Lesson Plan, tenth 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:   “King Alfred and the Beggar
    • This is way more information than a young child needs, but it is interesting and can help you, as the parent/teacher, to better understand King Alfred and be better informed to answer questions.  This link also has really nice pictures.
    • A more ‘kid friendly‘ history, timeline, and biography
  • Paddle to the Sea: chapter 8
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D’Aulaire: pages 34-48


  • Review the map of England
  • Follow Paddle
  • Aesop’s Fables:  “The Lion and the Ass
    • Prov. 14:17, Prov. 1:22, Prov 14:16,
    • Prov. 26:4-5 and an explanation of the two verses.  After reading this information I better understand my Dad’s advice, “Never get in a pukin’ match with a vulture”.  The parallel is that vultures are good at puking and fools are good at arguing.
    • A study on what God says about ‘Fools’.  It would be good to read through this study in your own time and then relate what you can to your children.  As parents, we must remember Prov. 22:15.  A better understanding of foolishness will help in driving it from our children.
  • Aesop’s Fables:  The Plane Tree
    • What is a blessing?  Here is a collection of verses that may help to explain it well.  God blessed men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Job with children and wealth.  The Israelite nation went through periods of blessing and cursing.
    • Read Matt 5, focusing on the beatitudes.
    • After your kids understand what a blessing is, ask them what blessing they see in their lives.  Broaden their thinking by explaining how much we have in America as opposed to other countries.
    • This time of year (Thanksgiving), we like to write our blessings on little acorn, leave, or pumpkin cutouts and decorate the house with them.
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses

As we are approaching Thanksgiving, I thought it would be nice to start thinking of things we can be thankful for.  The following poems all have things that writer was thankful for and that the reader can be thankful for.  You could start an acorn tree or cornucopia of thanksgiving and add a nut or piece of fruit for every item that we can be thankful for.

    • Looking Glass River – How many things can you find to be thankful for in this poem?
    • System – The child in which verse is more blessed?  This gives such a beautiful contrast of the spoiled child and the truly blessed child.
    • The Cow –  What does the boy have to be thankful for? (the cow that gives cream) What does the cow have to be thankful for? (the flowers of the meadow)
    • My Treasures – What ‘Treasures’ do your children hold dear?  In times past, children truly treasured little rocks, nuts, or other things they collected from nature.  It would do people some good to return to this time when the small blessings were truly appreciated.
  • Peter Pan: chapters 13, 14
    • Like I’ve said before, I don’t do anything extra with this book.  We just read and enjoy.  Sometimes, the kids are fiddling with toys or their hands, there is often someone rolling around on the floor, and there are always many, many interruptions and distractions.  I am often left wondering how much, if any, of the story they actually hear.  Yesterday, my worries were put to rest.  (You will have to have read chapter 10 to get the rest of this story).  I was driving with my girls on our way to the store and they were bickering as usual when the younger one blurted out, “I complain of Sydni!”  We all laughed so hard and they ‘complained of’ each other and everything for the rest of the night.  I was elated that she picked up on that part of the story and brought that aspect of tattling into our lives.  Somehow, I don’t mind it as much as the old version of tattling.
Copy Work
  • Aesop’s morals
  • Verse from one of the favorite songs sung this week
  • Verse from a favorite RLS poem
  • Weekly Bible verse
  • Favorite Franklin quote

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!


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