Items Needed:

Tactile Number and Letters:  8, Mm
Books:  Bible, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Worksheet: Drawing Circular Lines, Mountain "M", If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Bingo Cards (3-Year Mid-Term Cards), Letter M, Journey to Bethlehem, Baby Jesus with the Animals
CD-Rom: Charlie Church Mouse Preschool
Activities:  Nativity pieces wrapped in a box, number and/or letter flashcards, crayons, paper, stuffed animal, dry erase board and marker or chalkboard and chalk, paint, paper plate, sponge, watercolors

Objectives:

Bible Story: Birth of Baby Jesus
Scripture:  Luke 2
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 240-246
The Beginner's Bible: pg 271, 277
My Story Bible pg 60-67
Through the Bible Felt:  Story #95-99

Comprehension Questions:
Where did Mary lay baby Jesus?
What kind of noises would you hear in a barn?
If you had to sleep in a barn, where would you sleep?

Verse: Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, for unto us a son is given.
Tune:  Mary Had Little Lamb
For unto us a Child is born (rock a baby with your arms)
Child is born, Child is born
For unto us a Son is given
Isaiah 9:6 (form book with your hands)

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")

Poem: Mary had a Little Lamb (Traditional)
Mary had a little lamb
Little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow.

Letters: Mm
M - body, pick up, valley, body
m - down, hump 1, hump 2

Number: 8
Make an "S" but do not wait, go back up and close the gate

Name: Trace over name on dry erase board

Book of the Week:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Fine Motor Skill:  Crayon Rubbings
Gross Motor Skill:  Catch

Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- ABCJLM Bible Workbook  ABCJLM Bible Workbook:  Paint with watercolors the Journey to Bethlehem and Baby Jesus with the Animals worksheets.  

- Computer Color  Play the Wise Men Game on the Charlie Church Mouse Preschool Cd-Rom.  Read more...

- Discuss how there is a Biblical meaning to “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as well.
Mary – Jesus’ Mother
Lamb – Jesus
White as snow – Jesus was without sin

- Nativity Memory Game (reprinted by permission)
Directions: Purchase or use a nativity set with individual pieces. Place the pieces on a table and have the children close her eyes. Remove one of the pieces and have the child figure out which piece is missing. After the missing piece is discovered, talk about its significance in the Nativity. For instance, if you take away a shepherd, explain to the child how an angel appeared to the shepherds in the field to tell of Jesus' birth.

-  More Christmas Ideas...

• Letters:

- Introduce the letters Mm using the tactile letters and decorate the Letter Poster to add to the Letter of the Week book. 

- M-Mountain "M" can be a hard letter to remember and create.  Think of the capital "M" as looking like two Mountains.  Use the Mountain "M" worksheet to help your child visualize this.  Color in the dots green, yellow, and red and when drawing an "M," say "line, valley [for v], line."

- If You Give a Moose a Muffin  Read If You Give a Moose a Muffin and focus on the many "m" words.

- More Letter Mm ideas...

• Letters and Numbers:
 Play Bingo with the ABCJLM Bingo worksheets and review the letters "a-m" and number "0-8" by playing a fun game.  (Not included in the 3 Year Workbook; several options available to print through the link.)

Name:
- Circular Lines Worksheet  Using the worksheet, draw circular lines. 

- Write the child’s name on a dry erase board or chalkboard and have her trace over (erase) the letters with her index finger.

• Book of the Week:
- Emphasize the /m/ words in this book.

- Cookie Make a cookie by using a sponge to paint a paper plate. Add eight "fingerprint" chocolate chips.

- Talk about your favorite kind of cookie.  Make them and give them to others.

- Discuss cause and effect - The "if...then..." sequence.  Take turns filling in the blank "If you_____, then I will _____."

- Mouse with CookieUse a sponge and paint to stamp the If You Give a Mouse a Cookies worksheet. 

• Fine Motor Skills:
Crayon Rubbing Make crayon rubbings using sandpaper 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:
With a stuffed animal, play a game of catch.  Throw underhand, overhand, and over your head.

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