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Tactile Letters:  c, a, d
Books: Bible, My "A" Book, My "C" Book, My "D" Book, God Gave Us Love, Big Thoughts for Little People Guess How Much I Love You
Worksheets:  c, a, d, Dot-to-Dot1 1/2" tracing paper, Lowercase "c" Characters, Four Seasons (Fall & Winter), Journey to Bethlehem, Baby Jesus with the Animals, Mary Holding Baby Jesus, Shepherds Worship Jesus, Wise Men Worship Jesus
CD-Rom:  Charlie Church Mouse Preschool
CD:  Hide 'Em In Your Heart, Vol 1
Activities:  Christmas cards, crayons, colored paper, tactile letters and numbers, stuffed animal or ball, Christmas ideas (see below), toy phones, season activities (see below), stapler, cloves, glue, applesauce, cinnamon

Objectives:

Character Trait: Love
Definition:  Taking care of others, kindness, patience, and forgiveness
Opposite:  Not liking, selfishness
Big Thoughts for Little People:  Letter G

Bible Story: Jesus' Birth
Objective:  God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to the world as a baby.
Scripture:  Luke 2
The Beginner's Bible: pg 271
My Story Bible:  pg 60-67
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #95-99

Verse: John 3:16a - For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.
Steve Green – Hide 'Em In Your Heart, Vol 1 - #18

Bible Song:  Away in a Manger (Traditional)
Away in a manger (rock baby in your arms)
No crib for a bed (shake head "no")
The little Lord Jesus (point up)
Laid down His sweet head (place hands beside head to "sleep")
The stars in the sky (flick fingers in the air)
Looked down where He lay (place hand on forehead and "look")
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay (place hands beside head to "sleep")

Information: Dial 911
Math: Four Seasons - Fall & Winter

Letters: c, a, d
c - little curve
a - little curve and down
d - little curve and body

Comprehension Questions:
What is your favorite part of the Christmas story?
It says in the Bible that Jesus loves us so much that He humbled Himself and became a man (Phil 2:5-8).  Do you think it was hard for Jesus to leave Heaven and come down to earth as a baby?

Book of the Week:
Guess How Much I Love You Guess How Much I Love You

Suggested Activities:

Guess How Much I Love You Book of the Week Ideas:
- Discuss the love our Heavenly Father has for us that He was willing to send His Son down to earth as a baby.

Heart Chain 5  Make a Paper Heart Chain
(This activity will require an adult to align the papers but the child can help cut and staple.)  Cut a piece of paper in half creating two 11"x4 1/4" pieces.  Cut eleven 1" strips of colored paper measuring 4 1/4" long.  Lay two stripes together and staple at the bottom.  Fold the unstapled ends down and around to form a heart.  Lay another strip on each side of the bended stripes.  Align and staple the four-layer end.  Fold the unstapled ends to form a second heart.  Continue the process to form a chain of hearts.  (Sometimes construction paper is too stiff to bend.  You may also use felt.)   

- Choose from a list of Valentine "love" activities.

• Jesus' Birth Preschool Bible Story Activities & Color Sheets:
- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets:  Journey to Bethlehem, Baby Jesus with the Animals,  Mary Holding Baby Jesus, Shepherds Worship Jesus, Wise Men Worship Jesus

- Play the "Wise Men" adventure and use the coloring sheet on the Charlie Church Mouse Preschool Cd-Rom.  Read more...

- Christmas Action Story (Author Unknown)
Read the following story pausing after reading the italicized words.  Have the child do the following action when the word is spoken:
Angels - wave arms like angel wings.
Mary - place hands together and place under the chin as in praying
Joseph - show muscles
Baby & Jesus - hold arms and rock back and forth

People had been waiting for a very long time.  As a matter of fact, people had been waiting since the first man and woman had to leave God's special garden because they disobeyed.  They were waiting for God to keep His promise to send them a Savior. 
One day an angel spoke to a girl named Mary and told her she was going to have a baby.  Then the angel spoke to a man named Joseph, who was going to be Mary's husband.  The angel told Joseph that Mary's baby was special.  He was God's son, Jesus!
While Mary and Joseph were waiting for Jesus to be born, they had to go on a long trip.  The ruler of the land had made a law that people had to go to their hometowns and write their names in a special book so that leaders could count how many people there were.  So Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to be counted.  They had to walk all the way!
Finally, they arrived in Bethlehem.  Mary was ready to have her baby. But Bethlehem was so crowded that they couldn't find a place to stay!  Everywhere they went they were told, "There is no room!"  Finally, a kind innkeeper said they could stay in his stable.  And just in time, too!  That night Jesus was born!  Mary wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a manger to sleep.  All of the angels joined in and said, "Glory to God!  Peace on earth to those who love God!"

- Click for a Collection of ABCJLM Christmas Recipes, Books, Crafts, and Ideas

• Character Education - Love Activities
- 074471: God Gave Us Love  God Gave Us Love by Lisa Tawn Bergren - Little Cub questions why we must love others, even the seemingly unlovable.

Cinnamon Heart Ornament  Make Cinnamon Heart Ornaments to give away and tell people the story of God's love.
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon ground cloves
3 tablespoons white glue
2/3 cup applesauce (cinnamon applesauce works too)
1 cup of cinnamon

Directions: Stir ingredients until they form a soft ball.  If the dough is too dry, add more applesauce.  If the dough is too wet, add more cinnamon.  Dust a flat surface with cinnamon.  Roll out the dough with a rolling pin or press with your fingers to approximately 1/4" thick.  Rolling the dough too thin makes the ornaments brittle.  Thick ornaments take longer to dry.  Use a cookie cutter to create your shapes.  To make the letter shapes or imprints (as pictured above), push a straw or cookie cutter approximately half way into the dough.  Poke a straw through the dough to create a hole for a string.  Let the ornaments dry on a baking rack.  Depending on thickness, this will take at least 24 hours.  For quicker results, place the ornaments in a dehydrator or a 150 degree oven (gently flipping every hour) until done.

• Letters & Numbers:
Week 18-21 focuses on the lowercase "c" characters.  This week focus on c, a, d. Start by creating the characters using play dough snakes or pipe cleaners for the bubbles 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 Lowercase "c" Characters worksheet to show the progression of the letters and numbers.  Be sure to say the Letter Formation Chant as the child creates each character.

• Math - Seasons:
- Fall
Months – September, October, November
Holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, family birthdays
Weather - Cool
Clothing – Jackets, long sleeve, jeans
Plants – The trees' leaves turn colors and fall off, harvest apples
Animals – Migrate, collect food, hibernate

- Winter
Months – December, January, February
Holidays – Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Family Birthdays
Weather – Cold, snow, ice
Clothing – Winter coats, gloves, hats, sweaters
Plants – Trees are without leaves, plants are brown
Activities – Sledding, caroling, snowball fights

- Fall Tree Winter Tree Create a Four Seasons Wheel using the Four Seasons printables.  This week focuses on fall and winter.  Print the Fall Tree and add fall-colored leaves.  Print the Winter Tree and add snowflakes. Post the finished Winter Tree on a wall with the Fall Tree under and to the left of the Winter Tree (at 9:00).  Add pictures around each picture to depict the season.  Also add names or pictures of people whose birthdays are in each season.  Add the arrow moving from fall to winter.

- Click for more ABJCLM Four Season Ideas

Information - Review:
- Send Christmas Cards
Have your child assist you with the cards by helping to sign her name and telling you her address.  Demonstrate the proper way to address and stamp a card.

- Continue to practice calling 911 in case of an emergency

• Fine Motor Skills:
Crayon Rubbing Make crayon rubbings - Using the tactile letters and numbers, place a piece of paper over the cards and have your child color.  They will have the surprise of a letter or number when they finish.  (This works best if you tactile letters and numbers are made out of sandpaper and will not work if they are made out of yarn.)

• Gross Motor Skills:
Blue Ball Play catch with a beach ball or stuffed animal.

• Visual Perception Skill:
Diamond Dot to Dot  Dot-to-Dot

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