Lesson Plan, nineth week

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:  Androcles and the Lion or you can listen to it here

  • An Island Story:  The Story of a Warrior Queen
    • Boadicea, Alfred Lord Tennyson
    • This site offers a little more background information but is probably too dry for children.  Nevertheless, I like to read articles like this so that I can have extra things to share with my children or be able to answer questions if they have any.
    • Information about Iceni, the area that Boadicea ruled
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D’Aulaire:  pages 17-32
    • Begin a list of Benjamin Franklin’s many occupations.  If you wanto to get fancy, you could create a posterboard and add a new hat for each occupation you com across to represent the many different ‘hats’ he wore.
    • A nicely done animated clip that has a fun image at the end of his many hats.
    • Ben and Me, Disney 1953, part 1 and part 2.  This is most likely not very accurate, but still fun.  I like to watch things like this and ask my kids to point out inaccuracies as we watch it.
    • Poor Richard’s Proverbs.  If it fits your schedule, you could read a few of these daily for fun.
  • Paddle to the Sea: chapter 7
    • Tour of  saw mill (kind of silly).  Information about the Steam Mill (more educational).


  • Follow Paddle
  • Review Great Briton, specifically Iceni
  • Franklin’s move from Boston to Philadelphia.
  • Aesop’s Fables:  The Farmer and the Stork
    • Something to help you and your kids put on a play or puppet show with this story.
    • A Bible study on choosing good friends.
    • A collection of verses about choosing friends.
  • Aesop’s Fables:  The Sheep and the Pig
    • A collection of verses about bravery.
    • Ask your kids to remember people we’ve learned about this far that have exhibited bravery.  Prompt them if necessary:  Boadicea, Brave 300,  Caractacus to name a few.
  • Just So Stories:  How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin (page 7)
    • Rhino Stuff
      • A picture book reading.
      • National Geographic Kids info on rhinos.
      • A realistic rhino for coloring.
      • Information about the plight of the rhino and a map showing where they live.
      • Information on the Indian rhino.
      • A really neat comparison chart.  This would be fun to measure and recreate on a wall where you might have space.  I don’t do the whole animal outline, but my kids do have fun measuring the size of different animals on our walls and comparing their size to the animal’s.  It can turn into a really good math lesson.
      • The five different rhinos.
    • Red Sea Stuff
      • If you have read the story of the Exodus to your kids, ask them if they can remember another story that talks about the Red Sea.
      • Scroll down to find a nice map of the Red Sea including islands and the rout taken by Moses and the Israelites.
    • Vocabulary Stuff (introduce these words before reading if they are unfamiliar to your kids)
    • A really great site that gives a short auto biography of Kipling.  If you scroll down a ways, there is a map of India at the time Kipling lived there.
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses
    • The Unseen Playmate
    • The Land of Story-Books
      • Ask your child to select one favorite book that you can act out together, especially if you have younger ones.  Often times, we forget to play with our children.  Take the time now before it is lost.
    • Armies in the Fire
      • If you are able, read this poem in front of a crackling fire so that your child can see the imagery in the poem better.  If you don’t have a fireplace, use this video.
    • The Land of Nod
      • If you don’t do it already, talk with your kids about their dreams.  It can be fun to hear the things they come up with.  Many times, they’re just making up silly stories, but it’s great practice for storytelling!
  • Peter Pan: 10-12
Copy Work
  • Aesop’s morals
  • Verse from one of the favorite songs sung this week
  • Verse from a favorite RLS poem
  • Psalms 51:10

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
  • 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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