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3/22/12 An Eggciting Day

We did a Ressurection Egg hunt today during circle time and the kids loved it. I named a color, a hiding spot clue, and instructions to run the egg back to our circle once an egg was found. The kids were excited to see what was inside each egg, and one by one, the items helped me to convey the full Easter story. Retelling the highlights of our school day over dinner that night, my husband, an avid supporter of Little Lambs and homeschooling, asked a great question, “How do the kids learn academics through a school with so much spiritual focus?” Instead of trying to explain the big picture, which I think he gets anyway, I used the Ressurection Egg hunt as a very literal example of how academics can be intertwined with Biblical education. Following directions (i.e. following hiding spot clues) is a huge standard in all preschools. Opportunities for development of cooperation, sharing, and conflict resolution also surfaced during the hunt. Listening skills were employed during the Bible story telling, and story sequencing was introduced as we lined up the eggs in sequential order. Finding something hidden sharpens observation skills, and running around is P.E.! That was plenty of academics for our 3 year olds. However, the lesson could have been arranged differently to even challenge a 10 year old. Spiritual education doesn’t have to be taught in a 20 minute window every morning, it can really be intertwined into everything we do in homeschool.

Now the big picture is this….our homeschool’s main purpose is to equip our children to bring God glory. I like the way the Heart of Wisdom, explains their philosophy as One Thing Needed–the story of Mary and Martha reminds us that only one thing is necessary. “A willingness to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word is the most important thing we can ever teach our children. Sensible Martha had many accomplishments, but worry and trouble were her rewards. Mary, on the other hand, was praised for choosing that good thing which was itself her reward and which would not be taken away from her.” “What about academics—math, language arts, history, and science?” Of course these things matter, but only as they sharpen your focus on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Academic subjects are important tools, but they are only tools, not the goal. The moment academics cloud your view, to whatever degree they slow your pursuit of God’s will, they then move from being helpful tools to what Jesus calls “cares of this life.”

Gosh, I feel so freed in this pursuit! So “care” free!!

Back to Ressurection Eggs…..it dawned on me that this would be a great alternative or complimentary egg hunt to do with our own kids at our family Easter celebration. It would certainly help bring more Jesus into our Easter by holding a Ressurection Egg hunt, and then gathering the kids around to tell the Easter Bible story using the treasures within. An egg hunt that glorifies God instead of the Easter bunny! Sweet! Have you thought about that?

Make Your Own Ressurection Eggs or buy them online

Teach the Easter Story Using Ressurection Eggs

Ressurection Egg Hunt

3 Nails in the Hands and Feet of Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

     

 “t” is for tomb

   

 ‘Crazy Balloon’ Fun Outside

Eggsperiments with Miss Cherie

Squeeze David!

If you apply even pressure to a raw egg, like a mother hen sitting on her egg, it won’t break!

Can You Tell Which is Raw, Which is Hard Boiled?

Will One Sink and One Float?

Will One Roll Differently Than The Other?

Will One Spin?…… Yes!

Its the Hard Boiled One!

Noah cracked open the egg to see if it was the raw or the hard boiled egg that spun.

Why Not?

Its always a good time for a snack.

 

No Thank You

Eggs Soaked in Vinegar for several days become rubbery….like the sole of your shoe. Want to touch it Tayler?

Boing!

Try this!

Light a candle in a jar, set the egg on top…..

Egg Vaccuum

….and watch how the egg gets sucked in.

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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:

Wisdom and the Millers: Proverbs for Children | Main photo (Cover)

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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Do a Ressurection Egg Hunt

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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
Sheet Music Here

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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Psanky Eggs
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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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Ressurection Egg Hunts

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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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April Lesson Plans

2013-2014

My favorite childhood memories are gardening memories. The rosy glow of summer evening sunshine filling heart and garden I hope will be a favorite memory for my children as well. Are you doing a vegetable garden with your children this year? I hope that you will participate in our lesson plans this month all about gardening, growing in faith, and Easter! A gardening theme is a great way to teach that faith is lot like a seed. Good things come to those who wait. Small faith will grow much bigger over time, and bear lots of fruit with consistent watering of the Word and pruning by our loving Gardener.

Bible Theme: I have Faith

Preschool Fun Themes: Easter and Gardening

Mother Study:

Books:

The Power of the Blood by H.A. Maxwell

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pearce (Passover section)

Songs:

The Wonderful Cross

At the Cross

Nothing but the Blood/Hosanna

The Same Power

Movies:

The Passion of Christ

The Case for Christ (documentary)

The Prince of Egypt (Passover). Ok, go ahead and share this one with the kids.

Passover Story (you Tube Clip)

Special Dates:

April 14th-18th–NO SCHOOL Enjoy some extra time together this week preparing for and celebrating Easter!

SHARING What have you grown in a garden before? What do you like about gardening? What do you dislike? What would be in your dream garden?

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Favor for a Neighbor–We started this last month and will continue this month because its been wonderful. We find a neighbor who could use some help around the house or the yard, and go help them.

Bible Stories:

The Children’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos

Chapters 8-21 in NT, plus Easter Story in Chapters 41-56 during Easter week

Memory Verses:

Review previous verse: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me..” Galatians 2:20

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

New Verse: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25-26

Classical Art Study:

Choose from hundreds of Garden Paintings found here.

Hymns:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

MP3

Sheet Music Here

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

Faith is a Living Power from Heaven

Lyrics and tune

Poetry and Recitation:

From Christian Mother Goose

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing their memory verse and poem for the month of April.

Reading:

Materials:  printed scripture verse, loose letters, word cards for “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly like an eagle.”

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Proverbs 23:4-5 

Do not wear yourself out trying to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly like an eagle.

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Reading Lessons:
“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly like an eagle.”

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: not–cot, dot, got, jot, let, pot, blot, plot, knot, trot, spot, etc.).

(3rd reading selection, lessons 5-8 in Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason)

History Books:

Literature:

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

 

Math:

(Activities are from the Kathy Richardson books: Developing Math Concepts in Pre-Kindergarten and Developing Number Concepts)

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 ____?

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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.

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Week 3 Counting Boards: Changing Numbers (p. 173)

Children will practice changing one number of objects to another. First, lay out several duplicate storyboards (several sheets of paper with a simple picture of a two lane road for example where unifix cubes represent cars driving down the road). Place a different number of “cars” driving down the road on each storyboard. Have children label each picture with the correct numeral (either write numbers on a small squares of paper or use numeral cards). Leave the cubes in place, and have children remove the number cards, mix them up, and put each in a different position than before. Now the cubes do not match their number labels. Children now adjust the number of cubes on the boards to match the newly placed numbers.

Family Traditions and Projects:

Plan and Plant a Garden

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Then Write an Experience Story

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

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

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

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

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

Plan a Botanical Playhouse/Teepee

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We did zero soil prep last year and so we got one vine instead of a bunch. I think we shall try again!

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

 

Plant and Paint Sunflowers–We do a ‘Directed Painting’ every year (As I paint on my paper and talk the kids through, they try to copy)

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Repentance Box

Anne Voskamp: “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.”

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Dye Eggs–We love to use food coloring and vinegar instead of buying egg dying kits because the colors turn out brighter.

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We love doing Easter Garden Baskets!! Here are two very different ones we have done the last two years. The basket with succulents definitely worked out the best as far as longevity for us, but both types of plants made for beautiful baskets. Idea from A Holy Experience.

 

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Cross Necklaces made out of Sculpey Clay, beads pressed in, and baked.

Doing a Passover Meal is truly awesome. I recommend looking into doing this with your family! The book Biblical Holidays is so great, and will help you with everything you need to know.

Ressurection Eggs and egg hunts are so fun. Tayler was the one to find the egg with the cross inside two years in a row.

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At the Foot of the Cross Build a cross in your garden. Sit at the cross, run to the cross daily as needed, allow your flesh to be crucified. Nail your sins to the cross, worship, meditate on the meaning of Easter/Passover, and be still before Him.

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Paper Mache Eggs Fill with goodies!

Nature Study:

Find a pond and study the frog life cycle.

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March Lesson Plans

2012-2013

I hope you are looking forward to spring studies! Start your planning with prayer and everything will fall into place from there. I hope this Easter will be extra meaningful for you and your family!!

Bible Theme: I am Helpful

Preschool Fun Themes: Spring and Easter

Special Date:

March 12th–Bring an Easter Basket to school for our Easter Garden Basket project

Bible Stories:

Week 1 The Holy Spirit is our Helper (Acts 2:1-41, Romans 8:26)

Week 2 The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock

Week 3 Easter Story

Week 4 Easter Story

Memory Verse:

Review last years verse: ‘Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

New verse: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me..” Galatians 2:20

Classical Art Study:

Rosary Basilica, Lourdes, 19th century, mosaic.

Hymn:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

MP3

Sheet Music Here

Poetry:

What Robin Told

By George Cooper

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How do robins build their nests?

Robin Redbreast told me–

First a wisp of yellow hay

In a pretty round they lay;

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Then some shreds of downy floss.

Feathers, too, and bits of moss,

Woven with a sweet, sweet sone,

This way, that way, and across;

THAT”S what Robin told me.

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Where do robins hide their nests?

Robin Redbreast told me–

Up among the leaves so deep,

Where the sunbeams rarely creep,

Long before the leaves are gold,

Bright eyed stars will peep and see

Baby robins–one, two, three;

THAT’S what Robin told me.

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Handwriting:

The children will practice printing:

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Literature:

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

We are also getting many of the books off this great Easter book list.

Math:

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

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).

Group Projects:

After last year’s great egg dying results, we will always use food coloring and vinegar now instead of buying egg dying kits. This year I want to try Pink and Green Mama’s tie dye method.

LOVED this Easter Garden Basket project we did last year!!! We go the idea from the blog A Holy Experience.

These cross necklace projects from last year were pretty fun to do too!

Last year’s Passover Meal was awesome. I can not recommend looking into doing this with your family enough. The book Biblical Holidays is so great, and will help you with everything you need to know.

Ressurection Eggs and egg hunts are so fun.

Build a cross in your garden. Spend time at the foot of the cross allowing your flesh to be crucified, nailing your sins to the cross, worshiping, meditating on the meaning of Easter, and being still before Him.

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Build a Birdhouse

Paper Mache Eggs filled with goodies

Nature Study:

Nature park days will resume for spring!

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Just to let you know, Celebrating the Christian History of Our American Holidays also has some Easter ideas and information that I found helpful.

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.  —Martin Luther

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