qualities of “honor, pride and courage” passed down through generations

This year the kids will also write and illustrate a creative fictional story in a hardcover blank book like this from Rainbow Resource.

Portrait Lined Big Bare Book - Lined | Main photo (Cover)


  • Hollowed apples filled with hot apple cider and a cinnamon stick straw are fun

  • A cute back to school snack idea

Bus snack

  • First day pictures (and badges!) give some pomp and circumstance to the 1st day of school

“Kindergarten/Preschool 2014 and First Grade/Pre-K 2015”

  • Pick a school year theme. Make a banner that describes whats on our hearts for our kids to accomplish this year, and then talk about specific goals on the first day of school or at a special dinner the night before with daddy. Last year “imagine” was on my heart and we picked a theme verse to believe on for the year. God really did answer this prayer and stand of faith. Still praying and deciding what the theme might be this year!

Reaching for the stars as we dream

  • Celebrate! Setting the tone visually will heighten expectation because kids are very literal. Show them how special this school year will be– as a new beginning, a fresh start– with a beautifully set breakfast table (which can also incorporate your theme). This table is incredible, but even simple gestures can make a big impression.

Back to School Dinner |









  • Come up with some sort of first day interview (alternatively, here is a sweet one that focuses on eliciting cute things from kids about their teacher, ie. mommy!)

  • Start inviting  Neighbors over for Tea again

Tea Invitation for Doris

  • Paint a Picture like Monet

Idea for art lesson:


  • Markham Nature Park and ponds with lily pads–observe and journal
  • Tarantula Hike with the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association
  • Ruth Bancroft Garden
  • Check in on newts at Briones Regional Park
  • Huckleberry Botanic Preserve
  • Apple Hill–to pick apples from the orchards! Read about apples in the Handbook of Nature Study, and read some apple themed picture books. Saturday, September 24th


Have a beautiful school year friends!!!

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