Six weeks into school already! This week appears to be a little lighter than last week, which is perfect timing for us since we are planning a garage sale. If you are new to my blog, please see my curriculum page so you can have a better understanding of the resources that I use. Most of this plan adheres closely to the AO curriculum. For more information on how to provide a true CM education, please visit their site. I have included quite a few links that I found to be helpful. To make the best of these, you should read the story first, then look over all of the links. You will not need to show all of them to your kids. Some have quite a bit of reading that you could boil down into a brief summary if your kids are asking too many questions, as mine often do. If you are doing narrations with your children, ask for the narration before sharing anything else. If you don’t, the new information seeps into their narration and the integrity of the story is compromised.
- John 10:1-15; Psalms 23
- This is the a beautiful version of the song ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd‘. It is accompanied with words and peaceful sheep images.
- If you want the sheet music for this song, go here.
- Other songs to consider, “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” or here if you need the tune, “Anywhere With Jesus“(click the link above the first verse) or here if you need the tune, and “Step By Step“
- YSH lesson 8
- Memory verse John 3:16 (practice daily and then weekly once it is mastered)
- Hymns,(click here for some of our favorites)
- Fifty Famous Stories Retold: “Cornelia’s Jewels“
- I like this story. I may not be able to get through without tearing up because I’m a softy like that. This is creating a perfect opportunity for me to answer a recent question from my daughter. She asked, “Mommy, is it possible to take anything to Heaven?”. I gave her a simple, “No”, and moved on. After reading this story, I was reminded of something I once read, “It is true you cannot take anything to heaven, but you can lead your children to be there with you”. Isn’t that a lovely thought?
- Matthew has a perfect verse to go with this story and gives the answer I meant to, and should have, given my daughter when she asked. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for second chances.
- Paddle to the Sea: chapter 5
- Burgess’s Bird Book: chapter 3, “Jenny Has A Good Word For Some Sparrows“
- Locate Rome
- Follow Paddle
- Aesop’s Fables: “The Ass and his Driver“
- This story fits so perfectly with this weeks Bible lesson! I love it when things come together like this 🙂
- Aesop’s Fables: “The Oxen and the Wheels“
- In this video, you can first hear the hooves of the oxen followed closely by the louder sound of the wheels.
- In this video, the oxen is telling the wheels to be quiet!
- Blue Fairy Book: “Why the Sea is Salt“
- generally more appealing to boys
- OR “Felicia and the Pot of Pinks“
- generally more appealing to girls
- A Child’s Garden of Verses
- Block City (I plan to let my kids play with their blocks while I read this one)
- Marching Song (I will be printing this one and reciting it as we march through the house. I will read it exactly the first time through and then read it a second time using my kids names instead.)
- My Shadow (I would like to read this one out side in the morning on one day and then in the afternoon on another. If I can find chalk, we’ll trace our shadows outside to see how they change.)
- Peter Pan, chapter 1
- I had intended to begin this book six weeks ago, but it was lost. You can sub in any of the wonderful books suggested here, or another that you think has value.
- Aesop’s morals
- John 3:16
- Verse from one of the favorite songs sung this week
- One verse from Marching Song
SWR (each of my kids are on a different list, but the same work is done)
- Spelling words introduced
- Spelling enrichments (one or two every day)
- Phonograms reviewed
- Spelling list quizzed and hopefully mastered
- Four lessons every week
- Pattern building
- Hands on math (we do this with cooking, sewing, crafting, etc.)
- Lots and lots of counting!