Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 5th Grade :)

September Lesson Plans

2020-2021     1st Grade- Daniel     4th Grade – Faith      6th Grade – Noah

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Noah and Faith’s Schedule

(Lessons are timed)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Fun Friday

6:30-8

am

Good Morning

God!

Devotions

Character Companion

Discovering Doctrine

Devotions

Bible History

Devotions

Character Companion

Bible History

Devotions

Bible History

Devotions

Prayer Journals

8-9

am

Chores &

Lessons

Math (35)

Piano (15)

Math (35)

Piano (15)

Math (35)

Piano (15)

Math (35)

Piano (15)

Math (35)

N- Written Narration (20)

N-Book of Centuries 

9-10

am

Beauty

with

Breakfast

Poetry

Memory Verse

Spanish

Drawing

Picture Study Shakespeare

Poetry

Memory Verse

Missions- Voice of the Martyrs or Window to the World

Classical Music

Spanish

Poetry

Memory Verse

 

10:30-11:30

am

Character

& History

Hymn

History

Character

Hymn

History

Character

Hymn

Geography

Character

Hymn

History

Character

Nature

Enrichment Projects

Fieldtrips

Play

11:30-1
pm

Lessons

Spelling (15)

N- Jump In (15)

Drawn Narr. (20)

Written Narr. (20)

 Spelling (15)

N- Jump In (15)

Handwriting (10)

Keyboarding (15)

N- Written Narr. (20)

Write Poetry (10)

Spelling (15)

N- Jump In (15)

Vocabulary (10)

Written Narr. (20)

F- Reader (10)

Spelling (15)

N- Jump In (15)

N- Science (30)

Make Books (20)

1-2

pm

Reading and

Science

Science (30)

Book Basket (20)

Living Books (20)

N- Science  (30)

Living Books

(20)

Science  (30)

Living Books (20)

Nature 

and

Nature

Journals

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Daniel’s Schedule

(Lessons are timed)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Fun Friday

6:30-8

am

Good Morning

God!

Devotions

Prayer Wall

Devotions

Bible History

Devotions

Bible History

Devotions

Bible History

Devotions

Prayer Journal

8-9

am

Chores and Lessons

Jobs

Math (20)

Jobs

Math (20)

Jobs

Math (20)

Jobs

Math (20)

Make Breakfast

with Mommy

9-10

am

Beauty

with

Breakfast

Poetry

Memory Verse

Spanish

Drawing

Picture Study Shakespeare

Poetry

Missions-VOM

Memory Verse

Classical Music

Spanish

Memory Verse

Poetry

10:30-11:30

am

Character

& History

Hymn

History

Character

Hymn

History

Character

Hymn

Geography

Character

Hymn

History

Character

Nature

Enrichment Projects

Fieldtrips

Hikes

Play

11:30-12:30

pm

Lessons

Drawn Narr. (20)

Spelling (15)

Reader (10)

Spelling (15)

Handwriting (10)

Making Books (20)

Spelling (15)

Vocabulary (10)

Drawn Narr. (20)

Reader (15)

Making Books (20)

Handwriting (10)

1-2

pm

Reading and Science

Science (30)

Book Basket (20)

Book Basket  (20)

 

Science (30)

Book Basket (20)

Nature 

and

Nature Journal

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Parent Study:

Pastured Poultry Profit$: Salatin, Joel: 8580000856040: Amazon.com: Books

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

  • James Audubon

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12): Davies, Jacqueline, Sweet, Melissa: 0046442243438: Amazon.com: Books

A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home: Cole, Henry, Cole, Henry: 9780061704123: Amazon.com: BooksThis Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon: Plain, Nancy: 9780803248847: Amazon.com: BooksThis Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon: Plain, Nancy: 9780803248847: Amazon.com: Books

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  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897; Romantic
  1. Variations on a theme of Haydn Op 56a * *
  2. Symphony no 1 in C minor Opus 68 * *
  3. Violin Concerto in D major Op 77 * *
  4. Piano Concerto no 2 Op 83 * *
  5. Tragic Overture Op 81 * *
  6. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) Op 49 no. 4 * *
  7. Megan Hoyt’s blog post about Brahms
  • Lewis Carroll
    • Write one poem a month (often as narration of something we are reading)
    • Read and use exercises from Roar on the Other Side

Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll: Mendelson, Edward, Copeland, Eric: 9781402754746: Amazon.com: BooksAmazon.com: The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets (9781885767660): Rhodes, Suzanne Underwood: Books

Art Instruction:

Let's Paint a Hummingbird | Watercolor Tutorial with Sarah Cray - YouTube

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Character/Habit Development:

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Character Companion for the Miller Family Series | Green Pastures Press | 9781884377242

Polite Moments (Volumes 1-5): Gary & Cathy Maldaner: 9780976410805: Amazon.com: BooksThe Kings Daughter and Other Stories for Girls (AB) (Character Classics, Volume 1): J.E.White: 9781597650212: Amazon.com: BooksTiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys (Character Classics, Vol. 2): White, J.: 9781881545088: Amazon.com: Books

  • 1 workbook page a month in Character Companion based on the chosen character theme for the month, and together read the suggested Miller stories that exemplify the chosen trait
  • Noah and Daniel -Tiger and Tom, Faith -The King’s Daughter
  • Child Training Bible and Virtue Training Bible as needed

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

Acknowledge each child’s unique traits and giftings, what I see ahead for this school year and how God can use him/her, my confidence and the Lord’s in his/her ability to succeed in areas of previous struggle, and pray scriptural empowerment that specifically ministers to each need as I lay hands on them. “Then Jesus took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” Mark 10:16

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

Sharing Time:

  • Bring something really cool to circle that God created, talk about respect for God’s creation
  • Bring something to circle that we are really proud of, talk about respect for ourselves- as ones who have been made in the image of God
  • Mommy share: Warm hearts and enjoy a sweet slideshow made by mommy with pictures that show many different ways that each child is special
  • Mommy Share: Put together a shoe box box of things that are very special to me and give insight into who I am as a person, and share about myself with your children. (a favorite toy or book from childhood, a cherished piece of jewelry, a piece of school work, something I made yourself, my prayer journal, etc.) Then have children try to do the same thing with their own shoe box of items at circle time on another day.
  • Family Share: Let each person in the family have a turn to sit in the middle of the circle to be complimented and encouraged by everyone else. Talk about respecting each other.

Discussion Time:

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

          Responsible:

  • Discuss why character training is important.
  • Memorize Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
  • Recognize and reward efforts towards diligence, a willingness to work, initiative or behaving responsibly.
  • Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 “Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.”
  • Responsible and Reliable Servants
  • Trustworthy Workers
  • Brainstorm a list of little habits that we personally tend to be sloppy with and could be more responsible with, and then try to make improvements this month…….treatment of books, put one thing away before pulling out another, put clean laundry away promptly, put away toothbrush/paste out, make sure hallway is neat, pick up garbage that spills out of the bathroom garbage can, clean up after ourselves after snack, close doors, put away stool, clean up school stuff promptly, make sure car is cleaned out every time we come home, always clean and put away borrowed items and let the owner know, remember to care for the animals everyday, etc. Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Matthew 25:23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”
  • Jesus would have us know that “little things” are the best test of character — and that unfaithfulness about “little things” is the sign of a bad state of heart.
  • Do others constantly have to remind you to get things done? Do you habitually forget to follow through?
  • What does your word mean to you?
  • That Will Do! sermon by JR Miller from the line “Though we fail to reach our ideal, the effort to reach it does us good…..”
  • Our responsibility to others: Getting Along with People by JR Miller
  • Finishing Our Work by JR Miller
  • Make a game of finding things out of place in the house

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Bible History/Devotions:

Video on Genesis by Bible Project

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer wall, prayer journals, and practice listening for God’s voice, personal prayer and worship.  Together time: worship, prayer, narrate Bible History readings (3x per week per curriculum).
  • Night: Family Bible study using Genesis Commentary

Herein Is Love, Vol. 1: Genesis: Nancy Ganz: 9780982438701: Amazon.com: BooksPaperback Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages, Ages 6-8 BookImage result for the childs story bibleImage result for journal dayspring gods story

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Scripture Memory:

Psalm 139:1-18

Review: 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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  • Great is Thy Faithfulness (hope publishing company)

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Poetry Recitation:

Apple Song by Frances Frost

And/OR….

I sing the mighty power of God,
that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained
the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command,
and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord,
who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed,
wherever I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread,
or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flower below,
but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee
is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be,
Thou, God art present there.

Isaac Watts

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Handwriting:

1-2x per week

  • Daniel: Print to Cursive
  • Faith: Hymns in Prose
  • Noah: Book of Mottoes

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Spelling/Language:

4x per week prepared dictation using classic literature selections in the curriculum Spelling Wisdom, and language lessons in Using Language Well.

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Reading:

1-2x per week, Pathway Readers to practice prosody.

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Writing:

  • Blank Books for story crafting 1-2x per week. Noah – Knights and Castle story, Faith – Calico Critters story, Daniel – ?
  • Noah: 4x per week complete 1 skill in Jump In Workbook by Sharon Watson
  • 501 Essay Prompts (extra resource)
  • Written Narration (Faith 2x per week) (Noah 4x per week)

Amazon.com: Jump In: A Workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers (student workbook only) (9781932012743): Sharon Watson: Books

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Vocabulary:

Look up one word, any word of choice, 1x per week, usually in the Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary, and write out the definition in vocabulary notebooks.

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

“I am Special” themed picture books for Daniel in previous September lesson plans.

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

5x per week SCM’s ‘Genesis-Dueteronomy & Ancient Egypt’ history curriculum. (SCM narration notecards for written narration prompts 2-4x per week.)

Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene LambertGenesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt Links and Tips — Simply Charlotte Mason

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Living Book List:

  • The Golden Goblet by McGraw
  • Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Payne
  • The True Story of Noah’s Ark by Tom Dooley
  • Yellow and Pink by Steig
  • Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise by Tomie DePaola
  • The Miracle of Life by Nilsson
  • Darwins Black Box by Behe
  • Outside and Inside Dinosuars
  • Noah’s Ark by Spier
  • Noah’s Ark by Pinkney
  • Ancient Civilazations by Fullman
  • Adam and Kin by Beechick

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Book of Centuries:

1x per week draw artifacts and make note of important events and people in each century.

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Geography

1x per week SCM’s Visits to Africa geography curriculum.

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Living Book List:

  • Letter From Egypt
  • The Butter Man

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Economics:

  • Uncle Eric Talks About Personal Career and Financial Security (Free reading)

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Current Events:

  • Subscription to God’s World Teen (Free Reading)

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Math:

Daniels Lessons:

4x a week

Faith’s Lessons:

5x a week

  • Life of Fred: Book 7-10 (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 3.5-4 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

5x a week

  • Life of Fred: Decimals (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 6 Math Lessons (3x a week)

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Nature Study:

The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children's Classics): Burgess, Thornton W.: 9780486428406: Amazon.com: BooksImage result for laws nature guide

  • 2x per week SCM’s Learning About Birds lessons
  • Nature Journaling once a week or so
  • Handbook of Nature Study as reference material
  • Free Reading: The Storybook of Science
  • Birds Every Child Should Know (extra resource)

(Charlotte Mason) Bird-stalking.––But bird ‘stalking,’ to adapt a name, is a great deal more exciting and delightful than bird’s nesting, and we get our joy at no cost of pain to other living things. All the skill of a good scout comes into play. Think, how exciting to creep noiselessy as shadows behind river-side bushes on hands and knees without disturbing a twig or pebble till you get within a yard of a pair of sandpipers, and then, lying low, to watch their dainty little runs, pretty tricks of head and tail, and to hear the music of their call. And here comes the real joy of bird-stalking. If in the winter months the children have become fairly familiar with the notes of our resident birds, they will be able in the early summer to ‘stalk’ to some purpose. The notes and songs in June are quite bewildering, but the plan is to single out those you are quite sure of, and then follow up the others. The key to a knowledge of birds is knowledge of their notes, and the only way to get this is to follow any note of which you are not

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sure. The joy of tracking a song or note to its source is the joy of a ‘find,’ a possession for life.

But bird-stalking is only to be done upon certain conditions. You must not only be ‘most mousy-quiet,’ but you must not even let a thought whisper, for if you let yourself think about anything else, the entirely delightful play of bird-life passes by you unobserved; nay, the very bird notes are unheard.

Here are two bird walks communicated by a bird lover:––

“We heard a note something like a chaffinch’s, only slower, and we looked up in the boughs of the ash to try and track the bird by the sudden quiver of one twig here, another, there. We found a steep, rocky path which brought us almost level with the tree tops, and then we had a good view of the shy little willow wren busily seeking food. A note from the next tree like a bubbling of song drew us farther on, and then we found the wood wren and watched him as with up-turned head and bubbling throat he uttered his trill.”

“A joyous burst of song came from a bush near by, and we crept on, to find a blackcap warbler with upraised crest turning excitedly round and round in the ecstasy of song. We waited, and traced him to his next station by his light touch on the branches. A hoarse screech from another tree announced a green-finch, and we had a long chase to get a glimpse of him; but he came to an outstanding twig, and then we heard his pretty song, which I should never have guessed to be his had we not seen him at it. A little squeaky note made us watch the tree trunks, and, sure enough, there was a tree-creeper running up and round and round an ash, uttering his note all the time.

“Another day we got behind a wall from which

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we could examine a field that lay beside the lake. There was the green plover with his jaunty crest, running and pecking, and, as he pecked, we caught sight of the rosy flash under his tail. We waited, hoping for more, for the plovers stand so still that they are lost in their surroundings. But someone coughed, and up went the plovers, a dozen of them, with their weary taunt, ‘Why don’t you let us alone?’ Their distress roused other birds, and we saw a snipe rise from the water edge, a marshy place, with hasty zigzag flight; it made a long round and settled not much further than where it rose. The sandpipers rose, two flying close to the water’s edge, whistling all the time. By the side of a little gully we watched a wagtail, and presently a turn in the sunshine showed us the yellow breast of the yellow wagtail. A loud ’tis-sic’ near us drew our eyes to the wall, and there stood a pied wagtail with full beak, waiting to get rid of us before visiting his nest in the wall. We crept away and sheltered behind a tree, and after a few minutes’ waiting we saw him go into his hole. An angry chatter near by (like a broom on Venetian blinds!) directed our eyes to a little brown wren on the wall with cocked-up tail, but in a minute he disappeared like a mouse over the side.”

This from another bird-lover:––

“Now, they (the children) are beginning to care more for the birds than the eggs, and their first question, instead of being, ‘What is the egg like?’ is usually ‘What is the bird like?’ We have great searching through Morris’s British Birds [John’s British Birds, which costs as many shillings as Morris’s does guineas, is better for beginners] to identify birds we have seen and to make quite sure of doubtful points.

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“But now for the birds. Stonechats [a thrush whose call resembles the sound of falling pebbles] abound on the heaths. I pricked myself up to my knees standing in a gorse-patch watching and listening to the first I saw, but I was quite rewarded, and saw at least four pairs at one time. Do you know the birds? The cock-birds are such handsome little fellows, black head and mask, white collar, rufous breast and dark grey or brown back. They have a pretty little song, rather longer than a chaffinch’s, besides the chit-chat cry when they are disturbed. They do not make a long flight, and will hover in the air like a flycatcher. The sandmartins have numbers of holes in the cliffs. We tried to see how deep they burrowed to build their nests, but though I put my arm in up to the elbows in several deserted holes, I could not reach the end. I think my favourites are the reed-warblers. I know of at least four pairs, and when I could induce the children to both stop talking for a few minutes, we were able to watch them boldly hopping up and down the reeds and singing in full view of us.”

This is the sort of thing bird-stalkers come upon––and what a loss have those children who are not brought up to the gentle art wherein the eye is satisfied with seeing, and there is no greed of collecting, no play of the hunter’s instinct to kill, and yet a lifelong joy of possession.

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Science:

  • Apologia General Science 4x per week. Read text, take notes, do labs and write-ups, answer module questions, take module tests.

Amazon.com: Exploring Creation with General Science (9781932012866): Dr. Jay L. Wile: Books

  • Free Reading: Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy

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Spanish:

2x a week bilingual children’s picture books and/or videos at Knowitall.org along with their teacher guide.

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Piano:

Online lessons at simplymusic.com (most weekdays for 15 minutes)

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (1x per week for 15 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Videos:

Moody Science videos, BBC’s, Little House on the Prairie (the mild episodes), and other mild family movies.

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

  • Celebrate the first day of school! Make a beautifully set breakfast table on the first morning of school. Set out any school supplies that can be given as gifts. Make a school year theme banner that corresponds to the scripture verse for the year. Talk about goals and hopes and dreams for the year, and pray over each other at dinner night before school with daddy (Could do The Lord’s Table with communion).
  • Make a self portrait and/or family portrait
  • First Day of School Pictures
  • Measure, weigh, and compare body sizes
  • Character Evaluations as a benchmark (children score themselves on various traits, then mom scores them, and then we set some goals for the year together)

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Fieldtrips:

Visit a farm in Minnesota

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May Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Bugs and Butterflies

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Neat

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

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

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

Norman Rockwell's America (Abradale): Christopher Finch ...

  • Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Haydn

 

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Poet: Maya Angelou

  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:


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

Discussion Time:

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

   Neat:

  • Orderly; tidy; harmonious arrangement; well kept.
  • Jesus made it clear that men are defiled by what is in their hearts and that godliness is not attained by what we eat or don’t eat or by how often we wash our hands (Matthew 7:18-23). At the moment of salvation, we are made completely clean and righteous before God and only then can we share in His godliness.
  • Why do we want to keep our homes neat? Writing Assignment: What is so special about home and family?

Home is where our heart is and so home is where ministry happens. Ministry is meeting the needs of others in a way that opens their heart to God. When we make home as fun as possible it helps form strong family ties (rather than friends houses or outside activities being the greater draw). Our yearbooks capture many of our beautiful moments. Read alouds, family movie nights, game nights, tea times, traditions, and special homemade foods all help to enrich home and family life. When we make our homes vibrant and warm, we are nurturing each others’ spirits and winning each others hearts. It is in our homes where God has the most undistracted access to our hearts and minds. The home is a God designed dynamic learning environment for children. We as a family commit to being at home, together, a lot, in order to build our home. We desire a slower paced environment and atmosphere in our home, where our children can soak and drink deeply of God, rather than us always rushing in and out, building up much of our lives outside of home, and separately. With some intentional thought, we can make our home a place that we prefer over any other place. May we always think of home as the best place to be.

  • We long for the peace that comes from a well-managed home and a well-tended soul. How does being neat help us to have peace?
  • When your room has items laying around everywhere, the dishes are piled high, the laundry hasn’t been done in weeks, and you are crawling around in dirt when you play, how do you feel? How do messes make a chaotic and and stressful atmosphere? Whether we like to admit it or not, our environment and those things in it can really affect our moods. Lets list as many words as we can think of to describe how it can make us feel. (Stressed, anxious, frustrated, distracted, hopeless, discouraged, etc.)
  • What are some time suckers that leave you with less time to stay organized and neat?
  • What are some things that are nice to have in place the night before so that the morning is more pleasant? Picking up your room and the house, doing dishes, hanging up your clothes all before bed is like giving yourself a gift for tomorrow. How do you think that is so?
  • Summer is coming and along with free time, creativity, and looser schedules often comes messiness, carelessness, and neglect. What can we do to make a plan to prevent some of the problme this summer?
  • Never leave a room empty handed (leave a room as you left it)One of the best things you can do to keep your home de-cluttered and cleaned is to keep the rooms you leave as you left them (once they are already clean and de-cluttered). So if you bring a book into the living room to read, then put it back on the bookshelf when you’re done. If you have a cup of coffee in your chair by the window, then take it to the kitchen when you leave. Get into the habit of looking around the room you’re leaving for anything that you can put away on your way out. Doing this regularly will make a huge difference in the state of your home.
  • “A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place” -Benjamin Franklin

When things don’t have a place to go, they will begin to pile up. So the old motto, “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” is particularly important to keeping a de- cluttered home. When new things come into your home designate a place that it will go right away, and put it there. This way you can always know where to put things back when you’re done with them and nothing will end up lingering in spaces for too long because you don’t know where to put them. Practice this principle: walk around the house, ask “Is everything where it should be?,” and make a game out of finding things out of place.

  • Discuss a creating a cleaning rotation schedule vs. a whole family clean up day/half day once a week. Which is preferable to you?
  • Organize a space that needs arranging and cleaning out.
  • For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 1 Timothy 3:5
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  • “He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions.” -Johann Kasper Lavater

Bible/Devotions:

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

Paperback Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages, Ages 6-8 BookImage result for the childs story bibleImage result for journal dayspring gods story

.

Scripture Memory:

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

.

 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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.

Poetry Recitation:

A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost – 1874-1963

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

.

Handwriting:

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

 

Image result for ozchin blue notebook

.

Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

Image result for spelling wisdom

.

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

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.

Reading:

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

Image result for pathway readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

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

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

.

Literature Read Aloud:

Amazon.com: Treasure Island (Annotated With Over 140 Illustrations ...

 

Image result for Even Donkey’s Speak & other Stories of God’s Miracles in Asia

Image result for little house books

.

History:

IMG_0149

His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

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

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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

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

Christian California History!

.

Living Book List:

  • free online classics

.

Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

Image result for scm visits asiaImage result for material world

 

 

Image result for hungry planet book

 

.

Living Book List:

  • free online classics

.

Math:

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

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

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

Faith’s Lessons:

  • Kahn Academy Grade 3 Math Lessons (2x a week)
  • Pet Store Math by SCM (1x a week)

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (3x a week)

.

Living Math Books

 

.

Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

Image result for laws nature guide

IMG_0206

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

.

Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish Edition): Brown ...

.

Piano:

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

.

Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

.

Shakespeare:

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

Image result for arkangel shakespeare midsummer's night dreamImage result for tales from shakespeare by charles and mary lamb

Videos:

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

Image result for little house on the prairie

.

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Truck Art with Daniel

Make a Norman Rockwell inspired Saturday Evening Post illustration

File:1921-6-4 No Swimming - Norman Rockwell.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Spring Cleaning

 

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Hand Print Card for Father’s Day

Image result for elephant handprint cards

.

Fieldtrips:

Nature Excursions

 

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April Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Easter

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Patience

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

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

.

Parent Study:

Strong in the WordImage result for salad bar beef joel salatin

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

Norman Rockwell's America (Abradale): Christopher Finch ...

  • Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Haydn

 

Image result for poetry for young people maya angelou

Poet: Maya Angelou

  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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Image result for miller character companion rod and staff

 

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

.

Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Romans 8:25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

Prayer TimeIMG_0172

  • Pray these “scripture guided prayers for patience”.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

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

   Patience:

Bible/Devotions:

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

Paperback Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages, Ages 6-8 BookImage result for the childs story bibleImage result for journal dayspring gods story

.

Scripture Memory:

Review:

  • 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

.

 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

IMG_0109

.

Poetry Recitation:

A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost – 1874-1963

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

.

Handwriting:

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

 

Image result for ozchin blue notebook

.

Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

Image result for spelling wisdom

.

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

nav

.

Reading:

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

Image result for pathway readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

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

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

.

Literature Read Aloud:

Amazon.com: Treasure Island (Annotated With Over 140 Illustrations ...

 

Image result for i hav3 a dream margaret

Image result for Even Donkey’s Speak & other Stories of God’s Miracles in Asia

Image result for little house books

.

History:

IMG_0149

His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

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

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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

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

Christian California History!

.

Living Book List:

  • free online classics

.

Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

Image result for scm visits asiaImage result for material world

 

 

Image result for hungry planet book

 

.

Living Book List:

  • free online classics

.

Math:

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

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

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

Faith’s Lessons:

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

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (3x a week)

.

Living Math Books

 

.

Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

Image result for laws nature guide

IMG_0206

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

.

Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish Edition): Brown ...

.

Piano:

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

.

Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

.

Shakespeare:

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

Image result for arkangel shakespeare midsummer's night dreamImage result for tales from shakespeare by charles and mary lamb

Videos:

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

Image result for little house on the prairie

.

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make a Starry Starry Night Painting and a Bedroom at Arles sketch

painting-starry-night

Truck Art with Daniel

Prepare an Easter Garden Basket

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Spring Clean

 

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Plan and Plant a Garden

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Find Ways to Help Others

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.

Fieldtrips:

Nature Excursions

 

Leave a comment »

March Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Gardening

Seasonal Theme: Spring

Character/Habit: Helpful

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

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

.

Parent Study:

Strong in the WordImage result for salad bar beef joel salatin

.

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

Image result for van gogh

Artist: Van Gogh

  • What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh?

Composer: Haydn

 

Image result for poetry for young people maya angelou

  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

.

Character/Habit Development:

Image result for miller missionary series

Image result for miller character companion rod and staff

 

IMG_0247

IMG_0054

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

.

Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: Philippians 2:14-16 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.”

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  • Pray these “scripture guided prayers for helpers”.
  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for other needs. Current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).

Discussion Time:

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

          Helpful:

  • Bring back the nostalgia of our little years with We Help Mommy

  • Review our “Go to the Ant” chart

  • Read Created for Work

  • 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/Devotions:

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

Paperback Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages, Ages 6-8 BookImage result for the childs story bibleImage result for journal dayspring gods story

.

Scripture Memory:

Review:

  • Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91

.

 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

IMG_0109

.

Poetry Recitation:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
and

A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost – 1874-1963

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

.

Handwriting:

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

 

Image result for ozchin blue notebook

.

Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

Image result for spelling wisdom

.

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

nav

.

Reading:

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

Image result for pathway readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary:

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

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

.

Literature Read Aloud:

 

Image result for i hav3 a dream margaretImage result for Gandhi The Young Protester Who Founded A Nation

Image result for Even Donkey’s Speak & other Stories of God’s Miracles in AsiaImage result for little house in the big woods

Image result for little house books

.

History:

IMG_0149

His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

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

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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

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

Christian California History!

.

Living Book List:

  • A Night to Remember, starring Kenneth Moore
  • The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck
  • Paperboy by Mary Kay Kroeger*
  • When Willard Met babe Ruth, by Donald Hall
  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Celenza
  • Rocks in His Head by Carol Hurst*
  • Leah’s Pony by E. Friedrich
  • Don’t Forget Winona by Jeanne Peterson*
  • Dust Bowl by David Booth
  • Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley*
  • What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Norman Rockwell Storybook by Jan Wahl
  • Twenty and Ten by Claire Bishop
  • Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton
  • House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert de Jong*
  • Heroes in Plenty by Theodora DuBois
  • Farm Summer 1942 by Donald Hall
  • When I was Nine by James Stevenson
  • Higher on the Door by James Stevenson*

.

Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

Image result for scm visits asiaImage result for material world

 

 

Image result for hungry planet book

 

.

Living Book List:

 

  • A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story: A Tale Told with Tangrams

Image result for families of china eleanor

.

Math:

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

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

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

Faith’s Lessons:

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

Noah’s Lessons

  • Life of Fred: Fractions (2x a week)
  • Kahn Academy Grade 5 Math Lessons (3x a week)

.

Living Math Books

 

.

Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

Image result for laws nature guide

IMG_0206

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

.

Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

Image result for oso bilingual books

.

Piano:

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

.

Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

.

Shakespeare:

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

Image result for arkangel shakespeare midsummer's night dreamImage result for tales from shakespeare by charles and mary lamb

Videos:

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

Image result for little house on the prairie

.

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make a Starry Starry Night Painting and a Bedroom at Arles sketch

painting-starry-night

Prepare an Easter Garden Basket

IMG_0115

Spring Clean

 

IMG_0058

Plan and Plant a Garden

IMG_6748

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Ways to Help Others

IMG_6286

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.

Fieldtrips:

  • Gem and Mineral Show

 

Leave a comment »

February Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Valentines Day

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Merciful

Bible: Revelation

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

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

.

Parent Study:

Strong in the WordImage result for salad bar beef joel salatin

.

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

Image result for van gogh

Artist: Van Gogh

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

Image result for opal wheeler peter

 

  • The Story of Peter Tschaikowsky by Opal Wheeler (biography)

 

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  • Work on writing poetry once a week (often as narration of something we are reading)
  • Poetry for Young People Series

Art Instruction:

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Character/Habit Development:

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

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

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

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

Discussion Time:

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

          Mercy:

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

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

Bible/Devotions:

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

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Scripture Memory:

1 Corinthians 13

Review:

  • Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 23, Psalm 91
  • February Verses

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

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

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Handwriting:

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

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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

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Reading:

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

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

 

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

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

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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

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

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • The seasons sewn : a year in patchwork / written by Ann Whitford Paul
  • Cowboy jamboree : western songs & lore / collected and told by Harold W. Felton
  • Mr. Yowder and the Windwagon / written and illustrated by Glen Rounds
  • The brave cowboy / Joan Walsh Anglund
  • Elfego Baca [videorecording] : legendary heroes / Walt Disney Pictures
  • Charlie drives the stage / by Eric A. Kimmel
  • Iron horses / by Verla Kay
  • The Eskimo : Arctic hunters and trappers / by Sonia Bleeker
  • Mike Fink : a tall tale / retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg
  • Molly’s pilgrim / by Barbara Cohen
  • Nils [by] Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • The hundred dresses / by Eleanor Estes
  • The bright design / illus. by Charles Michael Daugherty
  • The value of patience : the story of the Wright brothers / by Spencer Johnson
  • It’s a wonderful life [DVD videorecording] / screenplay by Frances Goodrich
  • Town mouse house : how we lived one hundred years ago / Nigel Brooks & Abigail Horner
  • A boy named FDR : how Franklin D. Roosevelt grew up to change America / by Kathleen Krull

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Kampung Boy by Lat
  • The way we do it in Japan / written by Geneva Cobb Iijima
  • Families of Japan

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Math:

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

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

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

Faith’s Lessons:

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

Noah’s Lessons

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

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Living Math Books

 

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Science/Nature Study:

      • 2 lessons per week from SCM’s Jack’s Insects
      • Nature Journaling once a week or so
      • Praying mantises : hungry insect heroes / Sandra Markle
      • Locusts : insects on the move / Sandra Markle

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

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

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Videos:

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

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Make Valentines

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Make a Starry Starry Night Painting

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100th Day Celebration!

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Fieldtrips:

  • Mother Daughter Valentines Tea
  • Monument Crisis Center Service Project
  • Black Diamond Mines
  • K-Love Tour
  • Amtrak to Sacramento/Underground City Tour

 

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December Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Merciful

Bible: 1 John

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

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

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Artist: Van Gogh

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

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

 

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

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Character/Habit Development:

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

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

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

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

Discussion Time:

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

          Mercy:

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

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

Bible/Devotions:

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

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Scripture Memory:

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13

Review:

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

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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Poetry Recitation:

The Creation

by Cecil Frances Alexander

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

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Handwriting:

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

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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

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Reading:

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

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Vocabulary:

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

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

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

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

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

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

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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

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

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

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

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

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

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Math:

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

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

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

Faith’s Lessons:

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

Noah’s Lessons

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

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Living Math Books

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

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Science/Nature Study:

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

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

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

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Videos:

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

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

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

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

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Happy Birthday Jesus Party

Christmas Caroling

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

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Fieldtrips:

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

 

 

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October Lesson Plans

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

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Fun Theme: When I Grow Up / Heroes

Seasonal Theme: Fall

Character/Habit: Wise

Bible: 1 Peter & 2 Peter

History/Geography: Modern America/Asia

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

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Parent Study:

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Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Exploring History Through Art

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Art: Mary Cassatt

  • Great American Artists for Kids (Hands on Art Experiences in styles of the masters)
  • What Makes a Cassatt a Cassatt?
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Mary Cassatt by Mike Venezia
  • Stories of the Painters by Amy Steedman

Music: Beethoven

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

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

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Poetry: Walt Whitman

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

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Character/Habit Development:

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

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Circle Time/Family Time:

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

Blessing and Promise Time:

Choral Confession: I pray that the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened.” Ephesians 1:16-17

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

Sharing Time:

  • Choose a promise from scripture for your life this school year based on your personal needs/desires that we can all stand on and pray over you regularly throughout the year. (my verse a couple years ago: James 3:17: “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”)
  • Talk about how God keeps His promises. What has He done and for whom this year as we stood on His scriptures promises for them? Praise God!
  • Bring a picture and story of someone who is a hero to you
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Share some interesting information about that type of job.

Discussion Time:

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

          Wisdom:

  • Is wisdom knowledge? Wisdom is not knowledge; rather it is the right use of knowledge….and abilities…. and resources. It is also discernment of right and wrong, good and evil. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective.
  • “…give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation…” Ephesians 1:17 We need wisdom to know what comes from God and what comes from us. We need wisdom to recognize the counterfeits and attacks of the enemy. We need wisdom to deal with people. In numerous matters we surely need God’s wisdom in order not to err. How foolish we are! How hard it is to do everything according to God’s will! God wants to give us wisdom; He does not give it to our mind, but He gives us a spirit of wisdom so that we can have wisdom in our spirit. Wisdom and revelation are tightly connected. This is because all God’s revelations are revelations of wisdom. In our fellowship with God, He often gives us revelation, and we should often ask God for revelation. A spirit of revelation means God’s revelation in spirit. (Living Stream Ministry)
  • Where does wisdom come from? Who is wisdom? Read and explain 1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.Colossians 2:2-3 “….that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Proofs of His wisdom: the government is upon His shoulders, He is our Advocate before the throne, He built the heavens, balanced the firmament, devised the system of atonement, and the great plan of salvation.

The moment we believe in Jesus we are given this incredible gift of Wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and right understanding have they who keep his commandments.”

  • Review our memory work Proverbs 2:1-10. Why do you think wisdom is better than gold? Wisdom penetrates where gold cannot go. It carries pardon and peace into the deepest recesses of my spirit — while gold can do nothing but deck my body and my home. It gives me the strongest and the tenderest influence over others — while gold cannot dispel their griefs and answer their doubts. It lifts me into communion with the Most High God — and gold is powerless to lead me there, to that glorious country far beyond the stars! “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!” Proverbs 16:16
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  • Proverbs 1:5 “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance…”

“If you want to be a thoroughly learned man the best place to begin, is to begin at the Bible, to begin at Christ. It is said that even children learn to read more quickly from the Bible than from any other book; we will learn better and learn faster (in all things) by beginning with Christ than we could by beginning with any thing else. Before I knew the gospel I gathered up a heterogeneous mass of all kinds of knowledge from here, there, and everywhere; a bit of chemistry, a bit of botany, a bit of astronomy, and a bit of this, that, and the other. I put them altogether, in one great confused chaos. When I learned the gospel, I got a shelf in my head to put every thing away upon just where it should be. It seemed to me as if, when I had discovered Christ and him crucified, I had got the center of the system, so that I could see every other science revolving around in order. From the earth, you know, the planets appear to move in a very irregular manner—they are progressive, retro grade, stationary; but if you could get upon the sun, you would see them marching round in their constant, uniform, circular motion. So with knowledge. Begin with any other science you like, and truth will seem to be awry. Begin with the science of Christ crucified, and you will begin with the sun, you will see every other science moving round it in complete harmony.” (Charles Spurgeon)

  • Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more. – William Cowper
  • With wisdom we can see that our disobedience to God’s commands is connected to the discipline and consequences we are experiencing in our lives; it is not mere chance or luck. Our lives are governed by our response to God’s Word.
  • More often than not, the difficulties and conflicts of life are used of God to conform us more and more to the character of Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Ask God daily for His wisdom to know how to respond to life situations and to clearly see His sovereign purposes behind why things happen. Everything that happens to us is a tool in God’s hands that he is using for accomplishing His plans and purposes. There is no such thing as “bad luck” or “good luck” in a Christian’s life. Or is there a good reason to be angry or bitter at people or situations. Be slow to anger; instead be quick to ask God, “What are you doing/teaching through this?”
  • Is there something about which you don’t know what to do? James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” John 16:24, “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Spend some time praying for each other.
  • Review how God speaks: a whisper, an audible voice, a thought, a feeling, scripture, other people, signs, pictures, nature, and artistic expressions. Remind the children to keep recording the insights of wisdom that God gives them. Share our past personal prayer journal excerpts from the Lord with each other to inspire and motivate.
  • Whom do you/could you seek wisdom and instruction and mentorship from in your life besides your parents and pastor? Make a plan of how to be more intentional about these type of relationships.
  • What does a wise person look and act like? James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
  • The Fruits of Wisdom
  • The opposite of wisdom is folly, meaning the short-term self-indulgence which marks out the person who doesn’t think about long-term priorities and goals but lives on a day-to-day basis, asking, “What is the most fun thing to do now?” – James Packer
  • Numbering Our Days
  • Wise Priorities -The Mason Jar
  • Seeking Wisdom Treasure Hunt

Bible/Devotions:

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

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Scripture Memory:

Proverbs 2:1-10

Review:

  • Psalm 91
  • “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” 1 Samuel 16:7
  • “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
  • And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
  • Psalm 23
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  • “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

 

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 Hymns and Patriotic Songs:

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

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  • Jesus Loves Me
  • This is Our Father’s World
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • Be Thou My Vision

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Poetry Recitation:

Song of the Settlers 

by Jessamyn West

Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A gift no one can give,
For some, a way of dying,
For most, a way to live.
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Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A rifle in the hand,
The horses hitched at sunup,
A harvest in the land.
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Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A massacre, a bloody rout,
The candles lit at nightfall,
And the night shut out.
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Freedom is a hard-bought thing —
A bullet in the back,
The wind in the long corn rows,
And hay in the rack.
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Freedom is a way of living,
A song, a mighty cry.
Freedom is the bread we eat;
Let it be the way we die!

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Handwriting:

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

 

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Spelling/Language/Story Crafting:

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

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

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Reading:

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

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Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Aloud:

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

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History:

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His Story book for doing drawn narrations of history stories

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

History Curriculum Manual and Spines:

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

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

Christian California History!

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Living Book List:

  • George Mueller by Faith Cox Bailey
  • Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North
  • Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausum
  • Pioneers: A Library of Congress Book
  • Blueberry Corners by Lois Lenski
  • A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos
  • The Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman by Lillian
  • Two Little Savages: Two Boys Who Lived as Indians and What They Learned by Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Good Hunting, Blue Sky by Peggy Parish
  • Red Fox and His Canoe by Nathaniel Benchley
  • Traditional Native American Arts & Activities by Arlette Braman
  • The Ohlone of California
  • Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness
  • Into the Woods: John James Audobon Lives His Dream
  • Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
  • Mountain Men: True Grit and Tall Tales by Andrew Glass
  • Davey Crockett
  • Kit Carson
  • Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett: A Tall Tale by Stephen Kellogg
  • Right Fine Life: Kit Carson on the Santa Fe Trail by Andrew Glass
  • Tree in the Trail by Holling
  • Lewis and Papa: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail by Barbara Joose
  • With Open Hands: A Story about Biddy Mason by Jeri Ferris
  • Strength of These Arms by Raymond Bial
  • Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
  • All Times, All Peoples by Milton Melter
  • Slave Family by Bobbie Kalman
  • Who Owns the SUn? by Stacey Chbosky
  • Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner
  • Nat Turner by Susan Gregson
  • Story of the Amistad by E. Sterne
  • Uncle Remus Stories (Joel Chandler Harris or Julius Lester)
  • Andrew Jackson: Pioneer and President by John Parlin
  • Andrew Jackson: An Initial Biography by Genevieve Foster
  • Ride Like the WInd by Bernie Fuchs
  • They’re Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness
  • Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette WInter
  • Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport
  • Escape from Slavery by Doreen Rappaport
  • Underground Railroad by Raymond Bial
  • Journey to Freedom by Courtni Wright
  • Thee, Hannah by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities
  • Wanted Dead or Alive: The Story of harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern
  • Minty: Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder
  • Courage to Run by Wendy Lawton
  • Walking hte Road to Freedom
  • Frederick Douglas: THe Last Day of SLavery by William Miller
  • Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe byu David Adler
  • Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (film)
  • Seven Alone (film)

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Geography

Geography Curriculum Manual, Spines, and Prayer Manual:

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Living Book List:

  • Bhutan by Robert Cooper
  • The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
  • Nepal (Enchantment of the World)
  • The Children of Nepal by Matti (World’s Children)
  • Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer
  • Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina
  • The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper by Richard Sobol

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Math:

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

Daniels Lessons:

Once a week each:

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

Faith’s Lessons:

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

Noah’s Lessons

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

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Living Math Books

  • The Shark Swimathon
  • Humphrey the Lost Whale

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Science/Nature Study:

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

Jack's InsectsJacks Insects Narration & Nature Study Notebook

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

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Spanish:

Bilingual children’s picture books.

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Piano:

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

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Keyboarding:

Mavis Beacon (twice a week 10 minutes)

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Shakespeare:

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

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Videos:

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

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Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Crayon or charcoal leaf rubbings, and watercolor resist leaf paintings

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

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

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Tiger Eyes Chalk Pastel

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Fieldtrips:

Smith Family Farm – Brentwood

Clayton Pumpkin Patch

Ferry to Angel Island?

4H Elderly Outreach

 

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December Lesson Plans

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Christmas

Seasonal Theme: Winter

Character/Habit: Obedience, Worship

Bible: Matthew-Acts

History/Geography: Ancient Rome, Europe

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

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Parent Study:

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

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

Picture study: Giotto Di Bondone

Composer Study: George Frideric Handel

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

Character/Habit Development:

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

  • Read stories “Flowers for Mother” p. 42 and “Beth’s New Shoes” p.124
  • Read through the book Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends this school year
  • Use Keepers and Contenders of the Faith handbooks to work on spiritual life skills, personal skills, serving, homemaking, special knowledge skills, creative skills, and recreational skills. The kids can earn badges as they complete a checklist of activities for each skill. Working on this year:
    • Letter Writing
    • Serving Family
    • Serving Neighbors
    • Gardening
    • Embroidery
    • Archery
    • Counted Cross Stitch
    • Woodworking
    • Scrapbooking
  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, and the “Go to the ant checklist” poster by Doorposts together. Refine work habits and servant attitude; have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (7) and Faith (6) in dimes once a week (natural math in an everyday situation); provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Habit Training Bible (AKA Child Study Bible–see “Bible” studies below) in their handwriting books as behavior needs arise
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

Promise and Blessing Time:

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

________ is such an obedient boy/girl.

I really appreciate how quickly you obey, ________.

God is pleased with such immediate obedience, ________.

Thank you for remembering my instructions, ________ . They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Thank you for obeying, ________; it sure makes life easier for all of us when we obey.

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

Prayer and Discussion Time:

Prayer Time:

  • Prayer for Obedience
  • Pray and praise using various Names of God that reveal the many dimensions of His character
  • Ask God to search our hearts for areas of disobedience, acknowledge when and how we are/were disobedient. Thank God for ways we have been obedient. Ask God for our obedience and our siblings.
  • Use Instructions in Righteousness to help identify areas of persistant sin/disobedience (and its suggestions for rewards and punishments).

Discussion Time:

Obedience defined: Responding to the wishes of God, parents, and others in authority.

  • Do some obedience drills with multi-step instructions (please wash your hands, get a baby cup and fill it with water, choose a snack for the baby and cut it up, then leave it all at his highchair). Assess promptness, attitude, and thoroughness.
  • Create an obstacle course, blindold children, and lead them through using only your voice of instruction.
  • Tangibly reward obedience to poignantly illustrate our memory verse Eph. 6:1-3; most of all pray that that God will reward their obedience and that our children will have eyes to see His rewards
  • Take an obedience test several times during the month
  • Slowly savor thoughtful ideas, poems, and stories about obedience; read and discuss one a day:
  • Naughty Nellie
  • Dr. Johnson and His Father
  • Over in the Meadow
  • The Grizzly Bear and Her Cubs
  • Shining for Jesus
  • “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17) Sometimes the problem is not in what we do, but in what don’t do.
  • 2 Cor. 10:5 Even our thoughts need to be obedient.

 

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Our Prayer Wall

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, read Jesus Calling devotionals, pray and worship. Together time: Read Over the Edge devotional, worship acapella and with guitar, pray using the prayer wall.
  • School: Read and narrate stories from Matthew-Acts in my ESV Study Bible this year
  • Afternoon Quiet Time: Draw and write in Prayer Journals
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Memory Verses:

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

Review December verses from previous years:

  • Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on
    earth.’ ”
  • “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
  • “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
  • “For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ”  Isaiah 9:6

 

 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.

Poetry Recitation:

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

The Whole Duty of Children

A child should always say what’s true
 And speak when he is spoken to,
 And behave mannerly at table;
 At least as far as he is able.

Handwriting:

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

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Spelling: (Noah)

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

Reading: (Faith)

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

Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

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

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History and Geography:

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

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

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

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

Math:

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

Understanding Geometry Book

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

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes once a week during math lessons to practice instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Sometimes ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

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

Noah’s Lessons: Pages 123-150 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book

Faith’s Lessons:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

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

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Videos:

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

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Pick out a Christmas Gift to give together from Samaritan’s Purse Catalog. As we try  to focus our hearts on giving at this crazy commercial time of year, we have been reading about a gift opportunity or two from the Samaritan’s Purse catalog each night at the dinner table.

Shepherds Pouches can provide a meaningful way to help kids earn money for the chosen Samaritans Purse gift. This year the kids also plan to sell handmade praise ribbons at our homeschool support group’s Christmas Boutique to help raise money.

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Make a manger and a baby Jesus to put under the Christmas tree; nurture some stolen moments of fascination and worship of the newborn King with the littlest in the family

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Have a Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Pajama Party!

Have the children wrap a small toy of their own and bring to school to do a gift exchange. Talk about giving. Have a “cake” with candles for baby Jesus, sing happy birthday, wear party hats, etc. Give a small swaddled baby Jesus wrapped up in a gift box for each child to take home with a gift tag: To Noah, Jesus is my gift to you. Love, God

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Christmas Train Painting (vintage wrapping paper for inspiration)Merry Christmas Train Gift Wrap. Wrapping Paper. Christmas Holiday XMas Trains Snow Santa Retro Trees Kids Baby. Gift Wrap. Presents Gifts

Paint/Chalk a picture of Mary and Baby Jesus 

or a nativity chalk pastel

Nativity Silhouette

Decorate Faithy’s Dollhouse for Christmas.

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Caroling gives children a unique opportunity to spread the gospel. For a few years we have sung this song and other traditional hymn favorites around the neighborhood, and one year we passed out twiggy star ornaments. Last year, the kids were super excited about caroling and needed no nudging like prior years–they were pulling daddy and I around the neighborhood, Praise God.

Don’t let the tradition die out! Let the kids dress up, gather a caroling party, and announce the Good News at around the neighborhood or even at a care home.

Our Christmas Kids Choir Singing at a Care Home was so Sweet

Caroling in the Neighborhood

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

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Nature excursions can provide opportunity to collect leaves, evergreen boughs, pine cones, and berries to decorate home. Build a manger for baby doll Jesus from collected sticks.

Nature-Inspired Front Door Christmas Garland

Make baby Jesus a blanket (still trying to do this after 4 years now! Haha)

Make a Christmas Wish List to Keep

Have friends and neighbors over for Christmas tea

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Field trips:

Go ice skating

Go to a Live Nativity in Santa Clara

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Noah beading a bracelet at a Live Nativity (note the gold bracelet on his wrist, HA)

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November Lesson Plans

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Fun Theme: Thanksgiving

Seasonal Theme: Fall

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

Bible: Matthew-Acts

History/Geography: Ancient Rome, Europe

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

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Parent Study:

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

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

All Things Bright and Beautiful Blog

Picture study: Giotto Di Bondone

Composer Study: George Frideric Handel

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

Character/Habit Development:

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

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

Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing Time:

  • Prophecy Philippians 4:8 over our thoughts.

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

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

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

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

Prayer Time

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

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

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

Sharing Time:

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

Discussion Time:

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

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

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, read Jesus Calling devotionals, pray and worship. Together time: Read Over the Edge devotional, worship acapella and with guitar, pray using the prayer wall.
  • School: Read and narrate stories from Matthew-Acts in my ESV Study Bible this year
  • Afternoon Quiet Time: Draw and write in Prayer Journals
  • Night: Family Bible study led by daddy

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Memory Verses:

Review November verses from previous years:

Psalm 100 for giving thanks.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

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

 Travel

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

Handwriting:

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

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Spelling: (Noah)

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

Reading: (Faith)

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

Vocabulary:

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

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Literature Read Alouds:

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History and Geography:

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

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

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

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

Math:

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

Understanding Geometry Book

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

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes once a week during math lessons to practice instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Sometimes ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

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

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

Faith’s Lessons:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

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

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Videos:

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

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference

 

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

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Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

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Make a thankful tree

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Fieldtrips:

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

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October Lesson Plans

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

The Power of Imagination

Its hero month! Children, especially boys, are very naturally attracted to heroes. Sadly, marketers take advantage of our boys’ need to forge their identity (especially in adolescence) and sell them a narrow version of masculinity. Today’s superheroes are macho, aggressive, and sarcastic–sending a strong, but wrong message about masculinity. True heroism arises out of a perception of what is good, right, and beautiful, and that is why we need to point our boys to true men of courage, honor, and faith! October is one of my most favorite themes at Jesus’ Precious Lambs. We dream about what we will become, we imagine and play heroes, we stir up our faith in God’s promises over our life calling, and we let Jesus Christ form a more perfect picture in our hearts of our true identity.

I picked up Sarah Clarkson’s book, Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books and Imagination when God began showing me the beauty and power of imagination in shaping a child’s life. Often we study courage in October as our character development theme; this month we will also study the ‘Charlotte Mason recommended’ habit of imagination. One thing we heartily agree with in the book is purposely choosing slower days at home over the mad rush of modern family life, for the very purpose of fostering imagination. At this very moment, like so many afternoons, Noah and Faith are exercising their imaginations in the backyard inventing a cat trap, and Faith is spouting off a poem she made up while discussing an idea involving the creation of a fairy tale forest critter village with mushrooms and bark houses and so much more. Fun!

These are some of my favorite quotes from Sarah Clarkson’s Book:

“It is the memory of the beauty, and the hope for its restoration, that strengthens the hero or heroine in their battle and quest.”

“Before they can rightly cope with evil, children need a bone deep knowledge of what is good…..They need minds stocked with imagery of love, beauty, laughter, and song before they will have the necessary hope to shield then in their battle with sin.”

Distraction, whether via TV, constant activity, or ceaseless entertainment; cynicism, which is simply boredom with what is beautiful; and fear are the natural enemies of wonder.”

“…..really seeing is “wonder.” Wonder is a state of mind in which the sight and senses are wholly awake and engaged in what is before them. Wonder reveals the world as the miracle that it is–the veined crimson of an autumn leaf, the play of sunlight in summer trees, the ripple of light over water……Wonder is what compels us to notice with quiet, focused eyes, eyes that perceive the unique beauty of the people and the living world all around.”

“It is the flexed muscle called imagination that positions a child to hope, to dream, to live with soul alive and mind awake.”

“Imagination, as the driving force of creativity, insight, and faith, is a gift that can set any young child on the road to spiritual discovery and artistic ingenuity. But it is a faculty that must be actively kindled, cultivated, and nourished from the earliest years. Every child is born with a strong imagination and the human drive to discover and create. This is why it is no less than a tragedy when childlike imagination, our gift and birthright, atrophies and dies.”

“We live by a relentless cultural drive to produce and perform that causes us to focus children, even at an early age, on practical rather than imaginative activities. We bombard children with lessons, measure them with tests, and give them no time for boredom…..we devalue times of quiet…..we see things such as art, music, and literature as peripheral subjects……and then there is technology…..When children learn early in their lives to depend on technology for entertainment and information, they lose the habit of imagination.”

“But a child whose days are steeped in hours of reflection will have an inner picture, a self-made idea of the action he wants to accomplish. A child given the mental space and even the boredom necessary to prompt imaginative exploration, will have whole worlds of possibility driving her goals and dreams of real world accomplishment. The activities of artistic endeavor, leadership, and innovation all proceed from meaningful reflection; worthwhile action in life is driven by inner conviction, perception, and belief.”

“To a strong imagination any dream can be made real.”

God has been faithful to answer our prayers for imagination here as the kids had a summer filled with imaginative discussions and new inventions . . . . .  but now I would love to see some follow through on those ideas! I wonder what the Word has to say about that? 🙂

I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened (to imagine!), so that we will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:18

More posts on imagination:

2016-2017 Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

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

Seasonal Theme: Fall, Scarecrows

Character/Habit: Imagination

Bible: Matthew-Acts

History/Geography: Ancient Rome, Europe

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

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Parent Study:

 

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

Art, Music, and Poetry Study:

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Picture study: Monet (by Taschen)

Composer Study: The Best of Vivaldi

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

Character/Habit Development:

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

  • Read stories “The Girl Who Couldn’t be Frightened” p. 12 and “The Bullet that Flieth by Night” p.66 in Growing with the Millers
  • Read through the book Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends this school year
  • Use Keepers and Contenders of the Faith handbooks to work on spiritual life skills, personal skills, serving, homemaking, special knowledge skills, creative skills, and recreational skills. The kids can earn badges as they complete a checklist of activities for each skill. Working on this year:
    • Letter Writing
    • Serving Family
    • Serving Neighbors
    • Gardening
    • Embroidery
    • Archery
    • Counted Cross Stitch
    • Woodworking
    • Scrapbooking
  • Teach Faith, and review with Noah, the Stewardship Street memory verses that go with each of the 7 categories of savings, and the “Go to the ant checklist” poster by Doorposts together. Refine work habits and servant attitude; have children take a walk around the house each morning to observe what needs to be done and then select their own jobs on the I Can Serve board. Pay Noah (7) and Faith (6) in dimes once a week (natural math in an everyday situation); provide coaching as needed for budgeting.
  • Have Noah and Faith study and write out verses from their Habit Training Bible (AKA Child Study Bible–see “Bible” studies below) in their handwriting books as behavior needs arise
  • Use the stories and activities from Laying Down the Rails for Children for the habit of the month during circle time

 

Circle Time/Family Time:

Blessing and Promise Time:

Prophesy Ephesians 1:18 over ourselves.

I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened (to imagine!), so that we will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

Prayer Time

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  • Use our Prayer Wall to help us pray for current/urgent needs (on the chalkboard), as well as our family (slips of paper with all the promises we have stood on over the years), the world (slips of paper with the names of the countries we have studied in geography so far), and our loved ones (slips of paper with the names of friends and extended family).
  • Print out and pray scriptures this month about having a strong identity formed in Christ.
  • Continue Praying for people of the nations, especially places we learn about in history/geography studies. Use the children’s book, Window on the World:When we Pray God Works, to inform us about nations and people groups, and provide prayer points for both.

Sharing Time:

  • Choose a promise from scripture for your life this school year based on your personal needs/desires that we can all stand on and pray over you regularly throughout the year.
  • Do something really brave this month and share about it at circle
  • Bring a picture and story of someone who is a hero to you
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Share some interesting information about that type of job.

Discussion Time:

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

Courage (Review):

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

Imagination:

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

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

Bible/Devotions:

  • Early Morning: Personal time: read in a variety of Bibles and Bible Storybooks, use prayer journals and practice listening for God’s voice, 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:

Romans 15:1-2 “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”

Also we will review all verses from previous Octobers:

  • ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
  • Psalm 23
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  • “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

 Hymns:

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Poetry Recitation:

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

Handwriting:

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

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Spelling: (Noah)

Noah will study, word build, hand write, and recite 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 will practice reading to me this year from the first two or three 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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Book Jacket for: LocomotiveBook Jacket for: Moonshot : the flight of Apollo 11

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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:

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

Ongoing Review: Spend a few minutes once a week during math lessons to practice instant recognition of number combinations. Use homemade “flashcards” with arrangements of items that can be counted (like toothpicks or buttons that can be grouped into two numbers upon closer inspection in order to quickly find the total). Hold up a card and say, “Tell me fast. How many?” Sometimes ask, “How did you know?” (Cause there is a four and a three, and that’s seven) When recognizing groups of more than five easily, child will have to mentally combine the smaller groups that make up the larger ones.

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

Noah’s Lessons: Pages 50-56 and 76-85 in Place Value, Multiplication, and Division book

Faith’s Lessons:

Grow and Shrink (p28) Children roll a 1-6 number cube and place the appropriate number of counters on working space paper (paper with 10 dots to place counters on). Children roll again, then verbalize (and write) how many counters will need to be added or subtracted in order to change the first rolled number into the second rolled number. For example, child rolls a six, and puts out six counters. Then child rolls a four, so he says ” I need to take away two” and also write “-2” on a slip of paper. Then roll again to keep adding or subtracting from whatever number is on the paper. Use two working space papers if there are too many counters to fit, or say “not enough” if taking away more counters than what is left on the paper is required.

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

Writing Equations to Label Addition and Subtraction Stories (p 29) Act out addition and subtraction stories using counters and counting boards, and have children practice writing the matching equation with or without a model.

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).

The Wall Game (p 59) Pick a number to work with for the day. Arrange that number of counters on a piece of paper forming a vertical line. Children use their hands to make a wall that breaks the line. Call out whatever number you want them to wall off. Children say the number combinations (2 behind the wall, 4 in front, 2 and 4 make 6).

Number Arrangements Using Cubes (p78)

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

Describing a Number By Its Parts (p 56)

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

Counting Boards: Reading Equations (p 33)

Provide counting boards for children to represent the problem on a subtraction/addition card. For example, place a “4-2” card under a picture of a tree. Have child decide what the cubes will represent (apples, cherries, oranges, birds, etc) and then place them on the boards in groups that represent the problem.

Science/Nature Study:

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Spanish:

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

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Videos:

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

Traditions and Fun Friday Projects:

Watercolor resist leaves, crayon rubbings, or charcoal rubbings

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

Leaf Art

.Amazing DIY leaf craft inspiration from Look What I Did With a Leaf:

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Fall Snack

.16 Healthy Spring Recipes for Kids | GleamItUp:

Dress Up and Play Heroes

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Make and Deliver Fall Blessings as an outreach to neighbors

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Collect Signs of Fall

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Arrange a Community Helper Fieldtrip

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

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Rake Leaves and Jump In!

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Fieldtrips:

  • Markham Nature Park–observe and journal
  • Clayton Pumpkin Patch
  • Air Show
  • Ardenwood Harvest Festival
  • Safari West
  • Homeschool Day at Sacramento Railroad Museum

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