Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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March Lesson Plans

on February 26, 2019

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

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Fun Theme: Gardening

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Exemplary/Role Model

Bible: 1 Timothy

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:

Choose one artist a term to read his/her biography and study his/her pictures:

John Trumball, John William Waterhouse, Frederick Remington

  • Possible Future Studies: Rococco Art (1700s), Thomas Birch (American marine painter, early 1800s), Mary Cassatt (late 1800s), Cezanne (late 1800s)Vincent Van Gogh (late 1800s), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (late 1800s), Grandma Moses (1940s), Norman Rockwell (1940s), (one artist a term; future studies: Millet, Cezanne), and enjoy Robert Griffing’s work as we read about Colonial America
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

Choose one composer a term to read his biography and listen to his work:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Possible Future Studies:

  • 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:

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • 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)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • Treasures from the National Museum of American Art by William Kloss
  • Of arms and artists : the American Revolution through painters’ eyes / Paul Staiti.
  • Frederic Remington : the masterworks / Michael Edward Shapiro, Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Frederic Remington Art Museum collection / by Brian W. Dippie
  • Drawn to Yellowstone : artists in America’s first national park / Peter H. Hassrick
  • The Story of Mozart in words and music [sound recording]
  • Mozart for kids.
  • The magic flute : an opera by Mozart / adapted by Kyra Teis.
  • Bravo! brava! a night at the opera : behind the scenes with composers, cast, and crew / Anne Siberell ; introduction by Frederica von Stade
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / written and illustrated by Mike Venezia
  • Mozart and classical music / text by Francesco Salvi; illustrations by L.R. Galante
  • Mozart’s The magic flute / [music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder] ; a Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production
  • Sister Wendy’s American Masterpieces
  • Relax, Daydream, and Draw, The Mozart Effect

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 (10) and Faith (8) 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:

Family Devotions Books:

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  • Lord, I pray You will help me be the best mother to my children that I can be. Give me strength, and help me to understand that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Give me patience, kindness, gentleness, and discernment. Guard my tongue so that the words I speak will build up and not tear down, will bring life and not destruction. Guide me as I make decisions regarding each child.
    Lord, show me Your perspective on each of my children’s uuniqueness and potential for greatness. Give me a balance between being overprotective and allowing my children to experience life too early. I ask You for the gifts of intelligence, strength, talent, wisdom, and godliness to be in my children. Keep them safe from any accident, disease, or evil influence. May no plan of the enemy succeed in their lives. Help me (and my husband) to raise our children to be obedient and respectful to both of us and to have a heart to follow You and Your Word. I pray that I will find fulfillment, contentment, and joy as a mother, while never losing sight of who I am in You. I know that we cannot successfully raise our children without You, so I ask that You would take the burden of raising them from our shoulders and partner with us to bring them up. Give me patience, strength, and wisdom to train, teach, discipline, and care for each child. Help me to understand each child’s needs and know how to meet them. Give us discernment about what we allow into the home through TV, books, movies, video games, magazines, and computer activities. Give us revelation and the ability each day to see what we need to see. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

    “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”
    – PROVERBS 31:28 –

    “They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.”
    – ISAIAH 65:23 –

    “Pour out your heart like water before the face of the LORD. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.”
    – LAMENTATIONS 2:19 –

  • 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).

Discussion Time:

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

       

 

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:

Matthew 5:1-16 (Beatitudes/Salt/Light)

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 91, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • March Verses

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

Snow-Flakes

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent and soft and slow
Descends the snow.

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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.

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

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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:

  • In 1176 by Jean Marzollo
  • A Book of Americans by Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Paul Revere’s Ride by Ted Rand
  • Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson
  • Which Way to the Revolution? by Bob Barner
  • Story of Lexington and Concord by Conrad Stein
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord by Neil Johnson
  • George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
  • Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George
  • The Declaration of Independence by Dennis Fradin
  • The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards
  • Declaration of Independence by Sam Fink
  • Hatmaker’s Sign by Benjamin Franklin
  • Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy by Shannon Zemlicka
  • Crossing the Deleware by Louise Peacock
  • Leutze: Washingon
  • Poor Richard in France / by F.N. Monjo ; pictures by Brinton Turkle
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D’ Aulaire
  • Thomas Jefferson’s America Stories of the Founding Fathers by Jim Weiss

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling
  • Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds
  • Song of the Swallows

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes 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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  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Grow and Shrink (p28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2” on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.
  • Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.
  • Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 gameboards with the outline of cube train 2o cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a gameboard. The goal is to be the first to completely clear his or her board. Each player rolls a 1-6 number cube (dice) and spins a spinner with minus sign on one side and plus sign on the other to see how many cubes to add or take off. Players lose a turn if they have to add more cubes than there are spaces available.
  • 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/her back, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.

          Games:

  • 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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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 5

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:

Plan and Plant a Garden

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Chalk Pastel Birds Nest
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning!

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Fieldtrips:

  • Round Valley creek and other local creeks
  • Waterfall and wildflower hikes

 

 


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