Items Needed:

Books:  Bible, The Little Engine That Could
Worksheets: Write Numbers 0-30, Ff Writing, Build a Train, Philippians 4:13 Train
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1
Activities: Large marshmallows, pretzel sticks, frosting or peanut butter, cheerios or M&M's, paper egg carton, paint, black construction paper, cotton balls, glue, wagon wheel pasta glued to the end of a cylinder container, long sheet of paper, analog clocks, Human Puppy Chow ingredients (see below), can of refrigerator breadsticks, egg, kosher salt or Parmesan cheese, Block Activity, ball

Objectives:

Theme: Prayer

Bible Story: The Lord's Prayer
Objective:  Prayer is saying we want God to do what is best in our lives.
Scripture: Matthew 6:10
My Story Bible:  pg 72-73
The Beginning Reader's Bible:  pg 169
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #113

Comprehension Questions:
What is prayer?
To whom do we pray?

Verse: Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV) - Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Steve Green - Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #7

Bible Song: I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy (Traditional)
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Where?
Down in my heart!
Where?
Down in my heart!
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay

And I'm so happy
So very happy
I've got the love of Jesus in my heart
Down in my heart
And I'm so happy
So very happy
I've got the love of Jesus in my heart.

Optional Verses:
I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus...
I've got the peace that passes understanding...
And if the Devil doesn't like it, He can sit on a tack! Ouch!

Books of the Bible: Jonah, Micah, Nahum
Math :  Clock
Science :  Animals - Pets
Social Science :  Transportation - Trains
Letters: F, f
Numbers: Write 0-30
Literacy: Fiction
Sight Word : they

Book of the Week:
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Fine Motor Skill:  Baking/Stirring
Gross Motor Skill:  Roll and Throw a Ball
Visual Perception Skill: Block Activity

Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- Matthew 6:9-10 - Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
God, we want You to do what is best in our lives.

- When we pray, God wants to know the things we want.  But because God is all-knowing, He may decide that something else is better.  In our prayers, we have to trust that God will do what is best for us.

• Math:
Assist the child in creating a long number line from 1-12 leaving ample space between each number.  Point to and count to each number on the line.  Curve the number line into a circle and demonstrate how the numbers on the clock are the same as the curved number line.  Using different analog clocks, point to and count from 1-12 around the clock face.

• Science:
- Pets are a responsibility and children need to understand that.

- Visit a pet store and learn the names of the different animals.  If possible, talk to a worker at the store to learn what the animals eat.

- Discuss the importance of washing hands after touching pets and their food.

- On what day of creation was your pet created?  (Genesis 1)

- Not all animals make good pets and not all animals should be petted.  Always ask the pet's owner before petting an animal.

- Vocabulary:  veterinarian - a doctor for animals

- Have the child draw a picture of himself with his pet or a pet that he would like to have.

- Puppy Chow Make Human Puppy Chow:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups chex cereal (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:  In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips.  Melt in the microwave on medium heat for 1 minute 30 seconds or until chocolate chips are melted.  Stir until smooth.  Add 1/2 t vanilla.  Place chex cereal in a large bowl with a lid.  Slowly add the melted mixture to the cereal, folding in the chocolate mixture to coat the cereal.  Add the powdered sugar.  Place lid firmly on the large bowl.  Shake the mixture to coat the cereal with the powdered sugar.  Or to allow the kids to be able to participate more, place the coated cereal in a zip top bag.  Pour on the powdered sugar, close the bag well, check again to make sure that the bag is closed, and shake.

• Social Science:
- Build a Train Color and cut out the shapes on the Build a Train worksheet.  Instruct the child to build a train using the shapes.

- Egg Carton Train Egg Carton Train - Cut a paper egg carton to make a single line of containers. Turn upside down and paint each container (the first container black and last container red). Cut a single egg carton container and paint it black.  Glue the single container right side up on top of the black colored container on the train.  Glue cotton balls in the single container.  Cut and glue on two narrow black stripes and circles to create the wheels on the train.

- Make marshmallow trains. (Original Source Unknown)
Use pretzel sticks to hook the large marshmallow "cars" together.  Use peanut butter or frosting to glue cheerios or M&M's on as wheels and other features.

- Take a Train Trip:
Line up chairs to create a train.  Gather various activities from this week's lesson plan.  Have the train passengers help the train get moving by placing arms at 90 degree angles and chugging in circles like train wheels.  Use this time to introduce the child to two musical terms - accelerando and ritardando.  Start slow and gradually get faster (accelerando).   "Notice" something and begin to gradually slow down the train (ritardando).  Do an activity.  Get back on the train and continue on the trip.  Take turns conducting the train, stopping along the way.

- "Little Choo-Choo Train" Action Song (Traditional)
Here’s a little choo-choo train, chugging down the track (place arms at 90 degree angles and chug in circles like train wheels)
Now it goes forward, and now it goes back. (motion arms like wheels moving forward, then back)
Listen to the bell ring…ding ding ding ding ding! (cup ear, motion as if pulling bell rope)
Hear the whistle blow....whoo whoo whoo whoo whoo! (cup ear, cup mouth with hands and make whoo, whoo sounds)
What a lot of noise it makes, everywhere it goes! (cover ears and chug arms)

- Traditional Train Songs:
"I've Been Working on the Railroad"
"Down by the Station"
"Little Red Caboose"

- Railroad Safety:
Stop, Look, and Listen! - Point out railroad crossing signs.
Never play on or near railroad tracks.

• Letters:
Use the Ff Writing worksheet and for further learning check out the Letter F Activities.

• Numbers :
Practice writing numbers 0-30 using the Write Numbers 0-30 worksheet.  Fill in the missing numbers.

• Literacy:
Discuss what makes The Little Engine That Could fictional.

• Book of the Week:
- Discuss the different emotions that the Little Engine feels throughout the story.

- Read Philippians 4:13 and discuss that God helps us do things we don't think we can do.

- Have the child say "I think I can..." when read in the story.

- Wagon Wheel Pasta Painting Glue wagon wheel pasta onto the end of a cylinder container (narrow spice container or cork), one for every color.  Dip the pasta into paint and decorate the Philippians 4:13 worksheet.   Available in the ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets Workbook (Reprinted with Permission.  Thank you to Betsy for this idea.)

• Fine Motor Skills:
Prayer Pretzel: The legend is that a monk first made pretzels using leftover bread dough ropes folded as hands in prayer across the chest to remind his students to pray.   Using a can of refrigerator breadsticks, make pretzels.  Unroll the breadsticks and cut in half.  Roll each breadstick into 10" long ropes.  Lay a single rope in an upside down "U" on the table.  Cross the ends over each other.  Bring the ends up to the top to make the pretzel formation and secure.  Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with kosher salt (or Parmesan cheese).  Bake for 13-15 minutes at 375 degrees.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Blue Ball Roll and throw a soft ball.

 

• Visual Perception Skill:
Block Activity Block Activity

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