Good Morning Folks! I am sorry for all the inconvienence. Grandma is typing at the library because of
some problems. I am going to try to keep up daily since Grandpa is giving up work now and will be
here to take me daily as soon as we get the car running right again. Soon I should have Grandma's
machine working again also. Please be patient and Grandma will help guide the rest of the directions.
Grandma hopes you thought of a little fun for April Fools Day. I want to remind you of doing your
Childrobotics for the day along with your tasks; math; language of ABC's, words, vocabulary, spelling,
sounds; writing; assignments; journal work: yearbooks; family scrapbooks; recipes; or newspapers;
and anything else Grandma may have missed. (One little note in here: Grandma went to see "Christ
Is Son! a couple of weeks ago and it was very emotional and fantastically done. It really got to
Grandma and she felt it was well worth going to see.)Grandma is going to start out with the Bible
Read The Demand for a Sign, Matthew 16:1-4; The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Matthew
16:5-12, The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod, Mark 8:14-21; Peter's Confession of Christ, Matthew
16:13-20, Luke 9:18-27, and Mark 8:27-30. Do "Did You Know? Mark 8:29 Who is Jesus? People who
saw Jesus perform miracles and heard him teach knew he was special. Peter knew just how special!
"Christ" means the person chosen by God to be the Savior of his people. The name "Son of Man" tells
us Jesus was a real human being (Mark 8:31), The name "Son of God" (Mark 9:7) tells us Jesus is
truly God." and "Did You Know? Matthew 16:18 On what rock will Jesus build his church? The rock is
the faith that Peter expressed, that Jesus is "the Christ the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). In
other words the church is really built on Jesus himself." from Faith Alive. Next read Jesus Predicts
His Death, Matthew 16:21-28, Mark 8:31-37 and Mark 9:1.
Next read The Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:28-36; do "Did you Know?
Mathew 17:2 What was the transfiguration? Transfiguration means to be changed. In the
transfiguration Jesus was changed from looking like a normal person to shining brightly. Moses and
Elijah came and talked with Jesus during the transfiguration." and "Word to Remember Mark 9:7 This
is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" from Faith Alive.
Then read The Temple Tax, Mathew 17:24-27; The Greatest Kingdom of Heaven, Mathew 18:1-9;
Who Will Be the Greatest, Luke 9:46-50; Who Is the Greatest? Mark 9:33-37; then do Did You Know?
Mathew 18:3 How can we become like little children? Little children are models of strong faith. They
depend on others to meet their needs. Jesus invites us to have a child-like faith--to trust in him
completely for forgiveness, life, and salvation." in Faith Alive.
Read At the Home of Martha and Mary, Luke 10:38-41; Jesus' teaching on Prayer, Luke 11:1-13 and
do "Words to Remember, 11:9 Ask and It will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the
door will be opened to you." from Faith Alive. Then read Warnings and Encouragements,
Luke 12:1-12; The parable of the Rich Fool Luke 12:13-21; Do Not Worry, Luke 12:22-34;
Watchfulness, Luke 12:35-48; Not Peace but Division Luke 12:49-53; Interpreting the Times, Luke
12:54-59; also read Repent or Perish Luke 13:1-9; A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath Luke
13:10-17; The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast, Luke 13:18-21, Matthew 13:1-52;The
Narrow Door, Luke 13:22-30; Jesus Sorrow for Jerusalem, Luke 13:31-35; Do "Let's Live It! Luke
13:18-19 Two Ways to Grow--Read Luke 13:18-19. God's plan for all living things is for them to grow.
Ask your mom or dad how many inches long you were when you were born. Mark that many inches
on a wall. Then stand by the wall and mark how tall you are now. People grow spiritually too. Talk
with your parents. Ask if they can see ways you have grown spiritually in the past two years." and
"Life in Bible Times-The Shepherd's Staff--Shepherds in Palestine carried a staff with a hook at one
end. The shepherd used it to lift up a sheep that had fallen into a hole or down the side of a cliff." and
"Let's Live It! Matthew 18:10-14 God's Not Mad At Me!--Read Matthew 18:10-14. In this story the
sheep are God's children and God is the shepherd. Wandering off and getting lost is doing something
wrong or sinful. After reading this passage, answer these questions:
How does God feel about his children? What does God do when we sin? How does God feel when
we confess our sin and are "found"?
Cut the figure of a sheep out of cardboard. For wool, glue cotton on one side of the sheep. On the
other side write, "He is happy about the one sheep that is fund." Put the sheep in your room to
remind you that God loves you even when you have done something wrong." all in Faith Alive.
Then read Jesus at a Pharisee's House, Luke 14:1-14; The Parable of the Great Banquet, Luke
14:15-24; Parable of the Lost Sheep, Matthew 18:10-14, Luke 15:1-7; also read "Life in Bible
Times -Lilies Of The Field--Flowers grew wild all over Galilee. No one planted or weeded them.
Yet God "dressed" them with beautiful petals. God will care for us too, for we are more important
to God than flowers."
Then read Parable of the Unmerciful, Matthew 18:21-35; Parable of the Lost Coin, Luke 15:8-10;
Whoever is Not Against us Is for Us, Mark 9:38-40; A Brother Who Sins Against You, Matthew
18:15-20; Causing to Sin, Mark 9:42-50; Parable of the Lost Son, Luke 15:11-32; The Parable of the
Shrewd Manager, Luke 16:1-14; Additional Teachings, Luke 16:16-18.Then go on to read
The Rich Man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19-31 doing "Did You Know? Luke 16:22 Is there life after death?
Yes. In Jesus' story about the rich man and the beggar Lazarus each one died. But after that both
were able to talk and think and see and feel! After our bodies are dead, we will still be alive."
as written in Faith Alive. Now read Death of Lazarus, John 11:1-16; and answer "Did You Know?
John 11:15 Why did Jesus let Lazarus die? Jesus didn't come immediately when Lazarus' sisters
sent for him. Jesus let his friend die. But Jesus brought Lazarus back to life again. This miracle
showed Jesus' power over death." in Faith Alive. Then read Jesus Comforts the Sisters,
John 11:17-37; Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead, John 11:38-44. Then read The Plot to Kill
Jesus, John 11:45-57; Then go on to read Sin, Faith, Duty, Luke 17:1-10 and The Coming of the
Kingdom of God, Luke 17:20-37; The Parable of the Persistent Widow, Luke 18:1-8; Parable of the
Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Luke 18:9-14; Divorce, Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 9:1-12; The Little
Children and Jesus, Mathew 19"13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17; do "Let's Live It! Mathew
19:13-15 Jesus Loves the Children--Read Matthew 19:13-15. Just as Jesus loved the little children in
this story, he loves you today. He doesn't put his hands on you as he did these children, but actually
he does something just as special for children today.
When babies are baptized, Jesus takes them in his arms! By a wonderful miracle, the Holy Spirit
gives them faith in Jesus as their savior. They become children of God. Ask your parents the date
you were baptized. If they don't know, they can call the church where it happened. Ask Mom or Dad,
too, if you received a baptismal cloth or candle or other special reminder of the day Jesus took you
in his arms." and "Let's Live It! Mark 10:13-16 Never Too Little ... Or Too Big--Parents were bringing
their children to Jesus, but the disciples tried to keep them away. What did Jesus say about that?
Read Mark 10:13-16. As far as Jesus is concerned, no one is too little to come to him.
Some people think babies are too small to be brought to Jesus in Baptism. They say babies are too
little to believe in him. What did Jesus say about that in Mark 10:14-15? Little children, he says, have
the kind of faith everyone should have! No one is ever too little to believe. In fact, that's the whole point
of Baptism. At Baptism, the Holy Spirit comes into the baby's heart and gives the child faith in Jesus.
Real faith. The baby believes in Jesus as Savior.
It's nice to know no one is ever too little for Baptism. But here's something else that's nice: No one is
ever too big for Baptism. If you've never been baptized, you can be now--with the same wonderful
results. And if you were baptized years ago, God is still working for you in your Baptism, still washing
away your sins, still giving you eternal life. You never outgrow it." as written in Faith Alive.
Now read The Rich Young Man, Matthew 19:16-20, Mark 10:17-31; read Parable of the Workers in
the Vineyard, Matthew 20:1-19; and read "Life in Bible Times-The Denarius-In the time of the New
Testament a day's pay was a single coin, called a denarius. This was enough money to buy food for
one day and to rent a small room for the night. The coin was made of silver and was usually
stamped with a picture of the Roman emperor. It looked somewhat like our dime." as given in Faith
Alive. Read The Rich Ruler, Luke 18:18-30 and do "Did You Know? Luke 18:22 Why did Jesus tell
the ruler to sell everything he had? The young man thought he had kept the commandments, but
Jesus knew that the man's riches were more important to him than God was. Jesus wanted the
young man to realize that he still needed Jesus to save him from his sins." written in Faith Alive.
Read Jesus Again Predicts His Death, Mathew 20:17-19, John 12:20-36, Mark 10:32-34, Luke
18:31-34; The Request of James and John, Mark 10:35-45; A Mother's Request, Matthew 20:20-28;
Two Blind Men Receive Sight, Matthew 20:29-34: Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight, Mark 10:46-52;
A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight, Luke 18:35-43; also read Zacchaeus the Tax Collector, Luke
19:1-10; The Parable of the Ten Minas, Luke 19:11-27 and do "Let's Live It! Luke 19:11-24 Find Your
Gifts--Read Luke 19:11-24. Which lessons do you think God wants you to learn from this story?
1. God gives everyone gifts and abilities. 2. God wants me to use my gifts for him. 3. God will praise
me when I use my gifts for him.
List some things you do well. Sing? Draw? Write? Play sports? Help Others? Ask three adults who
know you what gifts they think God has given you. Ask how they think you can use your gifts to serve
God." given in Faith Alive.
Now read Jesus Anointed at Bethany, John 12:1-11; The Triumphal Entry, John 12:12-19, Matthew
21:1-11, Mark 11:1--11, Luke 19:28-44; and do "Did You Know? Matthew 21:9 What is Palm Sunday?
Palm Sunday is the day churches celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey
(Matthew 21:1-11). Crowds welcomed him as the Messiah, the Son of David. They shouted
"Hosanna," meaning "save!" People also cut palm branches to wave. Five Days later, though, in the
same city crowds shouted that he be crucified." written in Faith Alive. That is all of the Bible Grandma
will give to you until Monday's lessons. She may only have time for The Calendar Time Line
to be caught up. I will try to come and type some more before Friday. It is kind of crazy when the car
broke and had to be fixed which my husband is working on today.
Calendar Time Book History, Book (1)
We just began April on Tuesday and Friday will be the 4th.
The Project of the Month: Beyond Book Talks
This was suppose be a class group project; therefore, Grandma is going to do some improvising on
what Book (1) has given. During National Library Month (April), collect information on your child's
library areas of interest, by making two lists One is Books from the Library and Books not from
the Library. Then make a list of various topics of books and mark if they may be their favorites. This
list may consist of the topics: animals or insects, families, famous people, a history event, a state,
a country or continent, adventure, a science project, an experiment, an invention, a poem, a writer,
an artist, a nationality, a type of person, themselves, parents, a church, baptism, a comic or
comedian, an actor or actress, a sport or sportsman, a car or other transportation, a toy, a fantasy
person, a hero, a person from the Bible, classes, idea, or any thing else they can think of. Sometime
in the next few weeks they can give a report on whatever topics they want to cover. You can even
make books of them.
Following are the Observances for the Month, Weeks, and Special Days:
Boost Your Home Team Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
Math Education Month
Month of the Young Child
National Garden Month
National Humor Month
National Library Month
National Laugh Week (first week)
National Library Week (week of the first Sunday)
Pan American Week (week of April 14)
Gardening Week (second full week)
National Bike Safety Week (third week)
National Coin Week (third week)
Reading Is Fun Week (third week)
Professional Secretaries Week (third or fourth week)
Earth Week (week of April 22)
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Appreciation Week (last week)
National Science and Technology Week (last full week)
Special Days and Celebrations
The Boston Marathon (third Monday)
Look-Alike Day(third Tuesday)
National Arbor Day (last Friday)
Easter(first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox)
Passover (in March or April)
Holocaust Memorial Day (in April or May)
April 1st had two birthdays. One was in 1578 of William Harvey, English physician who discovered
the circulation of blood through the body. The second was in 1933 when Jan Wahl, children's author
was born. The events for the day are one in 1789 The U.S. House of Representatives held its first
full meeting in New York City. In 1826 An internal Combustion Engine was patented by the
American inventor Samuel Morey. In 1841 Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue, "
considered the First Detective Story, was published.
April 2nd has three birthdays. One is for Charlemagne (Charles the Great), Frankish king, born in
742. The next is For Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of fairy tales, born in 1805. Book (1)
says, "Hans Christian Andersen once said that fairy tales must contain the elements of tragedy,
comedy, irony, and humor. Share with your (children) some of Andersen's most famous
tales--"The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes" "The Red Shoes" and so on. Then ask
the children to note how Andersen wove in the elements he cited." Last is for Frederic
Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor who created the Statue of Liberty, born in 1834. We will be
talking about the Statue of Liberty soon.
The first event for April 2 happened in 1792 when Congress authorized the establishment of the
First U.S. Mint. Book (1) wants you to know that When Congress first authorized the creation of a
mint, it decided that the coins made there should contain a certain amount of silver for the task.
So George Washington donated some of his own household silver.
Without looking, can your (children) describe the front and back of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter?
Have them share their descriptions with one another, then check their accuracy with some coins.
Next, ask the kids to imagine that they're archaeologists carefully examining U. S. coins. What do
the various designs, symbols, buildings, and people pictured on the coins tell about American culture?
In 1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate
capital of Richmond, Va.; In 1871 The First Canadian Census recorded 3,689,257 persons. Can you
find out what any of our Census' read today.
It is considered International Children's Book Day today along with it being National Humor Month,
Book (1) says to poll your (children) to find out what makes them laugh. Then have them each
write a story or draw a picture of a time when they laughed because they saw or heard something
funny. Invite them to share their work.
April 3 has three birthdays. One is of Washington Irving, American author, born in 1783. The next
is of Jane Goodall, ethologist and chimpanzee expert, born in 1934. Book (1) says she was 7 years
old when she read The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting. The book started her dreaming of going
to Africa to study animals. In 1960, at age 26, she traveled to East Africa to live in the wild and study
chimpanzees. Have any books inspired your students to set career goals? Ask them to list three
major goals they'd like to attain after they finish school. The last birthday is of Eddie Murphy,
American actor and comedian, born in 1961.
The first event for April 3 was in 1776 Harvard college conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor
of Laws on General George Washington. The next was in 1793 in which the First American Circus
opened in Philadelphia. This would be a good time of year to conduct some of your own pretend
circus practicing on boards etc. in the yard and putting pretend circus with stuffed animals and
puppets inside. Use your imagination and color plenty of pictures use things for math along with
eggs and Easter things even draw many things.
In 1800 Congress authorized the widowed Martha Washington to send all her mail Postage-free.
In 1805 Ten members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned to Washington to show President
Jefferson animal and plant specimens they'd collected. As your remember from our History book
lessons Book (1) describes this as "Commissioned by President Jefferson to find a land route to the
Pacific Ocean, expedition leaders Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out in 1804 from
St. Louis, MO., with 45 men. In a keelboat and two dugouts, they traveled up the Missouri River
to the mouth of the Yellowstone River, sighted the Rocky Mountains, and followed the Jefferson
branch of the Missouri through the Rockies. Then they followed the Columbia River to the Pacific. Have
your (children) trace the route on (a map.) Throughout their journey, Lewis and Clark collected plant
and animal specimens and kept detailed journals of their travels. Have your students sketch and
describe a plant or animal native to your region.
In 1837 The Ohio Institution for the Blind, the First State-Supported School for the Blind, was authorized.
In 1860 The Pony Express began service between St. Joseph, MO., and Sacramento, Calif. Talk
about the Pony Express to your children as much as you can. I am sure you could find information
about it if you searched.
April 4 is Friday and the first birthday is in 1802 in which Dorothea Dix, American social reformer,
was born. Book (1) says, "Tell your (children) that a Sunday school teaching assignment at a
Massachusetts jail changed Dorothea Dix's life--and the lives of many of the stat's mentally ill.
During her assignment, Dix noticed that mentally ill prisoners received poor care. This discovery
spurred her to investigate other places across Massachusetts where the mentally ill were kept. When
she presented her findings to the state legislature, reforms were enacted. Ask your (children) to
identify living conditions in their area that require reform. If possible, have the kids go on fact-finding
missions with cameras and notebooks in hand. Then have them present their findings to local
government officials. It is a good time to put their newspapers to work." The second birthday is of Maya
Angelou, American poet, born in 1928.
The events for the day include one in 1841 in which President William Henry Harrison died a month
after his inauguration. Use your imagination with this one.
In 1850 The city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In a877 A telephone was first installed in a private
home. In 1887 Susanna Medora Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kan., thus becoming the first
Woman Mayor in the United States. She served for 1 year at a salary of $1. Lastly, this is
National Reading a Road Map Day so take advantage.
Grandma will get back to you as soon as possible.