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Books:  Bible, Town Mouse, Country Mouse
Worksheets: Tt Writing, "Bee" Attitude, The Thankful Leper
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2
Games: Qwirkle
Activities: Bath Sponges, "Thank You" cake, painter's tape, Lacing, yarn, corn syrup, food coloring



Theme: "Bee" Attitudes - Gratitude

Bible Story: Ten Lepers
Scripture:  Luke 17:11-19
My First Hands-On Bible: pg 302-305
Through the Bible in Felt:  Story #127

Comprehension Questions:
How many men did Jesus heal?
How many men thanked Jesus?
How do you think Jesus felt about the men who didn't say "thank you"?
Is there someone whom you need to say "thank you" to?
How can you thank Jesus today?

Verse: Psalm 118:1 (NIV) - Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
Steve Green - Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 2 - #14

Bible Song: Thank You, Lord (Traditional)
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free
(Sheet music)

Books of the Bible: Psalms, Proverbs
Math :  Qwirkle
Science :  Hygiene - Wash Body
Social Science :  Helping - Make Bed
Letters: T, t
Numbers: Write 10-15
Literacy: Major Events
Sight Word : to

Book of the Week:
Town Mouse, Country Mouse Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett

Fine Motor Skill:  Draw What I Draw
Gross Motor Skill:  Walk on Letters
Visual Perception Skill: Lacing


Suggested Activities:

• Bible:
- Paint The Thankful Leper worksheet with a mixture of corn syrup (very little needed), water, and food coloring.  

- Thankful Box Thankful Box
Find a box and fill it full of things that you are thankful for (i.e. plastic food, a shoe, paper money).  Add to it as the week goes by.  At the end of the week, have a "Thankful" party with a "Thank You" cake to God for all of the blessings in your life.

- Memory Verse Maze (Reprinted with Permission)
Create a maze throughout the house with yarn.  Add zigzag and wavy lines.  Along the maze at different intervals, tie three bows on the yarn.  Have the child walk along the yarn and stop every time he comes to a bow.  Have him repeat the memory verse at each bow.  Then say one thing that you are thankful for.

- Alphabet Thankfulness
With your family or a group, go through the alphabet and create a list of items that you are thankful for.  Have the child write the first letter of each word.  Try to stick to phonetic beginning sounds.

- Bee Attitude Printable  In the top tier of the "Bee" Attitude worksheet, have the child write the attitude of the week.  In the next tier, have the child draw a picture of the Bible story.  In the bottom tier, ask the child to draw a picture of himself having this attitude.

- 10 Lepers 1 Leper 10 Lepers Craft (Adapted from Big Book of Christian Crafts)
Trace around the child's hand or paint and stamp a handprint.  Show all 10 fingers for the first page and only one finger for the second page.  Add the title "Jesus healed 10 men...  ...but only 1 said "Thank You!"  Luke 17:11-19"

- Song - 10 Little Lepers
Tune: Five Little Ducks
Ten little lepers got healed that day.
But only one leper came back to say.
"Thank you, Jesus, for making me well
Many people I will tell."

Jesus asked, "Where are the nine?
I healed ten bodies and made them fine."
But only one came back to me
Remember God gives to all graciously.

• Math:
Qwirkle Qwirkle is one of our favorite games to play as a family and is an excellent game to teach sorting as groups can be created by color or by shape.  Since the actual rules of the game are too hard for five-year-old children, adjust accordingly.

- Game #2
This version is very similar to the original rules except there is not limit to the amount of tiles in a row.  In this game, there is no competition or winner as each person is simply sorting and adding tiles to the sequence. Have each player draws six squares.  Choose a person to go first.  The first player lays down a row of tiles that are the same in color or shape.  After playing, draw the amount of tiles laid so that each player always has six squares.  The second player adds to the existing line or creates a branch off of the original line.  The game continues until everyone is out of tiles.  This game is more difficult because the player must look at each direction of the row to make sure the tiles fit.

• Science:
Bath Sponges Bath Sponges are the easiest tool for a child to wash her body.  To give you child ownership in hygiene take a fun trip to the store and allow your child to pick out her own sponge and soap.  Role play with a doll how to correctly wash her face, ears, arms, armpits, stomach, legs, feet and private areas.  Add a little soap to the sponge and teach the child to work from the top of the body down to her toes.  Most preschoolers are not able to self-wash their hair until in elementary school, but start now helping the child rub the shampoo throughout her hair.

• Social Science:
- Teach the child to start with the sheet.  Find the top corner and pull up.  Repeat with the other corner.  Do the same with the blanket and comforter.  Finish by placing the pillow on the bed.
- Points of Grace:  It is much harder to make a bed when the blankets are not tucked in well at the bottom of the bed or when the bed is against the wall.  Bunk beds are hard for  to make even adults!  Give grace for a bed that is well attempted but not perfect!

• Letters:
Use the Tt Writing worksheet and for further learning check out the Letter T Activities.

• Numbers:
Write numbers 10-15 on 3/4" Tracing Paper.

• Literacy:
- A good story consists of a good plot.  The plot is the action in the story.  By listing the major events, you are summarizing the book.
- Create a timeline making simple pictures of the major events of the story.  Demonstrate this activity for the child.

• Book of the Week:
- Create a list of the major events in the book.

- Review the Me of the Map activities in Week 8.  Discuss what is means to be a town mouse vs. a country mouse.  Discuss why life would be different (sounds, smells, sights, etc.) in the town vs. the country.
- Make a chart of positives and negatives for both the town and the country.  Use ideas from the book as well as your own.

• Fine Motor Skills:
pencil Draw What I Draw - With sidewalk chalk, have your child copy what you draw and then reverse roles.  Remember to start with simple lines and progress to simple shapes.

• Gross Motor Skills:
Walk Painters Tape Use pieces of painter’s tape or sidewalk chalk to make large letters on the ground.  Have your child identify the letter and then let them walk, crawl, or hop around the edges. Note:  Do not use masking tape on carpet, as it will leave a residue.

• Visual Perception Skill:
Lacing Lacing is an excellent activity to improve fine motor skills and visual perception.  The child must use hand-eye coordination to move the string through the holes.  Create your own or purchase lacing books.  More ideas...

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