Items Needed:

Tactile Letters:  K, k
Books: Bible, Big Thoughts for Little People, The Golden Egg Book, The Tallest of Smalls
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1
Worksheets:  Kick Characters, Mazes, 1" Tracing Paper, My Brown Book, Egg
Activities:  Tying shoelaces (see below), Children's Safety Scissors, glue, dye Easter eggs, construction paper, musical instrument, decorations, ingredients for Hot Cross Buns, stapler

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' Death and Resurrection
Objective:  Jesus loves me so much that He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again.
Scripture:  Matthew 26-28
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes:  pg 340-350
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 446, 453
My Story Bible:  pg 110-121
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #151-153

Comprehension Questions:
Tell me what happened in this story.
Which one of Jesus' disciples wasn't a friend to Jesus?
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
What makes this a happy story?

Verse: I John 3:16 -  This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.
Steve Green – Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #3

Bible Song: Jesus Loves Me (Traditional)
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.

Chorus:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Math: Tying shoelaces
Numbers: Write numbers 0-10

Information: Write Full Name, Phone Number, & Address
My Color Book:  Brown

The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Fine Motor Skill:  Baking/Stirring
Gross Motor Skill:  Simon Says
Visual Perception Skill:  Mazes

Suggested Activities:

• Character Trait:
- Heart Chain I John 3:16 Heart Chain
(Do this activity while telling the Easter story.  Do not tell the child what you are doing but have him sit and listen.  Then show him a surprise at the end.  You will have to practice this to make sure that your timing is correct.)
Cut a piece of paper in half, length wise.  Each 4 1/4" x 11" piece can be used to create a heart chain. (Begin the Easter story)  Gently fold the paper in half, width wise.  Fold again.  Unfold.  (Soldiers came to get Jesus.)  The lines created will help you see where to accordion fold the paper.  Now accordion fold the paper taking the edge of the paper to the first line.  Flip the paper over and fold the width of the first fold.  Continue folding until the paper is folded eight times. (Jesus is beaten and mocked and placed on the cross.)  Lay the folded paper flat on a table with the first fold toward the left.  Draw half a heart on the top with the center of the heart on the fold.  Allow the curved part of the heart to partially overflow to allow for the hearts to be connected. (Jesus died on the cross as the punishment for our sins.)  Cut along the lines (Jesus in the tomb).  Open up the hearts (Jesus is risen!).  Give each child a Heart Chain.  Add the words "This is how we know", "what love is", "Jesus Christ laid down His life", and "for us.  I John 3:16".

- 315147: The Tallest of SmallsThe Tallest of Smalls is a story by Max Lucado about Jesus' unconditional love for us.

• Bible:
- Crown Jesus is King
(Using a premade crown, ask the child to identify the object that you have on your head or in your hands.)  Who would wear a crown?  What does a king do?  Jesus would be a great king.  He's kind and fair, and He loves us all very much.   Many people wanted Jesus to become a king on earth.  The people wanted Jesus to lead an army and take over the country and fight the Romans.  But Jesus said no.  Jesus preached peace because He knew God wanted Him to be the King of Heaven not earth.  Even though He could have been king, Jesus chose to die for us so we could be forgiven.  Make a paper crown as a reminder that Jesus loved us enough to die on the cross and He is now the King of Heaven.   Precut a strip of paper the diameter of the child's head.  Allow the child to decorate before stapling into a crown.

- Click to view more ABCJLM Easter and Jesus Loves Me ideas...

• Math:
There are several ways to teach your child to tie her shoes. Here are a few ideas from the web: Idea #1, Idea #2.  No matter which method you choose, stick with it.  Make sure that you and the child are side by side and not opposite each other.  Adult shoe strings are easier to tie than a child's because they are longer.  Break down the process.  This week focus on the first two steps.  Start by crossing the string to make an "x."  Then work on tucking the string under and pull.

• Letters:
- Week 32 focuses on the kick characters K and k.  Start by creating the characters using play dough snakes or pipe cleaners and move to writing the characters on the Kick Worksheet to show the similarities between the letters. 

- On 1” Tracing Paper, have the child write number 0-10.  Draw a box for each number and add the green and red dots if needed. 

• Information:
Have your child send a card to someone.  Help the child write short sentences and then sign his name.  Allow your child to assist in addressing the envelope - especially the return address.

• My Color Book:
Cut, color, and finish the My Brown Book.  Help the child read the lines. 

• Book of the Week:
- Easter Eggs Dye Easter eggs to review and mix colors.

- Drum Choose an instrument to represent the word "pick" in the book.  Have the child play the instrument every time that word is said. (Adapted from unknown source )

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Single Egg Decorate the Egg worksheet with string, glitter, buttons, and other decorative items.

• Fine Motor Skills:
Make Hot Cross Buns - Talk about the significance of the cross.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Play "Simon Says"

• Visual Perception Skill:
Mazes Teach pencil control with Mazes found by clicking the links below or available in the ABCJLM Visual Perception Workbook.  Instruction the child to keep the pencil from hitting the lines while doing the mazes. 

Maze 4-1  Maze 4-2 

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