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Passover: A beautiful foreshadow of Jesus Christ

This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. Exodus 12:14

 

Why aren’t we taught Biblical holidays in church?

Are Christians supposed to celebrate Passover?

(and other Biblical festivals)

 

Here are a few reasons why Little Lambs chose to celebrate Passover today (taken from this book):

The whole redemption story is portrayed for us in the Biblical holidays. The holidays contain more divine information of spiritual and prohetic value than any subject of scripture.

There were two major revivals in the Old Testament and both were marked with a reinstitution of the the Passover Festival.

A passover meal is a powerful visual aid to teach children the Bible.

The Biblical holidays were celebrated by Jesus, His apostles, and the early New Testament Church (including Gentiles).

Our Christianity can not be fully understood without studying the Old Testament and our Hebrew roots. We are grafted into a Hebrew family! (we study a Hebrew book and serve a Hebrew Lord)

The Biblical holidays have a deep abiding meaning for Christians since their completeness is found in Jesus.

The reason the church departed from the holidays is becuase they were trying to de-Judaize the church due of fear of legalism.

God is awakening us to the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.

Shedding the pervasive Western/American/Greek mindset in order to reexamine the scriptures from a Hebraic mindset will help us find previously unnoticed intricate details and treasures. “Studying scripture from our modern mindset is like looking for gold in a dark mine with a dim pen light–you can see enough to stumble around but you need more light to see clearly.” I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind!! (Romans 12:2)

Get back to living life like the early church (a model church) who celebrated the festivals. To understand the Early Church we must dig through layers of a mountain of mans influences shoveling off man’s traditions, theories, interpretations, and philosophies from Greek and Roman civilizations, Constantine, Marcion, Catholicism, etc. Remember how much good came when Wycliffe and Calvin did just this? They dug through layers of junk, discarded many theological errors, and found a view of God’s salvation by grace!

Christians can learn so much from the Biblical Hebrews strong family centered worship.

Some believe that Easter has pagan origins. Whether it does or does not, we can be sure that we are not tied to anything pagan when celebrating God’s intended way as shown in the Biblical Passover festival.

 

Could it be that Easter is meant to be a Christian Passover festival?

Perhaps you might find some ways to make your Easter into a Passover this year?

 

Now from the perspective of personal experience and my heart. I have felt that God has been trying to move me into reinstituting Passover in my life, school, and family. However, I had never even been to one and knew very little about it–so you could say I was winging it, and just trusting God. I read A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays which helped immensely. Using this book, I planned a Passover Seder meal for Little Lambs and distributed information about the festival to all the moms. We invited grandmas because I felt that this was going to be one of those times that generations should be transferring their legacy of faith to the next generation. The day arrived, families came, and it was a lively atmosphere–just the way a party should be. There was so much joy and life in the room. Like me, maybe you can recall the stress and woes of some of the holidays past when it was supposed to have been a happy, fun, worshipful, family bonding day? Compared to so many of my Easters and holidays past in, this first Passover surpassed them in many ways–especially in the presence of God. So by experience, I am a believer: that when you do holidays God’s way, the way He meant for them to be celebrated, the way He showed us how in the Bible, God shows up!! It was a beautiful time!

 

 

A Picture of Jesus

Matzah

The bread had no time to rise because the Hebrew slaves left Egypt in a hurry.

He was pierced for our trangressions, bruised for our iniquities.

Lamb

God passed over the Hebrews who put the blood of the Lamb on their doorpost.

We are rescued and passed over by the blood of Jesus, our Lamb of God.

Bitter Herbs

The Hebrew slaves cried bitter tears in their cruel bondage.

We eat horseradish with matzah to remember how Jesus has absorbed our bitter sins, our ugly bondage to sin.

Haroset

Symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrews in building.

For us, it symbolizes the how sweetness of Jesus overcomes the bitterness of sin.

 

Our Matzah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Passover table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma Heather leads us in Washing of the Hands

I wash my hands as a token of my desire to live a clean life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah! We found the Afikoman

We broke one piece of matzah remembering He was broken for us, wrapped it in linen as Jesus was at burial, and hid it for the children to find.

 

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A really good book to help you celebrate and study the Biblical Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March Lesson Plans

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Helpful, Useful, Productive, Hardworking, Good Steward, Responsible

Bible: Matthew-Acts

History/Geography: Ancient Rome, Europe

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: Winslow Homer

Composer Study: Mozart

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 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 (8) 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:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Use God’s promise in Philippians 2:14-16 to confess regularly over each other:Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world  as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

Also take a minute in circle time to verbally build our children up with spoken blessings.

  • Awesome job, ________! You are persisting in doing good!
  • It makes us feel so good to work hard and finish a big job.
  • I noticed you have been a faithful steward over  ___________.
  • You are such a big help in this family!
  • You are shining like a star in the universe as you serve without complaining.

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

Prayer Time:

  • Today, repent. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.

 Discussion Time:

  • Read a chapter a day together

  • Use Helper Assessment periodically throughout the month
  • Who can you help? What could you help with when you were younger? What can you help with now that you are bigger? Share memorials of God’s goodness (pictures, slideshow, or movie of little helpers helping out through the years).
  • The Ants and the Grasshopper “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6
  • Work While You Work “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23, “No man can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24
  • Dust Under the Rug “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” Luke 16:10
  • The Week of Sundays “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” Proverbs 21:17
  • The Sheep and the Pig (contrast with the Little Red Hen) “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Which Loved Best? “Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth” 1 John 3:18
  • Beautiful Hands “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • RebeccaThere is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
  • King Alfred and the Cakes (scroll up a few pages) “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • For Want of a Horseshoe Nail (little duties neglected bring great downfalls)
  • The Husband who was to Mind the House (respect the hard work others do) “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, (especially those who have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction!), and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  • Mother Holly Do you only work if you know there will be a reward? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” –John Wesley

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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:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Isaiah 61:1-4

Review previous March verses:

  • “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrew 13:5
  • “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
  • “Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13
  • “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23

 Hymns:

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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.

And Can It Be, That I Should Gain?

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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We add in Chris Tomlin’s chorus:

Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
All who gather here by grace, draw near and bless Your name

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

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Amazing Grace
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Poetry Recitation:

Love Between Brothers and Sisters
(by Isaac Watts)

Whatever brawls disturb the street,
There should be peace at home;
Where sisters dwell, and brothers meet,
Quarrels should never come.

Birds in their little nests agree;
And ’tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.

Hard names at first, and threat’ning words,
That are but noisy breath,
May grow to clubs and naked swords,
To murder and to death.

The devil tempts one mother’s son
To rage against another:
So wicked Cain was hurry’d on
‘Till he had kill’d his brother.

The wise will make their anger cool,
At least before ’tis night;
But in the bosom of a fool
It burns till morning-light.

Pardon, O Lord, our childish rage
Our little brawls remove;
That, as we grow to riper age,
Our hearts may all be love.

Handwriting:

  • Write for Real Life: scripture promises, written letters, Valentines cards, birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, His Story book, blank books, spelling words, poem hymn, 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.

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

Literature Read Alouds:

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Illustrated Hedge of Thorns, TheIllustrated True Princess, The

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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 have already learned.

Noah’s Lessons: Pages 123-150 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book; Kahn Academy free online math; Multiplication Math Card Games

Faith’s Lessons:

Just as Noah did in Kinder, Faith has been working on a “Number Book,” which is simply a small blank book in which she records addition and subtraction facts for numbers 4-10. For example, on the “7” page, she has recorded 0+7, 2+5, 3+4, 1+6, and has drawn pictures or cubes or any type of counter to represent the equations. As far as addition facts go, her book is pretty much completed at this point, but she still needs lots more hands on practice for memorizing the facts. So after each hands on addition lesson for the day, I ask her to refer back to her Number Book to confirm whether her new (or not so new) discovery (like 2+5=7), has been recorded yet. Even if that particular addition fact has already been recorded, she is getting much needed review by looking back in her book, and she often gets the chance to see a new variation of the same fact (maybe 2+5=7 is a number shape this time, or a cube train, or hand drawn animals, etc.; lots of variation helps kids think flexibly about numbers). I think learning addition and subtraction simply with hands on manipulatives and a blank book can really result in an invested math experience as kids learn to investigate and record their own research.

Number Shape Arrangements (p 87)

Put out several shape cards (we do just one number at a time). Children arrange counters of two colors on the shape card to make different addition combinations, and then record their discoveries with written equations and colored pencil drawings (we do a blank book instead of a worksheet). For subtraction, children fill the whole shape with one color and then take off some (the resulting empty squares of number shapes are helpful for young kids trying to grasp the concepts of subtraction).

Go to the Dump (p.24 in MCG)) Repetition for memorizing facts to 10 (addition and subtraction)

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).

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.

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

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! We wanted to succeed with this book but 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:

Chalk Pastel Birds Nest

Make spring cleaning a family effort as we practice being helpers and learn new life skills!

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Observe and draw spring buds opening

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Plan a Family Passover Seder 

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Make an Easter Garden Basket and use it during a family worship night on Good Friday. We put in a clay tomb, a cross made of sticks, symbolic objects (butterfly, birds eggs), a path, tea lights, and sometimes little woodland bunnies just for fun.

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Year 4 and 5 We were able to use one of the succulents that was in Noah’s Year 1 basket. We hadn’t touched it in years, and it thrived and survived anyway. So now it has a special place in our hearts as it reminds us of little Noah and that sweet first year of homeschool when he was 3.

Help out in the neighborhood

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Field trips:

  • Visit ponds, lagoons, and soggy places to look for playful salamanders and other signs of California Spring.
  • Waterfall loop hike at Mount Diablo St Park (??)
  • Look for frog eggs at Round Valley creek in Brentwood
  • Find ephemeral waterfalls in various hiking spots such as Castle Rock
  • Find daffodils and other signs of spring!

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March Lesson Plans

2015-2016 Preschool – 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit:

Helpful, Useful, Productive, Hardworking, Good Steward, Responsible

Bible: 1 Kings

History/Geography: Ancient Greece, Middle East

Nature Study: Ponds and Streams

Parent Study:

Nature Journal, Prayer Journal, and reading.

 

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: Go to the Ant p.17 and The Righteous Mans Beast p.55

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 (7) in dimes and Faith (5) in stickers once a week (a natural math opportunity).

Have Noah study and write out related verses from his Child Training Bible and Child Virtue Bible (Child Study Bible– also see “Bible” section below) as training opportunities arise in his behavior.

 

Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Use God’s promise in Philippians 2:14-16 to confess regularly over each other:Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world  as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

Also take a minute in circle time to verbally build our children up with spoken blessings.

  • Awesome job, ________! You are persisting in doing good!
  • It makes us feel so good to work hard and finish a big job.
  • I noticed you have been a faithful steward over  ___________.
  • You are such a big help in this family!
  • You are shining like a star in the universe as you serve without complaining.

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

Prayer Time:

  • Today, repent. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.

 Discussion Time:

  • Use Helper Assessment periodically throughout the month
  • Who can you help? What could you help with when you were younger? What can you help with now that you are bigger? Share memorials of God’s goodness (pictures, slideshow, or movie of little helpers helping out through the years).
  • The Ants and the Grasshopper “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6
  • Work While You Work “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23, “No man can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24
  • Dust Under the Rug “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” Luke 16:10
  • The Week of Sundays “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” Proverbs 21:17
  • The Sheep and the Pig (contrast with the Little Red Hen) “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Which Loved Best? “Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth” 1 John 3:18
  • Beautiful Hands “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • RebeccaThere is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
  • King Alfred and the Cakes (scroll up a few pages) “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • For Want of a Horseshoe Nail (little duties neglected bring great downfalls)
  • The Husband who was to Mind the House (respect the hard work others do) “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, (especially those who have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction!), and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  • Mother Holly Do you only work if you know there will be a reward? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” –John Wesley

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 chapters from 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:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrew 13:5

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (to read, not memorize)

Review March verses from previous years:

  • “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
  • “Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13
  • “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23

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.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Sheet Music

We add in Chris Tomlin’s chorus:

Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
All who gather here by grace, draw near and bless Your name

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Sheet Music

Amazing Grace
Sheet Music Here

Poetry Recitation:

First two stanzas of “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

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Handwriting:

  • Writing for Real Life: 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.

the wooden letters Noah and Faith use for word building (spelling)

Reading: (Faith)

Materials:  printed fable, loose letters, word cards for “that his claws were stronger than your teeth. Moral: It is easy to kick a man that is down.”

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

1. Write one word from the selection 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 fable

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: claws–jaws, paws, laws, straws, gnaws, thaws, draws, etc.).

(Lessons 13-14 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

Vocabulary:

Most will be learned naturally in conversation as words in question arise, but Noah also looks up 1 word a week (and writes the definition in a notebook) to learn dictionary skills and spur his love for new words.

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

Literature Read Alouds:

 

Illustrated Hedge of Thorns, TheIllustrated True Princess, The

Bird's Nest, The

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–learning to regroup by 10’s.
  • Review Noah’s handmade subtraction book
  • Make fact family houses

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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 Lets Pretend Stories (p. 105)
Provide counters (such as unifix cubes) and colored construction paper to represent different environments: ocean (blue), grass (green), cave (black). Tell a story for the children to act out (like a word problem). For example: “Its a stormy day on the ocean. The waves are high and it is starting to rain. There are four ships on the ocean. Show me the ships. Three of the ships decide to go back to the harbor…..” These pretend stories provide imaginative counting practice/ addition and subtraction practice by noticing how many are left or how many there are altogether (this step is not necessary unless children are ready).
Week 2 Pattern Task Cards (p.151)
Have children copy simple or complex patterns using pattern blocks, unifix cubes, or dot paint.
Week 3 Matching (p.146)
Make number set cards (like the toothpick set pictured in my December lesson plan) with varying objects such as buttons, paper clips, bread tags, beads on bracelets, beads strung on yarn, onjects glued on popsicle sticks. Each set should include at least 3 or 4 of each of the numbers from 1 to 10. Also provide collections of various items (buttons, keys, nuts and blots, etc) and several sheets of construction paper. Have the child choose one of the number set cards. Then, have the child use the collections and construction paper to (like a mat) to build a set that has the same number as the card. What size numbers can he work with? Does she copy the arrangement?
Week 4 Exploring at the Weighing Station (p. 61)
When children first start learning about weight, they need the type of scales that show how the weight of an object actually pull down the scale. Make homemade scales by hanging a container by a rubber band off the end of a ruler weighed down by books on the other end. Make two scales so that objects to be weighed can be compared. Say, “Which do you think is heavier–the can or the rock? Let’s find out.”

Nature Study:

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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!

READING RAINBOW:DESERT LIFE

Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Chalk Pastel Birds Nest

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100th Day Party! The Kids have been clear that they want “everything just the same as last year.”

We dot painted 100 gumballs, made 100 marshmallow toothpick structures, counted 100 pieces of rainbow colored snacks, wrote up a 100th Day News page, guesstimated the volume of 100 drops of water, and did 100 fun exercise moves with Jack Hartmann.

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Make learning some new ways to serve at home a part of the school morning this month. And make spring cleaning a family effort!

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The Kids looooved Psanky egg decorating last year. We used 1 fine kitska, 1 medium kitska, 5 psyanky dyes, and 1 cube of beeswax.

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Plan a Family Passover Seder 

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Make an Easter Garden Basket and use it during a family worship night on Good Friday. We put in a clay tomb, a cross made of sticks, symbolic objects (butterfly, birds eggs), a path, tea lights, and sometimes little woodland bunnies just for fun.

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Year 4 We were able to use one of the succulents that was in Noah’s Year 1 basket. We hadn’t touched it in years, and it thrived and survived anyway. So now it has a special place in our hearts as it reminds us of little Noah and that sweet first year of homeschool.

Fieldtrips:

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March Lesson Plans

2014-2015 Kindergarten and Preschool

Reminiscing……….1st year of preschool, Noah practices being a helper (with little friends) during our March “helper theme.”

THE Helper Equips Us To Be Helpers

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an empowering for service that takes place in the life of the Christian (Acts 1:5,8). Once baptised we are immersed in the Spirit’s life and power.

As a Spirit filled believer, when I spend time praying in tongues, I always have a better, more satisfying day. The most noticeable result being that I am able to effectively talk about Jesus to those I am reaching out to– namely the little people I am ministering to day in and day out at home–in order to bring them to a closer relationship with Christ. Indeed, the primary function of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to make Christians powerful preachers of the gospel, i.e. effective witnesses, just as Acts 1:8 proves. After Pentecost occurred in the New Testament, and the believers were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, Christianity and its message spread across the region like wildfire.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

When I say that I “preach better” to my children after praying in the Holy Spirit, I don’t mean to say that my words are more eloquent or emotionally charged, more wise or persuasive, or more intellectual or philosophical. Quite the opposite. The more of His power you have, the less convincing and persuading you need to be. The very simplest message changes a life when the Holy Spirit’s amazing power is on those words.

Paul said, “I didn’t come to you with persuasive words of mans wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith does not rest in the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:4-5)

Paul explains why it is so very important for the Spirit’s power to be on our words: that our children’s (friend’s, neighbor’s, co-worker’s) faith may rest in God and not in us. If the Christian gospel preached is only intellectual words, it holds no more power to change lives than the gospel of all other religions—religions built entirely on philosophy, and devoid of all power. In homeschool, our kids need much more to feel the power of the Holy Spirit descend on them and experience the ringing clarity of a simple lesson delivered from our own Spirit led hearts, than all the beautifully crafted words from our scripted lesson plans or books. Teaching with minimal Holy Spirit influence belittles the gospel, and teaching devoid of the Holy Spirit is akin to false religion.

What does it feel like to be empowered by the Holy Spirit? Wonderful and confidence building! In my experience, I know when the Holy Spirit is speaking through me, during a heart to heart talk with my child or friend for example, because physical manifestations of His power occur–a moving or burning within me (literally feels like being “on fire for God” or a “river of living water” flowing from my belly), tingling on my lips or ears, or just a surreal atmosphere of peace in the room. The same feelings can also come while praying in tongues. Sometimes the hand I place on my children starts to feel warm and tingly as I pray the words of encouragement that the Holy Spirit is giving me for them. Truly, after ministering to someone through the power of the Holy Spirit, the feeling that just the right words were spoken, at just the right time, and in just the right way, is one of the most exciting things about being a Christian to me!! Most of the Spirit filled Christians I know are very passionate and exuberant people about their faith because its hard to be lukewarm when the Spirit so fills your life.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11

This month’s lesson plans focus on the character trait/habit of being helpful and useful. Clearly, we should approach this goal by becoming equipped for service by the one who is named THE helper: the Holy Spirit. The Helper will equip us to be helpers. So many Christians are not even taught about speaking in tongues, but like the Apostle Paul said, “I would like everyone of you to speak in tongues!”

You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to be saved. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to have the Holy Spirit in you. You don’t have to speak in tongues to have times of feeling filled with the Holy Spirit, but if you want the free and full outpouring that is the baptism in the Holy Spirit, you must expect it to happen as in Scripture . . . If you want to understand the New Testament you need the same experience that all its writers had.” —The Holy Spirit and You by Dennis and Rita Bennet

How to Be Baptized in the Holy Spirit

As a secondary method of preparing to teach the habit of helpfulness this month, I recommend visiting my posts that describe habit training in greater detail:

Smooth and Easy Days with Our Children

The Spiritual Side of Habit Training

I invite you to join us at Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs by following along with our lesson plans at home! You are welcome to homeschool along 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 2014-2015 school year, and our daily schedule (more of a goal than a reality this year). 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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Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Helpful, Useful, Productive, Hardworking, Good Steward, Responsible

Bible: Exodus

History/Geography: Ancient Egypt, Africa

Nature Study: Birds and Plants

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.
  • Read some chapters out of JR Miller’s book, The Home Beautiful

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
  • Artist: Rien Poortvliet, and paintings in his book, Noah’s Ark

Character/Habit Development:

Read one story a month from Storytime with the Millers. The Millers books are wonderful!!

Storytime with the Millers

Circle Time/Family Time:

Promise and Blessing Time:

Use God’s promise in Philippians 2:14-16 to confess regularly over each other:Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world  as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

Also take a minute in circle time to verbally build our children up with spoken blessings.

  • Awesome job, ________! You are persisting in doing good!
  • It makes us feel so good to work hard and finish a big job.
  • I noticed you have been a faithful steward over  ___________.
  • You are such a big help in this family!
  • You are shining like a star in the universe as you serve without complaining.

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

Prayer Time:

  • Today, repent. Be aware of the sins that crucified Him. Write them down…..ingratitude, unbelief, envy, pride. Feel your need for a Savior. Burn up the confessions. Feel the emancipation of salvation. You are dead to the old you. Know that your sins are no more. You are a new creation.

 Discussion Time:

  • Use Helper Assessment periodically throughout the month
  • Who can you help? What could you help with when you were younger? What can you help with now that you are bigger? Share memorials of God’s goodness (pictures, slideshow, or movie of little helpers helping out through the years).
  • The Ants and the Grasshopper “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6
  • Work While You Work “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23, “No man can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24
  • Dust Under the Rug “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” Luke 16:10
  • The Week of Sundays “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” Proverbs 21:17
  • The Sheep and the Pig (contrast with the Little Red Hen) “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  • Which Loved Best? “Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth” 1 John 3:18
  • Beautiful Hands “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • RebeccaThere is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
  • King Alfred and the Cakes (scroll up a few pages) “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • For Want of a Horseshoe Nail (little duties neglected bring great downfalls)
  • The Husband who was to Mind the House (respect the hard work others do) “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, (especially those who have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction!), 13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  • Mother Holly Do you only work if you know there will be a reward? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” –John Wesley

Bible:

Read Exodus stories in the Children’s story Bible by Catherine Vos, and/or my ESV Study Bible. Read 1 corresponding commentary chapter from Exodus Commentary 3x a week (Commentary during Bible study at night with daddy).

Memory Verses:

  • Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
  • Review March verses from previous years:
    • “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
    • “Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.” Proverbs 13:13
  • Learn memory verse for our Stewardship Street “Living Expenses Bank” (a clothing store bank): “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Review previous coin bank verses:
    •  “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
    • “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.

Amazing Grace
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Poetry Recitation:

THe Boy We Want

A boy that is truthful and honest
And faithful and willing to work;
But we have not a place that we care to disgrace
with a boy that is ready to shirk.

Wanted–a boy you can tie to,
A boy that is trusty and true,
A boy that is good to old people,
And kind to the little ones too.

A boy that is nice to the home folks,
And pleasant to sister and brother,
A boy who will try when things go awry
To be helpful to father and mother.

These are the boys we depend on–
Our hope for the future, and then
Grave problems of state and the world’s work await
Such boys when they grow to be men.

(Taken from The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett, editor)

Handwriting:

Copywork on usefulness, handwritten letters, notes of encouragement, Christmas and birthday cards, thank you cards, shopping lists, nature journal entries, prayer journal entries, poem or memory verse copywork.

Reading:

LOVE the pathway series readers

Word Building:

Preschooler Faith sounds out 3 and 4 letter phonetic words, and spells them out with letters (word building). Each week kindergartener Noah builds 5-12 new words that he is currently learning to read in his reader.

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Literature Read Alouds:

Put holds at the library/make online orders at abebooks.com today!

Illustrated Hedge of Thorns, TheIllustrated True Princess, The

Bird's Nest, The

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.

Developing Math Concepts In Pre-Kindergarten Book

Noah’s Lessons:

Coming soon…..check back soon
Faith’s Lessons:

Week 1  Sorting More or Less (p. 149)

Children will determine whether groups of objects have more or less than the group they are being compared to. String different numbers of beads on pieces of yarn and tie both ends off (or use any number set material like toothpick, button, or paper clip cards as mentioned in previous lesson plan posts). Provide one sheet of paper labeled “Less” and one sheet labeled “More”. Lay the sheets of paper side by side and choose one of the strings of beads to lay in between the sheets. Now the children will pick up strings of beads on at a time from a pile and compare whether its more or less than the chosen string. If it has more beads, it goes on the “More” sheet; if it has less beads, it goes on the “Less” sheet. If its the same, place it in between the sheets with the original string. Ask, “What have you found out so far?” and “Can you tell me which numbers are more/less than ____?

Week 2 Recording Designs and Creations (p.158)
Children will focus on shape and position by making a design and copying it. Have the children create a simple design with pattern blocks or tiles. Then have the children copy these designs by gluing down paper shapes that match the blocks (you can print “printable pattern block shapes from the internet” and cut them out before hand). The copying portion of the activity is important because reproduction requires children to pay close attention to the position of the blocks relative to each other and the number being used. Limit the number of blocks you give them if needed because it is easier for them to build than it is to copy.

Week 3 Sorting Collections (p.125)

Provide collections of buttons, keys, nuts and bolts, shells, rocks, seeds, etc. This activity is to teach sorting by various attributes. Ask something like, “Who can tell me something about one of the buttons?” A child says, “This one has bumps on it.” You ask, “Do all the buttons have bumps?” A child says, “No this one is smooth.” You say, “Let’s put all the bumpy ones here and all the smooth ones here.” After sorting all the buttons, have them sort another way. Do the children naturally see ways to sort, or do you have to make suggestions? Are the children able to sort groups of objects, or are they finding pairs that match? Do they change categories in the middle of sorting?

Week 4 What is the Same as Me? (p. 93 )

To begin to notice size and shape, have the children search for objects in the room that are about the same length as one of their body measurements. “What can you find around the room that might be the same length as your arm (foot, hand, leg, etc)?” You can have them then record a measurement of the object by using markers and paper (optional).

Nature Study:

  • A story or two a month from this very sweet little treasure by Simply Charlotte Mason:

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]

Reading Rainbow: Birds of a Feather

Traditions, Fun Friday Projects, and Other Ideas:

Cut different budding branches, vase them, and watch spring arrive in all its colors. Or do a do a more methodical scientific study of a comparison of the branches.

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Draw and paint cute springtime critters together.

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Make learning some new ways to serve at home a part of the school morning this month. And make spring cleaning a family effort!

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Let those little hands glorify God and go pull weeds for the neighbors.

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March 15th–Hold a Christian Passover Seder with Family

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Easter Garden Basket–clay tomb, cross of sticks, Garden of Gethsemane, symbolic objects (butterfly, birds eggs), path, candle light, etc.

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Fieldtrips:

Johnny Appleseed Day at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Marsh Meander at Coyote Hills Regional Park

Daffodils and beautiful gardens at Fioli, a country estate in Woodside

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Stupendous Fives and Sixes!

Kindergarten Curriculum Plans for 2014-2015

Hooray for Kinder and five and six year olds!!! What a fun age to teach! We are joyfully diving into living curriculum by Simply Charlotte Mason next school year, and will be using the books listed on SCM’s free curriculum guide (1st grade books, although much of SCM curriculum is designed for “family study” and can be used with any age). I hope that some of you will decide to join us in this exciting Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool adventure! If you need some ideas for next school year, whether your child is kindergarten age or not, I would love to show and tell all the wonderful books we plan to use in each subject next fall, so that you can glean for your own curriculum planning.

If you like Charlotte Mason ideas, but feel unsure about how to teach all the various subjects, brush up by checking out the post Teaching Subject by Subject on Simply Charlotte Mason’s blog. Or if you can, splurge on SCM’s thorough training DVDs, ‘Homeschooling the Charlotte Mason Way’. I do not have these DVDs but I would love to get them someday. However, reading Home Education, Volume 1 of Charlotte Masons series, has been the best thing I have done so far to gain a more solid understanding of Miss Mason’s methods, and quite inexpensive training to boot.

First and foremost, Charlotte Mason is a 12-year Christian Character Building curriculum. Books are chosen for the literary quality with which they were written, and even more, their ability to develop the whole person and inspire character. Just look into the curriculum materials I have pictured for each subject area–literature, poetry, Bible, history, geography, reading, and science–and you will find that it all teaches character development!!! For all those years that children are getting a CM education, what’s really being trained more than anything else, is their character. If you agree that character development is your aim as well, then go ahead and read on about Charlotte’s 20 guiding principles for education to see how aligned you are. Realize that some (perhaps many) of her principles go against our common educational sense, but since we know traditional modern pedagogy is failing our children, let us open our minds to trying something different, and trust that if God is leading us this direction, we will come to experience the wonderful fruits of a CM education with time and trust, just as SO many other homeschool family’s who fully adhered to CM principles have.

A Charlotte Mason education is more than using living books and going on nature walks. It is only when used as a balanced whole, that Charlotte’s methods give the best results. Many CM families will vouch that the ‘more or less’ way of following Charlotte Mason doesn’t yield nearly as excellent results. For best results, don’t pick and choose through her tried and tested principles and methods, making a novice assumption that some probably won’t work for you.

“Charlotte Mason was right and my assumptions were false”

Anne White, a seasoned CM homeschool mom, writes on Ambleside Online, “…..Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods are so firmly rooted in the Christian view of a personal God, the created world, and people (as individuals created in God’s image) that they must work because they are true, because they fit the way the world works from a Biblical viewpoint.”

“When I began reading what Miss Mason herself had to say about her methods (rather than reading what others had to say about it), there were a few things she said that didn’t mesh with my own assumptions, so I did not at first try them. However, the more I used Charlotte Mason’s methods and saw good fruit, the more I began to wonder about those other things. One by one, I gave them a try, and I generally found that Charlotte Mason was right and my assumptions were false. Here are some of them:

Short lessons–I thought it best to keep going until we tired of a subject. But my kids are fresher and stay interested longer with short lessons (10-15 minutes for younger children)–they have better retention, too.

Slowly reading through a book a few pages at a time instead of sitting down for a gluttonous feast of cover to cover reading (it’s oh-so-fun that way!)–I thought it was ridiculous to make a child quit reading a school book if she was having fun with it. But I find that when I slow my children down with their schoolbooks, they think about the material longer, harder, and deeper. They remember details better, as well.

Unit studies–Charlotte Mason really did not much care for most unit studies. She has some very amusing things to say about them. I was using a unit study curriculum when I first read the six volume series, and I thought she was mistaken. But the fewer unit study projects I do, the more real learning my kids do, the more time I have, the less mess there is to pick up! Miss Mason talks about letting the kids make their own connections. The more I step back and let this happen, the more amazed I am at how many connections the kids make that I never thought of.

Dictation–I never did prepared dictation in a steady, organized fashion until around 2003. Since implementing it. I’ve seen big improvements in my girls’ spelling and writing skills.

Drawing–I thought drawing was something you either could do or you could not do–not a skill that could be taught. I tried some easy teaching programs, and found that the children who had the benefit of those programs did draw better than those who did not. They are not artists, and I didn’t stick to the programs as much as I should have, but there is definitely a difference.

Narration on every single reading–this is so important! I see much better retention, better interaction with the book, greater interest in the story, improved language skills, and better understanding of the material.

Show and Tell Time

Alright, let’s get to the point! Below I list all the areas of study we will cover in kindergarten and include pictures of lesson books, spines, reference books, living books, etc. that we plan to use for each area. I also include an “extras” section for most subjects– optional movies, links, CDs, games, extra books, etc., to further enrich our studies as time permits. My bookmarked research on the computer this year, emptied into one convenient place for you, and me too. The great thing about SCM lesson plans is that they are basic, like skeleton plans. Some people look at them and say that’s not enough, but many of us look at them and think perfect, they leave room and time to explore my child’s interests and lots of “extras” too. I think that’s important!

I basically bought all books pictured on this post from either Simply Charlotte Mason or AbeBooks. Most of the “living books,” I bought used very inexpensively from AbeBooks, and saved more than I could have by buying from Amazon used (I saved about $100, most books were half the price of Amazon). So try AbeBooks first!

For younger ages/lighter workload, foundational background, or alternative curriculum ideas, also see:

  • Welcome Back to School, my 2012-2013 curriculum post for “Thrilling Three’s and Fours.” Every area of study listed there has been the foundation of our Charlotte Mason preschool.
  • Fabulous Fours and Fives, my 2013-2014 curriculum post. Our Charlotte Mason curriculum plans are built up from the previous year to prepare us for kindergarten this year.

For a peek into our school supplies, other than books, like math manipulatives and art supplies, see last years post:

  • Getting Ready for School (A few of our supplies Noah doesn’t need anymore, but most will still be used in Kinder and beyond, and for next year I won’t need to add very much to what we already own.)

As far as a schedule for kindergarten for all you schedulers, I will blog later this summer, because I am still figuring that out right now! I can tell you this much: the plan is to do the next thing. Whenever we finish chapter one in a book is when we will move to chapter two. I will definitely not be scheduling out chapters and page numbers to cover each day 9 months out in advance just to make sure we squeeze every last drop out of our books by the end of the year. I feel suffocated by that kind of “planning”, and much prefer the flexibility of “do the next thing.” Life happens and staying flexible for important things that come up is an advantage of homeschool. We will just stay faithful to setting aside 4 mornings a week to do all of our book work, and 1 day a week to go out and have fun on a field trip or nature get away (Fun Fridays!). I will be planning which days of the week I plan to teach which subjects and a tentative time of day for each.

Bible, History and Geography:

“History is a subject which should be to the child an inexhaustible storehouse of ideas, should enrich the chambers of his House Beautiful with a thousand tableaux, pathetic and heroic, and should form in him, insensibly, principles whereby he will hereafter judge of the behavior of nations, and will rule his own conduct as one of a nation.”
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“The fatal mistake is in the notion that he must learn ‘outlines,’ or a baby edition of the whole history of England, or of Rome, just as he must cover the geography of all the world. Let him, on the contrary, linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man, is at home in the ways of that period. Though he is reading and thinking of the lifetime of a single man, he is really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.”
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“….it is only as we have it in us to let a person or cause fill the whole stage of the mind, to the exclusion of self-occupation, that we are capable of large-hearted action on behalf of that person or cause.”
–Charlotte Mason
 

Click on pictures to find book descriptions.

Bible: Bible story book, commentaries, hymns, scripture memory (not pictured), and Bible/History lesson plan book.

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History and Geography: Lesson plan books, maps, history spine (Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors), and ……..

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Lots of living books!

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What’s great about the history spine, Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors:

“A living book that explores Ancient Egypt in a way that is suitable for younger students, yet interesting for older; that presents what the Egyptians believed, yet honors the one, true God; that doesn’t sensationalize the pagan customs, myths, or mummies; that traces the history of this ancient civilization, yet agrees with the Biblical account of creation and the beginning of mankind. The best part is that Lorene Lambert’s fascinating narrative also tells the stories of the other civilizations that existed alongside Ancient Egypt—her neighbors, near and far.” -Simply Charlotte Mason

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Bible Extras:

History Extras:

          More Ancient History Living Books:

         Movies to Supplement Ancient History:

          Well Written/Interesting Biographies :

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  • Childhood of Famous Americans series – Tells the stories of the childhood of many of our American heroes.
  • Landmark series – A most remarkable series of books about history written for children. The thing that makes them great is they asked real adult experts on each subject to write them. Irresistable. A very, very few mention       evolutionary ideas – the ancient history ones.

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Habits and Character:

“The habits of the child produce the character of the man.”
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“As has well been said, ‘Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’ And a great function of theeducator is to secure that acts shall be so regularly, purposefully, and methodically sown that the child shall reap the habits of the good life, in thinking and doing, with the minimum of conscious effort.”
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“The mother devotes herself to the formation of one habit at a time, doing no more than keep watch over those already formed.”
–Charlotte Mason

We will devote ourselves to the development of one character trait a month as we have done all through preschool (see our preschool masterplan). I will choose traits that need the most development in my children from Charlotte’s list and then we will work on them over a 9 month school year. We will most likely focus on the following traits next year: neatness and order, courage, generosity, obedience, self-control, courtesy and kindness and manners, usefulness, truthfulness and prayer, thanksgiving and praise.

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We bought these two quick reference charts from Doorposts so that we can handle discipline situations Biblically and teach our children Bible verses that apply to the issue at hand.

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Service opportunities (better known as chores) will become a big part of our habit training this year. Our children will learn how to be good “employees” through Service Opportunities (ie chores). With Stewardship Street, they can learn to be faithful stewards of their earnings. We will be crafting our own milk carton stewardship street this summer, which will resemble the scene you see on the front cover (7 houses or “piggy banks” to hold earnings from seven important categories of stewardship–tithe, charity, living expenses, spending, short term savings, long term savings, and dowry). Noah has his own wallet now and can’t wait to get started. With all the crafting and chore training required to get started, this is a great summer project. That way we will hopefully have our Service Opportunities system up and running more smoothly by fall.

Math:

This will be our third year using Kathy Richardson’s series, and although next year we will probably delve into all 3 books, the main focus will be on the newer content of addition and subtraction in book 2. Noah has always enjoyed our math lessons from these books because they are hands on, full of variety, and the author really does understand how kids develop number concepts. You can find all kinds of sample lessons from the Pre-K book and Book 1 in “monthly lesson plans” under “categories” on our homepage.

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      Math Extra:

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The Arts:

“…..the appreciation of the humanities (culture) is not a luxury, a tidbit, to be given to children now and then, but their very bread of life.” –Charlotte Mason
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“…..we grow accustomed to what we are surrounded by. Our children’s sense of beauty and appreciation is being formed by what is around them. If they are surrounded by fast-talking, fast-moving cartoons or touched-up photos of pouty, anorexic young people, that is what they will get used to. That is what will cultivate their tastes, and soon that is what they will prefer because it is familiar. Picture study gives us a simple yet powerful tool to influence our children’s sense of beauty, to cultivate within them a taste for what is good. Charlotte Mason said that one of the parents’ jobs is “the cultivation of the power to appreciate, to enjoy, whatever is just, true, and beautiful in thought and expression.” –Simply Charlotte Mason

All Things Bright and Beautiful — Free art, music, and poetry appreciation studies all done for you at the blog All Things Bright and Beautiful! I am excited about this wonderful site provided by a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom who simply wants to share in order to help other homeschooling families who may not have time or motivation for the artsy extras. It looks great, costs nothing, and so I think we will use her studies to beautify our homeschool mornings everyday at breakfast. I will also try to grab a book from the library containing works from the current artist being studied on All Things Bright and Beautiful so that all our picture study doesn’t have to be done on the computer. Next school year we may choose to study artists from the site that depict animals and nature, such as Robert Bateman and James Audubon, since we are really looking forward to starting up our own nature notebooks.

Living Audubon biography picture book

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We will also choose one poem a month to memorize and recite.

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Handicrafts:

Love that Charlotte includes handicrafts as a school subject! The American Boys Handy Book looks like it could be an interesting resource to use with Noah, but so far the plan is to keep using our “Activity Brainstorm Page“, which is listed on our homepage menu. The craft projects include holiday, seasonal, and themed ideas which are an ongoing collection of various ideas I admire while searching around on the internet. We are somewhat winging handicrafts because our family enjoys crafting, and I think we will always have our hands in projects whether they are assigned or not. Ideas conveniently, and sometimes inconveniently, abound as Noah never seems to stop thinking of things to make and do (nor do I).

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Reading (with Readers):

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Pathway Readers

Sweet readers that teach morals and spiritual values while providing insight into the life of the Amish people. First Steps and Days Go By are the readers we will use in kindergarten. I also pictured the other two readers we have been using. (Don’t forget SCM offers Delightful Reading if you are looking for a complete reading curriculum too. It worked well for us last year!)

       Reading Extras:

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Literature:

“Ideas must reach us directly from the mind of the thinker, and it is chiefly by the means of the books they have written that we get in touch with the best minds.” –Charlotte Mason

“For the books that we read aloud as a family, I do not require a narration. I want us to simply enjoy these classics together, to share the experience, to build memories, and to store up common ideas that knit our hearts together” –Simply Charlotte Mason

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

         Literature Extras:

  • Librivox — free audiobooks, like My Bookhouse, take some of the pressure off mom having to read aloud all day! (just watch out for poor readers since audiobooks are read by volunteers). Lots of classic, well written books here since many older books can be found free in the public domain.

          Literature suggestions for boys from Hal and Melanie Young:

  • Jungle Doctor series by Paul White – Absolutely fascinating! Very respectful of the indigenous people without pulling punches toward their enslaving false religion. Exciting, funny, engaging.
  • Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchens – Based on his life growing up with six brothers, the Sugar Creek Gang is a great way to show your boys what it means to be a Christian as a boy. Fun, funny, enjoyable, an essential part of childhood in our family. The new series by Pauline Hutchens Wilson and Sandy Dengler is not as good. (I hear the audiobook is great)
  • Little Britches series by Ralph Moody – The poignant, entertaining story of a boy whose father dies after they move to the West and how he helps support his family and then himself. He doesn’t always do what’s right, but he learns better! Great read alouds!

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Handwriting:

We will be spontaneous in selecting sentences to copy for handwriting practice. I think copywork phrases can be successfully chosen from favorite selections in literature books, scripture verses, poems, nature studies, or hymns–especially ones that really stand out to us, or our children. This way handwriting is more personal and inspiring. Picking selections ourselves should really only take a few more minutes than using pre-selected selections in a copybook.

We will continue to use the Draw and Write Notebook from Handwriting Without Tears because I like the simple lines, and because it was the next logical step after using HWT Double Line Chalkboard for the past two years of preschool (which proved to be a really great way to learn how to write letters). These two products from HWT have worked great and were all we really needed for handwriting!  This is a picture of Noah’s last handwriting sample from Pre-K this year in the Draw and Write Notebook:

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Creation Science and Nature Study:

“He must live hours daily in the open air, and, as far as possible, in the country; must look and touch and listen; must be quick to note, consciously, every peculiarity of habit or structure, in beast, bird, or insect; the manner of growth and fructification of every plant. He must be accustomed to ask why––Why does the wind blow? Why does the river flow? Why is a leaf-bud sticky? And do not hurry to answer his questions for him; let him think his difficulties out so far as his small experience will carry him. Above all, when you come to the rescue, let it not be in the ‘cut and dried’ formula of some miserable little text-book………As I have already tried to point out, to get this sort of instruction for himself is simply the nature of a child: the business of the parent is to afford him abundant and varied opportunities, and to direct his observations, so that, knowing little of the principles of scientific classification, he is, unconsciously, furnishing himself with the materials for such classification.”
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“This is the mother’s chance to train the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and to drop seeds of truth into the open soul of a child, which shall germinate, blossom and bear fruit, without further help or knowledge of hers.”
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“No-eyes comes home bored; he has seen nothing, been interested in nothing: while Eyes is all agog to discuss a hundred things that have interested him.”
–Charlotte Mason on Nature Study

I am thrilled about nature study! Outdoor Secrets is so very sweet for littles. And its so much fun getting out in the wild blue yonder on all kinds of outdoor adventures.

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Beautiful living books used with Outdoor Secrets Handbook.

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Field Guides and reference books for nature study/walks. I still need to get a lot more field guides.

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Nature Studies out in the field includes regularly notebooking a few words about intriguing nature finds, and learning to draw/paint one small find at a time with watercolor pencils, watercolors, or colored pencils. I plan to keep a notebook alongside Noah since Charlotte recommended mothers to experience notebooking alongside their children.

“Yes, you can take digital pictures instead or look at close-up illustrations on the Internet, but there is nothing that will encourage you to look so closely and carefully than trying to draw for yourself the object that you are looking at. Use the field guides to help you label your drawings. Over time you will gain at least a “nodding and naming acquaintance” with God’s creation in your yard. And that is time well spent.” (SCM)

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Highly acclaimed 106 Days of Creation and its companion books for whenever we finish Outdoor Secrets.

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Moody Science DVDS (set of 19)— I really want to get this set of great creation science videos!

        Science Extras:

        Nature Study Extras:

  • see “Fieldtrips” below for some fun local nature study ideas
  • Enature.com — Online Fieldguide to help ID all those nature finds
  • Great Living Books for young children that are free in the public domain:

……………..The Storybook of Science (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..Among the People Series (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..The Burgess Animal Book (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..The Burgess Bird Book (Audiobook, E-book)
……………..Arabella Buckley Books (Audiobook, E-book)

Fieldtrips:

Also see last year’s fieldtrip ideas, check bayareakidfun.com, and current East Bay Park Activities periodically for more fieldtrip ideas

Anytime Trips:

Discover and Go Program — Discounted museum admission offered through the library

Delta Discoveries — Every Saturday from 11am til 2pm at Big Break Regional Shoreline

Village Theatre in Danville — Preschool Performance Series

BMX Track at Memorial Park in San Ramon and Bike Park in Pleasanton

Diablo Rock Gym — Kids Weekend Belay

Worlds Biggest Dinosaurs — A creationist dinosaur museum in Southern California. See their recommended article and booklist.

Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos

Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek

Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland

anaturemom.com — a mom who blogs about fun bay area nature places to visit

On The Calendar Trips:

July

East Bay Parks Outdoor Discoveries — “Astro Summer” for ages 3-6

Family Theater Festival at Dean Lesher Center for the Arts

August

Japanese Cultural Festival August 10-11

California Symphony 6:30 pm Thursday, August 28th at Todos Santos Plaza (free)

September

Tarantula hikes on Mount Diablo

Visit an apple orchard in Apple Hill

October

Harvest Festival at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Fire station fieldtrip

November

Free homeschool days at Monterey Bay Aquarium (make reservations in Sept.)

Hike Stream Trail at Redwood Regional Park to find hibernating ladybugs

December

Visit creeks in winter to find frozen ice, and visit waterfalls after rainfall to find rushing waters (Noah’s ideas)

Attend a performance of The Nutcracker

January

Whale Watching at Point Reyes and other spots along the coast, early morning is best

Newt and Salamander walks hosted at various East Bay Parks, or get out right after a rain, and search in the stream behind Tilden’s Environmental Education Center (near Little Farm)

February

Monarchs for kids at Ardenwood Historic Farm; also can see monarchs over wintering at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, Muir Beach, or Natural Bridges State Beach.

March

Johnny Appleseed Day at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Marsh Meander at Coyote Hills Regional Park

Daffodils and beautiful gardens at Fioli, a country estate in Woodside

April

Tadpoles in the creek at Round Valley Park

Sunol Regional Wilderness Spring Wildflower Festival

Bees/Honey tasting at Tilden

May

Search for ducklings, goslings, and their nests at Newhall Community Park

Bird Days provided by many East Bay Parks

Little Yosemite waterfall hike at Sunol Regional Wilderness

June

Butterfly Festival at Coyote Hills Regional park

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“The end result of a Charlotte Mason education is the children ‘find knowledge so delightful that it becomes a pursuit and source of happiness for a lifetime.” –Catherine Levinson

Love, Love, Love This Baby

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3rd Swing? Maybe 4th…..1st Picture (3rd Baby)

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Faith Did a Good Job With Her Watercolor, We Were All Happily Surprised

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An Honor to Have Tayler’s 94 Year Old Great Grandma Come to School One Day

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Tayler Loves How Her Family Drops By School Often

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We Crafted Gingerbread Boys to Help Us Retell the Story We Know Well

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Darling Little Lamb

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Girl Turning Brave

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Planting Our Garden

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Horseplay with Noah

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Cooking Project–Greek Honey Yogurt Mixed with Whip Cream and Topped with Dried Fruit, Toasted Coconut Flakes, Nutmeg, and Lime Zest

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Our Prayer Posters Serve as Visual Aids & Hang By Each Child’s Bed; I Love How Faith is Especially Faithful to Use Her Poster

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With Three Small Children I Think I Would Spend Every Last Second of My Day Cleaning and Cooking If It Weren’t for Help From Noah, My Right Hand Man

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I Guess Its Time for Some New Dress Up Clothes

Noah has never been into role playing until recently. Now he says he wants a Roman Soldier costume, an army uniform, an astronaut costume, a new fireman costume, and an armor of God/soldier of Christ costume. Oh my!

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An Easter Service Invitation for Our Neighbor

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Dying Easter Eggs

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Glittering Just a Few Eggs Was a Nice Touch

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 “Easter Eggs” From Our Chickens for Neighbor Lois

(She Has Moved Into Assisted Living Now and We Will Miss Her!)

The cute little basket we made from a pint sized cream carton and scrap book paper.

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Our Resurrection Egg Hunt At School

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Our Easter Garden Basket Tradition Was Revamped (And Thus Also Very Affordable) This Year

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We Invited Over This Wooly Hebrew Abba To Lead Our Messianic Passover Seder on Easter 😉

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Family Egg Hunt on Easter

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Book Lover

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Cutting Practice with Spiral Snakes

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Thanks Tayler, Cutting is Easier With Help

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Putting #1-59 in Order on Our Hundreds Chart

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Domino Addition

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Watering Our Sprouts

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“I am Sorry You Fell Down Faith,” Gift from Noah and Tayler, and then a minute later…..

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“I am Sorry You Tripped Over Me Tayler,” Gift From Faith (and Noah). A minute later Noah Gets hurt…..

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FYI: The Black Widow has a Brown Widow Cousin. Also pictured, the tiny harmless male Widow, killed by the female when Dean shook her web (all 3 found living under the kids’ sand table).

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My Sweet Attachment

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Special Nature Treasures Discovered: Leaf Skeleton and a Giant Puffball Mushroom

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My Chicken Girl

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Noah, “Mr. Eyes”, Found a Birds Nest in Our Side Yard

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Daniel Sitting by the Creek at Round Valley Park

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Noah Enjoys Throwing Boulders

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Water Snake!! Found by a calm, cool, and collected Mr. Eyes.

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Daniel Starting to Feel a Little Too at Home at the Creek

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So Much Fun Collecting Tadpoles and “Frog Eggs”!

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Bummer, Our Tadpoles Only Lived a Few Days 😦

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Scads of Snails in Our Yard…..Noah Follows a “Poop Trail” to Find Even More

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May Was Such a Fun Month of Art…..Color Mixing, Pantone Color Book, Painting Butterflies

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Noah’s Butterfly

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Noahs Second Butterfly

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 Very Pleased With Noah’s Final Butterfly Painting, Symmetry and Wing Shape being the Goals

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Our Method Of Achieving Symmetry: Freehand One Side, Trace the Other

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Color Mixing Involved Creating Lots of Shades of One Color; Tayler Mixing Up Shades of Green

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 Using Her Greens to Freehand a Butterfly

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Tayler’s Symmetrical Princess Like Butterfly

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 Two Families Blessed to Continually Experience the “World as Our Classroom”

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So Pleased with Kiddos Growth in the Area of Drawing; Noah’s “Train” and Faith’s “Family” for Grandma on Mother’s Day

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To My Shock, Chef Noah Decided to Pile Raisins On The Meatloaf When I Stepped Out of the Kitchen For a Minute (Believe it or Not, It Turned Out Quite Yummy)

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Together we carry our children to the cross

In family and school this Easter season, we will be all wrapped up in the incomparable glory of the cross. Won’t you join me on this 40 day trail leading to the cross?

(Quotations and full descriptions can be found at aholyexperience.com–a most beautiful and heart wrenching blog written by Ann Voskamp)

Lent

Trail to the Tree

February 22—April 8th

“Lent. It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrifice.” Let me be crucified with you Jesus.

Lent traces its roots to this earliest tradition of Christ followers. Wanting to emphasize the power of the Cross and significance of the resurrection, we set aside this season to reflect on life, sin, love, God’s intervention, sacrifice and victory for humankind.

Today, Lent is sacred for some, ignored by others, and for some it may have become an empty and lifeless practice. Like anything good, it is only as good as it is meaningful to the practitioner.

Each night through Lent, families may choose to read devotionals, pray, journal, light a candle, etc. Choose 1 thing to give up. Ingratitude? Selfishness? Worry?

Repentance Box

At the Foot of the Cross

“As the day rolls out, and snags here and there, we find ourselves, Mama and Dad, big kids and little, taking a moment to confess our sins on small cards, slipping them into our box of repentances.

In this practice we are experiencing it afresh: Confessing sins is a cleansing, emancipating grace.

Come Easter morning, we’ll burn up our cards of sins confessed.

Because they are, astoundingly, no more, because of Christ who did it all.

And we’ll walk home with an empty box of repentance, giving thanks that He has written our names, not our sins, in His book of remembrance.”

Easter Garden

A Visual Parable

A miniature remembering of the resurrecting wondering of the all-things new beginning…..A basket, some dirt, some plants, moss, a wee pond, miniature garden torches, a tomb, a cross, a path. Each day light another wick for the Light of the World is coming….until Good Friday, when all goes dark. This is the path we walk from Lent to Easter, from dark to Light, from death to life, and the Easter garden will unfold, a parable, a living visual of the metamorphosis of all the cosmos…

Easter Garden, another way to walk out lent each family evening, us again with Him in the garden in the cool of the evening.

Passover Meal

The Last Supper

A desire to recover the sacred, 3,000 years sacred.

“It is about keeping something worth preserving: emblems pregnant with the fulfillment of the New Covenant.”

“Why keep the Passover, that day that God said “shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever” (Ex. 12:14)?”

Interested in preparing your own Passover Meal?

 

The Cross

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

Come crucify flesh at the foot of a cross nestled in the garden, nail sins to the tree, scrawl repentance into a wooden box, worship thankfully and knowingly, be still and know.

How many times will my flesh drive me back to this place? Do numbers matter when all is grace? Run to the cross, be crucified with Christ.

 

 

 

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