Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lesson with a 3.5 years old Part 3

Lesson 3: 31 Aug 2010
1. Bible Lesson: The Lost sheep: Luke 15:3-7 
a. Read Bible & explain 
b. Life Skill Question: 
  • Have you had the experience of being lost?
  • How do you think you will feel?
  • What can you do to make sure you wont be lost?
  • What can you do if you are lost?
  • Do you know your parents' name and phone number? 
  • v. Roll play
c. Game – looking for lost sheep: I precut paper sheeps and hide them. 
d. Read Ps 23 
e. Prayer and Listening 
f. P & W –
  • One little two little Sheep (for lyric, see Lesson 1),
  • Jesus You are my super hero,
  • 轻轻听 

2. Read Aloud Story: Sebastian’s Roller Skating (most of the lessons plan are taken from Lesson Pathways LA K) 
a. Introduction – explain:  
  • Sebastian is very shy
  • Roller Skate- Show roller skate shoes

 b. Listen to Sebastian story  
c. Question to asked after the story:  
  • If you found the roller skates, what would you do? Would you put them back?

d. Sing songs about feeling –  
  •  if you happy and you know it do like this (angry, shy, scare, tired, ask kids to suggest )
  • watch sesame video about Feeling

3. Review 
a. 大,中,小,羊,桥, 角 
b. Den read “ill” book for En En 
c. “G” sound  

4. Introduce “S” sound – Sebastian, Skate, Scare, Sad 
a.Watch video about "S" in Sesame
b. Sing:"A Silly Slippery Snake"
(tune of "If you're happy and you know it") 

Oh, I wish I was a silly, slippery snake.  
Oh, I wish I was a silly, slippery snake. 
Oh I'd slither across the floor, 
And I'd slip under the door 
Oh, I wish I was a silly, slippery snake. 
c.Make a large letter S on the floor using masking tape. Have your child remove his or her shoes and slide on the letter S in his/her socks while making the "S" sound. 

5. Lunch Break 

6. Activity: Skate

Lesson 4: 02 Sep 2010

1. Bible Lesson: The Lost sheep: Luke 15:3-7

a. Read Bible

b. Watch Animation
c. Game:Sheep Pen
Materials: large sheets or blankets and furniture pieces arranged, as described below

Prior to the game, set up an area where the children can hide, as sheep in a pen. Arrange chairs and/or furniture pieces to accommodate a small group of children. You may need to have a couple of different sheep pens, depending on the number of children in your ministry setting.

i Tell the children that sheep pens are places where sheep are protected from things that could hurt them, like wolves and dogs. In Bible times, sheep would stay in a place surrounded by rocks or wood. There would be one opening, like a door. Shepherds used to sleep in these openings and would guard the sheep with their own bodies. Many times in the Bible, Jesus calls himself the “door for the sheep.” That means he protects us and provides for us.

ii Say: “Today, you get to pretend to be in a sheep pen of your own, safe and protected by your pen and the shepherd, who loves you and would die for you.”

iii. Have the children hide together somewhere, pretending to be sheep. Put a large sheet, blanket, or parachute over the furniture. Have one child pretend to be “the shepherd” and lay at the opening of the pen.

iv. The teacher can say this rhyme: (After a few times, the children will follow along.)

Here is the sheep pen, so big and so wide.

Let’s open the gate to see what’s inside.


Pull the covering off the sheep pen and have children say, “Baaa!”

d. Prayer and Listening

 3. Sing 5 little Sheep went out one day
4. Review feeling and learn Chinese word – 高兴,伤心,生气,害怕
5. Review S sound – make G and S with bread
6. Read 我不要睡觉
7. Learn to listen to instruction and the important of following instruction
8. Go to Library

Sept 28 2010

Today is the busy Tuesday.

Den spent last night in my parents house and I only picked her up before her ballet class in the afternoon. In between ballet and Yamaha, she only had the time for her eye exercises and practiced piano.

After Yamaha, before bedtime, we had one hour of school. We are at Week 13 Sonlight Science and today we studied about Creepy-crawlies. She spent most of her time drawing in her science notebook different types of creepy-crawlies.

After that we read a chapter from Dolphin Treasure. I've skip some of the ReadAloud books from Sonligth K because I find some of the books like Family Under The Bridge has too many unfamiliar words and too much descriptive words. Plus after the not so enthusiastic read with the Hundred Dresses and The Light At the Turn Rock, I decided to skip the book for now and keep it for later. Instead we jump to Twenty & Ten (about WWII), Dolphin Adventure and now Dolphin Treasure. After Dolphin Treasure, I will jump back to Mary on Horseback (all books mentioned here is under Sonlight ReadAloud 1 & 2).

Den have picked up in her reading. She has been reading so many books per day that I wont bother to blog about them here, I just cant keep up! I also borrowed Sonlight Reader2 intermediate from a friend. It is a big jump for Den from Read 1 to Reader 2 intermediate but so far so good. She finished the first book, Clara and the Bookwagon without any problem. 2nd book, The Long Way To A New Land has more unfamiliar words like Emigrants but so far she has not much problem in reading it too.

Math Magic for Your Kids: Hundreds of Games and Exercises from the Human Calculator to Make Math Fun and EasyWe also has been working on a book we borrow from SG library called Math Magic For Your Kids (under Math) - it teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. So far we only finished addition and with some of the technique taught in the book, Den can add much faster now. For example 9+7, she will add 10+7-1. 11+8, she will add 10+8+1. She actually think this is super fun and wanted me to drill her often. ^^ 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lessons with a 3.5 years old Part 2

I like to repeat my lessons espcially for the younger kids, So Lesson 2 is closely related with Lesson 1. For Lesson I please click here.

Lesson 2: 27 Aug 2010 
1. Review Bible Lesson
 – The Lord is My Shepherd: Psalm 23 Part II *check coloring homework

a. Review memory verse

b. Dramatized

c. P&W- Den lead including“One Little Two Little Three Little Sheep”

d. Prayer & Listening

e. Craft: using Bread & round biscuit to make sheep shape

f. Drawing a sheep game (rolling dice)- roll one draw the head, roll two draw ears, etc etc and see who can finish drawing the whole sheep first! Fun to play, see game instruction here:

2. Review Three Billy Goat

a. Den using Puppet retelling the story

b. Retelling the story in Mandarin 

c. Learn Chinese word –大,中,小,羊,桥, 角 - I used 字形画 (Chinese words come from pictures, so I tried to draw out the picture and show Den and XE how the word came about. I find this help them to remember the Chinese words better).

3. Review – the sound of "G" (for XE) & "OA"(for Den)

4. Companion Rhyme: Jack and Jill -a nursery rhyme in which the characters, like the goats, are attempting to make it up the hillside and have difficulties;

a. Read the familiar rhyme

b. Introduce word family "ill" - Read a small book on "ill" - you can download this for free here.

5. Lunch break

6. Craft: make Sheep - pasted Cotton on sheep's picture and make a very pretty sheep!

7. Review –

a. Bible Verse The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

b. Bible Concept – God is our good shepherd, He take care of us.

c. 大,中,小,羊,桥, 角

d. Sound of G &  ill

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lesson with a 3.5 years old Part I

I started homeschooling a friend's 3.5 years old dd, XE about a month ago. My friend send XE over whenever we are in SG.

Since a few of you have kids around 3-4 years old, I think you will be interested in what I did with XE and Den. Thus, I decided to share what we did here with you.

2 years is quite a big age gap (Den is 5.5 years old). Sonlight K will be way too difficult for XE, so I decided to reuse some of the Sonlight Pre K materials. I also need to make it more hands on which is really fun for Den. Since we started Sonlight K, other than Science experiments and lapbooking, we did not do as much hands on stuff as we used to.

This is our rough schedule -XE usually arrive around 11am. She will play with Den for 15-30 min. After that, we have lessons together until 1pm. 1-2pm are lunch time, follow by 15-30 min of play time. We have individual study time for around 30 min before XE goes home around 3pm.

We had 5 lessons so far. This is what we had done.

Lesson 1- 24 Aug 2010

1. Bible Lesson: The Lord is my Shepherd Part I – The Good Shepherd

a. Psalm  23– what does a shepherd do?

b. Great dramatization from

While reading Ps 23 aloud, I acted as Shepherd and Den and XE as sheeps. First, I walked my sheeps (Den and XE) through the “green pastures,” and let them lied down to rest for awhile. After that I led them to the "quite water" and let them "drank" water.

For the Valley of Death, I lined up a few chairs and put a blanket to cover it. I led them crawl under the chair. We said prayer together using Ps 23.

c. I found a mini book online and printed it out  - Den read for XE...dont seems to be able to find the link again...sorry.

d. P&W- Den lead a few songs including the song below:

 “One Little Two Little Three Little Sheep”(to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”)

One little, two little, three little sheep

Four little, five little, six little sheep

Seven little, eight little, nine little sheep

Ten sheep loved by the Shepherd

One little, two little, three little children

Four little, five little, six little children

Seven little, eight little, nine little children

Ten children loved by the Jesus

e. Praying

f. Listening

2. Story Time: Three Billy Goat: (most of the idea taken from

a. Talk about Goat -show kids real pictures of goats and share some facts about goats before hearing the story (such as where goats usually live, what goats like to eat, body parts such as horns and hooves, what sound they make, etc.).

• Different btw Goat and Sheep :

• Look at their tails
o A goat's tail goes up (unless it is sick, frightened, or in distress).
o Sheep tails hang down and are often docked (shortened) for health and sanitary reasons.

• Foraging behavior
o Goats are natural browsers, preferring to eat leaves, twigs, vines, and shrubs. They are very agile and will stand on their hind legs to reach vegetation.
o Sheep are grazers, preferring to eat short, tender grasses and clover. Their dietary preference is forbs (broadleaf weeds) and they like to graze close to the soil surface. Goats like to eat the tops of plants.

• Behavior
o Goats are naturally curious and independent, while sheep tend to be more distant and aloof. Goats will seek shelter more readilty than sheep.
o Sheep have a stronger flocking instinct and become very agitated if they are separated from the rest of the flock.

• Horns
o Most goats naturally have horns. Some goats have beards. Goat horns are more narrow, upright, and less curved than sheep horns.
o Many breeds of sheep are naturally hornless (polled). Some sheep have manes. Sheep tend to curl their horns in loops on the sides of their heads.

b. Introduced the the story , explained that in this story, although goats can be real, there is another character in the story who is not real- a troll (Dont make the troll too scary, young kids might get frighten).

c. Read the story

3. Introduce letter "G"
a. Introduce the sound “G” – Goat, Gruff

b. Printed mini book "G". Den read G book for XE (Im just showing one of the pages here)

c. Watch letter G in Sesame street

4. Individual Worksheet

a. Den work on

b. En- color G

5. Lunch break

7. Craft

  • Use playdough to make a G, review G sound

8. Chinese story Read Aloud– 露露的拯救玩具大作战

9. Poem Read Aloud – Outside the line - one of my favorite book of poems, this is one of the example:

10. Science Read Aloud –The Berestain Bears'Of Science And Nature (under Science) - Big Book Berenstain Bears Nature Guide

11. Review –

a. Bible Verse The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

b. Bible Concept – God is our good shepherd, He take care of us.

c. Goat vs Sheep

d. Sound of G

e. Homework – coloring & G Mini book