Items Needed:

Tactile Letters and Number: Z, z, 7
Books: Bible, The Cat in the Hat, Big Thoughts for Little People, God, I Need to Talk to You About Disrespect
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2, The Ten Commandment Boogie
Worksheets:  Angled Line Characters #2, Visual Perception Worksheets, 1 1/2" tracing paper, Cat in the Hat
Activities:  Pumpkin, pillows or leaves, objects to sort by color, cards with short words written on them, paint, toy cars, painter's tape

Objectives:

Character Trait: Respect
Definition:  Being kind; treating other people the way you want to be treated
Opposite:  Not polite, rude
Big Thoughts for Little People:  Letter U

Bible Story: 10 Commandments
Objective:  God gives us rules to keep us happy and safe.
Scripture:  Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 102
The Beginner's Bible: pg 120
My Story Bible:  pg 26-29
Through the Bible Felt:  Story #36

Comprehension Questions:
Why did God give us the 10 Commandments?
How many of the 10 Commandments can you name?
Which of the 10 Commandments is the hardest for you to obey?

Verse: Deuteronomy 5:16 - Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you.
Steve Green - Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2 - #6

Bible Song: I’m in the Lord’s Army (Traditional)
I may never march in the infantry (march)
Ride in the cavalry (pretend you're riding a horse)
Shoot the artillery (clap hands together and move one hand into the air like a missile)
I may never fly o'er the enemy (fly like a bird)
But I'm in the Lord's army (point to self and then up to God)

I'm in the Lord's army, yes, sir! (salute)
I'm in the Lord's army, yes, sir!

I may never march in the Infantry
Ride in the cavalry
Shoot the artillery
I may never fly o'er the enemy
But I'm in the Lord's army, yes, sir!

Books of the Bible: Galatians, Ephesians
Math: Sorting by color and beginning letter of words

Letters: Z, z
Roof, zag back, floor

Number: 7
Across the sky and down from heaven.
That’s the way to make a seven!

Information: Learn home phone number by song.

Book of the Week:
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Fine Motor Skill:  Pumpkin Carving
Gross Motor Skill:   Crawling
Visual Perception Skill:  Matching Worksheets

Suggested Activities:

• Character Trait:
- The 10 Commandments tell us how to show respect to God (commandments 1-4) and other people (commandments 5-10).  Discuss how to show respect:
Using good manners - saying please, thank you, excuse me
Not hitting or hurting others
Talking about your problems instead of just reacting
Treat others as you want to be treated

- Teach Small Children to Look People in the E ye
We require our children to look people in the eye when they are being talked to or when having a conversation.  This helps in showing respect as well as listening.  Because this skill requires courage, work on this skill at home.  Then work on eye contact with family and friends.  Reminding your child to look at the person talking to them is setting a positive foundation for showing respect.

- God, I Need to Talk to You about DisrespectRead God, I Need to Talk to You About Disrespect by Susan K. Leigh

- The "Who and How" Chart
This would be a great family activity to help children focus on respect. From Value Parenting (reprinted with permission )
Set up a chart like the one illustrated below.  In the left-hand column, ask children to list the categories of people and things that deserve respect. As you list them one at a time, discuss how respect for that person or thing can be effectively given. Keep the list building as long as you can keep the child's interest.

Respect Chart
WHO                          HOW
Mommy              Obey, talk respectfully, open the door
Nature               Throw away trash, recycle
Self                    Eat healthy, exercise, avoid self-criticism, positive attitude

• Bible:
- Roads No Rules Game Introduction to this week's lesson
Construct roads for toy cars using painter's tape.  Explain that there are no rules for these roads so everyone may drive in any direction and however they would like.   Allow two or three minutes for your child and yourself to drive around the road system.  Purposely cause some traffic jams and wrecks. After play ends, discuss various situations that happened while playing and how you are thankful that you were not in real cars.  Talk about the importance of rules and how rules keep us safe.  Imagine how it would be on the roads if there were no stop signs, driving lanes, or stop lights.  Explain that God loves us so much that He gave us rules to keep us safe and happy.  In the Old Testament of the Bible, these rules were called the 10 Commandments.  The 10 Commandments tell us how to show respect to God (commandments 1-5) and other people (commandments 6-10).

-   The Ten Commandment Boogie - Our kiddos love this song by Go Fish.

- Click for more 10 Commandments Ideas...

• Math
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Sort by color – Candy by color, Lego's, Colorama game pieces, or other small objects.

- Sort by beginning letter – Write short words that begin with a few different consonants on index cards.  Have your child sort the words depending on the beginning letter.

• Letters and Number:
Weeks 10-12 focus on the second group of "angled-line letters."  This week focuses on letters Z, z and number 7.   Start by creating the characters using short and long craft sticks and move to writing the characters on the Angled Line Characters #2 worksheet to show the progression of the letters and numbers.  Be sure to say the Letter Formation Chants and Number Rhymes as the child creates each character.

• Information:
It is very important that your child can repeat his phone number.  Setting the number to a song will help make sense of the numbers.  There are two songs can be used.  "Muffin Man" - Do you know your phone number...555-1234 -or- "Camptown Ladies" - 555-1234 Fred's phone number...That is Fred's number.  Start by writing out the phone number so that the child can see the progression.  Point to each number as you sing the song.

• Book of the Week:

- Cat in the Hat Pict Create an AB Pattern with paint on the Cat in the Hat worksheet.  Begin with red.

- This book is filled with rhyming words.  Find pairs of rhyming words and place them into the following rhyme:
_____, _____, they both say _____.  For example - Play, day, they both say -ay.

- Use this book to discuss honesty and safety.

- Write a Story
Have your child tell you a story about a special place she has visited, her favorite thing to do, retell her favorite story, or other favorite topic.  Then write word for word in neat handwriting what the child says.  You may have to help the child along by asking open-ended questions.  Create a title and write the child's name as the author.  Sit together to reread the story.  Point to each word as you read.  Discuss how you read from left to right and from top to bottom, how letters make words, that spaces are between the words, and that periods end sentences.  (Idea from Wow! I'm Reading!)

• Fine Motor Skill:
pumpkin face Carve a pumpkin making the face out of various shapes learned.  Allow your child to dig out the seeds.  Afterwards count out groups of seeds.  Remember to review shapes and spatial words.  Encourage your child to pick up the seeds using his thumb and index fingers.  Afterwards, make pumpkin seeds together!

• Gross Motor Skill:
Place pillows, couch cushions or anything soft on the floor for your child to crawl over.  Have fun making mountains and climbing peaks!  If the weather is nice, rake a big pile of leaves.  Pretend you are Moses climbing Mount Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments.  Act out the narrative between God and Moses and discuss God's holiness and goodness.

• Visual Perception Skill:
This week focus on the Matching Visual Perception Worksheets and ask the child to choose from four pictures the one that most looks like the sample picture.  Worksheets are available by clicking the links below or in the ABCJLM Visual Perception Workbook available to purchase.  The worksheets are in no specific order.

Lowercase ABC #1 Numbers #1
Lowercase ABC #2 Shapes #1
  Three Shapes #1
Uppercase ABC #1 Three Shapes #2
Uppercase ABC #2 Three Shapes #3

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