If Jesus Came to My House was one of our favorite BFIAR books so far. The kids could easily relate to the boy in this story and learned so many lessons from him. When Jesus is with us, we don’t need to fear the shadows in the hall. When we spend time with Jesus, we become more like him. We may not have the opportunity to physically invite Jesus into our homes, but we can show hospitality and kindness to others and in so doing, we do it unto the Lord.
For this unit, we memorized Isaiah 43:10 and focused on fear, what to do when we feel afraid, and how we have nothing to fear since Jesus is always with us. You can download a copy of my Bible verse printable here.
We read the story of Zaccheus and talked about how he invited Jesus to his house. After being with Jesus, Zaccheus was never the same. He changed and became a new man. Afterwards, we made a simple Zaccheus in the tree construction paper craft. We spelled out his name with foam letters…one of Parker’s favorite activities!
If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart
If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart is such a sweet board book and was a perfect addition to this unit. When Jesus lives in our heart, He changes us and people will see the difference. We made little felt dolls with special heart buttons that the kids helped sew on.
The little boy in the story was afraid of shadows, so we talked about fear and how everyone feels afraid sometime. We read When I Feel Scared which was a really cute book and explained the necessity of talking about our fears. Having said that, I felt the need to continue the discussion by presenting a question to my kids. This book was great, but what was it missing? They knew the answer right away…God. In my personal experience, God is the only one who can calm all my fears. This book provided a great talking point for this subject.
Manners with Martha & Mary
We started our morning reading Mary and Martha’s Dinner Guest. I love this story, because I can relate to Martha sometimes. We talked about priorities and how we need to always put God first. Both Mary and Martha were doing good things, but Mary chose the better thing, spending time with Jesus. I printed out some really cute worksheets for the kids to complete.
We also talked about being a good hostess, etiquette, and having good manners. I believe manners are a learned behavior and we try to work on them daily. I’m sure we’ll revisit this subject many times. We incorporated a “set the table” life skill activity in learning lane and did a really cute “worship like Mary, Work like Martha” construction paper craft. The kids had to glue all the table ware in the correct place by memory (except Parker…he had a little help from Mommy).
The following day we had a little tea party to demonstrate all the good manners we learned about. We read Manners by Aliki which was a FABULOUS book and gave many examples of both good and bad manners in various situations….the kids LOVED it!
Fruit of the Spirit
The idea of studying the Fruit of the Spirit came to mind one day while I was planning this unit. The moment we invite Jesus into our heart, He begins to work on us and change us. As we spend time with Jesus, we become more like him and produce the fruits of His spirit. We dedicated quite a few days to this subject and the kids really loved it. It gave us a chance to talk about character and behavior. We read 9 Fruits Alive, played Fruit of the Spirit bingo, listened to some clips from our If Jesus Came to My House playlist, and made a Fruit of the Spirit necklace craft from Mrs. Jone’s Creation Station.
The kids made a kool-aid painted fruit of the spirit basket craft. I found the idea from www.betterthanicouldhaveimagined.com and used pages from Bible Story Printables. They turned out so adorable and the kids had so much fun with the scented paints.
The Wise & Foolish Builders
We read The Wise and Foolish Builders and watched some related videos from our If Jesus Came to My House playlist. Later, the older kids and I read How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons. This was a GREAT book that explains how a house is built from bottom to top!
I presented the older kids with a “wise and foolish builders challenge” bin. The bin contained some home-made cloud dough, foam blocks, and popsicle sticks. I told them the challenge was to create a structure that would withstand rain and flood. To my surprise, I found them building with popsicle sticks using techniques they learned from our Gail Gibbons book. Once they completed their structure, I took the bin to the kitchen sink and turned on the shower, simulating rain, and allowed the bin to “flood”. Both structures passed the rain and flood test…the kids were THRILLED!
While Parker worked on matching his vocabulary words from his Homeschool Creations packet, Jordan practiced tracing the words and Haley practiced writing and spelling them.
Parker continued to work on reading his CVC words, which we now include as part of our Learning Lane.
H is for House
We made a “H is for House” construction paper craft. I cut out a letter “H” for each kid, a roof, and a bunch of shapes. The kids got right to work and used their imaginations to make their own houses. This was a really simple, but exciting craft for the kids…they really enjoyed it.
We brought out Haley’s doll house and used a set of home vocabulary cards. Parker set up the house and used the cards to identify the correct rooms and furniture.
Parker matched up his CVC words according to their word family while the older kids worked on a word family worksheet.
I found the adorable shape houses on teachpreschool.org. I couldn’t get the printable to work for me, so I created my own.
The math for this unit was anything but boring, because there were so many themes we incorporated. One of Mommy’s favorites…apples!
Parker worked on apple puzzles, counting, matching, sizing, and more.
Using Duplo cards, we introduced the concepts of perimeter and area. We also found some house-themed activities to match, identify differences, and complete patterns.
Builders Are We
I set up a “Build Your Dream House” activity for the older kids. We read Iggy Peck Architect, we talked about area and perimeter, and at snack time, they used cheez-its to measure area and perimeter then gobbled them up!
I printed some graph paper and they grabbed their rulers and got straight to work creating their blueprints.
After they drew up their blueprints, they designed the front of their house. We talked about various styles of architecture and I even passed out a real estate magazine so they could see examples.
Haley really enjoyed this project and continued to work on the interior design using catalogue swatches and various furniture pieces she found in magazines.
Apples Grow on Trees
We read How God Gave Us Apples (an oldie, but a goodie) which was a very simple, creation-based apple science book (perfect for preschoolers). We also read An Apple’s Life which covered the lifecycle of an apple. Afterwards, we sampled 3 apple varieties and harvested the seeds to put in our Little “Fruit of the Spirit” Sprout Houses.
The same morning we talked about fears, we also covered the topic of shadows. We read Shadows and Reflections. I set up a “create a shadow puppet activity tray in our Learning Lane. I placed popsicle sticks, black paper squares, pencils, stencils, tape, and scissors.
The kids loved this activity. They made their puppets and afterwards we used flashlights to create shadow on the wall.
BFIAR Habitat Books
As with the rest of our BFIAR books, we identified all the animals in our story and pasted them into our BFIAR booklets. Unfortunately, I don’t have a printable to share since I don’t own the rights of the clipart we used. Maybe one day…
Though all three of my kids love to create things, Jordan has always been my little engineer, a real hands-on learner. I try to nurture this part of his personality. I found these block challenge cards and added them to our Learning Lane many times during this unit.
This was a really wonderful book to study and we’ll always look back with fond memories!
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