What you see below is the first week's lesson plan for children around four years of age. Each lesson plan includes a list of suggested supplies, objectives to cover during the week, and then suggested activities to introduce the child to the objectives. Choose objectives and activities that are appropriate for your child and situation, and then incorporate them into the normal activities of your week.
These are suggested supplies and may be substituted with items you already have in your home.
Tactile Number: 1
Tactile Letters: l, i, T, t, I, Letters in First Name
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Brown, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple
Books: Bible, My "T" Book, My "I" Book, My One Book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Big Thoughts for Little People
Worksheets: l, i, T, t, I, 1 (see below), Line Characters, Visual Perception Worksheets, 1 1/2" tracing paper, Building with Colors Template, I am Looking at Jesus, Jesus Walks on the Water Craft, Jesus Walks on Water, I Love My Shoes
Games: Colorama, Candy Land
CDs: Hide 'Em In Your Heart, Vol 1, 100 Hymns & Praise Song for Kids
Videos: Boz Colors and Shapes, Boz: B-O-Z's and 1-2-3's
Activities: Water in a bucket, sponge, sidewalk chalk, foods to represent many different colors, ingredients to make homemade ice cream (see below), short and long popsicle sticks (these items will be needed throughout the curriculum), two toilet paper rolls, string, pipecleaners, paint, apple, shallow tray, cloth, glue
Letter T Activity, Letter I Activity, Number 1 Poster
The objectives are the goals in which you want to teach your child during the week's time. I suggest using the Introduce, Recognize, Identify teaching strategy to help your child learn each point. Pick and chose the objectives that you want to cover. All objectives do not need to be covered each day but can be spread throughout the week.
Character Trait: Faith & Trust
Definition: Believing God will do what He says, believing in something that you cannot see
Opposite: Disbelief, not trusting, hopeless
Bible Story: Jesus Walks on Water
Objective: Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 296-297
The Beginner's Bible: pg 364-370
Through the Bible in Felt: pg 187
Verse: Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Steve Green – Hide 'Em In Your Heart, Vol 1 - #16
Bible Song: Deep and Wide (Traditional) - 100 Hymns & Praise Song for Kids Disc 1 #18
Deep and wide (put arms vertically, then horizontally),
Deep and wide
There’s a fountain (rain down with fingers)
Flowing (play piano with fingers)
Deep and wide
Optional – each time substitute the below words and say “hmmm” instead
1st Time - Deep
2nd Time - Deep, wide
3rd Time - Deep, wide, fountain
4th Time - Deep, wide, fountain, flowing
1st Time Example:
Hmmm and wide
Hmmm and wide
There's a fountain
Hmmm and wide
Information: First name - Trace the letters using tactile letters.
Books of the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Brown, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple
Straight down and then you’re done. That’s the way to make a one!
Letters: l, i, T, t, I
l - body
i - down and dot
T - body and roof
t - down and cross
I - body, roof, floor
Who did the disciples think was walking on the water?
How did the disciples feel when they saw someone walking towards them?
What did Peter want to do?
Did Peter walk on the water?
Why did Peter start to sink?
Sometimes we forget to trust Jesus. Tell me about a time that you forgot to trust Jesus.
Book of the Week:
The activities below are merely suggestions to help teach the objectives for the week. Pick and choose activities that your child would enjoy and fit into your schedule. As much as possible, include the learning into play time, craft time, and current activities.
• Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Book of the Week Activity Ideas:
- Print the "I Love My Shoes" printable and allow the child to color and add the name of the color to the sentence. Imagine with the child the object that turned his/her shoes that color. Create several different colored shoes and write your own version of the book.
- Pete could have gotten discouraged when troubles came his way, but he continued to be joyful. Use this story to discuss faith and trust in God even through the tough stuff.
- Click to view the story and listen to the song on a live video with the author, Eric Litwin.
• Jesus Walks on Water Preschool Bible Story Activities & Color Sheets:
- ABCJLM Coloring Sheets: Jesus Walks on Water
- "I am Looking at Jesus" Craft - Use this craft to remind your child to keep her eyes on Jesus. Have the child look in the mirror at her eyes to see the three main colors. Cut out the circles on the printable. Place the circles in order from biggest to smallest and glue on a piece of paper. Add the title “I am looking at Jesus”
- Binoculars - Paint two toilet paper rolls. Staple together and add a string. Discuss with the child the importance to keep his eyes on Jesus.
- Jesus Walks on the Water Craft - Print the worksheets. Color the first picture of Jesus and the boat. Cut a slit along the dotted line. Color and cut out Peter on the second page. Glue the figure to a craft stick. Slide the stick into the slit and move Peter up and down in the water according to the story.
- Make pipecleaner glasses - Twist one pipecleaner into the shape of an "8". Attach one pipecleaner on each side to make ear pieces on the glasses. Twist the ear pieces together in the back to hold them on the child's head. This is a silly craft but my kiddos loved this one and it really helped them remember the objective of the Bible story.
- He Walked Upon the Sea (Original Source Unknown)
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Jesus did not need a boat,
He walked upon the sea.
- Click for more Jesus Walks on the Water Ideas...
- Verses: To help learn the memory verses, Memory Verse Cards are available to print. Each card contains the memory verse, reference, and a corresponding picture.
• Character Education - Faith and Trust Activities:
- Using the Bible story, discuss how Peter walked on the water when he trusted God. But as soon as he became afraid, he sank into the water.
- "Do You Have Faith?"
Give the child an apple. Ask the child, "What is inside the apple?" (seeds, the white part of the apple, juice) "I have a secret...there is really a star in the apple!" The child will probably doubt this statement. "How can we find out if there really is a star inside?" (cut open the apple) "Do you trust me that there is a star inside without us cutting it open?" (cut the apple from side to side through the seed part) Show the child how the seeds in the apple and the area around the seeds look like a star. Explain that just as the child had to have faith that you were correct about the star, we have faith that Jesus is real even though we can't see Him.
- Apple Prints
Extend the "Do You Have Faith?" activity by doing apple prints. Have the child write "I Have Faith" at the top of a piece of construction paper. Dab the apple several times onto a cloth to remove excess moisture. Place paint into a shallow tray. Have the child dip the apple into the paint (or paint the apple) and then stamp it on the paper.
• Letter & Number Ideas:
ABCJLM uses a five-step process to help children develop good handwriting skills. If you are new to ABCJLM, please read Learning to Write to understand each of these steps.
1. Holding the Pencil Correctly - 2 Year Curriculum
2. Pre-Writing Worksheets - 2 & 3 Year Curriculum
3. 3" Tactile and Written Letters and Numbers - 3 & 4 Year Curriculum
4. ABCJLM Letter and Number Progression Worksheets - 4 Year Curriculum
5. ABCJLM Tracing Worksheets - 5 Year Curriculum
If your child completed the 3 Year Curriculum, he learned to correctly form letters and numbers using tactile characters. Also, he learned to write his first name using capital letters. The 4 Year Curriculum focuses on writing all characters using a logical formation progression. Before being placed on tracing paper, each formation is reviewed with tactile letters and numbers and then created using popsicle sticks, play dough, or pipe cleaners. If this is not an appropriate level for your child, begin at the level in which he can be successful. If in doubt, start a level below where you think he is ready.
Weeks 1-4 focus on "straight-line letters" - characters made with straight lines only. Start by creating the characters using short and long popsicle sticks and move to writing the characters on 1 1/2" tracing paper with yellow lines and green and red dots as a guide. Use the Line 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.
• Number Books:
- Create a number book using the Number posters. Each week color and add the appropriate number of stickers to the number poster. At the end of the curriculum, a book will be created for numbers 0-25.
In the 4 Year Curriculum, the child will learn how to write her first and last name using a capital letter for the first letter only. This week starts the child learning (or reviewing) the formation of each letter using tactile letters. Lay the tactile letters in order so the child begins to think of the letters as a "word" instead of individual letters. If letters are doubled, you may need to make extra tactile letters.
Begin each day with this activity to reinforce numbers, days of the week, and months of the year.
• Books of the Bible
In order to study the Bible, I believe everyone should know the order of the Books of the Bible. With a little help, most preschool children can master this task. The New Testament books have been divided into small group with a new group being introduced every 3-4 weeks in the curriculum. Use a song, motions, or simply repetition to help your child. Click for more ABCJLM ideas on Teaching the Book of the Bible.
Remember to focus on the phonetic sound of each letter as your child is writing the characters. Read more...
- Eat and discuss foods that represent many different colors (green beans, bananas, carrots, chocolate chip cookies, etc.)
- Play Colorama or Candy Land
• Building with Colors
Use the Building with Colors template to build a caterpillar. Use the activity as an assessment tool.
• Family Fun
- Create a family tradition of making homemade ice cream in a bag or in a coffee can.
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup milk, cream, or half and half
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the three ingredients in a quart-sized ziptop bag or a small coffee can. Mix and seal the container very well. Because the seal may not hold through the mixing process, you may want to tape the seals closed. If possible, refrigerate this mixture for a few hours to speed up the freezing process. Place the well-sealed ziptop bag in a gallon-sized ziptop bag or the small coffee can inside a large coffee can. Place crushed ice cubes and approximately 1/2 cup rock salt inside the larger containers to surround the smaller bag or can. Seal the larger bag or coffee can very well. Then shake and roll the containers for 5-10 minutes until the mixture turns into ice cream. Carefully open the smaller container making sure that the water and salt freezing ingredients do not come in contact with the ice cream. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
• Read and View:
Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC's to Help You Grow - This is a book that I highly suggest that you use throughout the curriculum to learn about Jesus and character traits, as well as ABC's and phonetic sounds.
Boz Colors and Shapes - Discover God's world through colors and shapes!
Boz: B-O-Z's and 1-2-3's - Discover God's world while learning letters and numbers.
My One Book, My "T" Book, My "I" Book - The My First Step books by Jane Moncure are used throughout the curriculum. Both the coordinating number and letter books are listed under the "Items Needed" heading. The My First Steps to Reading books are perfect for reinforcing the phonetic sound of each letter. Read more.
• Fine Motor Skill:
Write "My Family" on the bottom of a blank piece of paper. Demonstrate how to draw your family. Use simple shapes and explain what you are doing as you draw. Let your child tell you what to draw. Your child will be drawing their family periodically throughout the curriculum. This demonstration helps prepare them for this activity. Later in the week, give your child a chance to draw his/her family.
• Gross Motor Skill:
Play "Put the Fire Out" - a fun outside activity that involves sidewalk chalk, water, and a sponge. Begin by drawing a ladder on cement with sidewalk chalk. Draw a fire at the top of the ladder. Place a bucket and a sponge at the bottom of the ladder. Have the child wet the sponge and jump between the rungs of the ladder to get to the fire. Once at the fire, squeeze the sponge over the fire to put it out! (Idea from YourTherapySource.com)
• Visual Perception Skill:
Along with fine and gross motor activities, each lesson plan in the 4 and 5 Year Curriculum contains visual perception activities. Visual perception is the translation between the eyes and the brain. Correct translation is imperative to reading and writing. These activities can help correct visual perception issues as well as strengthen the brain and eye communication. While one activity may be difficult for your child, another may be simple. For the first week, choose any area from the list of ABCJLM Visual Perception Worksheets to begin. The worksheets in each area increase in difficulty.
• Be sure to look over the Development Guide - 4 Year so that you are familiar with developmental milestones for your child's age.