Items Needed: Here is a list of items needed for the lesson. These are items to have gathered and printed off before beginning the week. Basic items like pens and pencils are not listed.
Bible Story: This is the chosen Bible story for the week. The Bible Stories follow a chronological order starting with Creation and ending with Jesus’ ascension. Week 35 ties the lessons together by introducing the Wordless Book. Included is the Biblical reference as well as page numbers listed for three preschool Bibles and the Betty Luken's Through the Bible in Felt book. ABCJLM contains a list of ideas on how to tell Bible stories to children.
Verse: The Bible verse reinforces the Bible story. Almost every verse is set to song on the Hide 'Em in Your Heart CDs by Steve Green or set to a familiar tune. Depending on the child's ability, shorten the verses as needed. Be sure to print off the 3 Year Curriculum Memory Cards. ABCJLM Ideas for Learning Memory Verses.
Bible Song: These are traditional Sunday School songs. Almost every song is on the CDs 100 Hymns and Praise Songs for Kids or The Ultimate Bible Song Collection. The rest of songs can be found on YouTube which are linked for you. It is best to learn the song yourself and then teach the child the song in slow, small sections. Use the CD once the song is learned. ABCJLM Ideas for teaching songs.
Poem, Fingerplay, Nursery Rhyme: Traditional poems that help children with rhyme, fine motor skills, and rhythm. Suggestions to further learning of a nursery rhyme may be included in "Ideas" section. ABCJLM Ideas.
Colors and Shapes: Colors are taught the first three weeks with shapes starting on Week 7. Suggested activities are given under the "Ideas" section. Click for ABCJLM Educational Ideas.
Number: On average, a new number is introduced every other week with numbers 0-15 being covered. Each number contains a rhyme to help the child correctly trace the number through the use of tactile numbers. Also linked are Number Posters under the "Items Needed" section. The 3 Year Curriculum focuses on learning the number but not writing it. For numbers 1-10, the My First Steps to Math books are suggested. Click for ABCJLM Ideas for Learning Numbers.
Math: Spatial concepts, sorting, and patterns are introduced in the second half of the curriculum. Ideas to teach these concepts are included in the "Ideas" section. Keep this portion of learning fun and active. Click for ABCJLM Math Ideas.
Letter: A new letter is added each week. Be sure to focus on the phonetic sound as well as tracing the letter through the use of tactile letters. Say the Letter Formation Chant while tracing the letter. Letter Posters are linked to under the "Items Needed" section. To aid in phonetic understanding, the My First Steps to Reading books are suggested. Click for ABCJLM Letter Ideas.
Name: The ultimate goal for the name activities is that the child learns to spell and write their own name. The learning has been divided into a weekly progression with the ending goal in mind. Due to the lack of fine motor skills, emphasis is not put on the actual writing of the name until the second half of the curriculum. Because uppercase letters are easier to form, the 3 Year Curriculum helps children learn to write their name using uppercase letters only. Names vary in character length so I have chosen four weeks to devote to learning the individual letters. Make changes as needed for your child's name length and abilities. Do not move on until your child is confident at each level. More ideas.
Comprehension Questions: These questions are provided to help pull out the main points of the lesson. Each children's Bible is going to emphasize different areas of the stories. Use the questions that are appropriate to the learning and are at the level of your child's understanding.
Book of the Week: The research is unanimous - children should be read to and read to often. The 3 Year Curriculum includes a "Book of the Week." When you are finished with the curriculum, your child will have been introduced to 28 of the top children's books according to ABCJLM users and our family. Several of the books also line up with the "Letter of the Week" to emphasize the letter's phonetic sound. Be sure to check out the ABCJLM Reading suggestions.
Ideas: Included in this section are ideas to reinforce the concepts learned this week. This list starts with "Book of the Week" Ideas and Bible story activities and color sheets. Remember that supplies needed for these activities are not included in the "Items Needed" section. All other supplies are listed. This is not an exhaustive list nor is it mandatory. Pick and choose what is appropriate for your situation.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills: Each week contains an activity to help improve fine & gross motor skills.
On average, every fourth week is a review week. These weeks typically match up with holidays. Use these weeks to review concepts learned so far, do activities that time didn't allow to cover, or focus on a concept that your child is struggling with. Review weeks contain their own fine and gross motor skill activity.
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