Introduction to the Basic 2 Year Curriculum:
Below is the first week's Lesson Plan for children around two years 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 2 Year Curriculum Guide and Workbook.
These are suggested supplies and may be substituted with items you already have in your home.
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The objectives are the goals in which you want to teach your child during the week's time. I suggest using the Introduce, Recognize, Identify teaching strategy to help your child learn each point. Remember that the 2 Year Curriculum focuses on the Introduction of new concepts. Pick and choose the objectives that you want to cover. All objectives do not need to be covered each day but can be spread throughout the week.
Verse: Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Tune: Are You Sleeping
In the beginning, (2x)
God created (2x)
The heavens and the earth (2x)
Genesis 1:1 (2x)
Bible Song: This Little Light of Mine (Traditional)
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine (repeat 2x)
Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine (repeat 2x)
Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.
Don't let Satan blow it out…
Let it shine 'til Jesus comes…
Let it shine all over our (home, state, car church, etc)…
Poem: Pat-a-Cake (Traditional)
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Roll it, pat it, and mark it with a B,
Put it in the oven for baby and me
Change the "B" to the first letter of the child's name and the word "baby" to the child's name.
(One letter per week is covered in the Complete Curriculum.)
Information: First Name
Self-care and Manners: Sitting Quietly
Book of the Week:
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Fine Motor Skill: Color on Vertical Surface
Gross Motor Skill: Play "Put the Fire Out"
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, pull the learning from books, play time, craft time, and current activities.
The goal of the 2 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.
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 are 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
- For the first nine weeks, the child will learn about Creation. Collect all of the Creation activities and crafts to create a "My Creation Book." At the end of the Creation study (Week 9) a cover worksheet will be provided to bind the pages together.
- Day 1 - Use a piece of black construction paper as the background. Cut a piece of white construction paper in half. Glue the half white sheet vertically on the black sheet. Write "Day" on the white piece and "Night" on the black. Add the number "1" to the page.
- Day 2 - Use a piece of blue construction paper. Add cotton balls in the sky for clouds. Make waves with shaving cream and blue paint at the bottom. Add the number "2" to the page.
- Coffee Filter Earth - Using washable markers, color on a coffee filter with green and blue. Spray water on the coffee filter to watch the colors run together.
- As you read the story, have the child give a thumbs up every time God says, "It is good!"
- Creation Fingerplay
On Day 1 (On numbers - put corresponding fingers in the air)
God created light (close fists and then quickly open in the air and bring down to side creating arches)
On Day 2
God created the sky (wave arms in the air) and water (make waves with hands)
- Click to view additional Creation craft and activity ideas.
Each week includes a simple memory verse. Help the child memorize at least the key words.
- Complete Curriculum Addition: Memory Verse Cards are a wonderful tool to learn the memory verses. Each card contains the verse, reference, a corresponding picture, and a piggyback song or CD to sing the verse. Also listed is the week the verse is used in the ABCJLM Lesson Plans (i.e. 2 Year Week 6). Cut out and glue both the front and back of each card to cardstock for extra durability. Rubber band together or hole punch and combine with a c-ring. Keep in the car, by the child's bed, or near the dinner table for quick reference and review for the whole family. Click to order this printable found in the 2 Year Workbook.
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.
Complete Curriculum Addition:
Available as a digital download, the 2 Year Bible Song Cards consists of 16 cards containing the Bible Songs used in the 2 Year Curriculum. Also included are 4 extra cards to create your own. Print, hole punch, and bind together for easy access and mobility.
- In this curriculum, the child is introduced to nine colors. Each color is introduced individually and then slowly combined with other colors. Since the goal is to provide the child with time to work with the specific color(s) and improve fine motor skills, keep the objective simple and use only the color(s) of the week during craft and drawing time.
- Color one of the ABCJLM Red Worksheet with a red jumbo crayon.
- Eat red food: Apple, strawberry, raspberry, red licorice, lollipop, cranberry juice, watermelon, radish, beets, red popsicle, strawberry or raspberry Jello
- Do a Color Walk: Walk around the house or neighborhood looking for the color red. Take a red flashcard or crayon with you to remind the child of the color. (Color Flashcards are available to print if needed.)
- Color, paint, or draw on the Circle worksheet with the color red.
- Circle Song - (make big circles in the air as you walk and sing)
Tune: Up on the Housetop
Circle, circle big and round
Where it ends can not be found
Tires, balls, the earth, and sun
Making circles is so much fun.
- Do a Shape Walk: Walk around the house or neighborhood looking for circles. Take a circle flashcard or poster with you to remind the child of the shape. (Shape Flashcards are available to print if needed.)
The 2 Year Curriculum does not focus heavily on letters. The objective is for the child to learn to say the letters of the alphabet correctly. The letters are divided into seven groups - divided into sections according to the "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" alphabet song. Point out letters throughout the day and help the child say each letter (especially in the tough L-M-N-O-P section of the song). (Even in this learning, understand that the letters probably have no meaning yet.) This week, begin with letters A-G.
Create an Apple Tree Number Book to introduce the child to several art media and counting. After decorating using the suggested medium, add the appropriate number of apple stickers. For this week, use a red jumbo crayons to color the Apple Tree #1 worksheet and then add one apple to the tree. Thank you, Teresa, for sharing this idea with us.
Throughout the curriculum different "Information" ideas will be focused on. For the first four weeks, the focus is on the child's first name. Work on the child clearly pronouncing his/her first name. Teach the child to look the person in the eyes when he/she is asked his/her name.
While the attention span is very short for a toddler, the child needs to learn self-control and how to sit quietly for short moments at a time. Teach the child to sit with "criss-cross" legs and hands in his/her lap. Discuss how there are times when a child listens while the adult talks. Start with very short time intervals and increase until the child is able to sit through the entire Bible lesson. Begin each listening time with a saying such as:
My legs are crossed,
Together my hands go,
My mouth is quiet,
I'm ready to learn and grow!
- Color the Red Shirt, worksheet with a red jumbo crayon.
- Have a Pajama Day and wear your pajamas all day.
- Find circles in the book, especially look for the red circles. (eyes, Mama's necklace, bed accents, corner circles)
• Fine Motor Skill:
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. Children develop fine motor skills best when they work on a vertical surface. When holding a writing utensil or brush against a vertical surface, extra muscles in the wrist and hand are strengthened. These muscles are not used when writing on a horizontal surface. For this reason, place craft, writing, and drawing projects on a vertical surface as much as is feasible. This week, color or paint with red on a vertical surface.
Most toddler's hands are not ready to hold small utensils. For this reason use jumbo paintbrushes, crayons, and pencils when possible. 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.
• Gross Motor Skill:
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 "Put the Fire Out," a fun outside activity that involves sidewalk chalk, water, and a sponge. Begin by drawing a ladder on cement with sidewalk chalk. Draw a fire at the top of the ladder. Place a bucket and a sponge at the bottom of the ladder. Have the child wet the sponge and jump between the rungs of the ladder to get to the fire. Once at the fire, squeeze the sponge over the fire to put it out! (Idea from YourTherapySource.com)
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 2 Year Curriculum Guide.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|Bible Story||God Made the World Around Me: Creation Days 1,2; Creation Fingerplay|
|Day 1||Day 2||Coffee Filter Earth|
|Verse||Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.|
|Song||This Little Light of Mine||This Little Light of Mine||This Little Light of Mine|
|Poem & Rhyme||Pat-a-Cake||Pat-a-Cake||Pat-a-Cake|
|Color||ABCJLM Red Coloring Sheet||Eat Red Food||Color Walk|
|Shape||Circle Song||Shape Walk||ABCJLM Circle Coloring Sheet|
|Letters, Info, Self-care||A - G||First Name||Quiet Poem|
|Number||Count 1||Count 1||Apple Tree Book|
|Book of the Week||Read||Pajama Day||Color Red Shirt on Vertical Surface|
|Motor Skill||Color on Vertical Surface||Play “Put the Fire Out”|
|Other||Objective Poster, First Day of School Poster, Objective Checklist|
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