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February Lessons

on February 3, 2021

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:

  • Grandma Moses

Choose a painting to study (look at for 10 minutes or so, quietly or with discussion), then hide, and one at a time children narrate all they can remember about the picture.

  • Franz Schubert

1. Trout quintet

2. Symphony no. 8 (“Unfinished”) * *

3, 4. Symphony no. 9 in C major D.944 (“The Great”) (4 weeks) * *

5. Four Impromptus op. 90 D.899 * *

6. Die schöne Müllerin op. 25 D.795 (“The Fair Miller’s Daughter;” 20 songs based on poems by Wilhelm Müller telling of a wandering miller who follows a brook to a mill, sees the miller’s daughter, and falls in love with her. But she is not interested and falls in love with a handsome hunter, so the miller drowns himself in the brook.) * *

     Megan Hoyt’s blog post about Schubert

     Purchase the book Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends ($amzn) by Opal Wheeler

     Free Ebook for younger students Franz Schubert: The Boy Who Wrote Beautiful Songs by Thomas Tapper

     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Schubert

  • Rudyard Kipling
Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling: Gillooly, Eileen, Sharpe, Jim:  9781402772931: Amazon.com: Books
  • Read a poem from Poetry for Young People a few times a week
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Read and use exercises from Roar on the Other Side
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.

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Prayer Time

  • Print out and pray these prayers.
  • 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 “Thankfulness” from last month. Read these stories, poems, & quotes/do the activities, and then start a discussion.

          Perseverance:

  • Perseverance: Continuing on even though there are difficult obstacles; faithful; bot giving up or turning back
  • Review Mercy from last February: Merciful: Graciously forbearing and forgiving; kindly withholding punishment due to an offender; compassionate. The definition of mercy seems to suggest the role of someone in power who decides what happens to a person who has made a poor choice, so they could be shown shown compassion for their terrible circumstances and forgiven for their behavior. Justice on one hand involves the dispensing of deserved punishment for wrongdoing, and mercy is all about pardon and compassion for an offender. Do you think we have grown in mercy over the last year?
  • What are some ways you can practice perseverance this month? Write a list and check your progress at the end of the month.
  • Read through these verses together and each of us will choose one that resonates with us personally to write in our prayer journals, memorize, meditate on, and hold onto as God’s promise to us this month as we focus on perseverance.
  • Record how many times each child can lift a set of hand weights. Continue to record throughout the month and look to see if their numbers improve and the task gets easier by simple perseverance. Could also do sit-ups or jogging or some other measurable activity. Discuss Hebrews 12:1-2 and the application of perseverance outside of exercise as well.
  • What type of things have you personally made progress through perseverance?
  • Winning Over Weeds
  • Perseverance Through Following God
  • A Persistent Builder
  • Choosing a Focal Point
  • Perseverance Walk
  • Discuss how perseverance helps us prepare for both the trying and wonderful challenges God has in store for our future
  • Satisfaction in Perseverance
  • How can we deal constructively with disappointment?

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Bible History/Devotions:

Video on Exodus 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
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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Elizabeth Wagler: 9780878136223: Amazon.com:  Books
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Scripture Memory:

Exodus 20:1-7

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:

If—

By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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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:

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:

  • A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays
  • Prince of Egypt film
  • Ten Commandments film
  • The Priest by Francine Rivers
  • Tabernacle Fold Out Pamphlet by Rose Publishing

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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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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

  • Make valentines

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Fieldtrips:

Snow Camping for Noah and Dean


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