Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

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

5/22/12 Butterflies

We are happy to have a new friend, Gabby, joining us at Little Lambs for the last two weeks of school! She gave me a hug when I met her for the first time the other day, and has hugged me every time she comes in or out my door since. 🙂 Although she strongly dislikes bugs, which happens to be our current preschool theme, she is fitting right in anyway. After easing her in with a little exposure, today she handled plastic bugs, and calmly ate lunch on the patio while bugs buzzed around her–two things intolerable just yesterday. I also appreciated how Gabby enthusiastically chimed in with all the other kids on a choral read aloud of The Very Hungry Caterpillar during circle today. She is very bright and all the kids enjoy playing with her!

It was a bittersweet today saying goodbye to the butterflies that we have been raising. The kids (and I!) have been able to witness the lifecycle of butterflies for the very first time. After ordering caterpillars from Insect Lore, we watched them grow, form chrysalis’, and emerge as Painted Lady butterflies–all in only two weeks time. Today the kids climbed into a play tent to get face to face with their butterflies before letting them fly away. As one by one, each butterfly escaped, we sent them off with a heartfelt salute, “Goodbye, butterfly!” I loved seeing Noah gently hold the butterflies in his little hands like it was perfectly natural. Noah apparently has no fear of any type of bug; though he has been stung before, he tried to pick up a bumblebee today. Anyway, Miss Cherie and I just had to climb in the tent too; we admit that we always want to experience everything the kids do. We joke that we do homeschooling half for the kid inside ourselves, but in all seriousness, as we teach, I think we are learning even more than our children are.

David’s Butterflies

Goodbye Butterflies

Butterfly Handler

Our Turn!

Caterpillar Snack

Ants on a Log

Gabby Making Buggy Play Dough Prints

Tayler and Her Mamama (grandma) Making a Butterfly

Noah Painting a Lady Bug Rock for our Garden

A Dragonfly Alighted On Our Garden Cross

“d” is for dragonfly is the letter of the week

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3/22/12 An Eggciting Day

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

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

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

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

Make Your Own Ressurection Eggs or buy them online

Teach the Easter Story Using Ressurection Eggs

Ressurection Egg Hunt

3 Nails in the Hands and Feet of Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

     

 “t” is for tomb

   

 ‘Crazy Balloon’ Fun Outside

Eggsperiments with Miss Cherie

Squeeze David!

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

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

Will One Sink and One Float?

Will One Roll Differently Than The Other?

Will One Spin?…… Yes!

Its the Hard Boiled One!

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

Why Not?

Its always a good time for a snack.

 

No Thank You

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

Boing!

Try this!

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

Egg Vaccuum

….and watch how the egg gets sucked in.

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3/1/12 Helping Mommy

Our little helpers are future mommies and daddies!

We are certainly taking advantage of this precious preschool window in our little ones lives to raise up hard working helpers…..while they still get excited about cleaning like mommy. Praise God for how He creates little children so eager to help! It is delightful and heartwarming to shape this tender time of life for His glory. To raise sights towards someday becoming mommies and daddies themselves, to center their affections on all things family, and display the hidden truth: everyday responsibilites of keeping a home and raising children is a HOLY experience. Use this time wisely to keep your little apprentice by your side and begin even now shaping your little girl into a mommy, your little boy into a daddy.

If you want an old school traditional book about pretending to be a mommy, this goldenbook is it. We read it at circle time and I think it captured each little girl’s heart!

Look at our Mommies Helpers!

Princess Tayler got her cleaning on to serve His Majesty.

Noah makes sure to protect his ears from excessive noise.

Helping mommy with dirty dishes at the sink too.

Future Mommies

Our Littlest Helper. Awww.

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2/28/12 Introducing Our Science Teacher!

Miss Cherie’s 1st Science Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets talk about acids and bases…..

How can we clean dirty pennies?

 

 

 

 

We put some vinegar on some clean pennies to see what it would do over time…dirty pennies! Vinegar speeds up the oxidation process on pennies.

Look! When an acid like vinegar, and a base like baking soda mix, a chemical reaction happens (acids and bases are opposites). Bubbles!

Pennies are made out of metal–by the way, little people, what is metal? Silverware? Foil? A spatula?

We soaked dirty pennies in orange juice (acids), water (neutral), soap(base), baking soda (base), vinegar  (acid), and even ketchup to see which would clean our pennies the best. The acids work the best when cleaning the metal pennies and surprisingly ketchup does the job too because it has vinegar in it! Who would have thought?

We are blessed with God given scientific minds eager to discover His world!

What a fantastic lesson Miss Cherie! May God use you to unveil the mysterious wonders of His universe into the hearts of our Little Lambs! Great job!!!

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