Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

November Lesson Plans

2020-2021     1st Grade- Daniel     4th Grade – Faith      6th Grade – Noah

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Parent Study:

Your Successful Farm Business: Production, Profit, Pleasure: Salatin, Joel:  9780963810984: Amazon.com: Books

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

  • James Audubon
Amazon.com: First Impressions: John James Audubon (9780810919181): Kastner,  Joseph: Books
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon: Plain, Nancy: 9780803248847: Amazon.com: Books
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897; Romantic
  1. Variations on a theme of Haydn Op 56a * *
  2. Symphony no 1 in C minor Opus 68 * *
  3. Violin Concerto in D major Op 77 * *
  4. Piano Concerto no 2 Op 83 * *
  5. Tragic Overture Op 81 * *
  6. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) Op 49 no. 4 * *
  7. Megan Hoyt’s blog post about Brahms
  • Lewis Carroll
    • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
    • Read and use exercises from Roar on the Other Side
Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll: Mendelson, Edward, Copeland, Eric: 9781402754746: Amazon.com: Books
Amazon.com: The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets (9781885767660): Rhodes, Suzanne Underwood: Books

Art Instruction:

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Cardinal Watercolor Art Tutorial - YouTube

Character/Habit Development:

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Character Companion for the Miller Family Series | Green Pastures Press | 9781884377242
Polite Moments (Volumes 1-5): Gary & Cathy Maldaner: 9780976410805: Amazon.com: Books
The Kings Daughter and Other Stories for Girls (AB) (Character Classics, Volume 1): J.E.White: 9781597650212: Amazon.com: Books
Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys (Character Classics, Vol. 2): White, J.: 9781881545088: Amazon.com: Books
  • 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Noah and Daniel -Tiger and Tom, Faith -The King’s Daughter
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

One of the best ways to teach Godly character is to study one character quality at a time in order to understand its nature, its importance, and its benefits.

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

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Prayer Time

  • Print out and pray these prayers for thankfulness.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. 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:

  • Choose a promise from scripture for your life this school year based on your personal needs/desires that we can all stand on and pray over you regularly throughout the year. (my verse a couple years ago: James 3:17: “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”)
  • Talk about how God keeps His promises. What has He done and for whom this year as we stood on His scriptures promises for them? Praise God!
  • Bring a picture and story of someone who is a hero to you
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Share some interesting information about that type of job.

Discussion Time:

Continue to review “Responsible” from last month. Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion.

          Thankful:

  • What being thankful or grateful means: Communicating to others the precise ways in which they have benefited my life, and looking for ways to honor them. Learning to recognize the benefits which God and others have provided. Looking for appropriate ways to express genuine appreciation Accepting difficulties as part of God’s loving provision.
  • Do you make it a habit to thank God and others for the many little things in life that others tend to take for granted?
  • Going to School from The Moral Compass p.146
  • Treasures in Heaven
  • Names of God Prayers
  • Seeing the Bright Side/The Pollyanna Game
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
  • Grandmother’s Table from Book of Virtues
  • The Discontented Pig from The Moral Compass p.189
  • The Little Loaf from The Moral Compass p.175
  • Fortune and the Beggar from The Moral Compass p.169
  • My Two Homes from The Moral Compass p.47
  • Discuss ways to show thankfulness to parents such as: honor your parents’ sacrifices, cherish what your parents taught, sit with your parents in public, choose to dress for your parents, redirect praise to your parents, celebrate parents’ special days, give parents a grateful smile, thank parents for correction, find ways to please parents.
  • 1 Timothy 5:17 “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” What are some good ways to honor your pastor?
  • Write a thank you note to someone you have taken for granted or someone you haven’t thanked in a long time.
  • It Could Always Be Worse by Margo Zamach

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Bible History/Devotions:

Video on Genesis by Bible Project

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer wall, prayer journals, and practice listening for God’s voice, personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship, prayer, narrate Bible History readings (3x per week per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study using Genesis Commentary
Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times: Ruth Beechick,  Michael Denman: 9780940319073: Amazon.com: Books
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Scripture Memory:

Psalm 139:1-18

Review: 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

LANDING OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS

by: Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835)

The breaking waves dashed high,
On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods against a stormy sky
Their giant branches tossed;

And the heavy night hung dark
The hills and waters o’er,
When a band of exiles moored their bark
On the wild New England shore.

Not as the conqueror comes,
They, the true-hearted came;
Not with the roll of the stirring drums,
And the trumpet that sings of fame;

Not as the flying come,
In silence and in fear;–
They shook the depths of the desert gloom
With their hymns of lofty cheer.

Amidst the storm they sang,
And the stars heard, and the sea;
And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
To the anthem of the free!

The ocean eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave’s foam;
And the rocking pines of the forest roared–
This was their welcome home!

There were men with hoary hair
Amidst that pilgrim band:
Why had they come to wither there,
Away from their childhood’s land?

There was woman’s fearless eye,
Lit by her deep love’s truth;
There was manhood’s brow serenely high,
And the fiery heart of youth.

What sought they thus afar?
Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?–
They sought a faith’s pure shrine!

Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod.
They have left unstained what there they found–
Freedom to worship God.

Praise for Creation and Providence

I sing the mighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command,
and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord,
who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed,
wherever I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flower below,
but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee
is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be,
Thou, God art present there.

Isaac Watts

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Handwriting:

1-2x per week

  • Daniel: Print to Cursive
  • Faith: Hymns in Prose
  • Noah: Book of Mottoes
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Spelling/Language:

4x per week prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Reading:

1-2x per week, Pathway Readers to practice prosody.

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Writing:

  • Blank Books for story crafting 1-2x per week. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – Bunny’s Adventures
  • Noah: 4x per week complete 1 skill in Jump In Workbook by Sharon Watson
  • 501 Essay Prompts (extra resource)
  • Written Narration (Faith 2x per week) (Noah 4x per week)
Amazon.com: Jump In: A Workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers (student workbook only) (9781932012743): Sharon Watson: Books

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Vocabulary:

Look up one word, any word of choice, 1x per week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in vocabulary notebooks.

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

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

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5x per week SCM’s ‘Genesis-Dueteronomy & Ancient Egypt’ history curriculum. (SCM narration notecards for written narration prompts 2-4x per week.)

Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert
Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt Links and Tips — Simply Charlotte Mason

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Living Book List:

  • Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Payne
  • Coat of Many Colors by Jenny Karalek
  • Joseph by Brian Wildsmith
  • Ancient Egypt by Sally Tagholm
  • Egyptian News by Scott Steedman
  • Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay
  • Croco’Nile by Roy Gerrard
  • Ancient Egypt by Andrew Haslam
  • Who Built the Pyramid by Meredith Hooper
  • Pyramid by David Macaulay
  • Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann
  • Mummies Made in Egypt by ALiki
  • Best Book of Mummies by Philip Steele
  • Cat Mummies by Kelly Trumbkle
  • Hieroglyphs from A to Z
  • Seeker of Knowledge: Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by J. Rumford
  • Technology in the Time of Ancient Egypt by Judith Crosher
  • Science in Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Woods
  • Ancient Egyptian Art by Susie Hodge
  • Archaeology by Usborne

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Book of Centuries:

1x per week draw artifacts and make note of important events and people in each century.

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Geography

1x per week SCM’s Visits to Africa geography curriculum.

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Living Book List:

  • Letters From Egypt

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Economics:

  • Uncle Eric Talks About Personal Career and Financial Security (Free reading)

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Current Events:

  • Subscription to God’s World Teen (Free Reading)

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

4x a week

  • Mental math with mommy -money, time, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, skip counting, etc.
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

5x a week

  • Life of Fred: Book 7-10 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3.5-4 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

5x a week

  • Life of Fred: Decimals (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 6 Math Lessons (3x a week)

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Nature Study:

The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children's Classics): Burgess, Thornton W.: 9780486428406: Amazon.com: Books
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  • 2x per week SCM’s Learning About Birds lessons
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so
  • Handbook of Nature Study as reference material
  • Free Reading: The Storybook of Science
  • Birds Every Child Should Know (extra resource)

(Charlotte Mason) Bird-stalking.––But bird ‘stalking,’ to adapt a name, is a great deal more exciting and delightful than bird’s nesting, and we get our joy at no cost of pain to other living things. All the skill of a good scout comes into play. Think, how exciting to creep noiselessy as shadows behind river-side bushes on hands and knees without disturbing a twig or pebble till you get within a yard of a pair of sandpipers, and then, lying low, to watch their dainty little runs, pretty tricks of head and tail, and to hear the music of their call. And here comes the real joy of bird-stalking. If in the winter months the children have become fairly familiar with the notes of our resident birds, they will be able in the early summer to ‘stalk’ to some purpose. The notes and songs in June are quite bewildering, but the plan is to single out those you are quite sure of, and then follow up the others. The key to a knowledge of birds is knowledge of their notes, and the only way to get this is to follow any note of which you are not

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sure. The joy of tracking a song or note to its source is the joy of a ‘find,’ a possession for life.

But bird-stalking is only to be done upon certain conditions. You must not only be ‘most mousy-quiet,’ but you must not even let a thought whisper, for if you let yourself think about anything else, the entirely delightful play of bird-life passes by you unobserved; nay, the very bird notes are unheard.

Here are two bird walks communicated by a bird lover:––

“We heard a note something like a chaffinch’s, only slower, and we looked up in the boughs of the ash to try and track the bird by the sudden quiver of one twig here, another, there. We found a steep, rocky path which brought us almost level with the tree tops, and then we had a good view of the shy little willow wren busily seeking food. A note from the next tree like a bubbling of song drew us farther on, and then we found the wood wren and watched him as with up-turned head and bubbling throat he uttered his trill.”

“A joyous burst of song came from a bush near by, and we crept on, to find a blackcap warbler with upraised crest turning excitedly round and round in the ecstasy of song. We waited, and traced him to his next station by his light touch on the branches. A hoarse screech from another tree announced a green-finch, and we had a long chase to get a glimpse of him; but he came to an outstanding twig, and then we heard his pretty song, which I should never have guessed to be his had we not seen him at it. A little squeaky note made us watch the tree trunks, and, sure enough, there was a tree-creeper running up and round and round an ash, uttering his note all the time.

“Another day we got behind a wall from which

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we could examine a field that lay beside the lake. There was the green plover with his jaunty crest, running and pecking, and, as he pecked, we caught sight of the rosy flash under his tail. We waited, hoping for more, for the plovers stand so still that they are lost in their surroundings. But someone coughed, and up went the plovers, a dozen of them, with their weary taunt, ‘Why don’t you let us alone?’ Their distress roused other birds, and we saw a snipe rise from the water edge, a marshy place, with hasty zigzag flight; it made a long round and settled not much further than where it rose. The sandpipers rose, two flying close to the water’s edge, whistling all the time. By the side of a little gully we watched a wagtail, and presently a turn in the sunshine showed us the yellow breast of the yellow wagtail. A loud ’tis-sic’ near us drew our eyes to the wall, and there stood a pied wagtail with full beak, waiting to get rid of us before visiting his nest in the wall. We crept away and sheltered behind a tree, and after a few minutes’ waiting we saw him go into his hole. An angry chatter near by (like a broom on Venetian blinds!) directed our eyes to a little brown wren on the wall with cocked-up tail, but in a minute he disappeared like a mouse over the side.”

This from another bird-lover:––

“Now, they (the children) are beginning to care more for the birds than the eggs, and their first question, instead of being, ‘What is the egg like?’ is usually ‘What is the bird like?’ We have great searching through Morris’s British Birds [John’s British Birds, which costs as many shillings as Morris’s does guineas, is better for beginners] to identify birds we have seen and to make quite sure of doubtful points.

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“But now for the birds. Stonechats [a thrush whose call resembles the sound of falling pebbles] abound on the heaths. I pricked myself up to my knees standing in a gorse-patch watching and listening to the first I saw, but I was quite rewarded, and saw at least four pairs at one time. Do you know the birds? The cock-birds are such handsome little fellows, black head and mask, white collar, rufous breast and dark grey or brown back. They have a pretty little song, rather longer than a chaffinch’s, besides the chit-chat cry when they are disturbed. They do not make a long flight, and will hover in the air like a flycatcher. The sandmartins have numbers of holes in the cliffs. We tried to see how deep they burrowed to build their nests, but though I put my arm in up to the elbows in several deserted holes, I could not reach the end. I think my favourites are the reed-warblers. I know of at least four pairs, and when I could induce the children to both stop talking for a few minutes, we were able to watch them boldly hopping up and down the reeds and singing in full view of us.”

This is the sort of thing bird-stalkers come upon––and what a loss have those children who are not brought up to the gentle art wherein the eye is satisfied with seeing, and there is no greed of collecting, no play of the hunter’s instinct to kill, and yet a lifelong joy of possession.

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Science:

  • Apologia General Science 4x per week. Read text, take notes, do labs and write-ups, answer module questions, take module tests.
Amazon.com: Exploring Creation with General Science (9781932012866): Dr. Jay L. Wile: Books
  • Free Reading: Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy

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Spanish:

2x a week bilingual children’s picture books and/or videos at Knowitall.org along with their teacher guide.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 15 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (1x per week for 15 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

Moody Science videos, BBC’s, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), and other mild family movies.

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NOVA - Official Website | Building Pharaoh's Ship

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

  • Samaritans Purse Shoeboxes
  • Thankful Tree
  • Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt
  • Make soup or care packages for the homeless
How to Draw Worksheets for The Young Artist: How To Draw A Nice Tree  Worksheet | Realistic drawings, Tree drawing, Drawings
How to Draw Worksheets for The Young Artist: How To Draw A Pumpkin.  Worksheet and Lesson.

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Fieldtrips:

Apple Hill

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