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Tactile Letters and Numbers:  o, Q, 0, 10
Books: God, I Need to Talk to You About Laziness, The Gingerbread Man, Big Thoughts for Little People, The Little Red Hen
Worksheets:  Circle CharactersCut a Robot, GingerbreadPattern 1-1, Pattern 2-1Parable of the Talents
Activities: Ribbon dance (see below), Children's Safety Scissors, toy phones, play dough or pipe cleaners (these items will be needed weekly for the rest of the curriculum), cardboard, aluminum foil, paint, decorations, ingredients for gingerbread cookies or house, crayons, glue, gold or silver glitter



Character Trait: Responsible
Definition:  Do what you are told to do and do your best; reliable, trustworthy, dependable; take responsibility for your actions and do not make an excuse or blame others
Opposite:  Careless, foolish
Big Thoughts for Little People:  Letter M

Bible Story: Parable of the Talents
Objective:  God gave each of us special abilities to use for Him.
Scripture:  Matthew 25:14-30
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #135

Comprehension Questions:
How many men were in the story?  (Four - master and three servants)
What did the master give to the men?
What did the (first, second, third) man do with his money?
God has given us abilities that He wants us to use.  What is a talent that God has given you?

Verse: Colossians 3:23 (NIV) - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot
What-ever you do (palms out)
Work at it (pound fists)
With all your heart (draw heart in the air)
as working for the Lord (pound fists, point in the air)
Colossians 3:23 (form a book with hands, fingers in the air)
Work at it (pound fists)
With all your heart (form heart in the air)
as working for the Lord (pound fists, point in the air)

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.

Optional verse:
Don't let Satan blow it out…
Let it shine 'til Jesus comes…
Let it shine all over our (home, state, car church, etc)…

Math: Opposites – Responsible & Irresponsible

Numbers: 0, 10
0 - Around, around, around you go.
That’s the way to make zero!
1 - Straight down and then you’re done.
That’s the way to make a one!

Letters: o, Q
o - little curve and close
Q - big curve, close, add a tongue

Information: Correctly answer the phone

Book of the Week:
The Gingerbread Man The Gingerbread Man by Various Authors

Fine Motor Skill:  Cutting
Gross Motor Skill:   Ribbon Dancing
Visual Perception Skill:  Pattern Worksheets


Suggested Activities:

• Character Trait:
- Even though they are young, children should have responsibilities. These could be setting the table, emptying the dishwasher, or putting clothes away among many other options.   Discuss and list the responsibilities that everyone in the family has.

- God I Need to Talk to You About Laziness Read God, I Need to Talk to You About Laziness by Susan K. Leigh

- The Little Red Hen Read The Little Red Hen by various authors to teach responsibility.

• Bible:
- Color the Parable of the Talents worksheet.  Place a dot of glue on each coin and sprinkle with gold or silver glitter.  

- Coins Activity Cut ten small circles out of cardboard.  To create coins, give the child small pieces of aluminum foil to cover each circle.  Point and count the ten coins (Use this craft to focus on the formation of the circle as well.)

- Working for the Lord Art Activity Keeping the fingers tight, paint the entire palm of the hand.  The heart is created with two handprints overlapping at an angle with the finger tips at the bottom of the heart.  You can also make small hearts using two thumb prints arranged to make a heart.  Add the title "Working for the Lord with all my heart.  Colossians 3:23."

• Math -
- Play the “Opposites Game” - “I am going to say a word and I want you to say the opposite.”  (i.e., Day/Night, Off/On, Over/Under)

- Using the Bible story as the example, compare being responsible with irresponsible.

• Letters & Numbers:
Week 13 focuses on the "circle characters. " Discuss how the zero and /o/ are the same as an oval or circle .
Start by creating the characters using play dough snakes or pipe cleaners and move to writing the characters on the Circle Characters worksheet to show the progression of the letters and numbers. 

- Point out to your child that your mouth makes an "o" shape when you say "oh."  Circle the "o" shape with your finger.

- Letter Q - Just for fun, make an "oh" shape with your mouth and stick your tongue out the side of your mouth to transform the "O" into a "Q."

- Count Fingers Toes On a piece of paper, trace around the child's hands and feet.  Count and write the numbers 1-10 on each finger and toe.

• Information:
Continue to practice answering the phone.

• Book of the Week:
- Bake gingerbread cookies or decorate a gingerbread house.

- Hide a gingerbread cutout in the room and have the child find it.

- Gingerbread Worksheet Decorate the Gingerbread worksheet with string, buttons, sequins, glitter, and other objects. (Image from Microsoft Clipart)

• Fine Motor Skill:
Cut a Robot Worksheet Using safety scissors, cut out the robot pieces on the Cut the Robot Worksheet.  Do not show the child the example, rather allow her imagination to put the robot together as she desires.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Streamer Ribbon Dancing - Attach ribbons, streamers, or scarves to the end of a ruler, dowel, paper towel holder, or straw.  Hold the ribbon swirling it from side to side, up and down, etc.  Be sure to switch hands.  This activity improves hand-eye coordination.

• Visual Perception Skill:
Visual Perception Workbook This week focus on the Pattern Visual Perception worksheets and choose which item comes next in a pattern.  Additional worksheets available in the ABCJLM Visual Perception Workbook.

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