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Tactile Numbers and Letters:  1, 4, Xx
Books: Bible, The Little Red Hen, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Worksheets:  Letter X, Number 14, Three Crosses
CDs: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1
Activities: Children's Safety Scissors, shapes drawn on cardstock, cardboard tube, butterfly craft, ingredients for Hot Cross Buns, strip of construction paper, decorations, coffee filter, washable markers, pipecleaner, stapler, green/brown paint, aluminum foil

Objectives:

Bible Story: Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
Scripture:  John 19-20
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes:  pg 169-171
The Beginner's Bible pg 446, 453
My Story Bible: pg 100-120
Through the Bible Felt:  Story #151-153

Comprehension Questions:
Tell me what happened in this story.
Which one of Jesus' disciples wasn't a friend to Jesus?
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
What makes this a happy story?

Verse: I John 3:16 - This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.
“This is How We Know” - Steve Green – Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #3

Bible Song: Jesus Loves Me (Traditional)
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.

Chorus:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Poem: Hot Cross Buns (Traditional)
Hot cross buns!  Hot cross buns! (make an "x" with your fingers)
One a penny, two a penny  (point 1, point 2)
Hot cross buns

Math: AB Pattern – body percussion and movement

Letters: Xx
X - criss, cross
x - criss, cross

Number: 14

Name: Write the 3rd letter of your child's last name using 3" Letters.

Book of the Week:
The Little Red Hen by Various Authors

Fine Motor Skill:  Cutting
Gross Motor Skill:  Simon Says

Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- Using green and brown paint, stamp the Three Crosses worksheet with an aluminum foil ball.

- Caterpillar to Butterfly: 
Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Without the child seeing, place a coffee butterfly (see Fine Motor Activity ) into a cardboard tube.

“Let’s pretend this tube is a caterpillar, just like the hungry caterpillar in the book.”  Show the tube to the child while covering the sides to hide the butterfly inside.  “The caterpillar in our story ate and ate until he was very full.  Next a caterpillar wraps a cocoon around himself.”  Show image in book and wrap your hands tightly around the tube without the child seeing the butterfly inside.  “Inside the cocoon it is very quiet and dark.  The caterpillar stays there for a long time.” 

“Some would think this is the end of the caterpillar.  After dying on the cross, Jesus was placed in a very quiet and dark tomb for three days.  Many people thought this was the end of Jesus.  But we know that the caterpillar doesn’t stay in the cocoon and Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb.  Let’s slowly count to three.  1-2-3.  When the caterpillar is ready, he pushes, stretches, and shakes off the cocoon.”  Slowly push out butterfly and spread wings.  “The caterpillar didn’t stay in the tomb.  The caterpillar became a beautiful butterfly.  Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb either.   After three days, Jesus came out of the tomb! Jesus is alive.” 

- Jesus is King
(Using a premade crown, ask the child to identify the object that you have on your head or in your hands.)  Who would wear a crown?  What does a king do?  Jesus would be a great king.  He's kind and fair, and He loves us all very much.   Many people wanted Jesus to become a king on earth.  The people wanted Jesus to lead an army and take over the country and fight the Romans.  But Jesus said no.  Jesus preached peace because He knew God wanted Him to be the King of Heaven not earth.  Even though He could have been king, Jesus chose to die for us so we could be forgiven.

Make a paper crown as a reminder that Jesus loved us enough to die on the cross and He is now the King of Heaven.   Precut a strip of paper the diameter of the child's head.  Allow the child to decorate before stapling into a crown.

- Click to view more ABCJLM Easter and Jesus Loves Me ideas...

• Math:
(See Gross Motor Skill)

• Letters:
- Introduce the letters Xx using the tactile letters and decorate the Letter Poster to add to the Letter of the Week book.

- More Letter Xx ideas...

• Number:
- Number 14 Poster
This week decorate the Number 14 Poster with sequins, pompoms, and other decorations.  Add fourteen stickers.

• Name:
First Letter If the child is ready, introduce the third letter of her last name while saying the Letter Formation Chant.

• Book of the Week:
- Make Hot Cross Buns . Notice the relationship between a “cross” and an “x.”
- Act out the story using flannelgraph, puppets, or as a play.
- View the story online at Starfall.com or at Gullah Tales.

• Fine Motor Skill:
scissors Have your child cut around shapes that you have drawn on cardstock.  Draw a circle, triangle, square and diamond using thick lines.

• Gross Motor Skill:
Play Simon Says creating AB Patterns with body percussion or movement.  Here are some ideas to get you started:  clap, stomp; arms up, arms down; jump, step.  "Simon says clap and stomp to create an AB Pattern."  Say "a" on the first movement and "b" on the second movement.  Repeat the pattern several times.

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