Tactile Letter: S
Books: Bible, God, I Need to Talk to You About Laziness, Bedtime for Frances, Big Thoughts for Little People, Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate
Worksheets: S, First and Last Name, Snake Characters, 1 1/2" tracing paper, My Red Book, Whale Dot-to-Dot, Jonah in the Whale, Jonah Praying
CD: The Ultimate Bible Song Collection for Kids, Kidnapped on I-Land
CD-ROM: Charlie Church Mouse Preschool
Activities: Craft supplies to make homemade Valentines, pieces of paper numbered 1-10, play dough or pipe cleaners, Valentine's Day ideas (see below), empty two-liter bottles, 1 package blue gelatin, 4-6 candy fish, 4-6 clear plastic cups, whipped cream topping, balloon, sugar cookie dough, teddy bear cookie, paper plate, plastic spoon, blue food coloring, blue icing
Character Trait: Obedience
Definition: Doing what you are told, right away, and with a happy heart without being reminded
Opposite: Defiant, rebelling
Big Thoughts for Little People: Letter M
Verse: James 1:22 - But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.
Objective: I am to obey God, no matter what.
Tune: Humpty Dumpty
But don't just listen to God's Word.
You must do what it says.
James one, twenty-two
You must do what it says.
Bible Song: Head and Shoulders - The Ultimate Bible Song Collection for Kids
Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Head and shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes (Repeat 2x)
Head and shoulders, knees and toes
Clap your hands together
(Start slow and gradually increase the speed as you sing and do actions)
Information: Write first and last name on tracing paper
Books of the Bible: Philemon, Hebrews, James
Math: Sequencing - Daily Activities
Numbers: Write numbers 0-5
S - snake around, curve up
What did God tell Jonah to do?
What did Jonah tell God?
Where did Jonah go?
What happened while Jonah was on the boat?
What did the sailors do to Jonah?
How long was Jonah in the whale?
Sometime it isn't fun to obey. What request do you have trouble obeying?
Book of the Week:
Bedtime for Frances
• Bedtime for Frances Book of the Week Ideas:
- Discuss your bedtime routine.
- Discuss fears and how to handle them.
- Learn a Bible verse or song to sing when your child gets scared.
Example: Psalms 56:3-4 - When I am afraid, I will trust in you, in God whose Word I praise.
“When I am Afraid” - Steve Green – Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #5
• Jonah Preschool Bible Story Activities & Color Sheets:
- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets: Jonah in the Whale, Jonah Praying
- Fish in the Sea
Ingredients: 1 package blue gelatin, 4-6 candy fish, 4-6 clear plastic cups, whipped cream topping
Directions: Make the gelatin according to the directions on the package. Pour the gelatin into the clear plastic cups. Place a candy fish in the middle of the gelatin in each cup. Refrigerate. Top with whipped cream to make "waves."
- Fish in the Water (Original Source Unknown)
Fill a 2-liter bottle half full of water tinted with blue food coloring. Fill a balloon full of water until it is about 3" long and tie off. Poke the balloon into the bottle. Turn the bottle on its side and rock to see the whale ride the waves. You may wish to decorate the bottle to look like a fish.
- Fish Cookies - From sugar cookie dough, cut triangles that are two different shapes (or use a whale cookie cutter). Overlap the two triangles (with the points of the triangles facing the same direction) to make a fish shape. Press down to make the shapes adhere together. Bake according to the recipe. Frost the fish cookie with blue icing. Add a teddy bear cookie or draw a stick man in the frosting to represent Jonah.
- "Hug and Seek" - Play a variation of Hide-and-Seek to help the child(ren) learn we can't hide from God. Have one person count to ten while everyone else hides. Each time the seeking person sees a "hidden" person, give him or her a hug and say, "God sees you and so do I." (Idea from Pray and Play Bible)
- Sing "Rock the Fish" - While sitting criss-cross, have the children hold their legs and rock back and forth while singing this song.
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Rock, rock, rock the fish
Jonah is inside
He tried to run from God
But God won't leave his side.
- Jonah in the Whale (Original Source Unknown)
Add a triangle tail to right side a paper plate. Cut a horizontal slit in the middle of the plate. Add an eye and mouth on the left side to create a whale. Draw a face on the back of a plastic spoon and slide the spoon (Jonah) into the slit.
- Play the "Jonah" adventure and use the coloring sheet on the Charlie Church Mouse Preschool Cd-Rom. Read more...
- More ABCJLM Jonah ideas...
• Character Education - Obedience Activities:
- Play "Simon Says" to coincide with the obedience theme.
- Glue two circles onto a popsicle stick - one with a happy face and one with a sad face (or use the Teaching Emotions printable). Give various scenarios and have the child decide whether the situation demonstrates a good choices or a bad choice. Show the happy face for "good choices" and the sad face for "bad choices." Explain that Jesus is happy when we obey. It makes Jesus sad when we choose to not obey. Allow the child to create his own scenarios.
- Read:Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate - Part of the "I Can Read with Help" series, learn how parents set rules to help you stay away from sin.
- Read:God, I Need to Talk to You About Laziness
- Listen: Patch the Pirate “Kidnapped on I-Land” CD - The story is about a boy names Silas who wants what he wants! Being selfish, Silas takes a trip to I-Land where he learns firsthand about Jesus' unselfish love.
• Letter & Number Ideas:
Weeks 25-26 focus on the snake characters. Start by creating the characters using play dough snakes or pipe cleaners and move to writing the characters on 1 1/2" tracing paper with yellow lines and green and red dots as a guide. If needed, create 3" characters using yellow lines and green and red dots as a transition to the tracing paper. Use the Snake Characters worksheet to show the progression of the letters and numbers. Be sure to say the Letter Formation Chant or Number Rhyme as the child creates each character.
- Sequencing is putting events or actions in order. When sequencing, you use words like first, second, then, and after.
- Talk about the sequencing of brushing your teeth, getting a bath, getting dressed, etc.
• Using the1 1/2" tracing paper, assist your child in writing his first and last name using a capital letter on the first letter only.
• My Color Books - My Red Book
I got the idea of creating color books from Bubs' Kindergarten class. He enjoyed reading them so much that I decided to create my own and add them to the end of the 4 Year Curriculum. There are nine color books along with one blank book to available to create your own. Each book contains a title, a place for the child to declare authorship (write his name), four sentences and pictures to match, and the words "The End." All of the sentences follow the "A/An/The ______ is _______." The pictures guide the child in reading the book. The books are created so that you can print them front and back and have six total pages per book. From now until the end of the curriculum, the child will create a different "My Color Book" each week. View suggestions...
• ABCJLM Valentine's Day Ideas
• Fine Motor Skills:
Make Valentines Cards using markers, glue, scissors, etc. Use this activity to review shapes, colors, and have your child practice writing his name
• Gross Motor Skills:
Do a Human Dot-to-Dot in preparation for the Visual Perception activity. Lay on the floor pieces of papers with numbers (1-10) on them. Have your child hop from the numbers in sequential order.
• Visual Perception Skill:
- Whale Dot-to-Dot 1-20