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Tactile Number and Letters:  1, Rr
Worksheets: Mouse and Strawberry Puppets, Hungry Bear Maze, Letter R, Number 11, Prodigal Son
Books:  Bible, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
Activities: Pieces of paper with numbers on them (0-11), Fruit Loops, chocolate pudding, jelly roll pan, shaving cream, food coloring, play dough, spaghetti, marbles, paint



Bible Story: Prodigal Son
Scripture:  Luke 15:11-24
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 310, 312
The Beginner's Bible: pg 397
My Story Bible pg 98-99
Through the Bible Felt Story #133

Comprehension Questions:
What did the son ask his father to give him?
What did the son do with the money?
How do you think the father felt knowing the son was making bad choices?
What made the father so happy?
Even though his son made very bad choices, the father still loved his son and was happy to have him home.  When you make bad choices do your parents still love you?

Verse: Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Tune: Are You Sleeping? or Where is Thumbkin?
Be- kind-, to one another
Tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as- God in Christ-, for-gave- you-.
Ephesians 4:32, Forgiving one another.

Bible Song: God is So Good (Traditional)
God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
He’s so good to me!

Optional verses (make up your own):
God cares for me...
God answers prayers...
I love Him so...

Poem: Itsy, Bitsy Spider (Traditional)
The itsy, bitsy spider, climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
So the itsy, bitsy spider went up the spout again

Math: Sort by color

Letters: Rr
R - body, bubble, kick out
r - down with an arm

Number: 11

Name: Write the 5th letter of your child's first name using 3" Letters.

Book of the Week:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

Fine Motor Skill:  Sorting
Gross Motor Skill:  Human Dot-to-Dot


Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- Place the Prodigal Son worksheet in a jelly roll pan.  Squeeze small amounts of paint on worksheet.  Set a few marbles on the paper.  Roll the marbles around by carefully shifting the box from side to side and forward and backward.  The marbles will roll the paint around to decorate the worksheet.  

- Pig Painting
Make a box of chocolate pudding.  In a jelly roll pan, place a large dollop of pudding.  Create pictures of pigs in the "mud."  Discuss the Bible story as the child works.

• Math
(See Fine Motor Skill)

• Letters:
- Introduce the letters Rr using the tactile letters and decorate the Letter Poster to add to the Letter of the Week book.

- Help the child not add a vowel to the end of /r/ as in /ruh/ and not make the /r/ not sound like “er” but like the /r/ in the word “rabbit.”  It is a single sound that can be held out and the difference is in the placement of the tongue.

- After decorating the Letter R Poster, hold it like a steering wheel and "drive" making the /r/ sound.

- More Letter Rr ideas...

• Number:
- Number 11 Poster
This week paint the Number 11 Poster with shaving cream and food coloring.  Add eleven stickers.

• Name:
Uppercase Letter Worksheet If the child is ready, introduce the fifth letter for writing.  Just like last week, instruct the child to trace the tactile letter. If she is able to correctly form the letter, give the child the 3" Letter cut from the 3" Uppercase Letters worksheet and placed in a dry erase pocket.  With a dry erase marker, demonstrate how to form the letter while saying the Letter Formation Chant.  Then, allow the child to write the letter and use the green and red dots as reminders.

• Book of the Week:
- The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear Craft Make puppets by coloring the Mouse and Strawberry Puppets worksheet and gluing to popsicles. (Thank you, Connie, for this idea.)

- Focus on the /r/ words in this book.  After the initial readings, ask your child to listen for /r/ words.  Over exaggerate these words when reading.

- Eat strawberries.  Make strawberry pie or strawberry shortcake.

- Hungry Bear Maze Help the bear reach the strawberry by doing the Hungry Bear Maze. Instruct the child to draw between the lines.  Use a well sharpened pencil to help the child be successful.

- Before turning the page, ask your child to guess what is going to happen.  Don't take "I don't know" for an answer.

- More The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear ideas...

• Fine Motor Skill:
Spaghetti Counting Sort fruit loops by color and thread onto spaghetti pieces stuck vertically into play dough. For added learning, make all of the piles contain 11 items. (Thank you to Kate for this idea.)

• Gross Motor Skill:
Do a Human Dot-to-Dot.  This is in preparation for a Dot-to-Dot worksheet next week.  Lay on the floor pieces of papers with numbers 1-11 on them.  Have your child hop on the numbers in sequential order.

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