Introduction to the Basic 1 Year Curriculum: 

Welcome to the basic ABCJLM 1 Year Curriculum!  The following Lesson Plans and links are the basic form of the ABCJLM 1 Year Curriculum and may be used in an immediate-family, home setting only.  If you desire to use in a non-family situation, you may purchase Licenses for the Complete Curriculum here.  Please read our Terms of Use for further information.

Below is the first week's Lesson Plan for children around 12-24 months of age.  Each Lesson Plan includes a list of suggested supplies, objectives to cover during the week, and suggested activities to introduce the child to the objectives. Choose objectives and activities that are appropriate for your child and situation, and then incorporate them into the child's normal activities.  The Complete Curriculum is available to purchase in the 1 Year Curriculum Guide and Workbook.


Download for FREE the Complete 1 Year Curriculum Week 1 Lesson Plan and worksheets!  Handprints images below mark items only included in the Complete 1 Year Curriculum.


Items Needed:

Included in the Complete 1 Year Curriculum Guide is a list of suggested items needed for the objectives in the Lesson Plan.  These items may be substituted when needed.  Quickly order supplies in the ABCJLM Amazon Shop.



The 1 Year Curriculum introduces the child to learning, and the objectives are the learning goals that you will introduce to the child over one week.  All focused objectives do not need to be covered each day but can be spread throughout the week in the following manner.   As much as possible, throughout the week pull the learning from the play and activities that the child is doing.  

Bible Symbol: Animals
Bible Story: Noah's Ark
Scripture:  Genesis 6-9
Read & Share Toddler Bible: pg 24
ABCJLM Interactive Bible Story

Bible Song: The B-I-B-L-E  (Traditional)
The B-I-B-L-E (make book with hands)
Yes, that’s the book for me (nod “yes”)
I stand alone on the Word of God (pretend to stand firm)
The B-I-B-L-E
Bible! (shout)

Character Scripture: Salvation
Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) -  If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Poem: Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Traditional)
Row, row, row your boat,  (with the child on your lap facing you, rock from side to side)
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,  (pat hands on legs)
Life is but a dream.  (clap four times)

Color: Black
Shape: Circle
Animal: Raccoon
Taking Care of Me: Where is my head?
Sign Language: 
Bye-Bye - wave

Book of the Week:
My Little Word Book My Little Word Book by Various Authors

Fine Motor Skill:  Peek-a-boo
Gross Motor Skill: 
So Big


Suggested Activities:

The following activities are suggestions to help introduce the objectives for the week.  Pick and choose activities that the child would enjoy and fit into your schedule.  As much as possible, pull the learning from books, play time, craft time, and current activities

• Bible Story Activities:

Read and Share Toddler Bible The goal of the 1 Year Curriculum is to introduce the child to stories in the Bible.  I suggest the Read & Share Toddler Bible, but any children’s Bible may be used.  For variety, you may desire to read the same story from several Bibles.  Be sure to read the Scripture for yourself to make sure you know the facts of the story. Not all Bible stories are available in toddler Bibles. 
1 Year Bible Stories Available in the Complete Curriculum Complete Curriculum Addition:  Another way to further Bible learning is to tell the story in an interactive way.  The ABCJLM Interactive Bible Stories provide you with an age-appropriate script to actively include the child in the story.  All interactive stories available to order as a digital download.  Optional flannelgraph suggestions included.  Download for free the Week 1 story.  

ABCJLM Video Using Flannelgraph to Teach the Bible

- Eat animal crackers while reading Noah's Ark.

- Gather stuffed animals to sit with you as you read.

- Noah's Ark  ABC Book:  For the next 36 weeks, the child will create an Alphabet Bible Craft (ABC) book using the Bible Symbol for the week.  Each week add the alphabet worksheet to a 3-ring binder to review and for the child to show to others.  This is the first page in the book. Using the Animals worksheet, color with a black jumbo crayons and glue on animal crackers.

• Character Scripture:

As parents and teachers, we desire the children in our care to be like Christ.  One of the ways for this to happen is to pray His character into their lives.  What better way to do this than praying the inspired Scriptures?  Praying Scripture is a time for you to have a conversation with God, using His words to ask Him to build godly character in your child's life.  Also, the verses will remind you of character traits to develop in your child through example, teachable moments, and discipline.  Each Lesson Plan in the 1 Year Curriculum contains a character trait and a suggested verse to pray over your child for the week.  

Here is an example for this week's character (salvation) based on the Romans 10:9-10.  I encourage you to find additional verses focusing on salvation to pray throughout the week. 

Heavenly Father, I pray that ______ would declare with his mouth that Jesus is Lord.  That he would believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.  Work in ______ heart to believe in You so that he may be justified.  I pray that his mouth would profess his faith and salvation.

Character Scripture Prayers  Green handprint  Complete Curriculum Addition: Available to order in the 1 Year Workbook, the Character Scripture Prayers printable contains the 36 characters and verses to pray over your child. Post in the child's room, above the changing table, or wherever you frequent to remember to pray.

• Song:

The Bible songs chosen are old “Sunday School” favorites.  If the song is not familiar to you, any Bible song may be used.  Or, most songs can be found on Amazon through MP3 download or Bible Songs CDs.  It is best to learn the song yourself and then teach the song in slow, small sections.   

1 Year Bible Song Cards Green Handprint  Complete Curriculum Addition:

Available as a digital download, the 1 Year Bible Song Cards consists of 11 cards containing the Bible Songs used in the 1 Year Curriculum.  Also included is 1 extra card to create your own.  Print, hole punch, and bind together for easy access and mobility.

• Poem:

Traditional poems and nursery rhymes help children with rhyme, fine motor skills, and rhythm as well as beginning reading.  Assist the child in performing actions to the poems and quote them very slowly at first to help the children correctly learn the words.  Quote them throughout the day (e.g. while driving, in the bathtub, while washing hands).

1 Year Poem Cards  Green handprint  Complete Curriculum Addition:  

Available as a digital download, the 1 Year Poem Cards printable is made up of 11 cards containing the poems used in the 1 Year Curriculum.  Also included is 1 extra card to create your own.   

• Color Activities:

Color Train  In this curriculum, the child is introduced to nine, individual colors.  Since the goal is to provide the child with time to work with the specific color and improve fine motor skills, keep the objective simple and use only the color of the week during craft and drawing times.  For the first 11 weeks (9 weeks of lessons and 2 review weeks), the child will create a Color Train.  Using the Black Train printable, instruct the child to color, with a jumbo crayon, a train per week (this week is black).  Display the train at the child's level to point and discuss the colors.  If the child tends to put things in his/her mouth, you may want to try egg crayons or making larger crayons by recycling old ones.  Also, I encourage you not use markers or pens as they do not work the fine and gross motor skills as much as crayons and pencils. 

• Shape Activities:

Water Paint Shapes Seven shapes are introduced to the child beginning with the circle.  Using black construction paper, cut out a large circle.  Using minimal water have the child water paint the circle.  Talk about the shape as the child paints.  For little hands, jumbo paintbrushes are safer and easier to handle.

• Animal Activities:

The child will be introduced to 28 animals. This week is the raccoon. 
- Using the Raccoon worksheet, point to the raccoon's head. 
- Using the Raccoon worksheet and jumbo crayons, color the raccoon black. (For little hands, jumbo crayons are easier to hold.)
- Find picture of raccoon in the books that you read.
- Explain the raccoon's distinct "mask."
- Raccoon are nocturnal animals which means they hunt for food during the night and sleep during the day.

• Taking Care of Me:

For the next 13 weeks, the child will learn the names and places of his body parts.  Work on the week's body part while getting dressed, during bath time, and while looking in a mirror.  Point out body parts found in books and magazines.   This week's body part is head.

• Sign Language:

The 1 Year Curriculum introduces the child to 28 words using sign-language.  In using these signs, the child is given a language to express his needs.  Introduce each sign at the beginning of the week by helping the child do the sign as you say the word.  Consistency and repetition will lead to the child performing the sign on her own.  This week's sign is "bye-bye."  Every time that it is appropriate for the child to wave, take the child's hand, assist her in waving, and say bye-bye.  Also model the sign as you say it.

For ideas on how to teach a child sign language and to see each sign performed, view the video below or visit the ABCJLM YouTube Channel.  Another great resource is the Baby Signing Time videos.

• Book of the Week Ideas:

- My Little Word Book  The My Little Word Book is used several times in the 1 Year Curriculum because looking through the book allows the child to associate a word with a picture.  While word/pictures books can be monotonous for adults, repetition of them can expand a toddler's vocabulary.  Only do a few pictures at a time unless the child desires more. 

- How to Teach the Child the Pictures  (Click to read more)
1. Introduce - Begin by introducing the child to the pictures.  Gently take the child's hand, point to pictures, and state the name pictured.  Soon the child will randomly point prompting you to name the object, activity, or emotion.
2.  Recognize - Once you have introduced each image, ask the child to point to specific objects.  "Point to the ball."  If the child is unable to point to the object, move back to "Introduce" and help the child point to the object.
3.  Identify - Point to a picture and ask the child to name. 

• First Day of 1 Year Curriculum

First Day of 1 Year Curriculum Use the First Day of Preschool poster to create a precious photo op to remember today.  Be sure to tag #ABCJLM or @ABCJesusLovesMe when you post the image on social media!

• "I am Learning" Objective Poster:

 1 Year Curriculum Objective Poster Green Handprint Complete Curriculum Addition: The Objective Poster helps you track what the child is to be introduced to (the objectives) and incorporate the objectives into daily activities and play.  Transfer the objectives (above) to the sheet and hang it in a prominent place to remember the objectives.  By placing the poster in a dry erase pocket or picture frame and using a dry or wet erase marker, the sheet is reusable each week.  Click to order this printable found in the 1 Year Workbook 

•  Scope and Sequence:

1 Year Scope and Sequence Green Handprint Complete Curriculum Addition:  The Scope and Sequence explains what is going to be taught when.  Use the spreadsheet to plan around special events and holidays, easily switch objectives if needed, or to combine curricula with more than one child.  Click to order this printable found in the 1 Year Curriculum Guide.

Motor Skills:

• Fine Motor Skill:
Peek-a-boo -  Fine motor skills are those activities that allow you to better do things such as writing and manipulating small objects.  Each lesson plan will include an activity to help improve the child's fine-motor skills.  This week, play peek-a-boo with your child by covering your eyes with your hands, removing your hands, and saying "peekaboo."  Help the child cover his/her eyes and do the same. 

• Gross Motor Skill:
So Big
- Gross motor skills are big motor skills (e.g. running, jumping, hopping etc.). They require balance and coordination.  Each lesson plan will include an activity to help improve the child's gross-motor skills.  This week, play "So Big" by asking the child, "How big are you?".  Assist the child in raising his or her arms into the air and say, "So big!"  This is a great activity to do when undressing as it helps the child know to raise their arms in the air to remove their shirt. 


Green Handprint Daily Schedule – Week 1

Complete Curriculum Addition:  Below is a Daily Schedule dividing the Lesson Plan into a week's time. Beyond Week 1, the Daily Schedules are not provided on the website but are available in the printed 1 Year Curriculum Guide.

Objective Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Bible Story  Read the Story (Flannelgraph)  ABC Book  Collect Stuffed Animals
Bible Song   The B-I-B-L-E  
Character Scripture  Salvation - Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) -  If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Poem   Row, Row, Row Your Boat  
Color  Color Train Find Black Items Find Black Items
Shape  Find Circles Water Paint a Circle Find Circles
Animal  Discuss Raccoon Find Pictures of Raccoon Raccoon Worksheet
Taking Care of Me  Name and Point to Head 
Sign Language  Bye-bye:  wave 
Book of the Week  Point and Name Images 
Motor Skill    Peek-a-boo So Big
Other First Day of Preschool Poster    


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