Items Needed:

Tactile Letter:  S
Books: Bible, God, I Need to Talk to You About Laziness, Bedtime for Frances, Big Thoughts for Little People, Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate
CD-ROM: Charlie Church Mouse Preschool
Worksheets:  Snake Characters, My Red Book, Fish Dot-to-Dot, Jonah in the Fish, Jonah Praying
Activities:  Craft supplies to make homemade cards, pillows, play dough or pipe cleaners, sugar cookie dough, teddy bear cookie, paper plate, plastic spoon, blue food coloring, blue icing, paint, finger paint, glitter, glue, shaving paint, food coloring

Objectives:

Character Trait: Obedience
Definition:  Doing what you are told, right away, and with a happy heart without being reminded
Opposite:  Defiant, rebelling
Big Thoughts for Little PeopleLetter M

Bible Story: Jonah
Objective:  I am to obey God, no matter what.
Scripture:  Jonah 1:1-3:10
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes:  pg 224-229
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 257-264
My Story Bible pg 52-53
Through the Bible in FeltStory #85

Comprehension Questions:
What did God tell Jonah to do?
What did Jonah tell God?
Where did Jonah go?
What happened while Jonah was on the boat?
What did the sailors do to Jonah?
How long was Jonah in the whale?
Sometime it isn't fun to obey.  What request do you have trouble obeying?

Verse: James 1:22 (NLT) - But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.
Tune:  London Bridges
Don't just listen to God's Word. (shake head, point to ear, make book with hands)
To God's Word, to God's Word.
You must do-- what it says. (point, shout "What is says")
James one twenty-two. (make book with hands, one finger, two fingers)

Bible Song: Head and Shoulders (Traditional)
Tune:  “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Head and shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes (Repeat 2x)
Head and shoulders, knees and toes
Clap your hands together
(Start slow and gradually increase the speed as you sing and do actions)

Books of the Bible: Philemon, Hebrews, James
Math: Sequencing - Daily Activities

Letter: S
S - snake around, curve up

Numbers: Write numbers 0-5
Information: Write first and last name on tracing paper
My Color Book:  Red

Book of the Week:
Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Fine Motor Skill:  Make Cards
Gross Motor Skill: Crawling
Visual Perception Skill: Dot-to-Dot

Suggested Activities:

• Character Trait:

- Play "Simon Says" to coincide with the obedience theme.

- Emotion Popsicle Glue two circles onto a popsicle stick - one with a happy face and one with a sad face (or use the Teaching Emotions printable).  Give various scenarios and have the child decide whether the situation demonstrates a good choices or a bad choice.  Show the happy face for "good choices" and the sad face for "bad choices."  Explain that Jesus is happy when we obey.  It makes Jesus sad when we choose to not obey.  Allow the child to create his own scenarios.

- Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate Read Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate by Robin Jones Gunn to learn how parents set rules to help you stay away from sin.
- God I Need to Talk to You About Laziness Read God, I Need to Talk to You About Laziness by Susan K. Leigh.

• Bible:
- ABCJLM Bible Workbook ABCJLM Bible Workbook: Paint the bones of the fish in the Jonah in the Fish worksheet with long strokes.  Use shaving cream and blue food coloring to paint the water Jonah is floating in.   Fingerpaint the Jonah Praying worksheet.  Let dry.  Line the waves with glue and sprinkle with glitter.  

- Fish Cookies
From sugar cookie dough, cut triangles that are two different shapes (or use a whale cookie cutter).  Overlap the two triangles (with the points of the triangles facing the same direction) to make a fish shape.  Press down to make the shapes adhere together.  Bake according to the recipe.  Frost the fish cookie with blue icing.  Add a teddy bear cookie or draw a stick man in the frosting to represent Jonah.

- "Hug and Seek"
Play a variation of Hide-and-Seek to help the child(ren) learn we can't hide from God.  Have one person count to ten while everyone else hides.  Each time the seeking person sees a "hidden" person, give him or her a hug and say, "God sees you and so do I."  (Idea from Pray and Play Bible)

- Sing "Rock the Fish"
While sitting criss-cross, have the children hold their legs and rock back and forth while singing this song.
Tune:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Rock, rock, rock the fish
Jonah is inside
He tried to run from God
But God won't leave his side.

- Jonah in the Fish (Original Source Unknown)
Add a triangle tail to right side a paper plate.  Cut a horizontal slit in the middle of the plate.  Add an eye and mouth on the left side to create a fish.  Draw a face on the back of a plastic spoon and slide the spoon (Jonah) into the slit.

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

- More ABCJLM Jonah ideas...

• Math:
Sequencing is putting events or actions in order. When sequencing, you use words like first, second, then, and after.  Sequence a typical day (brushing your teeth, getting a bath, getting dressed, etc.) by creating a visual schedule.  Be sure to include the child's chores in the list. More ideas...

• Letters & Numbers:
- Weeks 25-26 focus on the snake characters.  This week focuses on the letter "S." Start by creating the character using play dough snakes or pipe cleaners and move to writing the characters on the Snake Characters worksheet.

- On 1” Tracing Paper, have the child write number 0-5.  Draw a box for each number and add the green and red dots if needed. 

Information:
Return to writing the child’s first and last name on the 1” Tracing Paper.  Using the 4 Year Curriculum Handwriting Worksheets as examples, draw a box for each letter in the child’s first and last name and add the green and red dots if needed.  

• My Color Book:
I received the idea of creating color books from Bubs' Kindergarten class.  He enjoyed reading them so much that I decided to create my own and add them to the end of the 4 Year Curriculum.   There are nine color books along with one blank book available to create your own.  Each book contains a title, a place for the child to declare authorship (write his name), four sentences and pictures to match, and the words "The End."  All of the sentences follow the "A/An/The ______ is (color)."  The pictures guide the child in reading the book.  The books are created so that you can print them front and back and have six total pages per book.  From now until the end of the curriculum, the child will create a different "My Color Book" each week.  This week create the My Red Book.  View suggestions...

• Book of the Week:
- Discuss your bedtime routine.

- Discuss fears and how to handle them.

- Learn a Bible verse or song to sing when your child gets scared.
Example:  Psalm 56:3-4 - When I am afraid, I will trust in you, in God whose Word I praise.
“When I am Afraid” - Steve Green – Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #5

• Fine Motor Skills:
Valentine Card Make cards using markers, glue, scissors, etc.  Use this activity to review shapes, colors, and have your child practice writing his name.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Place pillows, couch cushions or anything soft that your child can crawl over.  Have fun making mountains and climbing to the peaks!

• Visual Perception Skill:
Whale Dot2Dot Pict Fish Dot-to-Dot 1-20 (found in the ABCJLM Visual Perception Workbook )

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