Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 3rd Grade :)

April: Faith/ Chickens/ Gardening/ Farming

Literature:

Mortimer’s First Garden

Mortimer can’t imagine that seeds have any use beyond the immediate gratification of being eaten, but when he sees the human family in his house plant a garden, he decides to use his last sunflower seed to give it a whirl himself. Convinced that the miracle won’t happen, tempted to dig up the seed and eat it, Mortimer hears the voice of God: Wait. Suddenly, even though he was drenched with rain, Mortimer felt warm and protected. With hard work and prayer, Mortimer produces a miracle sunflower and a bumper crop of seeds, which in turn prompts the book’s final teachable moment: And please, God, says a fat and contented Mortimer, I wouldn’t mind a friend to help me eat these. This book celebrates the miracle of springtime.

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Science:

Backyard garden and chickens

Plant and take care of our own garden, and help take care of chickens.

Fieldtrips:

 Sienna Ranch in Lafayette

“Farm Animal Interaction”

Children experience close interaction with Sienna Ranch’s many animals including chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, and horses, led by one of Sienna Ranch’s animal care staff members. Children will hold bunnies, collect eggs, feed goats, and groom Sugar, the pony.  They will also have an opportunity to card wool from a sheep and hand-spin a wool bracelet. Cost: $13/person, minimum 6

Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont)

* Join in doing old-fashioned farm chores

* Visit farm animals

* Try your hand at turn-of-the-century crafts

* Sample a cookie freshly cooked in a wood-burning stove

  •       * Ride a horse-drawn railroad
  •       * Participate in a naturalist program

* Tour the fully-restored Victorian farmhouse

Tues., Wed. & Sat.–$2/adults, $1/children (4-17 years)

Thurs., Fri. and Sun.–$5/adults, $4/children (4-17 years)

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Math:

Egg numeral matching

using eggs from Noah’s play kitchen

Literature:

Windowsill Garden

A loveable character named Linnea tells the reader what she did that day in her garden while explaining how you can plant those things too. It explains how to plant beans, avocado plants and lots more, It also tells you how to get rid of  bugs, and it shows you different kinds of common bugs in gardens. This book shows you that you don’t need to have a big backyard to grow lots of plants.

Almanac

A study of nature month by month

Math: Seed Sorting

Art:

Polymer Clay Mushrooms for the Garden

Language Arts

Planting a Garden Together is a Perfect opportunity to have children do LEA (which makes use of Charlotte Mason’s method of narration)

The language experience approach (LEA) is a whole language approach that promotes reading and writing through the use of personal experiences and oral language. It can be used in tutorial or classroom settings with homogeneous or heterogeneous groups of learners. Beginning literacy learners relate their experiences to a teacher or aide, who transcribes them. These transcriptions are then used as the basis for other reading and writing activities.

The approach develops literacy not only with the whole learner in mind, but also the whole language.

Poems:

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30 FREE online learning resources on gardening and farming at http://homeschoolheartandmind.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew Colonial girl night caps or aprons, make a quilt, dry apples, make applesauce, make butter, learn the Virginia Reel, write with a quill pen, learn calligraphy, etc. Look into a performance by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

The girls in Lori Hilburger’s fourth grade class show off their bonnets and colonial costumes.

 

 

 

 

 

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