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

May Lesson Plans

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


Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring and Mother’s Day

Character/Habit: Encouraging

Bible: 2 Timothy

History/Geography: Early America/North America

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


Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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The Trail West by Ellen Galford; Two-Can Publishing Ltd. Staff; Alex Martin

Picture study:

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

John Trumball, Frederick Remington

  • Possible Future Studies: Rococco Art (1700s), John William Waterhouse, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mozart’s The magic flute / [music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder] ; a Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production
  • Relax, Daydream, and Draw, The Mozart Effect
  • The Trail West: Exploring History Through Art by Ellen Galford

Art Instruction:


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


Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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Discussion Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

  • Meditate on 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage their behavior by speaking over our children words such as:

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  • 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/scriptures.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistent sin/selfishness (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Discussion Time:

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

Encouraging defined: Giving good advice or council that is beneficial, uplifting or edifying; words or deeds that give courage to another; inspiring with hope and confidence.

  • 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.
  • The Ministry of Encouragement
  • The Habit of Encouraging Others
  • Be of Good Cheer!
  • How to Live a Beautiful Christian Life
  • The Hope of the Downcast Soul
  • Be encouraged as we learn to worship:
  • 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:


TO LIFT YOUR HANDS- 2 Chronicles 20:19-21

BARAK- TO KNEEL OR BOW – Psalms 95:6


ZAMAR- TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT – Psalms 150/1 Chron. 15:16



  • 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.



  • 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



Memory Verses:

2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


  • Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • 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.
  • 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




Holy, Holy, Holy!
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In the Garden
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How Marvelous


Poetry Recitation:

The Star Spangled Banner
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and brightstars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night thatour flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, halfconceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.



  • 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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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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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


Literature Read Alouds:

See Previous Years’ May Lesson Plans for Bug and Butterfly Books

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History and Geography:


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:

  • The Alexander Hamilton You Never Knew by James Collier
  • Picture Book of Patrick Henry by David Adler
  • Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler
  • Thomas Jefferson by James Cross Giblin
  • When Mr Jefferson Came to Philadelphia by Ann Turner
  • Deborah Sampson Goes to War by Byrna Stevens
  • The Secret Soldier by Ann McGovern
  • Black Regiment of the American Revolution by Linda Brennan
  • Redcoats and Petticoats by Katherine Kirkpatrick
  • Steven Kellogg’s Yankee Doodle by Edward Bangs
  • Constitution by Sam Fink
  • Our Living Constitution: Then and Now by Jerry Aten
  • A More Perfect Union DVD
  • Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Pinkey
  • Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill
  • Pioneer Children of Appalachia by Joan Anderson
  • Bread and Butter Indian by Anne Colver
  • Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty
  • Bold Journey by Charles Bohner
  • Lewis and Clark DVD by Ken Burns
  • Sacajawea: Indian Guide by Wyatt Blassingame
  • Seaman’s Journal by Patricia Eubank



Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • The Great Serum Race by Debbie S. Miller



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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  • Number Arrangements: Cube Squares (79) Using unifix cubes, can you make a square? What numbers makes a square and which don’t? (4 and 9 do) Could have children record their arrangements by gluing down small squares of paper on 6″x 9″ pieces of paper in the same way they arranged the cubes.
  • Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 game boards with the outline of cube train 20 cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a game board. 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.
  • 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.


  • 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:


  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book; Life of Fred Books; and Kahn Academy

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.


Science/Nature Study:


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Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Online lessons at (most weekdays 10 minutes)



Mavis Beacon (once a week 10 minutes)



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:

Hand print card for Father’s Day

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Pick Cherries
Color Mixing and Butterfly Painting for Daniel

















  • Visit John Muir Historic Site in Martinez
  • California Carnivores in Sebastopol & Sunset Beach on Russian River
  • Butterfly Garden at Coyote Hills in Fremont
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