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

September Lesson Plans

on August 23, 2018

2018-2019     Pre-K – Daniel     2nd Grade – Faith      4th Grade – Noah

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Welcome back to school!! We are excited to jump back in the saddle because this year is Pilgrims, Pioneers, and Native Americans!

Fun Theme: Me and My Family

Seasonal Theme: Back to School

Character/Habit: Friendly

Bible: Ephesians

History/Geography: Early America/North America

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

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

Rembrandt (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America

Music Study:

  • Learn patriotic songs
  • Can you hear the water in these songs?
    • Claude Debussy – La Mer
      Duke Ellington – The River
      George Handel – The Water Music
      Felix Mendelssohn – Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
      Bedrich Smetana – The Moldau
      Johann Strauss II -The Blue Danube
  • Choose one composer to read his biography and listen to his work.
    • Pachelbel 1650-1700
    • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
    • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
    • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
    • Telemann 1680-1760
    • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
    • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
    • Haydn 1732-1809
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
    • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
    • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
    • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
    • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
    • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
    • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
    • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
    • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
    • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
    • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
    • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
    • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
    • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
    • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
    • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
    • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
    • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
    • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
    • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
    • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
    • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
    • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
    • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
    • George Gershwin 1900-1930
    • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
    • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

 

 

Poetry Study:

  • Poetry for Young People Series: Emily Dickinson (future studies: Milne)
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • American History in Verse for Boys and Girls by Burton Stevenson
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Rembrandt and 17th Century Holland
  • Rembrandt: The Christmas Story
  • Hanna in the Time of the Tulips
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt?
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • N.C. Wyeth Pilgrims by Robert San Souci

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, 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 (9) and Faith (7) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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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: Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harms.

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  • Print out and pray these prayers and scriptures to pray for godly friends, and to BE godly friends. (Also Col. 4:6 -gracious speech, seasoned with salt; Prov 22:11 – love gracious speech and purity of heart, and you will have the king for a friend)
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray. 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).

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.

          Friendliness/Courtesy:

  • Brainstorm a list of things that make a person friendly, and then a list of what would make a person seem unfriendly (Title the first list with the verse Titus 3:1-2 and the second list with Titus 3:3)
  • Where does being a good friend begin? Read 1 John 5:2
  • Have the children write out a list of friends in their prayer journal that they may begin to form the habit of praying for this month
  • Encourage the children to listen to God as they pray for their friends and write down scriptural encouragements as notes for friends
  • Three Types of People
  • Character Report
  • Social Skills
  • Courtesy – Courtesy is behaving in a way that benefits others- it means thinking of the effect of your behavior. Do you want to be successful? The original etiquette manuals (of Western civilization) were success manuals. They taught knights and nobles how to conduct themselves in the court of the king—which is where we get the concepts of “courtly” and “courtesy.”
  • Why He Carried The Turkey
  • Sir Walter Raleigh, p.26 in Laying Down the Rails book 1
  • Role play showing interest in others, and (courteously) asking them about themselves (starting conversation)
  • Read excerpts from Hints on Child Training by Clay Trumbull: Ch. 17 ‘Training a Child to Courtesy’
  • When do we tend to forget to be courteous? (busy, absorbed in ourselves) How does courtesy create good feelings and benefit relationships? (it says “I care about you” and it builds rapport – a close and harmonious relationship in which people understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well) What are some practical ways to show courtesy? (give full attention, eye contact, ask “how are you?”, say excuse me, hold doors open, make introductions, ask if you can help, send thank you notes, don’t talk loud at inappropriate times, don’t step on someone else’s stuff, don’t presume to announce/share someone else’s mistake/faults, let others go first at a door or a checkout line, say thank you to your server at a restaurant, no phone activity while talking to someone or sitting at a table with others, smile at others when you walk into the room, say hello to neighbors, remember names, be on time, friendly greetings at the front door, use less directive/commanding words, allow people out of the bus, train, or elevator before entering, give your seat to someone else, address elders as Mr. and Mrs., don’t interrupt, say thank you before leaving someone’s house, knock on closed doors and wait before entering)
  • Practice calling a friend to set up a play date

 

  • Review Pride/Humility: (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.”

 

  • Review 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.
    • Review our Family Rules of Respect poster (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?
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Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Memory Verses:

Psalm 91

Also we will review all verses from previous Septembers:

  • Isaiah 61:1-4
  • Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32
  • “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

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 Hymns:

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  • Jesus Loves Me
  • 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

Review some of the less well known hymns in our binders.

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Poetry Recitation:

by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
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Hymn in Prose for Children by Mrs. Barbauld
Come and I will show you what is beautiful.
It is a rose in full bloom.
See how she sits upon her mossy stem,
like the queen of all the flowers!
She is the delight of every eye.
She is beautiful, but there is fairer than she.
He that made the rose is more beautiful than the rose;
He is all lovely; He is the delight of every heart.
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I will show you what is strong.
The lion is strong; when the voice of his roaring is heard,
the wild beasts of the desert hide themselves,
for he is very terrible.
The lion is strong,
but He that made the lion is stronger than He:
His anger is terrible: He could make us die in a moment,
and no one could save us out of His hand.
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I will show you what is glorious.
The sun is glorious.
When he shines in the clear sky,
when he sits on the bright throne in the heavens, and looks abroad over all the earth.
He is the most excellent and glorious creature the eye can behold.
The sun is glorious, but He that made the sun is more glorious than he.
The eye beholds Him not, for His brightness is more dazzling than we could bear.
He sees in all dark places; and the light of His countenance is over all His works.
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Who is this great Name, and what is He called,
that my lips may praise Him?
This great Name is God.
He made all things, but He is himself more excellent than all that He has made:
they are beautiful, but He is beauty;
they are strong, but He is strength;
they are perfect, but He is perfection.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Faith studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah does prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

Most words are learned naturally in conversation and during read alouds as words in question arise. I also have Noah and Faith look up one word, any word of choice, once a week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in their vocabulary notebooks.

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Literature Read Alouds:

Also see “I am Special” themed picture books for Daniel in previous September lesson plans.

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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Living Book List:

  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Pilgrims of Plymouth by Marcia Sewall
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
  • Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
  • The Story of Jamestown by Marilyn Prolman
  • What if You Had Been at Jamestown by Ellen Keller
  • America Builds Homes: The Story of the First Colonies By Alice Dalgliesh
  • Pocahontas and Captain John Smith by Marie Lawson (Landmark)
  • The Jamestown Colony by Brendan January (We the People)
  • Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
  • Pocahontas: True Princess and Two Mighty Rivers: Son of Pocahontas by M. Hanes
  • With Sword and Pen: Adventures of Joahn Smith by Bradford Smith
  • Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty (Landmark)
  • The House on Stink Alley by F.N. Monjo
  • Off to Plymouth Rock by Dandi MacKall
  • Across the Wide Dark Sea by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Kate Waters books (On the Mayflower, etc.)
  • Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness
  • First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson
  • A Light Kindled by Tracy Leininger
  • Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth by Patricia Clapp
  • The Pilgrims Knew by Tillie Pine
  • Pilgrims and Native Americans: Hands On Projects about Life in Early America by Jennifer Quasha
  • Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim’s Book of Food and Manners by Lucille Penner
  • William Bradford by Bradford Smith
  • Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • John Billington: Friend of Squanto by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Massasoit: Friend of the Pilgrims by Virginia Voight
  • Tattered Sails by Verla Kay
  • Sailing to America by James Knight (Adventures in Colonial America)
  • The Ballad of the Pilgrim Cat by Leonard Wibberly
  • Blue Feather’s Vision: The Dawn of Colonial America by James Knight (Adventures in Colonial America)
  • This Dear Bought Land by Jean Lee Latham
  • Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea by Edmund S. Morgan
  • Penguin Atlas of North American History to 1870 by Colin McEvedy
  • Early Settlements by Ray Spangenburg and Diane K. Moser
  • The Thanksgiving Primer – Plymouth Plantation

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Paddle to the Sea by Clancy Holling
  • Hey Canada by Vivien Bowers
  • Wow Canada! Exploring this Land from Coast to Coast by Vivien Bowers
  • Wilfred’s Hospital Ship by Dolores ready
  • Struggle for a Continent: the French and Indian War by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
  • A Brave Soldier by Nicolas Debon
  • M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet by Micheal Ulmer and melanie Rose-Popp
  • From far and Wide: A Canadian Citizenship Scrapbook by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes a week using “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). Count blueberries and grapes and other food at the table often.

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  • Week 1  Counting Stories (p. 30) Materials: Counters and Storyboards or blank paper. Lesson: Tell number stories and have the children act them out using some counters as objects in the stories. Children place the counters on a storyboard that represents the setting for the story. Pass out storyboards–paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example. Say, “Four trucks are driving down the road. Two cars pass them. Count the trucks and cars.” Children place counters on the storyboard and add them up. Extensions: Have children make up their own counting stories. Write the numerals on a small chalkboard as you say them so the children can learn to associate numerals with the amounts they represent (or don’t say the number as you write it if children are familiar with numerals). Or have children write their own numerals (placing counters right on top of the chalkboard).
  • Week 2 Creations (p. 33) Materials: Unifix cubes, creation cards. Lesson: Create a model out of unifix cubes (resembling a simple animal for example), or use the provided creation cards in the book. Have children build a matching creation exactly as shown by the model or creation card, and without laying it on top of the model or card. Extension: Have children record the number of cubes they used to build each creation (writing or numeral card).
  • Week 3 Rhythmic Patterns (p. 90 & 95) Materials: Unifx cubes. Lesson: Have children copy a rhythmic pattern you make up like ‘Nod, nod, clap; nod, nod, clap…..’. Labeling the parts of the rhythmic pattern aloud using letters can be helpful (A, A, B; A, A, B……) Have the children make the ‘Nod, nod, clap’ pattern with unifix cubes. Say the cube pattern the children chose with both colors (green, green, yellow; green, green, yellow……) and letters (A, A, B; A, A, B……). Extension: Make sure children are also exposed to other patterns such as ABC, AABB, ABB, etc.
  • Week 4 Is it More or Less? (p. 146) Materials: Unifix cubes. Lesson: Have children build several trains of specified lengths (all under ten). Say, “Show me a train that has more than six. Show me a train that has less than six.” State the relationship together: “Four is less than six, six is more than four.” Repeat with trains of various lengths. Extension: Decide how many more or how many less one train has than the other. “What can we do to the red train to make it just as long as the blue train?” is easier than “How many more cubes does the red train have than the blue train?” Choose the wording your children are ready for.

          Games:

  • Missing Card (p.10) Lay out cards 1-10 in order, remove one card and close the gap. Have the child guess which number is missing.
  • Consecutive Numbers (p.12) Using 4 sets of 1-10 cards, deal 3 cards to each player, and put the rest in a stock pile. Player puts any card down (and draws another card), next player puts down the next highest number or the preceding lower number. Player may add to a row or start a new one. When the third card is put down in a row, that player collects that row. Player with most cards wins.
  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Pages 40-56 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 2

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Celebrate the first day of school! Show them how special this school year will be– as a new beginning, a fresh start– with a beautifully set breakfast table on the first morning of school. Set out any school supplies that can be given as gifts. Make a school year theme banner, and talk about goals and hopes and dreams for the year at dinner the night before with daddy.

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Make a self portrait and/or family portrait

 

Make an “I am Special” book with Daniel, just like the treasured books Noah and Faith made in preschool. 🙂

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First Day of School Pictures of course!

First Day Giggles

Paper Bag House craft with Daniel

Measure, weigh, and compare body sizes.

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Fieldtrips:

Renaissance Fair (we studied Middle Ages last year)

Golden Gate Fields to see a horse race (we read Black Stallion this summer)

 


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