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November Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Zealous

Bible: 1 Peter & 2 Peter

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Art: Mary Cassatt

  • What Makes a Cassatt a Cassatt?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Mary Cassatt by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
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Music: Beethoven

  • Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler (biography)
  • An Introduction to the Classics: Ludwig Beethoven (1 hr story and music)
  • Masters of Classical Music: Beethoven (music cd)

1. Symphony 5 OR 6
2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) OR 8 (Pathetique, Opus 13)
3. Razumovsky String Quartets Opus 59, no 1-3 OR Septet in E-flat Opus 20
4. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)
5. Symphony 7 OR 9 (Opus 125)
6. Fidelio

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Poetry: Walt Whitman

  • Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Luke 10:27

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  • Encourage the children to write out their own prayers for zeal this month and use them.
  • 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).

Discussion Time:

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

          Zealous:

  • Zeal: Having a burning passion for God and a burning desire to please Him by doing good works. Being enthusiastic; dedicated and ambitious; not lazy or indifferent; whole-hearted.

at Home

  • Showing excitement about lessons learned through life struggles.
  • Completing chores in good time with a positive attitude motivated by a love for making things clean and shiny.
  • Tackling work with a vision of how it will benefit others.
  • Showing genuine interest in the games and activities that other family members enjoy.
  • Showing excitement about doing things together as a family.

at School

  • Participate by asking and answering questions.
  • Show your enthusiasm for learning by writing a note expressing gratefulness to your teacher 🙂

at Church

  • Greet others with a cheerful smile.
  • Get involved in the ministry of your local church.
  • Purpose not to complain or talk critically of others.

 

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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Scripture Memory:

Proverbs 2:1-10

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 100, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
  • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Stewardship Street verses

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Pa’s Fiddle (Amazon Prime Music)

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden–
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water
We gather every day,–
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – All About Me.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

“Thanksgiving” themed picture books for Daniel are listed in previous November lesson plans.

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Where Lincoln Walked by Raymond Bial
  • Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People
  • A. Lincoln and me by Louise Borden
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick
  • Abe Lincoln’s Beard by Jan Wahl
  • Me and Willie and Pa by F.N. Monjo
  • Fashions of the Old South Paper Dolls (Dover)
  • Kids During the American Civil War by Lisa Wroble
  • Civil War Days by David King
  • Civil War for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Great Locomotive Chase starring Fess Parker (film)
  • Gettysburg by F.N. Monjo
  • Battle of Gettysburg by Neil Johnson
  • Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Micheal McCurdy
  • Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia by Patrick O’Brien
  • Robert E. Lee by Lee Roddy
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  • Civil War Artist by Taylor Morrison
  • Clara Barton and Her Victory Over Fear by Robert Quackenbush
  • Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
  • Civil War Uniforms (Dover)
  • Old Abe by Patrick Young
  • Drummer Boy by Ann Turner
  • Blue and Gray by Eve Bunting
  • Red Legs by Ted Lewin
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Blow, Bugles, Blow  by Merritt Allen
  • Louis Pasteur: founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
  • Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom Matthews
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Vietnam, the Land by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the Culture by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the People by Bobbie Kalman
  • Thailand by Rau, Dana Meachen
  • Thailand by Glaser, Chaya

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Goldfish, Book 7 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

  • The Shark Swimathon
  • Seven Little Rabbits
  • Math Potatoes by Greg Tang
  • Math Fables by Greg Tang

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Science/Nature Study:

  • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Strathmore ((467-8 STR-467-8 48 Sheet No 140 Watercolor Art Journal, 8.5 by 11", 8.5"x11", 24

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes

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Thankful Tree

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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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Paint like an impressionist

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Fieldtrips:

  • CA Mission: San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo
  • Monarchs at Natural Bridges Park

 

 

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November Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Peaceable

Bible: Colossians and Philemon

History/Geography: Early America/North America

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

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study:

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

Benjamin West

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

Music Study:

Learn patriotic songs

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

George Frederic Handel

  • Possible Future Studies:
  • Henry Purcell 1659-1695
  • Antonio Vivaldi 1675-1741
  • Domenico Scarlatti 1680-1750
  • Telemann 1680-1760
  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
  • George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
  • Haydn 1732-1809
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
  • Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827
  • Niccolo Paganini 1782-1840
  • Franz Schubert 1790-1820
  • Gioachino Rossini 1790-1860
  • Felix Mendelssohn 1810-1840
  • Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
  • Robert Schumann 1810-1850
  • Giuseppe Verdi 1810-1900
  • Richard Wagner 1820-1880
  • Franz Liszt 1820-1890
  • Johann Strauss II 1825-1899
  • Stephen Foster 1830-1860
  • Johannes Brahms 1833-1897
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
  • Antonin Dvorak 1840-1900
  • Edvard Grieg 1850-1900
  • John Phillips Sousa 1854-1932
  • Claude Debussy 1860-1920
  • Jean Sibelius 1865-1957
  • Scott Joplin 1868-1917
  • Maurice Ravel 1870-1930
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff 1870-1940
  • Gilbert and Sullivan 1870-1896
  • Igor Stravinsky 1880-1970
  • Bela Bartok 1881-1945
  • George Gershwin 1900-1930
  • Dmitry Shostakovich 1900-1970
  • Aaron Copland 1910-1980

Poetry Study:

  • When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)

Book list:

  • Poetry for Young People Series
  • Opal Wheeler composer biographies
  • Discovering great artists : hands-on art for children in the styles of the great masters series by Kohl, MaryAnn F.
  • Stories of the Opera by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Story of “______” in Word and Music (Mausic Master Series, composer study CDs)
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman
  • What Makes a …. (Rembrandt a Rembrandt, etc)?
  • Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists/Composers
  • Art books on Native Americans by Robert Griffing
  • National Museum of American Art / [foreword by Elizabeth Broun ; introduction by William Kloss]
  • The rooster crows : a book of American rhymes and jingles / Maud and Miska Petersham
  • American History in Art by Rena Coen

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Review the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, Have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (9) and Faith (8) in dimes once a week; provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Noah and Faith do personal Bible study by writing out relevant verses, based on curiosities or as needed, from their Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible during morning devotions
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete workbook page in Character Companion based on the character theme of the month, and together, read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the current trait
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Family Devotions Books:

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Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral confession: 1 Corinthians 13:5 “Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered…”

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  • Print out and pray these scriptures about thoughtfulness.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience with peace making, generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Thank God in prayer.
  • What are you tempted to complain about? What are you selfish about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you most thankful for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How would you like to generously help or give to others to help the world know Jesus? Ask God for help.

Discussion Time:

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

          Peaceableness:

  • Discuss characters from books and people in our lives who exemplify being peaceable
  • Mouldable Munchkins
  • Music to My Ears
  • “I have seen Christians in communist prisons with 50 pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red-hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterward without water, starving, whipped, suffering from cold, and praying with fervor for the communists…Afterward, the communists came to prison too. Now the tortured and the torturers were in the same cell. And while the non-Christians beat them, Christians took their defense. I have seen Christians giving away their last slice of bread (we had at that time one slice a week) and the medicine which could save their lives to a sick communist torturer who was now a fellow-prisoner.”-Richard Wurmbrand

Are the persecuted Christians fighting their enemies? Why do we fight each other?

  • Confess the sin of anger of your forefathers and ask God in the Name and through the power of the blood of Jesus to break any curse coming down the generations. Ask God to take back the ground Satan has taken because of anger.

    “An angry person stirs up conflict,
    and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” Proverbs 29:22

  • Review potential causes of discord (lack of peace) in your home. Ideas listed in the Bible include selfishness, envy, teasing another person, being hot tempered, stirring up anger/ provoking, lack of sympathy, lack of love, impatience or intolerance. James 4:1-3 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask you do not receive because you ask with the wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Review Unselfishness, Thankfulness

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Memory Verses:

Review

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 100, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23
  • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
  • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

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Hymn in Prose for Children by Mrs. Barbauld
Come and I will show you what is beautiful.
It is a rose in full bloom.
See how she sits upon her mossy stem,
like the queen of all the flowers!
She is the delight of every eye.
She is beautiful, but there is fairer than she.
He that made the rose is more beautiful than the rose;
He is all lovely; He is the delight of every heart.
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I will show you what is strong.
The lion is strong; when the voice of his roaring is heard,
the wild beasts of the desert hide themselves,
for he is very terrible.
The lion is strong,
but He that made the lion is stronger than He:
His anger is terrible: He could make us die in a moment,
and no one could save us out of His hand.
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I will show you what is glorious.
The sun is glorious.
When he shines in the clear sky,
when he sits on the bright throne in the heavens, and looks abroad over all the earth.
He is the most excellent and glorious creature the eye can behold.
The sun is glorious, but He that made the sun is more glorious than he.
The eye beholds Him not, for His brightness is more dazzling than we could bear.
He sees in all dark places; and the light of His countenance is over all His works.
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Who is this great Name, and what is He called,
that my lips may praise Him?
This great Name is God.
He made all things, but He is himself more excellent than all that He has made:
they are beautiful, but He is beauty;
they are strong, but He is strength;
they are perfect, but He is perfection.

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Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Print to Cursive. (Faith) Hymns in Prose. (Noah)
  • Daniel practices his reading words on our little black chalkboards from Handwriting without Tears

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Faith studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah does prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Sometimes Noah and Faith do creative writing using these story starters. Other times they write in their blank books in which they are making their own stories.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. The readers provide spelling words for Faith (she will switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel is doing Delightful Reading curriculum to learn to read.

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

Also see “Hero” themed picture books for Daniel in previous October lesson plans.

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History and Geography:

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5 lessons a week from SCM’s Early Modern & Epistles history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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Living Book List:

  • Little Wolf Slayer by Donald Cooke
  • I Heard of a River by Elsie Singmaster
  • A Pirate’s Life for Me! by Julie Thompson
  • Pirate Diary by Richard Platt
  • The Story of William Penn by Aliki
  • The Folks in the Valley by Jim Aylesworth
  • Rudi and the Distelfinkby F.N. Monjo
  • Skippack School by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Presidents / by Martin W. Sandler ; introduction by James H. Billington

 

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Surrounded by Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island
  • Domitila : a Cinderella tale from the Mexican tradition by Jewell Reinhart
  • My Mexico by Tony Johnston
  • The Pinata Maker by George Ancona
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie DePaola
  • One Hundred and One Beautiful Small Towns in Mexico by Guillermo Garcia-Oropeza
  • Mexico A to Z by Ron Fontes Justine
  • The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi
  • Discovering maps / Alma Graham, project educational editor
  • National Geographic world atlas for young explorers
  • Wonderful houses around the world / Yoshio Komatsu ; drawings by Akira Nishiyama ; translated by Katy Bridges and Naoko Amemiya

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)

Spend a few minutes 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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  • Counting Stories (p. 30) Materials: Counters and Storyboards or blank paper. Lesson: Tell number stories and have the children act them out using some counters as objects in the stories. Children place the counters on a storyboard that represents the setting for the story. Pass out storyboards–paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example. Say, “Four trucks are driving down the road. Two cars pass them. Count the trucks and cars.” Children place counters on the storyboard and add them up. Extensions: Have children make up their own counting stories. Write the numerals on a small chalkboard as you say them so the children can learn to associate numerals with the amounts they represent (or don’t say the number as you write it if children are familiar with numerals). Or have children write their own numerals (placing counters right on top of the chalkboard).
  • Creations (p. 33) Materials: Unifix cubes, creation cards. Lesson: Create a model out of unifix cubes (resembling a simple animal for example), or use the provided creation cards in the book. Have children build a matching creation exactly as shown by the model or creation card, and without laying it on top of the model or card. Extension: Have children record the number of cubes they used to build each creation (writing or numeral card).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grow and Shrink (p28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2” on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.
  • Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.

          Games:

  • Missing Card (p.10) Lay out cards 1-10 in order, remove one card and close the gap. Have the child guess which number is missing.
  • Consecutive Numbers (p.12) Using 4 sets of 1-10 cards, deal 3 cards to each player, and put the rest in a stock pile. Player puts any card down (and draws another card), next player puts down the next highest number or the preceding lower number. Player may add to a row or start a new one. When the third card is put down in a row, that player collects that row. Player with most cards wins.
  • Dot and Number Memory (p.14) Match even and odd dot cards to matching numeral cards (all placed in order in two separate rows upside down).
  • Even Odd Dot Memory (p.15) Same as game above except one person collects evens, the other collects odds (to become more aware of the difference).
  • Build a staircase on the abacus

Faith’s Lessons:

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  • Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book
  • Life of Fred Book 3

Noah’s Lessons:

 

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  • Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John Van De Walle, Life of Fred Series, Your Business (pet Store), Kahn Academy, and an occasional Math Card Game.

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Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Paint Christmas Village Scenes

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Painting "Going for Christmas Trees"

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Make soup and pass it out to the homeless

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Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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Have a neighbor over for a cup of tea. Kids practice manners, hospitality, and social skills while making stronger connections to neighbors.

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Make a Thankful Tree

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Fieldtrips:

  • Christmas Trees
  • Hoedown

 

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November Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Unselfish

Bible: Galatians

History/Geography: Middle Ages/Oceania

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:

Leonardo Da Vinci

Music Study:

Opera

Poetry Study:

Favorite Poems Old and New

Book list:

  • The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera
  • Pet of the Met by Lydia and Don Freeman
  • The Classical Child at the Opera by Anastasi Mavrides
  • A Child’s History of Art by Hillyer and Huey
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance by John Phillips
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Inventor and Scientist by F. Romei
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
  • Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd
  • Leonardo da Vinci for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Uh-Oh, Leonardo! by Robert Sabuda
  • Film- Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (Inventors Specials)
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Mike Venezia
  • Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew

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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 pertaining to the character trait of the month
  • Read Christian Heroes Then and Now as family read aloud before bed along with family Bible time
  • Have Noah and Faith complete the workbook page “Unselfish” in their Character Companion workbook, and all 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: Proverbs 11:25 “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

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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 selflessness this month, and the kids prayers too.

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience with generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Thank God in prayer.
  • What are you tempted to complain about? What are you selfish about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you most thankful for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How would you like to generously help or give to others to help the world know Jesus? Ask God for help.

Discussion Time:

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

  • Pray over the stories we receive from Samaritan’s purse in their quarterly magazine, Prayer Point and the Voice of the Martyrs Magazine
  • Treasures in Heaven activity (use a 100’s chart and apply some math)
  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15)? Satan wants to steal joy from our lives by making us ungrateful for all that we have. He wants us to think about what we don’t have, instead of being thankful for what we do have. Is there anything you find it hard to thank God for?
  • Teach children how to give creative and powerful thanksgiving to God with Names of God Prayers
  • Seeing the Bright Side game
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about generosity and compassion, read and discuss one a day:
    • “The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have”–Leonard Nimoy
    • The Magic Penny song
    • Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more….”
    • “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. –Frances Hodgson Burnett

    • Little Sunshine (story of how its the thought that counts)
    • Old Mr. Rabbits Thanksgiving Dinner in The Book of Virtues
    • The Legend of the Dipper (one small act of kindness can turn into something very great)
    • The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10
    • Grandmother’s Table (compassion requires putting yourself in someone else’s shoes)
    • Mother Theresa from Heroes for my Son
    • Read Elizabeth Fry’s story from Hero Tales
  • 100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference

 

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, study in the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible, do personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship acapella and with guitar, pray with (or without) the prayer wall, narrate Bible readings (per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Memory Verses:

1 Corinthians chapter 13

Also we will review all verses from previous Novembers:

Psalm 100 for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

  • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
  • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

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Thanksgiving Day

 

Lydia Maria Child (1844)

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To grandfather’s house we go;
       The horse knows the way 
       To carry the sleigh
  Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood—
  Oh, how the wind does blow!
       It stings the toes 
       And bites the nose
  As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To have a first-rate play.
       Hear the bells ring 
       “Ting-a-ling-ding”,
  Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
  Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
       Spring over the ground, 
       Like a hunting-hound!
  For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  And straight through the barn-yard gate.
       We seem to go 
       Extremely slow,—
  It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood—
  Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
       Hurrah for the fun! 
       Is the pudding done?
  Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

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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 studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah does prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah uses the Pathway Readers to practice prosody; Faith uses them for reading practice. The readers also provide spelling words for Faith (preparing her to switch to prepared dictation in 3rd grade). Daniel uses 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 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 “Thanksgiving/Generosity” themed picture books for Daniel in “Literature Read Alouds” of previous November lesson plans.

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  • Marvellous Blue Mouse by Christopher Manson
  • Two Travelers by Christopher Manson
  • Tournament of Knights by Joe Lasker
  • Sailor Who Captured the Sea by Deborah Lattimore
  • Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite De Angeli
  • Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  • Barefoot Book of Knights
  • Barefoot Book of Princesses

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:

  • Vikings by John D. Clare
  • Viking Town by Jacqueline Morley
  • Story of Roland by James Baldwin
  • Knights and Castles and Feudal Life by Walter Buehr
  • Duke and the Peasant: Life in the Middle Ages by Sister Wendy Beckett
  • Middle Ages by Gloria and Oriol Verges
  • How Would you Survive the Middle Ages? by Fiona Macdonald
  • Castle, Abbey, and Town by Irma Black
  • Medieval Life by Andrew Langley
  • Days of Knights and Damsels by Laurie Carlson
  • Knights and Castles; 50 Hands on Activities by Avery Hart
  • Medieval Cookbook by Maggie Black
  • True Book of Knights by John Lewellen
  • Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
  • If you Lived in the Days of the Knights by Ann McGovern
  • Armor Book  by Micheal Berenstain
  • Illustrated Book of Knights by Jack Coggins
  • Knights in Armor by John Clare
  • Knights in Armor Paper Dolls by Dover
  • Coat of Arms by Catherine Daly-Weir
  • The Tower of London by Leonard Fisher
  • William the Conqueror by Thomas B. Costain

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Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

Herbert: The Story of a Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton

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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.

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.
  • Telling Time tell time with clock cards, clock face and hands print out
  • 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.
  • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
  • Go to the Dump (p.24) Repetition for memorizing facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)
  • Money set out an amount of money in quarters, have Noah exchange it for dimes and nickels and vice versa

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

Daniel’s Lessons:

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.

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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:

Draw and label Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18

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Learn calligraphy

Make Robin Hood Hats

Make a catapult out of popsicles sticks

Make Medieval Crowns

Medieval Crown craft

Make Coat of Arms

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Make Capes (as Christmas gifts)

Reversible Hooded Cape. Tutorial by danamadeit http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/06/reversible-hooded-capes.html

Write to firefighters

Make soup and pass it out to the homeless

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Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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Have a neighbor over for a cup of tea. Kids practice manners, hospitality, and social skills while making stronger connections to neighbors.

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Make a Thankful Tree

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Fieldtrips:

  • CHECC Hoedown
  • Apple Hill to cut down a Christmas tree
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November Lesson Plans

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Thankfulness, Generosity, and Compassion vs. Selfishness

Bible: Matthew-Acts

History/Geography: Ancient Rome, Europe

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

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Parent Study:

  • Read books by Alice Smith, one of God’s generals in the realm of intercession

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

Picture study: Giotto Di Bondone

Composer Study: George Frideric Handel

Poetry Study: Favorite Poems Old and New, A Child’s Garden of Verses

Character/Habit Development:

Stewardship StreetOur Service board show kids what their daily assignments are. Noah is the green markers and Faith is the red markers (clay shaped into hearts).

  • Read stories “Cheeseburger Pie” p. 31 and “Lending to the Lord” p.36 and “Timmy’s Blessing” p. 129 in Growing with the Millers
  • Read through the book Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends this school year
  • Use Keepers and Contenders of the Faith handbooks to work on spiritual life skills, personal skills, serving, homemaking, special knowledge skills, creative skills, and recreational skills. The kids can earn badges as they complete a checklist of activities for each skill. Working on this year:
    • Letter Writing
    • Serving Family
    • Serving Neighbors
    • Gardening
    • Embroidery
    • Archery
    • Counted Cross Stitch
    • Woodworking
    • Scrapbooking
  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, and the “Go to the ant checklist” poster by Doorposts together. Refine work habits and servant attitude; 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 (7) and Faith (6) in dimes once a week (natural math in an everyday situation); provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Habit Training Bible (AKA Child Study Bible–see “Bible” studies below) in their handwriting books as behavior needs arise
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing Time:

  • Prophecy Philippians 4:8 over our thoughts.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, I think about these things.

  • Speak Psalms 82:3-4 and Isaiah 58:7-8 over our desire to reach out.

I defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, and maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. I rescue the weak and needy, and deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

I share my bread with the hungry,
I bring to my house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, I cover him…..
Then my light shall break forth like the morning,
My healing shall spring forth speedily,
And my righteousness shall go before me;
The glory of the Lord shall be my rear guard.

Prayer Time

  • Pray provision for the needy according to Isaiah 41:17-20

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

  • Pray these simple prayers with little ones:
  • Dear God, if I am being selfish or greedy, please show me so I can tell You I am sorry. Amen.
  • Dear God, please forgive me for thinking of myself instead of others. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me be generous instead. Amen.
  • Dear God, please help me to be generous so I can refresh others. Amen. (The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. proverbs 11:25)
  • Dear God, sometimes I have selfishness in my heart. Please send Your Holy Spirit to smother it like water smothers fire. Amen.
  • Dear God, it is so easy to want things for myself. Please help me to think of others instead. Amen.
  • Dear God, please show my family and me how we can help the poor people who live in our community. Amen.

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience with generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Thank God in prayer.
  • What are you tempted to complain about? What are you selfish about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you most thankful for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How would you like to generously help or give to others to help the world know Jesus? Ask God for help.

Discussion Time:

  • Pray over the stories we receive from Samaritan’s purse in their quarterly magazine, Prayer Point and the Voice of the Martyrs Magazine
  • Treasures in Heaven activity (use a 100’s chart and apply some math)
  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15)? Satan wants to steal joy from our lives by making us ungrateful for all that we have. He wants us to think about what we don’t have, instead of being thankful for what we do have. Is there anything you find it hard to thank God for?
  • Teach children how to give creative and powerful thanksgiving to God with Names of God Prayers
  • Seeing the Bright Side game
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about generosity and compassion, read and discuss one a day:
    • “The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have”–Leonard Nimoy
    • The Magic Penny song
    • Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more….”
    • “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. –Frances Hodgson Burnett

    • Little Sunshine (story of how its the thought that counts)
    • Old Mr. Rabbits Thanksgiving Dinner in The Book of Virtues
    • The Legend of the Dipper (one small act of kindness can turn into something very great)
    • The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10
    • Grandmother’s Table (compassion requires putting yourself in someone else’s shoes)
    • Mother Theresa from Heroes for my Son
    • Read Elizabeth Fry’s story from Hero Tales
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Our Prayer Wall

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, read Jesus Calling devotionals, pray and worship. Together time: Read Over the Edge devotional, worship acapella and with guitar, pray using the prayer wall.
  • School: Read and narrate stories from Matthew-Acts in my ESV Study Bible this year
  • Afternoon Quiet Time: Draw and write in Prayer Journals
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Memory Verses:

Review November verses from previous years:

Psalm 100 for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

  • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
  • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

We are doing the playful and imaginative poems of Robert Louis Stevenson this year.

 Travel

I should like to rise and go   
Where the golden apples grow;—   
Where below another sky   
Parrot islands anchored lie,   
And, watched by cockatoos and goats, 
Lonely Crusoes building boats;—   
Where in sunshine reaching out   
Eastern cities, miles about,   
Are with mosque and minaret   
Among sandy gardens set,
And the rich goods from near and far   
Hang for sale in the bazaar,—   
Where the Great Wall round China goes,   
And on one side the desert blows,   
And with bell and voice and drum
Cities on the other hum;—   
Where are forests, hot as fire,   
Wide as England, tall as a spire,   
Full of apes and cocoa-nuts   
And the negro hunters’ huts;—
Where the knotty crocodile   
Lies and blinks in the Nile,   
And the red flamingo flies   
Hunting fish before his eyes;—   
Where in jungles, near and far,
Man-devouring tigers are,   
Lying close and giving ear   
Lest the hunt be drawing near,   
Or a comer-by be seen   
Swinging in a palanquin;—
Where among the desert sands   
Some deserted city stands,   
All its children, sweep and prince,   
Grown to manhood ages since,   
Not a foot in street or house,
Not a stir of child or mouse,   
And when kindly falls the night,   
In all the town no spark of light.   
There I’ll come when I’m a man   
With a camel caravan;
Light a fire in the gloom   
Of some dusty dining-room;   
See the pictures on the walls,   
Heroes, fights and festivals;   
And in a corner find the toys
Of the old Egyptian boys.

Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: scripture promises, written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work.
  • Hand write new reading words from Pathway readers. (Faith)
  • Print to Cursive. (Noah)

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Spelling: (Noah)

Noah studies, word builds, hand writes, and recites the spelling of all the new reading words from one story a week. Faith will practice working towards spelling as well this year through the same process. Noah doesn’t use the Pathway Series readers as readers, but rather as a fun way to provide the words for our spelling. We love the sweet stories in these books.

Reading: (Faith)

Faith practices reading to me this year from the first books in the Pathway series.

Vocabulary:

Most new words are learned naturally in conversation and through read alouds as words in question arise, but I also have Noah look and define up a word a week in his Vocabulary (& Spelling) Notebook to learn dictionary skills and to spur a love for new words.

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Literature Read Alouds:

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History and Geography:

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  • 5 lessons a week from SCM’s Matthew-Acts & Ancient Rome. Noah will either narrate readings orally or narrate in his ‘His Story’ sketchbook with a drawing of what he remembers.

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  • One lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to Europe lesson plan book

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  • Do a few lessons from Home Geography (didn’t happen last year so we will try again!)

We loved reading about David Livingston from this series last year, so this year we plan on reading 3 more Christian hero biographies. (these definitely could be categorized as Character Development books as well)

Math:

Lessons are from Kathy Richardson’s math books and AL Math Card Games:

Understanding Geometry Book

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.

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes once a week during math lessons to practice instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “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). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Sometimes ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

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Mental Math: Everyday end each lesson with 5 minutes of “living math”–verbally present interesting scenarios that required the students to do mental calculations with math concepts they had already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Pages 53, 116-131, and  in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book

Faith’s Lessons:

Complex Addition and Subtraction Stories (p32) Have children act out equalizing, missing addend, and comparative addition and subtraction stories.

  • Equalizing–Mark has six bowls, Carrie has 4. How many more will Carrie have to make to have the same number as Mark.
  • Missing Addend–Mark has six bowls. He needs 10. How many more does he need to get? OR Mark has 8 bowls now because he got 2 for his birthday. How many did he have before his birthday?
  • Comparative Subtraction–Mark has 6 bowls and Carrie has 4. How many more does Mark have than Carrie?

Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.

Writing Stories to Go With Equations (p30) Write an equation, and model how to write a corresponding word problem. Children can then try writing a word problem of their own and make a drawing to illustrate the equation (that you provide).

Writing Equations with Counting Boards (p 38) Children place counters on several counting boards, tell addition/subtraction stories, and write equations.

Number Arrangements Using Cubes (p78) Have children make cube arrangements (into a simple design) for the number of the day, and talk about what number combinations they see in the arrangement.

Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56) You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2″ or “1 and 4″ for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/her back, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.

 

Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

We are meeting with Miss Maria and her family once a week to learn conversational Spanish through music and art! What a blessing! Maybe, maybe we keep trying to use the following book (we struggled last year with it):

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Videos:

Reading Rainbow, Moody Science Classics, BBC’s Planet nature shows are what we primarily rotate through at Family Movie Night on Fun Friday. We love all 3!

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference

 

Make and pass out soup to the homeless in our downtown area

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Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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Make a thankful tree

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Fieldtrips:

  • Markham Nature Park–observe and journal
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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November Lesson Plans

2015-2016 Preschool-2nd Grade

To better understand how we use these lesson plans below, and get the “full picture”, please see our curriculum overview for the whole school year, and a “hypothetical” daily schedule (it rarely happens in perfection). To let you know where our plans come from, we purchase Simply Charlotte Mason’s lesson plan handbooks for History/Bible, Geography, and Nature Study. We use their free curriculum guide, book finder, and discussion forum to help us select books for other subjects (no lesson plan books needed). Living books, being the emphasis of a Charlotte Mason education, means that most of our curriculum is purchased from Abebooks.com, or comes free from the library. School for us is just a big stack of carefully chosen living books, and narration; no textbooks, workbooks, or scripted lesson plans. We love how Charlotte Mason methods are easy and delightful!

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.Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Autumn

Character/Habit: Thankfulness, Generosity, and Compassion vs. Selfishness

Bible: Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel

History/Geography: Ancient Greece, Middle East

Nature Study: Ponds and Streams

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Parent Study:

  • Make a prayer wall in our living room to help organize and increase our prayer time
  • Read Hints on Child Training
  • Read Caught up in a Story to help foster IMAGINATION
  • Read about Intercession

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog and picture study from Noah’s Ark book

Character/Habit Development:

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  • Read Wisdom and the Millers: Pleasant Words p.97 and Envying Sinners p.121
  • Review Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, and review the “Go to the ant checklist” poster by Doorposts together. Refine work habits and servant attitude, offer opportunities for initiative and choice (like Observe and Serve). Pay Noah (6) in dimes and Faith (5) in stickers once a week (a natural math opportunity).
  • Have Noah study and write out verses on selfishness, generosity, and thankfulness from his Child Training Bible and Child Virtue Bible (Child Study Bible– also see “Bible” section below)

Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing Time:

  • Prophecy Phillipians 4:8 over our thoughts.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, I think about these things.

  • Prophesy Psalms 82:3-4 and Isaiah 58:7-8 over our desire to reach out.

I defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, and maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. I rescue the weak and needy, and deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

I share my bread with the hungry,
I bring to my house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, I cover him…..
Then my light shall break forth like the morning,
My healing shall spring forth speedily,
And my righteousness shall go before me;
The glory of the Lord shall be my rear guard.

Prayer Time

  • Pray provision for the needy according to Isaiah 41:17-20

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

  • Pray these simple prayers with little ones:
  • Dear God, if I am being selfish or greedy, please show me so I can tell You I am sorry. Amen.
  • Dear God, please forgive me for thinking of myself instead of others. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me be generous instead. Amen.
  • Dear God, please help me to be generous so I can refresh others. Amen. (The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. proverbs 11:25)
  • Dear God, sometimes I have selfishness in my heart. Please send Your Holy Spirit to smother it like water smothers fire. Amen.
  • Dear God, it is so easy to want things for myself. Please help me to think of others instead. Amen.
  • Dear God, please show my family and me how we can help the poor people who live in our community. Amen.

Sharing Time:

  • Share personal stories of experience with generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Thank God in prayer.
  • What are you tempted to complain about? What are you selfish about? Ask God for help.
  • What are you most thankful for? Thank God in prayer.
  • How would you like to generously help or give to others to help the world know Jesus? Ask God for help.

Discussion Time:

  • Pray over the stories we receive from Samaritan’s purse in their quarterly magazine, Prayer Point and the Voice of the Martyrs Magazine
  • Treasures in Heaven activity (use a 100’s chart and apply some math)
  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15)? Satan wants to steal joy from our lives by making us ungrateful for all that we have. He wants us to think about what we don’t have, instead of being thankful for what we do have. Is there anything you find it hard to thank God for?
  • Teach children how to give creative and powerful thanksgiving to God with Names of God Prayers
  • Seeing the Bright Side game
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about generosity and compassion, read and discuss one a day:
    • “The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have”–Leonard Nimoy
    • The Magic Penny song
    • Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more….”
    • “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. –Frances Hodgson Burnett

    • Little Sunshine (story of how its the thought that counts)
    • Old Mr. Rabbits Thanksgiving Dinner in The Book of Virtues
    • The Legend of the Dipper (one small act of kindness can turn into something very great)
    • The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10
    • Grandmother’s Table (compassion requires putting yourself in someone else’s shoes)
    • Mother Theresa from Heroes for my Son
    • Read Elizabeth Fry’s story from Hero Tales

 

Bible:

  • Early Morning: Personal time in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, Leading Little Ones to God Devotional together or a NT excerpt from mommy’s Bible
  • School: Read and narrate stories from Judges-1 Samuel in the Children’s story Bible by Catherine Vos, or my ESV Study Bible (about 2 chapters a day, 3x a week)
  • Afternoon Quiet Time: Read at pleasure in our Child’s Study Bible tabbed on various topics; Draw and write in Prayer Journals
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy 3x a week

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Memory Verses:

Psalm 100 for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

  • Review November verses from previous years:
    • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
    • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

Beauty

by “E-Yeh-Shure”
Beauty is seen
In the sunlight,
The trees, the birds,
Corn growing and people working
Or dancing for their harvest.
Beauty is heard
In the night,
Wind sighing, rain falling,
Or a singer chanting
Anything in earnest.Beauty is in yourself.
Good deeds, happy thoughts
That repeat themselves
In your dreams,
In your work,
And even in your rest.

 

Handwriting:

  • Writing for Real Life: written letters, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, All About Me book, spelling words, poem, or memory verse.
  • Hand write new reading words from Delightful Reading curriculum. (Faith)
  • 3 lessons a week in Print to Cursive. (Noah)

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Spelling: (Noah)

Noah will study, word build, hand write, and recite the spelling of all the new reading words from one story a week. We don’t use the Pathway Series readers as readers, but rather as a fun way to provide the words for our spelling. We love the sweet stories in these books.

Reading: (Faith)

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)

 

Vocabulary:

Most will be learned naturally in conversation as words in question arise, but I also will have Noah look up words sometimes to learn dictionary skills and to spur a love for new words.

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Literature Read Alouds:

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History and Geography:

  • SCM’s Joshua-Malachi & Ancient Greece lesson plan book includes 1 chapter a week from a living book and 4 chapters a week from the spine (Bible portion is mentioned above). Noah will either narrate readings orally or narrate in his history sketchbook with a drawing of what he remembers.

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  • One lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to the Middle East lesson plan book
  • Pray for the country of the week (as selected in the lesson plan book) using the prayer points in Window on the World

  • We will also do a few lessons from Home Geography

Math:

Lessons are from Kathy Richardson’s math books and AL Math Card Games:

Understanding Geometry Book

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.

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes once a week during math lessons to practice instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “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). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Sometimes ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

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Geometry:

Copy Cat (p.19) Children create structures out of provided or self-selected math materials and their partners copy them. For preschoolers, have their partner add just one block at a time as they copy if you see that they are struggling.

Recording Designs and Creations (p.22)

  • Pattern blocks: Record a pattern block design with pattern block paper shapes or triangle grid paper (for extra challenge). The challenge is in the reproduction. Provide a paper to build upon to control complexity–smaller paper for easier designs, bigger paper for more challenging designs.
  • Tiles: Record with colored paper squares.
  • Geoboards: Record on another geoboard (easier), onto same size geoboard paper (hard), onto smaller geoboard paper (harder), or onto plain paper (hardest). Ask children what they see in their design (“I see a trapezoid, a square, and a rectangle.”)

Noah’s Lessons:

  • Place Value lessons in Book #3 by Kathy Richardson on pages 24-33–learning to regroup by 5’s, 6’s, and 10’s.
  • Noah will continue recording subtraction facts in in his blank Subtraction Book, just as he slowly made an Addition Book recording all addition facts (up to 10) that he explored with manipulatives last school year. For example, after doing the “combinations of 7” activity pictured below, he used colored pencils to record his findings (3+4=7, 5+2=7, etc.) with pictures of cubes labeled with number sentences in his book (held in his hands). Each 2 page spread was dedicated to the research compiled for one number. After each math lesson, he would look into his book to see if he had discovered a new combination or if he confirmed one that he had already recorded. IMG_0067

Games:

  • Telling Time tell time with clock cards, clock face and hands print out
  • Money set out an amount of money in quarters, have Noah exchange it for dimes and nickels and vice versa
  • 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.
  • Corners (p.29) Practice sums totaling a multiple of 5 with Corners Cards
  • Go to the Dump (p.24) Repetition for memorizing facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)

Faith’s Lessons:

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.

Nature Study:

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Spanish:

A few lessons from Speaking Spanish, a book that uses Charlotte Mason methods.

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Videos:

Reading Rainbow, Moody Science Classics, BBC’s Planet nature shows are what we rotate through at Family Movie Night on Fun Friday. We love all 3!

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Write a thank you letter to a community helper

Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

 

 

Make and pass out soup to the homeless in our downtown area

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Make a thankful tree

Fieldtrips:

  • Hidden Lakes Park
  • Nature Grubs Class–learn fun secrets about bones on November 4th with East Bay Parks naturalist Katie Colbert
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November Lesson Plans

2014-2015 Kindergarten and Preschool

On our last family movie night, Noah declared, “I want to see the world,” when piping up about what video he would like to watch. Faith loves Veggie Tales, and Noah loves documentaries. He can hardly handle the suspense in any movie with a plot, even a Veggie Tale, but eats up documentaries. Noah and Faith, two tiny world travelers, love to pretend all the time that they are visiting foreign lands, like the frigid climate in Antartica or the scorching desert in Africa. They like extremes. When I told them about the adventures of my past mission trips, they couldn’t wait to go on missions to sleep on the floor and bathe in irrigation canals too. I really hope their traveling dreams come true, especially if they are for Jesus, because I would love to go with them! So this November, with the 2014 Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift Catalog just arriving in the mail, highlighting the extreme needs of those around the world, I think its a great time to go ahead and “travel” to far away lands, while growing in compassion and generosity by focusing on the needs of others before our own, and remembering why we have so much to thank God for this Thanksgiving. I hope that these lessons, with the Holy Spirit’s help, will plant some of the first seeds that cause our children to grow up into world changers. Your declaration rings in my heart Noah. I so want to help you see the world sweet pea!!

“A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences.  He’ll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs next door and all over God’s wide world.  He yearns for the Manika of Guinea and the Sukuma of Tanzania to be his brothers and sisters just as he desires spiritual oneness with his best friend.  But those things will happen only if he’s exposed to a broader world than what he finds naturally.  Of course our most basic prayer for our children is that God will move them toward himself.  That they will be his people.  That they will be men and women of God.  And then our prayer is that, as they focus on God, they will be aware of the world that needs him too.” ~Noel Piper

The Chuppies blog provides ideas for helping our children become world Christians.

 
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! To better understand how we use these lesson plans below, and get the “full picture”, please see our curriculum overview for the whole school year, and our daily schedule. To let you know where our plans come from, we purchase Simply Charlotte Mason’s lesson plan handbooks for History/Bible, Geography, and Nature Study. We use SCM’s free curriculum guide, book finder, and suggestions from the discussion forum to help us select books for other subjects (no lesson plan books needed). Living books, being the emphasis of a Charlotte Mason education, means that most of our curriculum is purchased from Abebooks.com, or comes free from the library. School for us is just a big stack of carefully chosen living books, and narration; no textbooks, workbooks, or scripted lesson plans. We love how Charlotte Mason methods are easy, delightful, and a beautifully rich feast for the mind!

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Seasonal Theme: Autumn, Pumpkins

Character/Habit: Generosity and Compassion

Bible: Jacob and Joseph (Genesis)

History/Geography: Ancient Egypt, Africa

Nature Study: Trees and Chipmunks

Parent Study:

  • Learn some basic mission concepts to speak more knowledgeably to our children
  • Continue learning about creationism vs. evolution and young earth vs. old earth
  • Continue my own prayer journal and nature journal along with Noah.
  • Learn more about Ancient Egyptian life to be able to share with kids conversationally as interest and relevant opportunity arises.
  • Read a homeschooling book. Educating the Wholehearted Child is an awesome Christian homeschooling book!!! It covers everything.

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

  • Poetry: Various selections from Favorite Poems Old and New
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach— selections, biographies, and other suggestions from All Things Bright (Remind children that we already know and love these songs by Bach: Suite #1 in G, Orchestral Suite #3, Double Concerto in D minor, Suite for Solo Cello #1)
  • Artist: Thomas Cole, Christian American landscape artist, paintings speak volumes. Pictured here is ‘Youth’, a painting in a series called ‘The Voyage of Life’ (a series of paintings which represents an interesting allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age):

Character/Habit Development:

Read one story a month from Storytime with the Millers.

Storytime with the Millers

Circle Time/Family Time:

Generosity: Liberal in giving

Compassion: Moved with feeling at the sight of sin, sorrow and suffering

Promise Time:

Bring prepared scripture verse promises to Circle Time for anyone pictured on our prayer poster to stand on together this month. Make it personal and based on real needs. Hold needs and corresponding promises close to our hearts in prayer this month. Teach children to pray over others using the Word of God.

Prayer and Discussion Time:

  • Pray for people of the nations, especially Africa and other places we have learned about in our ancient history studies. Use the children’s book, Window on the World:When we Pray God Works, to inform us about people groups and provide prayer points.
  • Pray for God’s hearts of compassion in us, as described in Psalms: “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4
  • Pray provision for the needy according to Isaiah 41:17-20

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

  • Pray over the stories we receive from Samaritan’s purse in their quarterly magazine, Prayer Point
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas about generosity and compassion, read and discuss one a day:
    • “The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have”–Leonard Nimoy
    • The Magic Penny song
    • Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more….”
    • “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. –Frances Hodgson Burnett

    • Little Sunshine (story of how its the thought that counts)
    • Old Mr. Rabbits Thanksgiving Dinner in The Book of Virtues
    • The Legend of the Dipper (one small act of kindness can turn into something very great)
    • The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10
    • Grandmother’s Table (compassion requires putting yourself in someone else’s shoes)
    • Mother Theresa from Heroes for my Son
    • Read Elizabeth Fry’s story from Hero Tales

 

Bible:

Read Jacob and Joseph’s stories in the Children’s story Bible by Catherine Vos, and/or my ESV Study Bible.

Memory Verses:

A Psalm for giving thanks.

100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

  • Review November verses from previous years:
    • “Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.” Proverbs 3:27
    • “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Learn memory verse for our “Charity and Missions” coin bank (a lighthouse):
    • If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” James 2:15
  • Review “tithing” and “long term savings” coin bank verses:
    • “Tithing” coin bank verse: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
    • “Long Term Savings/Future Dreams Bank” (a rocket shaped bank): “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7

 Hymns:

Fun Songs:

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I’m Thankful (#33)

 

  • Count Your Blessings (#15)

 

  • Praise and Thanksgiving (#14)

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Poetry Recitation:

A Child’s Prayer

God, make my life a little light
Within the world to glow;
A little flame that burneth bright
Wherever I may go.

God, make my life a little flower
That giveth joy to all,
Content to bloom in native bower,
Although the place be small.

God, make my life a little song
That comforteth the sad,
That helpeth others to be strong
And makes the singer glad.

God, make my life a little staff
Whereon the weak may rest,
And so what health and strength I have
May serve my neighbors best.

God, make my life a little hymn
Of tenderness and praise;
Of faith, that never waxeth dim,
In all His wonderous ways.

– – M. Betham-Edwards

Handwriting:

Written letters, notes of encouragement, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, poem or memory verse.

Reading:

First Steps, Preprimer | Main photo (Cover)

Word Building:

Preschooler Faith will sound out 3 and 4 letter phonetic words, and spell them out with letters (word build). Kindergartener Noah will build review sight words (non phonetic words) that he learned to read last year, practice building sight words from this years reader, as well as sound out and build an occasional phonetic word for phonics review (especially words with blends and digraphs).

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Literature Read Alouds:

 

Window to the World by Operation World provides short stories about featured countries or people groups and helps children relate to and learn how to pray for foreign lands and people.

 

History and Geography:

  • One lesson a day from SCM’s Genesis-Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt lesson plan book; living books that are suggested in the lesson plans

Math:

All lessons from Kathy Richardson’s “Developing Number Concepts” math books.

Noah’s Lessons:

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes a day practicing instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “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). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

The Hiding Assessment (p 29) An assessment to see what children know about number combinations already. This will help determine the appropriate size number to give a child during math lessons who is working with number combinations. Starting with five counters, hide some behind your back and display the remaining counters. Ask, “how many are hiding?” Still with five counters, try hiding different amounts behind your back and asking, “how many are hiding?” See if children can say the missing number quickly and confidently, if they need time to figure it out, or if they are unsuccessful. Try larger numbers of counters if successful. Try smaller ones if unsuccessful.

Complex Addition and Subtraction Stories (p32) Have children act out equalizing, missing addend, and comparative addition and subtraction stories.

  • Equalizing–Mark has six bowls, Carrie has 4. How many more will Carrie have to make to have the same number as Mark.
  • Missing Addend–Mark has six bowls. He needs 10. How many more does he need to get? OR Mark has 8 bowls now because he got 2 for his birthday. How many did he have before his birthday?
  • Comparative Subtraction–Mark has 6 bowls and Carrie has 4. How many more does Mark have than Carrie?

Race to Ten (p34) Use a 1-6 number cube, working space papers, and a “+/-” spinner. Take turns spinning to determine whether to add or subtract, and rolling to see how many counters to add or subtract. First person to reach 10 exactly wins. If there aren’t enough counters to subtract what is shown on the cube, the person loses their turn. If a person reaches a number higher than 10, use another working space paper.

Writing Stories to Go With Equations (p30) Write an equation, and model how to write a corresponding word problem. Children can then try writing a word problem of their own and make a drawing to illustrate the equation (that you provide).

Writing Equations with Counting Boards (p 38) Children place counters on several counting boards, tell addition/subtraction stories, and write equations.

Number Arrangements Using Cubes (p78) Have children make cube arrangements (into a simple design) for the number of the day, and talk about what number combinations they see in the arrangement.

Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56) You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2″ or “1 and 4″ for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/herback, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.

Faith’s Lessons:

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.

Nature Study:

Videos:

Show children how the Kingdom of God IS advancing around the world. “Dispatches from the Front” is a thoughtful, moving, understated, and ultimately convicting series of videos depicting the work of the gospel in some of the most challenging corners of the world.” – D. A. Carson

The First Thanksgiving clips by Scholastic

19 science DVDs on creation

God of Wonders

Awesome Science is a high quality DVD series produced by a family that homeschools and works on the series together. Noah is the field guide and host for all 13 episodes which explore the globe to discover evidence of the accuracy of the Bible. Noah contends that the earth is NOT millions of years old and the dinosaurs did not die from a meteor. These videos provide excellent science content as well as a theological perspective. They are an effective way to challenge evolutionary assumptions with scientific evidence while providing a very visual science education.

6 Episodes all compliment study of the account of the flood in Genesis.

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Library series on ancient civilizations:

Book Jacket for: Ancient Africa [videorecording]Book Jacket for: Ancient Egypt [videorecording]Book Jacket for: Ancient Mesopotamia [videorecording]Book Jacket for: Ancient China [videorecording]

 

Ancient Evidence - Mysteries of the Old Testament

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Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Squash the “me me me” attitude that creeps up when holiday shopping time approaches by practicing thinking first of others who need Christmas gifts much more. Peruse and read the 2014 Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift Catalog together, and let selfless dreams of giving crowd out competing materialistic affections. Involve children in saving up for whatever dream the Holy Spirit puts in our hearts to do for others.

Subscribe to Voice of the Martyrs free newsletter to learn about persecuted Christians and  ways we can get involved in serving them.

Map prayer needs around the world as we discover them, and use ideas from The Chuppies to form hearts for the nations.

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Read The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs, and then carve a pumpkin. God is the Farmer, and we are just like 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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Put some action to all those lessons about giving

Pack a Shoebox for an Operation Christmas Child.

Make Care Packages to Pass Out to Homeless People or hot “stone soup” for someone needy after reading Stone Soup

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Make a Thankful Tree (write something we are thankful for on a leaf each morning and attach)

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Make a leaf picture in our nature journals

Play in fall leaves and take pictures

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Have a neighbor over for a cup of tea. Kids practice manners, hospitality, and social skills while making stronger connections to neighbors.

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Fieldtrips:

Monterey Bay Aquarium Homeschool Day (we had to sign up last September)

Watch and learn about the amazing underwater world


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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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November Lesson Plans

2012-2013

Thank you for sharing your input on our lesson plans! And homeschooling or not, let us know some of your upcoming activity ideas for the kids, or how it went if you used something from our plans.

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

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

Special Dates:

November 6th–SHARING Bring a few items to place in the shoebox that we will send off to Operation Christmas Child. Then we will watch this video and pray for our child during Circle.

November 15th–COMMUNITY OUTREACH Bring something to add to our care package that will go to a group of homeless people living under a bridge here in our community. Keep them in your prayers that you do with your little one.

November 20th and 22nd–NO SCHOOL Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bible Stories:

Week 1 10 Lepers

Week 2 Poor Woman Who Gave Her Last Pennies

Week 3 No School

Week 4 The Good Samaritan

Memory Verse:

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

Song:

(From “Little Ones Sing Along”, a 1963 record. You could make up your own tune.)

Thank You God for Loving Care

Thank you God for loving care

Round about me everywhere

Thank you for the food I eat

Thank you too for water sweet

Thank you God for loving care

Thank you for my mother dear

Thank you for my father strong

For my family everyone

Thanksgiving Hymns:

Print out the sheet music each month, put in a binder and voila! A hymnal!

For the Beauty of the Earth

(For many American Christians, “For the Beauty of the Earth” may be the perennial favorite of all Thanksgiving hymns. Who knew? Not me, but I am glad I know now. :))

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)

We Thank Thee

For mother-love and father-care,

For brothers strong and sisters fair,

For love at home and here each day,

For guidance lest we go astray,

Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.

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For this new morning with it’s light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For ev’rything His goodness sends,

Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

Thank you

Literature:

Literary Gems in a PC sea of bland, corny thanksgiving day books for children:

The Thanksgiving Story follows three Pilgrim children–Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins–as they experience a trip on the Mayflower, settling in New Plymouth, being afraid of but then befriending some Indians, and finally sharing a feast together, each thanking God in their own way.

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God.

This year, take a biblical look at Thanksgiving’s original meaning and make traditions tailored to your own family.

This wholesome little book warms you from the inside with it’s tale of the Bassett childrens’ attempt to prepare Thanksgiving dinner while their mother and father are away.

Material World: A Global Portrait is a fascinating look at the material possessions of families throughout the world. These people have been determined “average” for their countries and the world’s leading photographers move the contents of their houses outside in order to create visible representations of their relative standards of living.

One reviewer said of Material World: “Although this book is a bit dated (from 1994), it singlehandedly explained so many concepts to my kids that it’s value can’t be underestimated. There are 30 countries portrayed and each features an average income family, many photographs of the family, explanations about their daily life, and tidbits about their income, life, and dreams. It is a wonderful resource, and really taught all of us (me included) to appreciate what we have, to appreciate different cultures for their own value, and to see these families- so diverse, with lives completely alien to us- as so very like us as well. What particularly struck me when reading this book was the smiles on the faces of the very poorest families, and the stressed out looks on the faces of the people who had much much more. Although technically it is a book about material possessions (and what that means to different people), I came away feeling that those things really mean less than nothing, that the lives of these people are in their stories and their faces, and that we Americans worry far too much about having the latest of everything.”

Math:

It is my executive decision that repeating our October math activities would be beneficial for all. 😉

Week 1 Pattern Blocks

Use a pattern template or build your own pattern

Week 2 Roll Again!

(p. 112 in Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

Roll a die, tell the number, put out that many counters on an organizer (egg carton, ten frames, ten strips, etc). Then roll again!

Does the child take all the counters off the organizer before building a number? Is each number something new and different and unrelated to the previous? Or can the child count on or count back because they can see a relationship? Make a #5-10 die for children who are ready for larger numbers.

Week 3 Copy my Design on a Geoboard

Week 4 Cover Them Up

(p.138 in Developing Math Concepts in Prekindergarten)

Put counters on dot cards while counting aloud. Level 2: Label with a numeral card to show how many were counted.

Try to find/make dot cards in which the dots are arranged in various ways. Example: a “three” card is shown with two dots on the bottom and one on top, and another “three” card has three dots in a row.

Group Projects:

Tuesday, November 6th–Cooking Project by Miss Sheila. “Thank you!” cookies that we will deliver to the firefighters who let us come and visit last month.

Thursday, November 8th–Nature Park

Tuesday, November 13thArt Project/Homeless Care Package Project by Miss Lynn

Thursday, November 15th–Nature Park

Tuesday, November 27th –Art Project by Miss Cherie. Rainy day rainbow puddles using tempura paint and rain puddles on the ground.

Thursday, November 29th–Science Experiment by Miss Cherie. Food experiments–making natural plastic beads from milk, identifying starches with iodine, etc.

Nature Study:

Collect beautiful fall leaves and match them up to last years collection, check on the wasp eggs, etc.

Last Years Fall Leaf Collection. Beautiful!

May Our Homes Be Full of Giving and Full of Thanks this Thanksgiving Season!

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December Lesson Plans

2019-2020     Kinder – Daniel     3rd Grade – Faith      5th Grade – Noah

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Fun Theme: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Merciful

Bible: 1 John

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

Science/Nature Study: Jack’s Insects/Nature Journals

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Artist: Van Gogh

  • What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Van Gogh by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman

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  • The Story of Peter Tschaikowsky by Opal Wheeler (biography)
  • Sing for Christmas by Opal Wheeler
  • Maestro Classics: Peter Tschaikowsky (music cd)

 

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  • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

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Character/Habit Development:

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  • Noah and Faith complete 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together, we read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Individual Studies: Noah -Beyond Boyhood by Bob Shultz, Faith -A Girl of Beauty by Carol Fiddler, Daniel – Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
  • Start painting Daniel’s birdhouse Stewardship Street (7 categories of savings). Noah and Faith continue earning by serving their family through household jobs.
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

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  • Pray these prayers for mercy.
  • 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).

Discussion Time:

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

          Mercy:

  • 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. Journal prompt: How can God’s Mercy and Justice possibly work together?
  • Journal prompt: Why is God’s judgment necessary and even merciful? Because it preserves order–without law enforcement, criminals and ruffians would wreak havoc. Because it encourages morality–without boundaries & consequences, children would grow wild. Because it shows that God really cares–without justice, who could really trust in God? Because it allows him to show mercy–for what is mercy if there is no judgment? And God delights to show mercy even at the moment of judgment. Christianity is unique in that God’s mercy is shown through His justice. There is no setting aside of justice to make room for mercy. The Christian doctrine of penal substitution states that sin and injustice were punished at the cross of Christ and it’s only because the penalty of sin was satisfied through Christ’s sacrifice that God extends His mercy to undeserving sinners who look to Him for salvation.
  • Who are some historical figures that exemplify mercy? (Good Samaritan, George Mueller, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, etc.)
  • God delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18) It is not drawn from him unwillingly; it is not forced out of him; it is not dragged out of his heart by the cries of his children; but he delights in the very pleasure of showing mercy to the miserable. God is very just, but the Word of God does not say anywhere that He delights in justice. Does our own heart delight in extending mercy or justice (what is fair and “right”)?
  • And shall we, who owe everything we possess, everything we hope for, to the unmerited grace of God, deny mercy to our fellow-creatures? Shall we, who must perish eternally, unless God be full of compassion towards us—be lacking in pity towards those who are in any measure dependent for their comfort on us? Remember the parable of the unforgiving steward? “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 
  • Lessons on forgiveness
  • Having another person walk alongside us is encouraging. To encourage simply means to help another person find the courage he or she needs to continue on. When we are miserable, it usually feels better if we know someone cares about our sadness. Is there a friend or family member you can come alongside to encourage them during a hard time right now? How do you think they feel? What are their needs and how can you meet them?
  • Seeking God’s Heart
  • And what are the fruits of mercy? Kind words? Sorrowful looks? Tears of pity? These are merely its blossoms, but substantial acts of kindness are the fruits. Mercy is a passion that begins in sympathy but it does not stop there—it leads to action. It is not mere sentimentalism, which sighs and weeps—yet does nothing more. Mercy needs a quick, discerning eye, a gentle hand, a tender heart. They flee the scenes of wretchedness, and never venture down into the dark and gloomy abodes where misery dwells in all its loathsome and repulsive forms. At such sights, their senses are offended, their feelings are shocked, their comforts are interrupted, and they resolve to expose themselves no more to the scene of misery. But mercy, like the physician, consults not her pleasure, but the calls of duty; and bracing up her nerves, and fortifying herself with motives, and kindling all her courage—flies to the scene of need and suffering. Mercy goes the dirty and narrow alley, where the poorest of the poor herd together, amid poverty, and wretchedness, and vice; where there is everything to offend every sense, and some new shape of misery or ‘specter of deprivation’ crosses his path at every step; where sounds which seem the wailings and blasphemies of the damned, at every step, come across his ear; see this herald of mercy, trembling, yet pressing onward, through all these horrors, to reach a hovel in the center of this earthly hell, where, amidst filth, and poverty, and disease, lies gasping a human being, to whom he is anxious to convey the comforts of one world, and the hopes of another. This is mercy! Mercy goes paces over the globe in search of misery, diving into the depths of dungeons, plunging into the infection of hospitals, surveying every building in which society inflicts or hides away sorrow and pain. This is mercy. The heroine, who, urged by the mighty impulses of her own brave heart, in opposition to kind advice, and as it seemed at first with neglect of prudence, but as we see now, under the protection of God, whose messenger she was, ventured within the walls of a prison, where, in addition to all that could offend the eye, the ear, the touch, the smell—there was everything to shock the moral sense. See this astonishing woman, descending from splendor to place herself amidst scenes of living, crawling filth, and leaving for a season the pure and quiet endearments of her home—to collect around her a band of furies, maddened at once by disease and vice; and all this for the simple purpose of reforming creatures considered by society beyond any hope, and below every effort for their improvement. This is mercy. (Grace Gems)
  • We are able to have mercy on someone with whom we can empathize with. Take time to learn about empathy. Read Stand in My Shoes and One Thousand Tracings.

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  • Discuss the “two parts of showing empathy”:
    • 1) Think about what the other person is feeling. How would you feel in that situation? (You could say “You must feel ____________” to show someone understanding)
      2) Think about what that other person/needs wants. What would you need or want from others in that situation?
  • Practice “standing in others shoes” by doing role play. Some shoes aren’t easy to fit into (i.e. situations more removed from our own personal experiences may require more effort to understand). Provide shoe boxes with different types of shoes that represent the feet of various people in various situations as described on “scenario cards” placed in the boxes. Children open the boxes and respond to the situations described on the scenario cards using the “two parts of showing empathy”. Scenario card examples:
      • I am staying home today because my stomach doesn’t feel right. Actually, my mom and dad divorced this summer and I don’t get to see my dad very much now. Everything has changed so much at home and it is all I can think about. This is my third day to miss school so far and my mom says she’ll lose her job if she has to keep taking off of work to stay home with me.  Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am the mom of one little girl and we’re homeless right now. It’s not like we’re living on the streets, though. We’re in this nice program where we get to live at a church for two weeks before we have to go to another church. The people feed us and we have a place to sleep and shower. I used to be a Librarian but I don’t have a job now, so I’m looking for work so that I can find somewhere for us to live and be able to pay the bills. Put yourself in place of me. How do I feel? What do I need? What does my daughter need?
      • I am a baby and something’s not right so I’m going to the Doctor. I haven’t been sleeping well so I’ve been kind of fussy lately. It could be that I’m cutting some teeth, but mom’s not sure. I cry all the time and it is driving my brother and sisters crazy. I’m too young to explain how I’m feeling because I don’t talk yet. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a fourth grader. I really struggle with math assignments and it takes me longer than everyone else to finish our worksheets. Sometimes I steal pencils so that I don’t have to waste time looking for one. If someone treis to talk to me when I am working sometimes I snap at them and say mean things. I am trying to concentrate because I know I am not going to do well anyway. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I just moved here from a foreign country. My English is not very
        good yet and I have a strong accent. I don’t understand a lot of the classroom rules so I keep making mistakes. My teacher gives me a lot more chances than other people in my class because I am new. But it makes people not want to be my friend because they don’t think that’s fair. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a mom and teacher and I really want my kids to learn and reach
        their goals. I have several students in my school that are all very different and all need me to help them. When I was working with one, others kept coming to the table with questions and accidentally interrupted what we are doing. I stood up and demanded that everyone return to their seats and to not get up in an angry voice. Put yourself in my shoes.
      • I am a third grade girl and I got a REALLY bad haircut. I got gum in my hair and my mom had to cut it out. The person at the salon couldn’t even fix it! Everyone has noticed and it has put me in a really bad mood. I just want to be by myself. I don’t even want to be around my friends. Put
        yourself in my shoes.

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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Scripture Memory:

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13

Review:

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

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden–
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water
We gather every day,–
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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Handwriting:

  • Daniel: writing books, letters, cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, spelling words, poem or memory verse copy work, copying verses from the Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible.
  • Faith: Print to Cursive. Noah: Book of Mottoes.

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

Daniel studies, word builds, hand writes, and then recites the spelling of all new reading words from one Pathway Reader story a week. Noah and Faith do prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Once a week the kids write stories in their blank books. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – All About Me.

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Reading:

Once a week, Noah and Faith read from their Pathway Readers to practice prosody. Daniel reads in his Pathway several times a week to practice and learn how to read. The readers provide spelling words for Daniel as well.

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Vocabulary:

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

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

“Thanksgiving” themed picture books for Daniel are listed in previous November lesson plans.

Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent - By: Arnold Ytreeide

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5 lessons a week from SCM’s ‘Modern America and Epistles, Revelation’ history curriculum. Noah and Faith daily narrate readings orally, and also narrate in their ‘His Story’ sketchbooks with drawings once a week or so. For geography, we do 1 lesson a week from SCM’s Visits to North America geography curriculum.

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

Modern Times, Epistles, and RevelationNarration Notecards Stories of America, Volume 2

Stories of America, Volume 2Stories of the Nations, Volume 2

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann
  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner
  • Where Lincoln Walked by Raymond Bial
  • Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People
  • A. Lincoln and me by Louise Borden
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen Winnick
  • Abe Lincoln’s Beard by Jan Wahl
  • Me and Willie and Pa by F.N. Monjo
  • Fashions of the Old South Paper Dolls (Dover)
  • Kids During the American Civil War by Lisa Wroble
  • Civil War Days by David King
  • Civil War for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • Great Locomotive Chase starring Fess Parker (film)
  • Gettysburg by F.N. Monjo
  • Battle of Gettysburg by Neil Johnson
  • Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Micheal McCurdy
  • Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia by Patrick O’Brien
  • Robert E. Lee by Lee Roddy
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  • Civil War Artist by Taylor Morrison
  • Clara Barton and Her Victory Over Fear by Robert Quackenbush
  • Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
  • Civil War Uniforms (Dover)
  • Old Abe by Patrick Young
  • Drummer Boy by Ann Turner
  • Blue and Gray by Eve Bunting
  • Red Legs by Ted Lewin
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Blow, Bugles, Blow  by Merritt Allen
  • Louis Pasteur: founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
  • Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell by Tom Matthews
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Kampung Boy by Lat
  • Vietnam, the Land by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the Culture by Bobbie Kalman
  • Vietnam, the People by Bobbie Kalman
  • Thailand by Rau, Dana Meachen
  • Thailand by Glaser, Chaya

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Math:

Right Start Math Games and John Van De Walle math when possible.

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

  • Arithmetic for Young Children (mental math)
  • Daniel’s Math Book (a blank book where he draws math pictures to record and memorize addition and subtraction math facts to 10)
  • Life of Fred: Apples, Book 1
  • Lessons from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Life of Fred: Book 7 and 8 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

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Living Math Books

  • The Shark Swimathon
  • Seven Little Rabbits
  • Math Potatoes by Greg Tang
  • Math Fables by Greg Tang

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Science/Nature Study:

  • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 10 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

We will attempt to work through one play this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

On Fun Fridays, at family movie night we watch Moody Science videos, Winnie the Pooh, Land Before Time, BBC’s Planet earth and The Blue Planet, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), the Sound of Music, and other (mild) family movies. We usually preview movies and decide if they are wholesome and mild enough for our sensitive kiddos. And we do use the fast forward button. 🙂

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Select a Samaritan’s Purse Christmas gift to give together this year.

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Shepherds Pouches to help the kids raise money for a Samaritans Purse gift. We pay a quarter for each kind deed done.

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Happy Birthday Jesus Party

Christmas Caroling

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Find or make ornaments that depict what God has done this year.

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Fieldtrips:

  • Ice skating
  • Live Nativity
  • Christmas tree cutting
  • Caroling at a care home

 

 

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December Lesson Plans

2014-2015 Kindergarten and Preschool

Its time for Christmas bells to ring and proclaim throughout the earth that Christ the King of heaven is born! Our family is delighted that Christmas season has arrived and that God will continue to use the holiday to reveal Christ incarnate in our home and hearts. Last Christmas, we prayed for that very thing to happen in our children, and our 3 year old Faith fell so in love with baby Jesus. It was a sweet dream come true. Hearts falling more in love with Jesus is why a hungry anticipation fills each of our Christmas festivities, whether they be spiritual or very natural.

Christmas is a teaching opportunity in every home. In scripture, God ordained holidays to be times of recollection and teaching, when families bring back to mind the wonderful works of God and explain them to our children. Melanie Young, author of Raising Real Men, points out that holidays give us the opportunity “to draw the attention of our children, our family, our friends and our acquaintances to the truth of God’s Word in a winsome way. We rejoice in the Christmas season like the people around us, but with a difference!” How would we approach the holiday differently if we primarily thought of Christmas as a teaching opportunity?

The December character study in our Precious Lambs school is obedience, which may be considered the foundation of all other character traits. As much as Christmas time seems like its all about love and joy, scripture reminds us that true love must be accompanied by obedience. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey me.” Its only through obedience that we can show love.

Discipline is important in training children in obedience, but a loving relationship is a prerequisite if discipline is to be effective. In child rearing we must aim to win our children’s hearts (Proverbs 23:26; Malachi 4:6). If we discipline without having our children’s hearts then we are actually sowing the seeds of bitterness and rebellion. The more we have of our children’s hearts, the less we will need to discipline, and the journey towards obedience will be easier.

Charlotte Mason helps us to remember the importance of consistency in forming the habit of obedience. She states, “The mother’s great stronghold is in the habit of obedience. If she begin by requiring that her children always obey her, why, they will always do so as a matter of course; but let them once get the thin end of the wedge in, let them discover that they can do otherwise than obey, and a woeful struggle begins, which commonly ends in the children doing that which is right in their own eyes.” She reminds us that obedience means children respond right away, with a good attitude, and with thorough effort–anything less becomes a constant source of irritation. She says, “…..the mother will insist from the first on an obedience which is prompt, cheerful, and lasting–save for lapses of memory on the child’s part. Tardy, unwilling, occasional obedience is hardly worth the having….” How true!

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! To better understand how we use these lesson plans below, and get the “full picture”, please see our curriculum overview for the whole school year, and our daily schedule. To let you know where our plans come from, we purchase Simply Charlotte Mason’s lesson plan handbooks for History/Bible, Geography, and Nature Study. We use SCM’s free curriculum guide, book finder, and suggestions from the discussion forum to help us select books for other subjects (no lesson plan books needed). Living books, being the emphasis of a Charlotte Mason education, means that most of our curriculum is purchased from Abebooks.com, or comes free from the library. School for us is just a big stack of carefully chosen living books, and narration; no textbooks, workbooks, or scripted lesson plans. We love how Charlotte Mason methods are easy, delightful, and a beautifully rich feast for the mind!

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Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Obedience

Bible: Joseph and Hebrews in Egypt (Genesis and Exodus)

History/Geography: Ancient Egypt, Africa

Nature Study: Trees and Goldenrod

Parent Study:

  • Continue learning about creationism vs. evolution and young earth vs. old earth
  • Continue my own prayer journal and nature journal along with Noah.
  • Learn more about Ancient Egyptian life to be able to share with kids conversationally as interest and relevant opportunity arises.
  • Listen to/read classic AW Tozer books for better understanding and experience of worship, the purpose of man.

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

  • Poetry: Various selections from Favorite Poems Old and New
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach— selections, biographies, and other suggestions from All Things Bright (Remind children that we already know and love these songs by Bach: Suite #1 in G, Orchestral Suite #3, Double Concerto in D minor, Suite for Solo Cello #1)
  • Artist: Thomas Cole, Christian American landscape artist, paintings speak volumes. Pictured here is ‘Youth’, a painting in a series called ‘The Voyage of Life’ (a series of paintings which represents an interesting allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age):

Character/Habit Development:

Read one story a month from Storytime with the Millers.

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Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Stand on Ephesians 6:1, “Children obey your parents,”  for ourselves and any other children who come to mind. Take time to speak a blessing, celebrate progress, and encourage more of the same behavior by speaking over our children:

  • ________ is such an obedient boy/girl.
  • I really appreciate how quickly you obey, ________.
  • God is pleased with such immediate obedience, ________.
  • Thank you for remembering my instructions, ________ . They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
  • Thank you for obeying, ________; it sure makes life easier for all of us when we obey.

(With each bullet above, try to include specific examples of obedience observed of each child as well)

Prayer and Discussion Time:

  • Ask God to search our hearts for areas of disobedience, acknowledge when and how we are/were disobedient. Thank God for ways we have been obedient. Ask God for our obedience and our siblings.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistant sin/disobedience, and its suggestions for rewards and pumishments.
  • Do some obedience drills with multi-step instructions (please wash your hands, get a baby cup and fill it with water, choose a snack for the baby and cut it up, then leave it all at his highchair). Assess promptness, attitude, and thoroughness.
  • Create an obstacle course, blindold children, and lead them through using only your voice of instruction.
  • Tangibly reward obedience to poignantly illustrate our memory verse Eph. 6:1-3; most of all pray that that God will reward their obedience and that our children will have eyes to see His rewards
  • Take an obedience test several times during the month
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas, poems, and stories about obedience; read and discuss one a day:

Bible:

Read Joseph (Genesis) and Hebrews in Egypt (Exodus) stories in the Children’s story Bible by Catherine Vos, and/or my ESV Study Bible.

Memory Verses:

  • Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on
    earth.’ ”
  • Review December verses from previous years:
    • “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
    • “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
    • “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, Counselor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ”  Isaiah 9:6
  • Learn memory verse for our “Short Term Savings” coin bank (a gift store bank): “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.” Proverbs 21:20
  • Review previous coin bank verses:
    • “Tithing” coin bank (a church bank): “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
    • “Long Term Savings/Future Dreams Bank” (a rocket shaped bank): “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
    • “Charity and Missions” Coin bank verse (a lighthouse bank): “ If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” James 2:15

Hymns:

Lovely hymns are full of more truth than many sermons (2nd and 3rd verses are often especially theologically deep), and can imprint precious truths on our hearts.

Joy to the World

MP3

Sheet Music

Silent Night

MP3

Sheet Music Here

O Come All Ye Faithful

MP3

Sheet Music Here

Poetry Recitation:

The Friendly Beasts

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.”

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

“I,” said the cow all white and red
“I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave him my hay to pillow his head.”
“I,” said the cow all white and red.
 
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.”
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn.
 
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high,
“I cooed Him to sleep so He would not cry;
We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I.”
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high.
 
Thus every beast by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Immanuel,
The gift he gave Immanuel.

Handwriting:

Written letters, notes of encouragement, Christmas and birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, poem or memory verse.

Reading:

First Steps, Preprimer | Main photo (Cover)

Word Building:

Preschooler Faith will sound out 3 and 4 letter phonetic words, and spell them out with letters (word build). Kindergartener Noah will build review sight words (non phonetic words) that he learned to read last year, practice building sight words from this years reader, as well as sound out and build an occasional phonetic word for phonics review (especially words with blends and digraphs).

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Literature Read Alouds:

 

 

 

 

History and Geography:

  • One lesson a day from SCM’s Genesis-Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt lesson plan book; living books that are suggested in the lesson plans

Math:

All lessons from Kathy Richardson’s “Developing Number Concepts” math books.

Noah’s Lessons:

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes a day practicing instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “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). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

The Hiding Assessment (p 29) An assessment to see what children know about number combinations already. This will help determine the appropriate size number to give a child during math lessons who is working with number combinations. Starting with five counters, hide some behind your back and display the remaining counters. Ask, “how many are hiding?” Still with five counters, try hiding different amounts behind your back and asking, “how many are hiding?” See if children can say the missing number quickly and confidently, if they need time to figure it out, or if they are unsuccessful. Try larger numbers of counters if successful. Try smaller ones if unsuccessful.

Complex Addition and Subtraction Stories (p32) Have children act out equalizing, missing addend, and comparative addition and subtraction stories.

  • Equalizing–Mark has six bowls, Carrie has 4. How many more will Carrie have to make to have the same number as Mark.
  • Missing Addend–Mark has six bowls. He needs 10. How many more does he need to get? OR Mark has 8 bowls now because he got 2 for his birthday. How many did he have before his birthday?
  • Comparative Subtraction–Mark has 6 bowls and Carrie has 4. How many more does Mark have than Carrie?

Number Shapes (p 65) Number shapes are distinctive arrangements of squares representing numbers four through ten. They can be filled with manipulatives in various ways to show number combinations. For addition use two different color counters and say, “Put three red and three blue counters on your six shape. This shows that three and three equals six. Can you find another way to arrange those counters? And another? How did you arrange them this time.” Then do 4 and 2, and other combinations of 6. For subtraction use one color of counters and say, “Fill up your shape with blue counters. Take one off. Can you tell what you did?” When children can use number shapes to find combinations independently, have them record their work with crayons or colored pencils on worksheets with predrawn number shapes. They can also write out equations to describe their combinations.

Number Arrangements Using Cubes (p78) Have children make cube arrangements (into a simple design) for the number of the day, and talk about what number combinations they see in the arrangement. Pose some questions for an extra challenge such as: “How can you arrange cubes so that their full sides are touching?,” “What designs can you make that have corners kissing?,” or “Can you make a square with your number?” Have children record their arrangements on paper by gluing down small squares of paper to represent their cube arrangements.

Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56) You and your child both make a cube train of a specified length (pick the right size number for your child). Give the signal “snap”, and both of you break your train into two parts any way you like. Take turns determining the number combination in each others hands (“3 and 2″ or “1 and 4″ for a train of 5 for example). For numbers greater than 6, say how many cubes to break off, give child time to determine the combination, and then ask, “How many?” The next level to this activity is for each person to keep one hand behind his/herback, and have your partner predict how many cubes are hidden. Then check predictions.

Plus and Minus Train (p 35) Make 2 gameboards with the outline of cube train 2o cubes long. Each player puts 20 cubes on a gameboard. The goal is to be the first to completely clear his or her board. Each player rolls a 1-6 number cube (dice) and spins a spinner with minus sign on one side and plus sign on the other to see how many cubes to add or take off. Players lose a turn if they have to add more cubes than there are spaces available.

Faith’s Lessons:

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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Week 3 Spin and Peek

(p. 150 in Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten)

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.

Nature Study:

Videos:

Show children how the Kingdom of God IS advancing around the world. “Dispatches from the Front” is a thoughtful, moving, understated, and ultimately convicting series of videos depicting the work of the gospel in some of the most challenging corners of the world.” – D. A. Carson

19 science DVDs on creation

God of Wonders

Awesome Science is a high quality DVD series produced by a family that homeschools and works on the series together. Noah is the field guide and host for all 13 episodes which explore the globe to discover evidence of the accuracy of the Bible. Noah contends that the earth is NOT millions of years old and the dinosaurs did not die from a meteor. These videos provide excellent science content as well as a theological perspective. They are an effective way to challenge evolutionary assumptions with scientific evidence while providing a very visual science education.

6 Episodes all compliment study of the account of the flood in Genesis.

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Library series on ancient civilizations:

Book Jacket for: Ancient Mesopotamia [videorecording]Book Jacket for: Ancient China [videorecording]

 

Ancient Evidence - Mysteries of the Old Testament

Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Pick out a Christmas Gift to give together from Samaritan’s Purse Catalog.

Shepherds Pouches can provide a meaningful way to help kids earn money for the chosen Samaritans Purse gift.

Have a Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Pajama Party!

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Decorate Faithy’s Dollhouse for Christmas.

Sylvanian family Christmas Decorated house / manor - FULLY furnished AND figs! | eBay

Build a manger for our baby doll Jesus from collected sticks.

Baby doll wrapped in white blanket lying on hay-lined wooden manger, nativity play prop, side view. : Stock Photo

Caroling around the neighborhood gives children an opportunity to spread the gospel. We will sing this song and and pass out goodies.

Melanie Young says, “Christmas is the only time of year that it is not only socially acceptable, but considered a gift to knock on stranger’s doors and sing hymns full of gospel truth to them! We don’t want this tradition to ever die out, so every year we invite like minded families to come caroling with us.”

Find or make an ornament that depicts what God has done in the past year for the family, or for each individual (so kids have their own set to take when grown)

Nature excursions can provide opportunity to collect leaves, evergreen boughs, pine cones, and berries to decorate home. (and sticks for the manger above and star ornaments below)

Nature-Inspired Front Door Christmas Garland

Make baby Jesus a blanket

Make a Christmas Wish List to Keep

Have friends and neighbors over for Christmas tea

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Simple Homemade Ornaments to Gift

Fieldtrips:

See a live performance of The Nutcracker

Go to a Live Nativity in Santa Clara

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