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Language Lessons for Little Ones {4K Curriculum}

Eliana and I have been using Language Lessons for Little Ones (Volume 1) for preschool (4K). We are about 8 weeks into the curriculum, so I thought I would share how LL is working for us! 

Language Lessons for Little Ones is "an informal introduction to language arts with a Charlotte Mason flavor for preschool students." 

The lessons, designed to inspire a love of learning while learning important skills for a 3-5 year old, are gentle and focus on:
  • picture study and narration
  • observing and thinking skills
  • poetry appreciation
  • creative expression
  • copy-work
  • identifying the letters of the alphabet
  • vocabulary
  • story appreciation
Our first lesson was a Picture Study and Narration of a painting called "Blackberry Picking." 

I asked Elli to study the painting and answer a few questions about what she sees. I love how the questions attempt to relate the picture to the child's real life experiences. For example, "Have you ever gone berry picking? What kind of berries did you pick?" We talked about when we picked chokecherries and the strawberries she has picked from our garden. 

In lesson 2, the child is asked more about what the child knows and what she thinks.  "What are they going to do next?" Elli answered that they were going to "go home and make blackberry pie." 

In lessons 11-13, I read a poem called, "Fuzzy Wuzzy, Creepy Crawly," and asked narration questions about the poem.

I write her response right in the book. Sometimes when I ask her a question, she asks to draw a picture. When I asked if she had ever seen a caterpillar's cocoon, she wanted to draw a cocoon.

And she drew a picture of a caterpillar and a butterfly for lesson 13. . .  

 and asked to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Then we had a review of the letters she has learned (Aa and Bb) and learned a new letter (Cc). I pulled out our quilted rag letters for her to use because she does not like to write yet. 

I have her trace the letter with her finger and then write one letter per line. 

Malachi is learning to alphabetize in All About Spelling Level 1, so I did an impromptu alphabetizing activity with Eliana with  letters a-g. . . she did great! 

The lessons are designed to be done once a day, but it is very easy to do several in one sitting. Last week, we completed lessons 22-25 in two days and our lessons focused on fireflies. 

Eliana has never seen a firefly (nor have I!), so after we looked at some photographs of fireflies, she drew this picture:

and wrote a short story about a firefly that went like this:

Silly Fireflies

A silly firefly flies up to the sky and it says, "Silly, nilly, willy, billy." 

I would have loved for her to catch one! Instead, I was inspired by a handprint firefly craft to do an art project.

Handprint Firefly (Lightening Bug)

{We used sponges for the body and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
and handprint stamping for the wings.}
I later added a verse to the top: "Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness. . ." Psalm 112:4

In my researching, I discovered that a lightening bug, or firefly, is neither a bug or a fly, but rather a beetle. Interesting creatures.

Since she has never seen one, this activity was to help reinforce that a firefly lights up (hence the glow-in-the-dark paint). After holding it to the light for one minute, it glows in the dark.

So, Eliana and I are wondering. . . do you call it a firefly or a lightening bug and does this vary by location?

One day this week, lesson 34 asked, "Have you ever helped with baking in the kitchen? [yes] If so, what did you bake? [cookies] Who helped you? [Dylan] Tell about how you did it. [put ingredients in a bowl - stir it up] Then she drew a picture of a food she would like to bake - and eat. [She drew a picture of her and I baking and a plateful of cookies - strawberry cookies.]

So for Homemaking, we decided to make strawberry jam prints with a yummy whipped butter cookie recipe.

Melt in your mouth goodness:

{Whipped Strawberry Thumbprint Butter Cookies}

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Whip until soft and fluffy {about 10 minutes}
Drop by the spoonful onto baking sheet
Make thumbprint and fill with strawberry jam
Baked at 350 for 15 minutes

This has just been a little peek into how Language Lessons for Little Ones works for us!