Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs

Bible Time 1/3/2012

Goodmorning Little Lambs! This Week we are talking about lambs! Lets see what you know already about lambs. A lamb is a baby….? Sheep! Lambs eat…? Grass! Lambs live together in a group, or a flock, in a grassy area called a pasture. Lambs lives in a group called a…? Flock! A lamb’s grassy home is called a …..? Pasture! Lambs are taken care of by someone called a….? Shepherd!

There is a Bible story about a little lamb who gets lost–would you like to hear it?

Read The Lost Lamb Bible story in My Favorite Bible

Who is the Good Shepherd in the story? Jesus! Who is the lost lamb? You are!

In the Bible story we learned that we are like a lost lamb when we wander away from Jesus. When we wander away from Jesus, our Good Shepherd, we are like a lamb lost from its shepherd. A lamb lost from its shepherd is not safe–there are wild animals out there that eat lambs! In the same way, we are not safe when we are lost from Jesus–its cold, dark, scary, and we can get very very hurt. When we stay with Jesus, He keeps us close to God–safe and happy, like lambs safe in their pasture.

What makes us lost? Not living with Jesus or not listening to Jesus, puts us far away from God, or “lost”. God made us, so we belong to Him, and He feels very sad when we are lost from Him. Jesus loves you so much that He will seek, or look and look, and call for you until you are found. Sometimes you will feel a little tug, a pull, a little warm feeling in your heart and that is Jesus calling you to Himself. (whisper) “Noah”, “Cole”, “David”, “Roman”. And when you say, “Here I am Lord!” “Save me! “I want to obey you and do what you say!” “Know you!” “Live for you!” Then Jesus finds you, picks you up, hugs you, bandages the boo-boos on your heart (your sadness), and takes you back home to God. He rescues you, or saves you.

We named our school Jesus Precious Little Lambs to remind you that you are like lambs–you need Jesus to watch over you, take care of you, and protect you–and to remind you that Jesus loves you and thinks you are sooooo precious.

Would anyone like to pray for Jesus to be your Shepherd? Say a simple prayer of salvation and dedication.

Lets say our memory verse: “The Son of Man has come to seek and save people who are lost.” Luke 19:10 Who is the Son of Man? Jesus.

Uh-oh, I think I hear a little lost lamb “baa”ing for its Shepherd! Can you help Jesus find His lamb and bring it back to God’s safe pasture here? Remember His little lamb is probably afraid and hurting, so give her lots of hugs when you find her and gently carry her back here where God can help us to bandage her boo-boos. (Put bandaids on the lost lamb when she returns, practice compassion and care taking)

Would you like to wear a band-aid over your heart to remind you that you are Jesus’ Precious Little Lamb?

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October Lesson Plans

2017-2018 * Preschool – Daniel * 1st Grade – Faith * 3rd Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: When I Grow Up / Heroes (Christ, Parents, Community Helpers, Historical Figures, and Fictional Characters)

Seasonal Theme: Fall, Scarecrows

Character/Habit: Confidence

Bible: James

History/Geography: Middle Ages/Australia

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:

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Music Study:

Orchestra Basics

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

 

Book list:

  • Picture That: Knights & Castles (Exploring History through Art) / by Alex Martin
  • The Carnival of the Animals / by Jack Prelutsky
  • Peter and the Wolf / by Janet Shulman
  • The orchestra / written by Mark Rubin
  • The story of the orchestra : listen while you learn about the instruments, the music, and the composers who wrote the music / Robert Levine
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters / by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Giotto / by Flores D’Arcais, Francesca
  • Meet the Orchestra / by Hayes, Anne
  • Music of the Middle Ages Gregorian Chant / Hamburg

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, 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 (8) and Faith (6) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Child Training and Virtue Training Bibles 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 on Confidence in their Character Companion workbook, and together, read the suggested Miller Family stories that exemplify the trait
  • Use the stories and activities from various character development resources (like those pictured in my annual curriculum post) during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Sing a song of blessing over my children; my kids LOVE this Aaronic Benediciton (alternatively or additionally, this song could be played at bedtime).

Choral confession: Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

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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 and scriptures for confidence this month, and the kids prayers for confidence.

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. (Mine for this year is 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.”)
  • Pray and practice confidence this month and share about your experiences at circle
  • 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:

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

Confidence:

Courage (Review):

  • “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”
    • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about courage, discuss one a day:
      • selfishness makes us cowards, but thinking of others makes us braver
      • we become brave by doing brave acts
      • we practice bravery by acting brave when we don’t really feel brave
      • the brave person is not someone who is never afraid
      • the fear of failures never hurts as bad as we expect them to
      • we imagine our fears into existence (Job and Chicken Little)
      • to refrain from foolish cowardice, refrain from too much mountain-making our of molehills
  • “Heroism comes from a perception of what is good, right, and beautiful, and a will to claim it and defend it.” –Sarah Clarkson
  • Read short true stories about the lives of Christian heroes

Imagination (Review):

  • “There are no days in life that are so memorable as those that vibrate to some stroke of the imagination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The Story of a Great Story An example of how the idea for Robinson Crusoe was sparked.
  • “Doubt and fear neutralize what God wants to do in your life. It takes courage to imagine. Do you know why most people don’t imagine? Because they’re afraid of failure.” -Rick Warren
  • Does fear or faith govern your imagination?
    If you let your imagination be governed by fear, you’re going to go around being freaked out, stressed out, and worried all the time. Imagination governed by faith is filled with all kinds of possibilities because “with God all things are possible.”
  • Imagination defined–mental pictures of things not present. Faith works with Imagination by allowing the Holy Spirit to develop a photograph upon our hearts of our potential destinies. 
  • The devil wants us to be blind to what God has thought and determined for us. When our imaginations are not Godly (provide examples), we need to cast down thoughts that steal our joy, and then raise up the vision of God for our life (provide examples). When God enlightens the eyes of our hearts, wonderful things begin to happen.
    • Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5
    • I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened, so that we will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:18 (Enlightened is translated as ‘photizo’ from which we get the word photograph
  • Children have the strongest most unrestrained imaginations. What would God have you imagine while you are young, so that you may live it when you are old?
  • What/who we admire, we tend to become. Who are the people and what are their qualities that you imagine yourself becoming like? Who are some of your heroes and what are they like?
  • Everything that has been created by mankind: skyscrapers, skis, cars, computers, buildings, boulevards, coffee cups, cotton balls and even things immaterial such as concepts and philosophies all began in the mind of someone before they became reality. What could God use you to do?
  • Practice using imaginative narration methods such as puppets, or drawing or acting the story out more often.

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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Thank you for creation

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Memory Verses:

1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ”

Also we will review all verses from previous Octobers:

  • “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
  • And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
  • Psalm 23
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  • “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

St. Patrick’s Prayer (400)

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books/story writing, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Noah and Faith)
  • Daniel will practice his letters on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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For kindergarten through second grade

Faith will study, word build, hand write, and then recite the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah will do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Noah and Faith will have fun with creative writing using these story starters once or twice a month.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah will use the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith will use them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel will use our Lauri alphabet puzzle to sound out (reading) and word build (spelling) three letter word.

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

Also see “Hero/When I Grow up/Imagination” themed picture books for Daniel in Literature Read Alouds of previous October lesson plans.

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  • Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe / adapted by Marianna Mayer ; paintings by John Rush
  • Chanticleer and the Fox / by Barbara Cooney
  • The Ink Garden of Brother Theopane / by C.M. Millen
  • The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur / by Margaret Hodges
  • The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor / by Patrick O’ Brien
  • Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend / by Margaret Hodges
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / by Selina Hastings

History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith will typically narrate readings orally, but also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings every once in awhile. 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to South America and Central America geography curriculum.

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History Curriculum Manual and Spine:

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Living Book List:

  • Silk Route / by John Major
  • What You will See Inside a Mosque / Aisha Khan
  • Atlas of Islam: People, Daily Life and Traditions / by Neil Morris
  • Muhammad / by Demi
  • Islam / by Philip Wilkinson and Batul Salazar (DK)
  • Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky / by Barbara Schiller
  • Leif the Lucky / by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Alauire
  • Leif’s Saga / by Jonathan Hunt
  • Leif the Lucky: Discoverer of America / by Erick Berry
  • Once Upon a Time Saints / by Ethel Pochoki
  • Saints: Lives and Illuminations / by Ruth Sanderson
  • Arabs in the Golden Age / by Mokhtar Moktefi
  • Child’s Book of Saints / by William Canton
  • Favorite Medieval Tales / by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Roman Empire and the Dark Ages: History of Everyday Things / by Giovanni Caselli
  • Everyday Life of a Viking Settler / by Giovanni Caselli
  • Arthur and the Sword / by Thomas Malory
  • Fin M’Coul : the giant of Knockmany Hill / retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paol
  • Patrick : patron saint of Ireland / by Tomie dePaola
  • Saint Francis / by Brian Wildsmith

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • The Pumpkin Runner / by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • One wooly wombat / written by Rod Trinca and Kerry Argent
  • Big Rain Coming / by Katrina Germein
  • The Gift Stone / by Robyn Eversole
  • New Zealand ABCs /by Holly Schroeder
  • First Book of Australia / by Edna Mason Kaula
  • Red Earth, Blue Sky: The Australian Outback / by Margaret Rau
  • Starry Sky / DK Reader (science)

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Math:

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Daniel’s Exploration Time: In the morning just before school, provide pattern blocks, unifix cubes, building blocks, tangrams, geoboards, tiles, pattern blocks, etc. for free exploration of math materials. What can you do with these materials? What did you notice? What did you have to do in order to make it? Try to observe while they are working, and sometimes make a comment about what you observe. When children need a suggestion ask, “I wonder if….” or “Do you think it would work to….?” or “Do you have another idea?,” so that they feel free to decide on their own.

Daniels Lessons: Spend a few minutes once 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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Mental Math for Noah and Faith: Everyday try to work in 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that require students to do mental calculations with math concepts they have already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Multiplication and Division book, Your Business, Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game. He will be learning his multiplication table and practicing addition and subtraction.

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson on pages 14-31–learning to regroup by 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s (preparation for grouping by 10’s, the base 10 system).
  • Faith will continue recording subtraction facts in in her Number Book, as she has recorded all addition facts and some subtraction (up to 10) that she explored with manipulatives last school year.
  • Time to Any Hour (p. 61) Put the hour and minute cards face down in two separate piles. Provide a real clock. Have child form a time by turning over the top minute card and the top hour card, and then set the clock to match.
  • Compare Times (p. 62) Players take turns setting the clock. Then they make the time with their cards.
  • To One Hundred (p. 26) Make a stock pile of 5’s and 10’s cards. Player take the top card and enters that number of beads on his abacus. Players take turns adding by 5’s and 10’s until someone reaches 100 exactly. Variation: Use a hundreds chart instead of an abacus.
  • Addition War (p. 39) Using about 40 1-9 numeral cards, deal the cards out evenly. Players take the top two cards from their stacks, set them face up, add them together, and say the sum aloud. The player with the higher sum takes all four cards. Equal sums means war and each player places two extra cards face down, and then places two more face up to add together. The higher sum takes all the cards.
  • Showing a Number On Various Manipulatives Use an abacus, place value cards, unifix cubes, and a hundreds chart to show a number like 37 or 56 or 94 on various manipulatives.
  • Sort Attribute Blocks One person sorts all the blocks one at a time into piles according to a secret rule (thin and red), while the others watch and try to guess the rule. Or one person chooses a rule, and the other chooses a block and asks if it belongs. Play continues until the rule can be stated.
  • Make Attribute Block Patterns Also have the child find the error in a pattern or a missing block.Faith will continue recording subtraction facts in in her Number Book, as she has recorded all addition facts and some subtraction (up to 10) that she explored with manipulatives last school year.

Extra: Download and print open ended math questions to use as time allows. Ask Faith to provide as many answers as she can.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

We will be meeting with Miss Maria and her family once a week to learn conversational Spanish!

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, we do family movie night, and love to watch Moody Science videos, Reading Rainbow, Bill Nye, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Shirley Temple, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies from Netflix! I usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for my sensitive kiddos. We still often need to use the fast forward button though! 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Watercolor resist leaves, crayon rubbings, or charcoal rubbings

CHARCOAL LEAF ART for kids. Charcoal is a super medium for kids to use to explore the shape, texture and patterns of leaves.:

Make a world architecture art project, such as a cathedral or

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Learn how to make something out of stained glass scraps

This is a mosaic table I made out of stained glass scraps!  This is actually my very first attempt...I was a bit ambitious!!!!!!!!!!

Make and Deliver Fall Blessings as an outreach to neighbors

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Dress Up and Play Heroes

Collect Signs of Fall

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Arrange a Community Helper Fieldtrip

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Do a Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt (provide a picture of a leaf and then hunt it down at the Nature Park, or provide a leaf and go find the tree)

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Fieldtrips:

  • Clayton Pumpkin Patch
  • Ohlone Cultural Celebration at Coyote Hills Regional Park
  • Fire station

 

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December Lesson Plans

2013-2014

I invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School & Fabulous Fours and Fives for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. To preview our monthly themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Truth Theme:  I will worship JESUS 

Preschool Fun Theme: Christmas (happy birthday baby Jesus, nativity, snow, candy canes, etc.)

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself with Charles Spurgeon’s sermon The Incarnation and Birth Christ.

Special Events:

December 10th–COMMUNITY OUTREACH Pass out candy canes and The Legend of the Candy Cane in the neighborhood.

December 12th–PAJAMA PARTY Come to school dressed in your jammas for a “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus” party!

December 16th-January 17th–NO SCHOOL Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (We will continue Bible and reading lessons)

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Numbers 26, 32; Deuteronomy 3, 31, 33, 34; Joshua 1-9

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 52-55

Week 2 Joshua10-11, 13-24; Judges 1-5

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 56-59

Week 3 & Week 4 Christmas Story in Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

The Children’s Story Bible chapters 1-5 (New Testament section), & the Christmas Story from lots of other Children’s Bibles

Memory Verse:

Review prior years verses: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Learn new verse: For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ”  Isaiah 9:6

Hymns:

Silent Night

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Sheet Music Here

O Come All Ye Faithful

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Poetry for memorization:

My Gift

What can I give Him
Poor as I am;
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part.
But what can I give Him?
I will give my heart.

~ Christina Rossetti

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

Jesus is the Son of God.

and all the words from the fable in the reading lesson below.

Reading:

Materials:  printed fable, loose letters, word cards for “began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A fox, seeing them, said'”

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The Dogs and the Fox

By Aesop 

Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion, began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A Fox, seeing them, said, “If this lion were alive, you would soon find out that his claws were stronger than your teeth.”

Moral: It is easy to kick a man that is down.


Reading Lessons:
“began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A fox, seeing them, said'”

1. Write one word from the poem on the board

2. Discuss the word

3. Study it closely, then erase

4. Find the word card from a small pile of cards, then hide the card

5. Spell the word with loose letters (from memory if possible)

6. Find the word in the printed poem

7. Repeat steps 1-6 with each word

8. Do a review of all the words listed up on the board

Word Building Lessons (spelling):

Using loose letters, build words that rhyme with each of the words assigned for this month (ex: tear–wear, fear, near, gear, smear, clear etc.).

(Lessons 5-8 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

Math:

After completing each of the following lessons, and the children feel comfortable with them, make the materials available during independent work time/free play for the children to practice the activities on their own.

Week 1 Pattern Blocks

Use pattern block mats to build Christmas patterns (from Prekinders.com)–if building on top is easy, build next to.

Week 2 Sorting Toothpick Number Sets

(p. 144 in Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Have children place number sets (such as toothpicks pictured below; or stickers, coins, beans, paperclips, etc. mounted on cards) on the correct sections of a butcher paper number line.

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Fun Group Projects:

Do a Jesse Tree/Advent using Anne Voskamps Christmas Devotionals

Look into the lineage of Jesus Christ and show young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared through the ages through God’s people. Color or make ornaments that represent the story of the day.

Through various Scripture readings, the Jesse Tree takes the first 25 days of December to explain the lineage (or ancestry) of Jesus Christ. Stories that are key throughout the Old Testament are explained in a way that shows even very young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared, through God’s people, across the ages. Children can make or color ornaments that represent each story and then hang them on a Jesse Advent calendar tree.
Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/12/09/what-is-an-advent-jesse-tree/#pmFDk2Mx0dveJOlT.99
Through various Scripture readings, the Jesse Tree takes the first 25 days of December to explain the lineage (or ancestry) of Jesus Christ. Stories that are key throughout the Old Testament are explained in a way that shows even very young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared, through God’s people, across the ages. Children can make or color ornaments that represent each story and then hang them on a Jesse Advent calendar tree.
Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/12/09/what-is-an-advent-jesse-tree/#pmFDk2Mx0dveJOlT.99
Through various Scripture readings, the Jesse Tree takes the first 25 days of December to explain the lineage (or ancestry) of Jesus Christ. Stories that are key throughout the Old Testament are explained in a way that shows even very young children how the birth of Christ was planned and prepared, through God’s people, across the ages. Children can make or color ornaments that represent each story and then hang them on a Jesse Advent calendar tree.
Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2012/12/09/what-is-an-advent-jesse-tree/#pmFDk2Mx0dveJOlT.99

A Handwriting Keepsake

Alternative: write your list with others in mind–“make a list of things you would love to give or do for others you know”

Spread Christmas Cheer and Share the Gospel: Pass Out Candy Canes to Your Neighbors and Attach This Candy Cane Message

Go to a Live Nativity

A Fun Fruit Snack Tree

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Send a Christmas Letter to Our Operation Child From Last Year

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Movie Night: Watch Some Old Home Videos or Classic Christmas Movies Together as a Family

Make Christmas Cookies for Friends and Loved Ones

Have a Happy Birthday Jesus Party  in Pajamas

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Teach Your Kids How to Tie Knots and Make a No Sew Blanket for Baby Jesus (Baby Doll)

Pick Out a Gift to Give to a Family in Need

 

Make a Polymer Clay Nativity

Nature Study:

Winter is a great time for a bird study since they are easier to spot in leafless trees.

All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

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November Lesson Plans

2013-2014

I invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School & Fabulous Fours and Fives for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. To preview our monthly themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Truth Theme:  I am Thankful (giving, compassionate)

Preschool Fun Theme: Thanksgiving (pilgrims, Native Americans, turkeys)

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself with Psalm 100 (Psalm of thanksgiving) expounded on by Charles Spurgeon.

Special Events:

Preview the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift Catalog and start thinking about what we want to give this Christmas–chicks, sheep, clean water, medicine?

November 12th–SHARING Put together a shoebox that we will send off to Operation Christmas Child. Watch this video and pray for our child.

November 19th–COMMUNITY OUTREACH Make soup, pass it out to homeless people, and pray with them. Keep them in our prayers.

November 25th-29th–NO SCHOOL Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Exodus 12-34

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 35-39

Week 2 Exodus 35-40; Leviticus 1-3, 16, 23, 25; Numbers 9

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 40-43

Week 3 Numbers 10-20

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 44-47

Week 4 Numbers 20-25, 31

The Child’s Story Bible pages 48-51

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27

Learn new verse: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  Thessalonians 5:16-18

Hymn:

For the Beauty of the Earth

Sheet Music Here

Bringing in the Sheaves

Sheet Music Here

Cedarmont Kids Hymns MP3s for both For the Beauty of the Earth, Bringing in the Sheaves

Poetry for memorization:

Memorize the first three stanzas of Thanksgiving Day.

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

(Child’s Name) is thankful for (whatever he/she is thankful for)

and all the words from the fable in the reading lesson below.

Reading:

Materials:  printed fable, loose letters, word cards for the title, the author, and “Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion”

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The Dogs and the Fox

By Aesop 

Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion, began to tear it in pieces with their teeth. A Fox, seeing them, said, “If this lion were alive, you would soon find out that his claws were stronger than your teeth.”

Moral: It is easy to kick a man that is down.


Reading Lessons: (the title, the author, and “Some dogs, finding the skin of a lion”)

1. Write one word from the poem on the board

2. Discuss the word

3. Study it closely, then erase

4. Find the word card from a small pile of cards, then hide the card

5. Spell the word with loose letters (from memory if possible)

6. Find the word in the printed poem

7. Repeat steps 1-6 with each word

8. Do a review of all the words listed up on the board

Word Building Lessons (spelling):

Using loose letters, build words that rhyme with each of the words assigned for this month (ex: dogs–hogs, bogs, jogs, logs, etc.).

(Lessons 9-12 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson)

After completing each of the following lessons, and the children feel comfortable with them, make the materials available during independent work time/free play for the children to practice the activities on their own.

Week 1  Hunt for It (p. 38)

Materials: counters, 5-6 bowls/margarine tubs, dot cubes (dice, or make your own) or numeral cubes (make your own) with quantities at your child’s level (1-6 or 4-9 or 7-12 for example) Lesson: Hide various sets of counters under five or six bowls. Name a number and have children hunt for that number, lifting one bowl at a time. Children say whether each number they find is “more” or “less” than the one named. Instead of naming a number, you could also provide a dot cube or numeral cube to teach recognizing quantities and reading numerals. Extension: Have children write the number of counters that were hidden.

Week 2 Shape Puzzles (p. 60)

Materials: unifix cubes, shape puzzles Lesson: The children estimate how many cubes will fit in a shape puzzle and then check to see how many cubes fit in the shape puzzle. Extension: Children can write the numerals down when they check each puzzle. Increase the size of the shape puzzle for children ready to work with large numbers.

Week 3 How Many Ways? (p. 100)

Materials: Various patterning objects (small colored square papers, buttons, unifix cubes, seashells, etc. Markers or crayons, and glue. Lesson: Give the children a pattern such as AABB, ABC, AAB, etc. Have them work to see how many different ways they can show that pattern using their choice of objects. Glue the objects down or copy the pattern down with markers or crayons. Make a chart/display of all the ways they came up with.

Week 4 Spin and Peek (p. 150)

Materials: Counters, eight or nine bowls, more/less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”) Lesson: Played like concentration. Lift a bowl, count the counters, spin the more/less spinner to see if he or she should look for a bowl with more counters or less counters than the first bowl. If he or she finds it, take those two bowls out of the game. Play until all bowls are out of the game.

Fun Group Projects:

Read The Pumpkin Patch Parable

by Liz Curtis Higgs and then carve a pumpkin (we may be a little late, but since we don’t celebrate Halloween, fall is always a good time to carve!) The story tells how a Farmer harvests the pumpkin he has grown, scoops out the slimy pulp, carves a face, and places a light inside. The story ends by telling how God is the Farmer, and we are just like those pumpkins, chosen by Him, made clean and given His light.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” Matthew 5:16.

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Pack a Shoebox for an Operation Christmas Child.

Make Care Packages to Pass Out to Homeless People.

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Make a Thankful Tree

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Make a Turkey Out of a Pumpkin

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Make Pumpkin Soft Serve

Autumn in a Bowl: Spiced Pumpkin “Granola”

Read Stone Soup and Make Stone Soup Together

Leaf Garlands Simple Enough for Preschoolers–Let them Decorate their Rooms with Fall!

Cute Little Acorn People!

Nature Study:

Make Leaf Crowns with Real Leaves and Let Your Children Play Imaginatively in Nature

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All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

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October Lesson Plans

2013-2014

I invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School & Fabulous Fours and Fives for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. To preview our monthly themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Theme: I am Courageous

Preschool Fun Theme: Community Helpers (heroes)

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself on how to “Be of good courage” with Charles Spurgeon’s sermon: The Cure for a Weak Heart.

Special Dates:

Police Station Field Trip! 

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Genesis 23, 24, 25, 27

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 17-19

Week 2 Genesis 27-33, 35

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 20-23

Week 3 Genesis 37, 39, 40, 41, 42

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 24-27

Week 4 Genesis 43-50

The Child’s Story Bible pages 28-31

Week 5 Exodus 1-5, 7-11

The Child’s Story Bible chapters 32-34

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Learn new verse: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. ” Psalms 31:24

Classical Art Study:

Rebekah at the Well

Esau Sells Jacob His Birthright

Isac Blessing Jacob

Jacob Wrestling with The Angel

Hymn:

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

sheet music    MP3

Poetry for memorization:

The 1st verse of “Try Again”, by William Hickson, 1803-1870

‘Tis a lesson you should heed–
Try again;
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try again.
Then your courage should appear;
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear,
Try again.

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

(Child’s Name) is a (whatever they want to be when they grow up)

and various words from the reading lessons below.

Reading:

Materials:  printed poem, word cards for lines 3 and 4 of the poem, loose letters                 

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                   Rain 

by Robert Louis Stevenson

“The rain is falling all around

It falls on field and tree,

It rains on the umbrellas here,

And on the ships at sea.”

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Reading Lessons:

1. Write one word from the poem on the board

2. Discuss the word

3. Study it closely, then erase

4. Find the word card from a small pile of cards, then hide the card

5. Spell the word with loose letters (from memory if possible)

6. Find the word in the printed poem

7. Repeat steps 1-6 with each word

8. Do a review of all the words listed up on the board

Word Building Lessons (spelling):

Using loose letters, build words that rhyme with each of the words in the 3rd and 4th lines of the poem (ex: at—hat, mat, fat, sat, chat, splat, etc.).

(Lessons 5-8 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson)

After completing each of the following lessons, and the children feel comfortable with them, make the materials available during independent work time for the children to practice the activities on their own.

Week 1  Copy a Design Made on a Geoboard

Week 2 Grow and Shrink (p. 35)

Materials: Counters, dot cubes (dice, or make your own) or numeral cubes (make your own) with quantities at your child’s level (1-6 or 4-9 or 7-12 for example). Lesson: Name a number and have children put out that many counters. Name another number and have children show that number. Continue naming numbers and notice how the children approach the task. Do they remove all the counters every time or do they add (or take off) just the amount they need? Say, “Do you think we need to get some more or take some off to make the number?”, but do not teach them how to add and take away counters. Simply observe their level of thinking. Extension: Have children roll a dot cube to practice recognizing quantities, or a number cube to practice recognizing numerals.

Week 3 Arrangement Patterns (p. 107)

Materials: Unifx cubes and pattern task cards made by drawing squares in different arrangments. Lesson: Children choose a task card, copy the pattern with the unifix cubes, and then extend the pattern. Children will learn that patterns are not just in straight lines.

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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.

Week 5 Stacks

Materials: Unifix cubes Lesson: You and the children each make a stack of 10 to 12 cubes and then hide the stacks behind your backs. Say, “Stacks,” and then everyone breaks off part of their stack and places it in front of them. Each child compares their stack to yours announcing something like, “Two is less than three” or “Five is more than three”. Ask, “What can we do to make these two stacks the same?” or “How many more cubes does your stack have than mine?” (Five cubes is 2 more than 3) depending on what language each child is ready for.

Fun Group Projects:

Set up a Community with Melissa and Doug’s town Blocks

Create a Neighborhood Map

Use creative thinking, problem solving and spatial awareness skills to make a simple map of your neighborhood.

Take a walk together around the neighborhood.  Look carefully at the houses closest to yours. Then notice important roads / streets and other landmarks nearby. When you come back inside, draw a rough draft map of your neighborhood using your child’s observations and then mark where you took a walk with a red marker. Explain that together you are going to make the same neighborhood “map” out of paper or blocks. You could use blocks, colored or masking tape, construction paper and trashable materials such as tubes, egg cartons, small boxes and containers to make a 3-D map. Provide children with construction paper and tape and help them make a “floor” for the map. Use tape to make the roads / streets, green paper for yards and parks etc. Next talk about whose houses/buildings to include. This works best when you start with your house and then move to houses further away. This can be done over a process of time as your little one notices more and more on each walk. Keep in mind that accuracy is not the most important thing. The process young children work through is the key. Youngsters learn from the cooperative experience of interpreting real life into block forms.

Five Little Firemen Handprints

Five Little Firefighters
Five little firefighters sit very still. ( Hold up five fingers )
Until they saw a fire on top of a hill.
Number one rings the bell, ding dong. (Bend down thumb)
Number two pulls his big boots on. ( bend down pointer finger )
Number three climbs on the truck right away. ( bend down middle finger.)
Number four joins him–no one can wait. ( bend down ring finger )
Number five drives the truck to the fire. ( bend down little finger )
The big yellow flames go higher and higher. ( spread arms )
WHOOO–OO! Whooo–oo! Hear the fire truck say ( Imitate siren )
As all the cars get out of the way.
Shhhh! goes the water from the fire hose spout. ( Rub palms together )
And quicker than a wink the fire is out ! ( Clap hands.) – See more at: http://www.childfun.com/index.php/activity-themes/miscellaneous/715-safety-activity-theme.html#sthash.qrVGxb50.dpuf
Five Little Firefighters
Five little firefighters sit very still. ( Hold up five fingers )
Until they saw a fire on top of a hill.
Number one rings the bell, ding dong. (Bend down thumb)
Number two pulls his big boots on. ( bend down pointer finger )
Number three climbs on the truck right away. ( bend down middle finger.)
Number four joins him–no one can wait. ( bend down ring finger )
Number five drives the truck to the fire. ( bend down little finger )
The big yellow flames go higher and higher. ( spread arms )
WHOOO–OO! Whooo–oo! Hear the fire truck say ( Imitate siren )
As all the cars get out of the way.
Shhhh! goes the water from the fire hose spout. ( Rub palms together )
And quicker than a wink the fire is out ! ( Clap hands.) – See more at: http://www.childfun.com/index.php/activity-themes/miscellaneous/715-safety-activity-theme.html#sthash.qrVGxb50.dpuf

Reach Out to Your Community by Passing Out Pumpkins to the Neighbors

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Visit a fire station or police department or other community helper’s place of work.

Do a “Thank You Firefighters/Police/etc.” Cooking Project and Deliver the Goodies

Make a Crayon Resist Fall Leaf Watercolor

Collect Signs of Fall and Make a Collage or Do Leaf Rubbings with Crayons

Make a Paper Bag Pumpkin

Make Crayon Drip Pumpkins

Nature Study:

Be Awed by God’s Seasonal Handiwork and Spend Time Enjoying the Autumn Leaves!

All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

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September Lesson Plans

2013-2014

We are excited that school is about to start in just a few short weeks! We may not be following these September plans very closely since we will be adjusting to life with a new baby, but I typed them up anyway and hopefully they will be helpful to you. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers, and I will be praying that your heart is stirring with expectation of wonderful things to come this school year.

I invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School & Fabulous Fours and Fives for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. To preview our monthly themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Theme: I am a Child of God (special, one of a kind, precious in God’s sight)

Preschool Fun Theme: All About Me (name, family, favorite things, gifts and talents, accomplishments, special memories)

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself on your inheritance as a child of God with Charles Spurgeon’s sermon: The Sons of God.

Special Dates:

Welcome baby! Noah and Faith are having a new baby brother or sister mid-September.

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Genesis 1-2

The Child’s Story Bible pages 1-6

Week 2 Genesis 3-4

The Child’s Story Bible pages 7-11

Week 3 Genesis 5-8 & 10-11

The Child’s Story Bible pages 12-20

Week 4 Genesis 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22

The Child’s Story Bible pages 21-27

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ” Psalms 139:14

Learn new verse: 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

Classical Art Study:

Paradise

Fall of Man

Noah’s Ark

Tower of Babel

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Hymn:

All Creatures of Our God and King

sheet music    MP3

Song:

He Knows My Name

MP3

Poetry for memorization:

(from The Christian Mother Goose Big Book)

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

(Child’s Name) is a child of God”

and various words from the reading lessons below.

Reading:

Materials:  printed poem, word cards for each of the following words, loose letters                 

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                   Rain

“The rain is falling all around

It falls on tree and field”…….

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Reading Lessons:

1. Write one word from the poem on the board

2. Discuss the word

3. Study it closely, then erase

4. Find the word card from a small pile of cards, then hide the card

5. Spell the word with loose letters (from memory if possible)

6. Find the word in the printed poem

7. Repeat steps 1-6 with each word

8. Do a review of all the words listed up on the board

Word Building Lessons (spelling):

Using loose letters, build words that rhyme with each of the words in the 1st two lines of the poem (ex: rain–Cain, stain, plain, train, gain).

(Lessons 1-4 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson)

After completing each of the following lessons, and the children feel comfortable with them, make the materials available during independent work time for the children to practice the activities on their own.

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.

Fun Group Projects:

Read this poem and then make footprint and handprint art.

 

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Make an “All About Me” book. Or “My Life” or “I am a Child of God” or “God Knows All About Me” or “God Loves Everything About Me”. Include narrations with photos of: me as a baby, me growing up, what I look like now, my fingerprints, my footprints, my family, my school, my friends, my favorite _________, my house, my room, my neighborhood, things I am good at, my scripture promise, etc. Could be child narrated or written together in simple language. Use the book as a reader for your child.

Paint or Draw Self Portraits

Make a fun inexpensive dollhouse that resembles your own house and create dolls that represent each of your family members.

Homemade Little People

Or make a playhouse out of a cardboard appliance box (you can get them for free at an appliance store).

Or make paper bag houses. You can review shapes if you supply lots of different shapes to glue on the houses. Also learn your address (print it on the house).

Measure (with measuring tape and/or stacking and counting unifix cubes), weigh, and compare body measurements and sizes. 

Trace bodies on sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. Add clothes and features using sidewalk chalk or homemade sidewalk paint.

Nature Study:

Go on a Tarantula Trek on Mount Diablo. And go play outdoors before the chilly weather comes!

All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

 

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May Lesson Plans

2012-2013

What a joyful time of year, reflecting on all the goodness of God these last 9 school months, while looking forward to the delights of summer! Time for some extra exuberant praise sessions with the kids!!
 
I can’t believe its already the last month of school before summer break, and that this is the last official lesson plan until fall! Time flies when you are having fun! We will keep learning over the summer, but learning will be more unstructured. Time to get outdoors more and go on more fieldtrips! We hope you will keep learning with us! (Our Fall curriculum plans are underway and we will share soon.)
 
If you are new here, we invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to do homeschool together with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. If you would like to preview other themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Theme: I have Joy

Preschool Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Mother Study:

Before teaching your children, enrich yourself on the topic of Biblical joy with Charles Spurgeon’s sermon: The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People

Special Dates:

May 7th–Mother’s Day Tea Party We will celebrate moms and grandmas today with a frilly tea party. (See last years ideas for planning your own party)

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Joy Comes as a Result of Faith (1 Peter 1:3-9 –mom look over New Life Version for a simple way to explain, but present King James Version to children for literary value)

Week 2 Psalms 100, & spend some extra time singing and dancing

Week 3 Paul and Silas (Acts 16)

Week 4 Heaven (Revelation 21–22)

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: “My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him. ” Psalms 28:7

Learn new verse: “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Classical Art Study:

Choose from hundreds of Mother and Child Paintings here.

The Young Mother by Mary Cassatt, 1900

Hymns:

To God Be the Glory

MP3   Sheet Music

Come Now Fount

MP3 and Sheet Music

Poetry for memorization:

Select favorite verses from Jane Taylor’s poem:

My Mother

Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush’d me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rock’d me that I should not cry?
My Mother.

Who sat and watched my infant head,
When sleeping in my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who dress’d my doll in clothes so gay,
And taught me pretty how to play.
And minded all I had to say?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray,
And love God’s holy book and day.
And walk in Wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who was so very kind to me?
My Mother

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear;
And if God please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,
My Mother.

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old, and gray,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away.
My Mother.

And when I see thee hang thy head,
‘Twill be my turn to watch thy bed.
And tears of sweet affection shed,
My Mother.

Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

mother

Word Building:

Use lowercase letters to build:

Week 1 mom

Week 2 bug

Week 3 grub

Week 4 ant

Extension: After building the assigned words, select other beginning consonant letters that form a new word from the same word ending (this can be done by the child or the teacher). For example, you could lay out letters b, c, f, m, p, r, s, to choose from and then have children make new words by taking off the h in hat and replacing it with a new consonant. However, half the fun for the kids is finding the initial consonants that form new words for themselves, so I have my kids try letters one by one to find new words through trial and error. Either way, have the children sound out their new word and announce what word they built. The children will see that many words can be built from the same word endings ( word endings being –om, –ug, –ub, –ant). See Welcome Back to School post for more Word Building information.

Provide real objects or pictures to represent the word of the week during your word building lesson if you want.

Literature and Reference Books:

Place books on hold on your library’s website today, or order from an online bookstore, so they will be ready for you on time!

Insect fables, like The Grasshopper and the Ants, in:

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Week 1  Patterning (p. 151)

Object: to copy and extend patterns. Provide several unifix cube patterns (trains) and have the children choose one that they feel comfortable extending the pattern (by building onto the provided pattern). Ask the children to tell you/show you their pattern. Extension: have the children make up their own pattern train. What is the level of complexity of the patterns the child is able to work with? Do the children simplify the pattern and always make an AB pattern?

Week 2 Sorting Number Sets (p.144)

Object: To count and place number set materials in the correct sections of a number line, and to notice how the same number can be represented in many different ways. Make number set cards (like the toothpick set pictured in my December lesson plan) with varying objects such as buttons, paper clips, bread tags, beads on bracelets, beads strung on yarn, objects glued on popsicle sticks. Make two number lines: lay out two long pieces of butcher paper, each marked off into five sections labeled with numerals 1-5 and 6-10 (and corresponding number of dots next to each numeral). You can use one number line at a time to make the activity easier. After the children have placed several cards in one section on the number line, say, “Let’s check and see if all these are fours, sixes, threes (and so on).” Extension: If children are ready, have them sort the number set materials and put them in order without using the paper strip. Do children notice that the numbers get bigger to the right and smaller to the left, or do they search randomly for where to put their card? Are they comfortable choosing small numbers or big numbers? Are they able to sort the small numbers quickly? Do they need to recount the dots on the paper strip before placing their card? Are they accurate? Do they check and recheck to make sure they counted right?

Week 3 Matching (p.146)

Object: To practice making two sets of the same number of objects, either by using one-to-one correspondence or by counting. Use the same number set cards used in the previous “Sorting Number Sets” lesson. Provide collections of various items (buttons, keys, nuts and blots, etc) and several sheets of construction paper. Have the child choose one of the number set cards. Then, have the children use the collections and construction paper (like a mat) to build a set that has the same number as the card. What size numbers can thhe work with? Do they copy the arrangement?

Week 4 More or Less (p. 148)

Object: To compare a group of objects to determine which group has more and which has less. This is a game that can be played by two children, or you and a child. Use the number set cards from the two previous lessons, and create a More/Less spinner (use a spinner you already own, cover one half with paper labeled “More” and one half with paper labeled “Less”). Have each partner draw a card out of the pile of number set cards. One partner spins the More/Less spinner. If it lands on “More,” the partner whose card has more wins and takes both cards. If it lands on “Less,” the partner whose card has less on it wins and takes both cards. Play continues until they run out of cards. Are the children able to tell immediately which is more or which is less, or do they need to count?

Group Projects:

Craft a tea party invitation.

Paint your own Bug Barn–Only $3.75 at Rainbow Resource!

Order a ‘Grow Your Own Butterflies’ Kit

Raise a Snail Family

Dig for Worms and then Make a Worm Farm

Make a Buggy Snack

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Listen to Relaxing Sounds of Insects

Have some end of the year fun making Sharpie Tye Dye T-shirts!

Nature Study:

Catch and Study Your Own Bugs

Field Guides, The Handbook of Nature Study, and the website whatsthatbug.com can help you with insect identification.

The scriptures say that God reveals Himself in the Word, in the conscience, and in creation. Therefore, just as studying the Bible reveals truths of God to your children, so does studying nature! Most Christian families would never omit Bible study, but how many Christian families are missing out on the enjoyment and theological significance of studying nature?

Go enjoy nature with your children this month!

All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

 

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April Lesson Plans

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Whether big or small, I hope you have some gardening plans in the works for April and that you will participate in these lesson plans with us! A gardening theme is a great way to teach that faith is lot like a seed. Good things come to those who wait. If you have time, its fun to go into the archives of this blog and look back at what we were doing last April with the theme of faith, gardening, farming, and chickens (we narrowed things down this year because the theme was too broad). Let us know how your garden grows!
 
If you are new here, we invite you to join our Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs school by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to do homeschool together with us! Please take a look at Welcome Back to School for a basic explanation of each area of study that you see here in this monthly lesson plan (bold blue headings), as well as a description of the beauty of Charlotte Mason education methods. If you would like to preview other themes planned for the year, also see our 2013 masterplan. If you would like to call your school Little Lambs as well, see my post Founding Message of Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs, a sweet Bible lesson I presented during one of our very first circle times that you might want to use with your kids too!

Bible Theme: I have faith

Preschool Fun Theme: Gardening

Bible Stories:

Week 1 Hebrews Chapter 11, Parable of the Mustard Seed (Luke 13:18-189)

Week 2 Jesus Feeding the 5,000

Week 3 Jesus Walking on Water

Week 4 Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: If you have faith as small as mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

Learn new verse: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (Charlotte Mason used KJV, and we try to use it because it teaches literary language and vocabulary)

In other words: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Classical Art Study:

Choose from hundreds of Garden Paintings here.

In the Garden by Claude Monet, 1895

Hymn:

No Mp3 of this hymn available, so learn it beforehand using the link below, and then teach it to the children a cappella.

Faith is a Living Power from Heaven

Lyrics and tune

Poetry for memorization:

Annie’s Garden from a Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa

(by the way, mignonette is pronounced min-yə-ˈnet, and means ‘any genus of herbs’)

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

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Word Building:

Use lowercase letters to build:

Week 1 hat

Week 2 sun

Week 3 mud

Week 4 wet

Extension: After building the assigned words, select other beginning consonant letters that form a new word from the same word ending (this can be done by the child or the teacher). For example, lay out letters b, c, f, m, p, r, s, to choose from and then have children make new words by taking off the h in hat and replacing it with a new consonant. Have the children sound out their new word and announce what word they built. The children will see that many words can be built from the same word endings ( word endings being –at, –un, –ud, –et). See Welcome Back to School post for more Word Building information.

Provide real objects or pictures during your word building lesson if you want.

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Literature and Reference Books:

Place books on hold on your library’s website today, or order from an online bookstore, so they will be ready for you on time!

Math:

(Activities are from the book Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Week 1  Measuring with Strings (p. 97)

Object: Children will be introduced to the idea of a measuring tool. Have the children use a length of string to find objects that are the same length, longer, or shorter than the string. Since we previously practiced measuring things around the room with our arms to find objects that are “the same as me”, ask, “Is it easier to measure with your arm or a string?” Do the children try measuring things that seem unlikely to be the length they are looking for or are they discriminating, measuring only those things that are fairly close to the length of their string? How close do the children need to get to an object before they can tell if they have found something that might be the same length?

Week 2 Can You Find It? (p.122)
Make number set cards (like the toothpick set pictured in my December lesson plan) with varying objects such as buttons, paper clips, bread tags, or beads on bracelets, beads strung on yarn, objects glued on popsicle sticks, etc. Each set should include at least 3 or 4 of each of the numbers from 1 to 10. Object: children will match quantities, count without touching, and practice recognizing quantities up to six without counting. Hand out 5-6 number set cards to your child. Hold up a number card set and ask if he/she has a card with the same number as yours. Do they need to touch the objects or can they count just by looking? Do they just check the cards that look similar or do they count the objects on every card even though it couldn’t possibly have the same number? When working with number sets of six or less, let the children know that it is good when they can tell you how many without counting. Counting when needed is good, but some children think they are supposed to count every time even though they don’t need to. Preschoolers can sometimes recognize groups of 2 or 3 without counting, but you want to encourage and work up to the instant recognition of numbers to 4, 5, or 6.

Week 3 Concentration (p. 123)

Object: same as week 2, but different format. Set up cups upside down in three rows of four. Use counters to place two sets of each number being worked with underneath the cups (two cups with 3 beans underneath, two cups with four beans underneath, and so forth) OR (one cup with 3 beans, one cup with 3 pennies, one cup with 4 seeds, one cup with 4 beads, and so forth). Have children uncover two items to see what number is hiding. If they uncover a matching pair, they remove them. If the pairs don’t match, they cover them again and the next child gets a turn. Do the children choose cups randomly, or do they remember what number is hiding underneath? Are the children able to recognize that different groups have the same number, even when they are different materials?

Week 4 Pattern Block Puzzles (p. 93 )

Object: children will explore how shapes fit into other shapes and find ways to fit shapes into puzzles outlines. Level one puzzles in the book have interior lines, and level two puzzles are without interior lines (see this advanced example of level 2). Have children find pattern blocks that he or she thinks will fit and fill in a puzzle shape (you can print out or draw). For example, give the children a puzzle that is the outline of a trapezoid, and see if they can discover that it will accommodate two triangle pattern blocks and one hexagon pattern block. Do the children test the blocks and move them around to make them fit? Do they know ahead of time what blocks to get?

Group Projects:

Plant and take care of a garden!

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Write an Experience Story

“Today we planted a garden in our backyard with mommy and daddy. First, we planted a pumpkin behind the rosemary. Next, we planted planted peas in a large pot. Then we planted lettuce, carrots, radishes, corn, and onions in our raised garden bed. Finally, we made sure to water all our plants. We can’t wait to eat fresh vegetables from the garden!

Planting a garden together is a perfect opportunity to use something called Language Experience Approach (LEA), or dictated stories. The language experience approach is a “whole language” approach that promotes reading and writing through the use of personal experiences and oral language. Beginning literacy learners relate their experiences to a teacher, who transcribes them. These transcriptions are then used as the basis for other reading and writing activities. Through LEA the teacher is able to demonstrate important concepts about print such as: starting on the left side of the page, capitalizing proper nouns and at the beginning of a sentence, spaces in between words, punctuation at the end, how to proceed to the next line on lined paper, etc.

LEA is something useful I learned in my teaching credential program, and is very compatible with Charlotte Mason methods as it treats language as a “whole” experience. Teaching language arts as a whole means that speaking, listening, reading, writing are taught all together in a natural and meaningful way, and lessons to teach skills and mechanics of language are not taught separately because this takes them out of context, thus losing their meaning. Since LEA develops literacy through whole language, it develops literacy with the whole learner in mind. Real people love to read and write for real purposes. (FYI, learning parts of language out of a workbook is the exact opposite of whole language methods)

So to do LEA, make a shared memorable experience together, such as planting a garden, then sit down and have children all contribute to retelling the experience while you write down their words in large print that everyone can see (like chart paper or a blackboard). You may help provide the framework such as a topic sentence and transitional words such as first, next, then, after, and last. You can help provide correct grammar without totally changing the children’s story. Read your story, re-read it, revise it, make a book out of it, share it, journal it, or write it down in a memory/scrap book……..do you see all the purpose and the meaning?!

This activity is very beneficial because the children will see how the writing process works from beginning to end, they will also get reading practice as you all read and re-read the story together, and beginners enjoy the activity because it uses a topic of high personal interest and familiarity. Plus, teamwork gets the story done which makes it easy and fun for brand new writers.

Paint Rocks to Make Cute Vegetable Garden Markers. Make sure to spray varnish each side at least 5 times or colors will disappear rapidly! Last year we varnished a painted rock project only once or twice and the paint washed off in no time.

Grow a Sunflower House

Make mushrooms grow in the garden. I love this idea because I have a thing for toadstools, polymer clay, and garden decor. Last year we painted something made out of polymer clay, kept it outside all  year long, and it still looks great. I am surprised how well painted clay weathers, and so I think the mushrooms will stay pretty too.

Paint Sunflowers

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Nature Study:

Find unexpected natural treasures.

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Pick them, and then every time look very astonished at mommy’s no picking rule.

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God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. –Francis Bacon

All good things are inspired by God! We share freely here to be a blessing to you with all that He has given us. Thank you for sharing what you have been given with others too. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

 

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