Lesson Plan, seventh week

Seven weeks of school and still no snow for us.  Our garden is nearly done do to the cooler weather, so we will have much more time for school.  We will be canning the last of the green beans this week as well as some more peaches and hopefully some applesauce.  All this will make for another hectic week.  Learning the balance between the home school day and everyday life is the biggest challenge we face, but making it all work is the greatest reward.

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.  Follow these steps to make the best use of my plan:

  1. Pre-read all the assignments.
  2. View the extra links I have included.
  3. Prep any copy work that you plan on assigning.
  4. Print anything that you need a hard copy of, e.g. pictures for ‘Book of Centuries’
  5. Read the selected assignment to your child if they are not able to read it themselves.
  6. Ask for a narration.
  7. Share the links with your child that you found to be most beneficial.
  8. Let me know what links were helpful or if you found information that was helpful.

For Everyone:


  • Fifty Famous Stories Retold:   “Horatius at the Bridge
    • In reading this story, did you notice the poetic verses?  Here is the poem in it’s entirety.  It is very long and I do not suggest making your kids sit through it.  But you may find a few verses to share and talk about.
    • Information about Roman Soldiers with video links.
    • A virtual tour of the Tiber.  You can also explore the virtual map of Rome.
  • An Island Story:  “How Caligula Conquered Britain, and How Caractacus Refused to be Conquered
    • A bust of Caligula as well as a physical description and brief bio.
    • An image of the proud Caractacus.
    • Introduce the word ‘patriot‘.
  • Trial and Triumph:  “Blandina Martyr of Lyons“(pg.21)
    • An extensive list of verses on martyrdom.  As you read through these, select a few to share with your children.  The stories in this book are very graphic and terrifying to think about, but being a Christian, it is important to understand the sacrifices made by others for Christ’s sake.  Do not read these stories without sharing the hope these martyrs had in Christ and the hope we now share.
    • This is the same story with a little more detail here and a little less there.  Read whichever you prefer.
    • Look at this map of France and find the Rhone River and Lyons.
  • Paddle to the Sea: chapter 6

  • Follow Paddle
  • France, Rhone River, Lyons
  • Italy, Rome, Tiber River
  • Aesop’s Fables:  “The Lion and the Mouse”
    • If you have younger children, encourage them to make a mouse voice and a lion voice.  (See other ideas for the small child and this story at the bottom of this post)
    • A fun game we like to play is called ‘Sequel’, and this story is a perfect one for this game.  Encourage your kids to continue this story by asking them if the mouse and lion were forever friends and if the lion was ever able to save the mouse.  Maybe the two of them find another unlikely friend.  This is also a great game to play in the car.
    • Measure the height of a lion and the height of a mouse on your wall.  Use subtraction to determine the difference in their size.
    • Here is a picture for your sequel story.  (click it to make it bigger)
  • Aesop’s Fables:  “The Shepherd’s Boy and the Wolf”
    • This is the old story of the ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf’.  It is a necessary lesson for every child to learn.
    • Make bag puppets to retell the story.  You could use cotton balls as the sheep so the wolf bag puppet has something to eat.  Follow this link and look just past the ‘other bag puppets’ heading to find a printout for a boy bag puppet.  Use this link for the wolf.
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses
    • Windy Nights – explain that this poem was written in a time when there weren’t cars and people rode horses or carriages to get around.  Ask your kids what might be different in this story if it was written today.  For fun, change a few words and make it fit modern times.
    • The Hayloft – This time of year, most ares have a corn maze or some other type of Fall Festival place where you can ‘play in the hay’.  If you can’t find hills of hay, make them from leaves and enjoy this time of year.
    • Autumn Fires – In case your kids ask, “Why are there fires in the Fall?”, here is your answer.  Many farmers and ranchers will have a controlled burn in the Fall in order to get rid of the stubble left from cutting their crops.  This potential prevents fires later in the year.  It can also encourage better forage to grow for their livestock that will be grazing in the Spring.  I ran across this and thought it was so beautiful to listen to.  Though the first verse in this poem references smoke, implying a literal fire, the last mentions seasons, flowers, and fires which could be in reference to the fiery colors of Autumn.  Use this to practice some imagination stretches.
    • The Wind – It has been really windy around here with the change in seasons.  If you’re up for a Science lesson, here ya go.
  • Shakespeare: “Midsummer Nights Dream” (This is in the AO schedule.  We do not have this book yet so we will be skipping it)
  • Peter Pan: chapters 4-6
Copy Work
  • Aesop’s morals
  • Verse from one of the favorite songs sung this week
  • Verse from a favorite RLS poem
  •  Mark 5:36

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!
For the Little Ones
Opposites Week
  • The Lion and the Mouse
    • Talk in a low, lion voice and a squeaky, mouse voice
    • Compare the size of the lion and mouse
  • Notice opposites throughout the week
  • Winnie the Pooh, one chapter
Busy Hands
(I like to have several things on hand to give myself the upper hand)

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One response to “Lesson Plan, seventh week

  1. i am seriously considering slowing down so you can get a week ahead and i can cheat off of your research! we just finished week nine 🙂 ah well< one of these days i"ll be put behind by life (new foster kids) so guess i will keep trucking on!

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