Introduction to the Basic 3 Year Curriculum: 

Welcome to the basic ABCJLM 3 Year Curriculum!  The following Lesson Plans and links are the basic form of the ABCJLM 3 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 three 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 3 Year Curriculum Guide and Workbook.


Download for FREE the Complete 3 Year Curriculum Week 1 Lesson Plan and worksheetsHandprints images below mark items only included in the Complete 3 Year Curriculum.


Items Needed:

These are suggested supplies and may be substituted with items you already have in your home.

Tactile Number:  0
Books:  Bible, Five Little Ducks
CD-Rom: Charlie Church Mouse Preschool
Video: Boz Colors and Shapes



  • Flashlight
  • Blank sheets of paper
  • Crayons
  • Ingredients for homemade ice cream (see below)
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Water in a bucket
  • Sponge
  • Ingredients to make cookies (see below)
  • Brad
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Creation Snacks (see below)
  • Sticky tack

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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.  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.

Bible Story: Creation Days 1-3
Scripture:  Genesis 1
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes:  pg 14-17
The Beginner's Bible: pg 7-13
My Story Bible:  pg 8-9
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #1

 Comprehension Questions:
What did God create on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3?
What is your favorite activity to do during the day?
What is your favorite activity to do during the night?
What is your favorite activity to do in the water?
God created everything.  God gave us day and night.  Why do we need night time?
God created the sky and water.  Why is water important to us?

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 earth (2x)
Genesis 1:1 (2x)

Bible Song: This is the Day (Traditional)
This is the day (echo)
That the Lord has made (echo)
I will rejoice (echo)
And be glad in it (echo)
This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day (echo)
That the Lord has made

Poem: Seven Days ( Author unknown )
Tune: Are You Sleeping? or Where is Thumbkin?
Seven days, seven days
In a week, in a week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Saturday, that’s a week

Colors: Black, White, Blue  
(One color and Color Song is covered per week in the Complete Curriculum.)

Number: 0
Number Rhyme:  Around, around, around you go.  That’s the way to make zero!

Name: (Name activity begins Week 1 in the Complete Curriculum.) 

Letter:  (Letter and a phonetic theme begins Week 1 in the Complete Curriculum.) 

Book for the Week:
Five Little Ducks by Various Authors

Fine Motor Skill: Draw My Family
Gross Motor Skill:  Put the Fire Out


Suggested Activities:

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.

• Bible:

Beginner's Bible  The goal of the 3 Year Curriculum is to introduce the child to stories in the Bible.  The Items Needed section includes page numbers to The Beginner’s Bible (when available), but any quality children’s Bible may be used.  For variety, you may desire to read the same story from several Bibles.  View my favorite Children’s Bibles.   Always read the Scripture for yourself to make sure you know the facts of the story.  Another way to further Bible learning is to tell the story in an interactive way.  

- day1bnw megan  Help reinforce creation with fun snacks.  (Image shared by Megan)
Day 1 (Day, Night) - Oreo cookies, chocolate and vanilla chips
Day 2 (Sky, Water) - Blue Jello and marshmallows or cool whip clouds
Day 3 (Land, Plants) - Make plants and flowers with stick pretzels, colored M&M's, and raisins

- Computer Color  Play the "Creation" adventure on the Charlie Church Mouse Preschool Cd-Rom.  Read more...

- As you read the story, have the child give a thumbs up every time God says, "It is good!

- Creation Color  Creation Wheel (Adapted from Big Book of Christian Crafts)
Cut out the Creation wheel template.  Add a title to the empty segment.  Color the pictures.  Using construction paper, trace and cut out a second circle the same size.  Cut out a “pie” segment from the second circle that is slightly smaller than one segment on the first circle.  Make sure not to cut all the way into the center.  Insert a brad (paper fastener) into the center of both circles with the second circle on top.   Review the creation story by turning the top wheel to expose the pictures below.  You can also create your own wheel by cutting two circles and drawing or using stickers for the seven days of Creation.

- More Creation Ideas...

- 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.  Also included are age-appropriate comprehension questions.  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

• Memory  Verse:

Each week includes a simple memory verse.  Help the child memorize at least the key words.

Memory Cards Small 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. 3 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 3 Year Workbook.  

• Bible Song:

The Bible 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.

 3 Year Bible Song Cards  Complete Curriculum Addition:
Available as a digital download, the 3 Year Bible Song Cards consists of 26 cards containing the Bible Songs used in the 3 Year Curriculum.  Also included are 2 extra cards 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).
- Vocabulary activities are included in the Complete Curriculum.

2 Year Poem Cards Complete Curriculum Addition: 
Available as a digital download, the 3 Year Poem Cards printable is made up of 25 cards containing the poems used in the 3 Year Curriculum.  Also included are 3 extra cards to create your own.  


- Focus on the colors of Creation in the Bible story and snacks.  (e.g. black - darkness, blue - water, white - clouds in the sky)

- Ice Cream Cone For the next few weeks, use the Building with Colors worksheet to build a color ice cream cone.  This week add the black, blue, and white ice cream scoops.

- Boz Colors and ShapesView Boz Colors and Shapes and discover God's world through colors and shapes!

• Numbers:

- Color Zero Create a Number Book using the number posters to introduce the child to several art media and counting.  After decorating the poster using the suggested medium, add the appropriate number of stickers to the poster.  At the end of the curriculum, a book will be created for numbers 0-15.  For this week, use black, white, and blue crayons to color the Number 0 poster.  Because zero can be hard concept to understand, explain that zero means none and put no stickers on the worksheet.  Play a game asking the child to jump up and down, clap, and say his name zero times.

- Tactile Letters & Numbers  Tactile numbers and letters (also called sandpaper or textured) are key to the 3 Year Curriculum. Because many 3-year-olds do not have the fine motor skills for handwriting activities, this curriculum emphasizes tracing the numbers and letters with the child’s finger. Using the roughness of sand, glitter, or yarn adds one more aspect of learning. The ABCJLM website contains a plethora of simple ideas to make or purchase your own tactile letter set.  As the child traces the tactile numbers and letters, be sure to say the Number Rhyme and Letter Formation Chants. This helps the child learn the correct formation.   All numbers and letters are formed from top to bottom, left to right, and counter clockwise.  

- IMG 1501 For older children or those with strong fine motor skills: If the child is ready for basic writing of numbers but not ready for the intensity of the 4 Year Curriculum, use the Number Posters to teach the correct formation.  Add green and red dots to the posters and teach the formation using the Number Rhymes.  Encourage the child to stay between the lines when forming each number.  (Original source of Number Rhymes unknown.)

Calendar Activity - From, this activity is a great start to the day.  The activity reinforces numbers, days of the week, and months of the year.

• Book of the Week:

- Fingerplay:  After reading the book several times, sing the song while doing the actions by memory.
Number - show the number of ducks on your fingers
Over the hills - move hand in front of you like you are going up and down over hills
Far away - move opposite hand in front of you in same motion

Quack - move hand like a duck's beak saying "quack"

- Five Little Ducks Color and cut apart the Five Little Ducks worksheet.  Back each duck with sticky tape and post.  Sing the song or read the book and have the child remove one duck for each verse (begin with Duck #5).  To make the activity more difficult, scramble the ducks so that the numbers are not in order.

- As the book progresses, sing each verse in a "sadder" voice. Talk about the feeling of "sadness."  Show a "sad" face.  Talk about things that make us sad just like the Mommy Duck in the story.

- Practice counting backwards from 5 to 1 using your fingers.  This is a great fine-motor activity.

- Visit a local pond and feed the ducks.

- More Five Little Duck ideas...

- Vocabulary activities are included in the Complete Curriculum.

• "I am Learning" Objective Poster:

 3 Year Curriculum Objective Poster Complete Curriculum Addition:  The Objective Poster (available in the 3 Year Workbook) helps you track what the child is to be introduced to (the objectives) and incorporate the objectives into daily activities and play.  Transfer the weekly objectives to the poster and hang it in a prominent place to remember the objectives.  By placing the poster in a dry erase pocket or a picture frame and using a dry or wet erase marker, the sheet is reusable each week. 

• First Day of 3 Year Curriculum:

First Day of 3 Year Curriculum Print 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!

•  Objective Checklist:

2 Year Objective Checklist  The Objective Checklist contains all of the objectives the child will be introduced to during the 3 Year Curriculum.  It is very common for a child not to know any of the objectives at the beginning of the curriculum.  Use the 3 Year Objective Checklist to determine what your child knows and to check for learning along the way.

•  Scope and Sequence:

4 Year Scope and Sequence Complete Curriculum Addition: The Scope and Sequence explainswhatis going to be taughtwhen.  This is especially helpful to see in table form exactly what the child will be introduced to and note planned review weeks.  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 3 Year Curriculum Guide.
•  Teaching Tips

Complete Curriculum Addition:  The Complete Curriculum is filled with teaching tips and explanation on the importance of activities. For example:  Throughout the Complete Curriculum it will be suggested that a child use a broken crayon to color and write.  Occupational therapists have discovered that broken crayons (under 1” in length) force a child to correctly hold a writing utensil so no bad habits are developed.  The ending goal is that the child will hold a utensil with her thumb and index finger while supporting it on the middle finger. Read more handwriting tips

Motor Skills:

Fine motor skills are activities that improve one’s ability to write and manipulate small objects.  Gross motor skills involve large muscle movement (e.g. running, jumping, hopping etc.). These skills are important for pencil control, balance, and coordination.  Each Lesson Plan includes an activity to improve the child’s fine and gross-motor skills.  Also, refrain from using markers or pens in activities as they do not strengthen fine and gross motor skills as much as crayons, painting, and pencils.

Homemade Icecream 0004 Family Fun - Create a family tradition of making homemade ice cream in a bag or in a coffee can. Correlate with the "Building with Colors" activity.
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup milk, cream, or half and half
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the three ingredients in a quart-sized zip-top bag or a small coffee can. Mix and seal the container very well. Because the seal may not hold through the mixing process, you may want to tape the seals closed. If possible, refrigerate this mixture for a few hours to speed up the freezing process.  Place the well-sealed zip-top bag in a gallon-sized zip-top bag or the small coffee can inside a large coffee can.  Place crushed ice cubes and approximately 1/2 cup rock salt inside the larger containers to surround the smaller bag or can.  Seal the larger bag or coffee can very well. Then shake and roll the containers for 5-10 minutes until the mixture turns into ice cream.  Carefully open the smaller container making sure that the water and salt freezing ingredients do not come in contact with the ice cream.  Grab a spoon and enjoy!

• Fine Motor Skill:
pencil Periodically throughout the curriculum, the child will be instructed to draw his family.  This can be a daunted task for some children.  Begin by demonstrating how to draw a person.  Use simple shapes for parts and explain what you are doing as you draw.  Let your child assist in the process.  Later in the week, give your child a chance to try it himself.  For more ideas read, "Teaching Your Child How to Draw a Person."

• Gross Motor Skill:
Put the Fire Out 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

Be sure to look over the Development Guide - 3 Year so that you are familiar with developmental milestones for your child's age.

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 3 Year Curriculum Guide.

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Bible Story Creation Days 1-3
Creation Wheel Creation Wheel
Verse Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Bible Song This is the Day This is the Day This is the Day
Poem & Rhyme Seven Days Seven Days Seven Days
Colors Ice Cream Cone View Boz: Colors and Shapes Colored Foods
Number Tactile Number Number 0 Poster  
Book of the Week Read Fingerplay Five Little Ducks Printable
Motor Skill Draw “My Family”   Play “Put the Fire Out”
Other Objective Checklist Objective Checklist Make Homemade Ice Cream


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