Below is the first week's Lesson Plan of the Basic 1 Year Curriculum for children one year 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. Purchase the 1 Year Teacher's Manual and Workbook to access the Complete Curriculum.
These are suggested supplies and may be substituted with items you already have in your home.
Worksheets: First Day of Preschool, Color Train, Raccoon, Animals, "I am Learning..." Objective Poster (available in the 1 Year Workbook), Character Scriptures (available in the 1 Year Workbook)
Books: Bible, My Little Word Book
Activities: Black jumbo crayons, stuffed animals, black construction paper, jumbo paintbrush, animal crackers, 3-ring binder, glue, scissors, water, dry erase pocket or picture frame, dry erase marker
The 1 Year Curriculum introduces the child to learning, and the objectives are the learning goals in which you want to introduce during the week's time to your child. All objectives do not need to be covered each day but can be spread throughout the week. Use the Daily Schedule found below to divide the objectives throughout the week.
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)
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)
Taking Care of Me: Where is my head?
Sign Language: Bye-Bye - wave
Book of the Week:
My Little Word Book by Various Authors
Fine Motor Skill: Peek-a-boo
Gross Motor Skill: So Big
The activities below are merely suggestions to help teach the objectives for the week. Pick and choose activities that your child would enjoy and fit into your schedule. As much as possible, include the learning into play time, craft time, and current activities.
The songs chosen are old "Sunday School" favorites and are added to heighten the curriculum. I have tried to choose ones that are familiar to most, but if the song is not known any Bible song can be used. Most songs can be found on Amazon through MP3 download or on several Bible Songs CDs available to purchase. It is best to learn the song yourself and then teach the child the song in slow, small sections. Use the CD once the song is learned.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
Daily Schedule – Week 1
Optional 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 Teacher's Manual.
|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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