Items Needed:

Tactile Letters:  N, M
Book: Bible, Charming Opal (Toot & Puddle), Big Thoughts for Little People
Video: Veggie Tales:  God Wants Me to Forgive Them?
Worksheets: Angled Line Characters #1, 1" Tracing Paper, Dot-to-Dot, Brush Teeth, Joseph Forgives His Brothers, Candy Corn
Activities: Play Dough, various sized pencils with erasers, small items to hide in play dough, flashlight, egg carton, baking powder, yarn, toothbrush, paint, candy corn, bar of soap, construction paper or craft foam, googly eyes

Objectives:

Character Trait: Forgiveness
Definition:  Treating someone as though they never hurt you; not holding a grudge; not blaming them
Opposite:  Bitter, getting even
Big Thoughts for Little People:  Letter F

Bible Story: Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Objective:  All sin but God will forgive us if we ask Him to.
Scripture:  Genesis 37-50
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 58-74
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 71, 78, 86
My Story Bible:  pg 18-19
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #23-24

Comprehension Questions:
How many brothers did Joseph have?
How did Joseph's brothers feeling about him? (jealous)
How did Joseph's brothers treat him?
How do you think this made Joseph feel?
When Joseph's brothers needed him, Joseph could have been really mean.  What did Joseph choose to do instead?  (Forgive them)

Verse: Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Tune: Are You Sleeping? or Where is Thumbkin?
Be- kind-, to one another
Tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as- God in Christ-, for-gave- you-.
Ephesians 4:32, Forgiving one another.

Bible Song: Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me (Traditional)
Jesus loves the little ones like me, me, me.
Jesus loves the little ones like me, me, me.
Little ones like me,
Sat upon his knee,
Jesus loves the little ones like me, me, me.

Jesus loves the little ones like you, you, you.
Jesus loves the little ones like you, you, you.
Little ones like you,
Saved you through, and through,
Jesus loves the little ones like you, you, you.

Math: Spatial - On, Off; First, Middle, Last; Top, Middle, Bottom

Letters: N, M
N - body, pick up, valley
M - body, pick up, valley, body
Information: Write last name on tracing paper.

Book of the Week:
Charming Opal (Toot & Puddle) by Holly Hobbie

Fine Motor Skill:  Play Dough
Gross Motor Skill:   Memory Obstacle Course
Visual Perception Skill:  Dot-to-Dot

Suggested Activities:

• Character Trait:
- Pencil Heart God Is Our Eraser (reprinted with permission)
Materials: pencils of different shapes and sizes with a good eraser on each, construction paper or craft foam heart, googly eyes

Tell the child: Look at all these pencils. They all are very different: short, tall, thin, fat - different sizes, shapes and colors. Each pencil has one thing in common, though.  Each has an eraser for when the pencil makes a mistake.  We are like the pencils.  We are all different but we all make mistakes.  But, we each have an eraser just like the pencil.  What is your eraser?  (Wait for answers)  God is our eraser and He is always with us.  When we ask forgiveness, God takes away our sins, just like the eraser wipes away the pencil's mistakes.

Directions: Cut out an approximately 2-3" heart cut from construction paper or craft foam.  Fold the heart in half horizontally and cut two small slits with scissors to thread the pencil - one near the top & one near the bottom.  Be careful not to cut the slits too big or the heart will slide off the pencil.  Allow the child to decorate the heart to look like a person (googly eyes, mouth, nose).  Thread the pencil through the heart.

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God Wants Me to Forgive Them? View Veggie Tales: God Wants Me to Forgive Them?

• Bible:

- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheet - Joseph Forgives His Brothers

- Super Soap Super Soap (Idea and image from Tanya)
Draw the outline of a person on a piece of paper.  Discuss how sin (the wrong choices that we make) clouds up our hearts and separate us from God. Ask your child to provide examples of sins that occurred in the Bible story of Joseph and then write the name of the sin on the figure. Explain that God's forgiveness, through Jesus, is like super soap that washes away our sins when we are truly sorry and ask forgiveness. Decorate a bar of soap using a piece of paper decorated with stamps, crayons, stickers, or markers.  Tape the label on the soap to finish.

- Click for more Joseph and His Brothers ideas...

• Math:
Candy Corn Look at a Candy Corn worksheet and discuss the three colors using the words "top, middle, and bottom." Color or paint the candy corn and then eat some candy corn as a treat. (Thank you to Dina for this idea.)

- Discuss daily activities using spatial words. (i.e. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?  Where is the last place we visited today?)

- Have fun learning "on" and "off" with a flashlight while in a dark closet.

• Letters & Numbers:
- Week 8 focuses on "angled-line letters" N and M.  Start by creating the characters using short and long popsicle sticks and move to writing the characters on the  Angled Line Characters #1 worksheet to show the progression of the letters and numbers. 

• Information:
Continue to have the child practice writing his last name on 1" Tracing Paper.   Slowly remove the red dot, green dot, and then box as the child is ready. 

• Book of the Week:
- Charming Opal is a story about losing a tooth.  Be sure to present this as a fun experience to look forward.

- Mouth Worksheet Paint the Bruth Teeth worksheet using an old tooth brush.

- Brushing and Flossing with an Egg Carton: (Original Source Unknown)
Turn an egg carton upside down and sprinkle it with baking powder.  Brush the "teeth" clean with a toothbrush and "floss" using yarn.

• Fine Motor Skill:
Hide coins or small items in play dough.  Using her index finger, have the child find the items.  Using her thumb is "cheating" and not working the weaker muscles.

• Gross Motor Skill:

This week is the first of many Memory Obstacle Course suggested in the ABCJLM Curriculum.  View the video and read the information on the Memory Obstacle Course page to understand the objective and set up.  For the first Memory Obstacle Course, focus on letters and numbers using a puzzle or flashcards.  Ask the child to bring one letter or number back to you.

• Visual Perception Skill:

Diamond Dot to Dot Do a Dot-to-Dot Worksheet, available by clicking the links below or in the ABCJLM Visual Perception Workbook available to purchase.

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