Nucleus of Life Journaling

Nucleus of Life (NOL) is committed to exposing young children to Gospel realities (see I utilize any good picture bible book for little ones to introduce them to the Gospel stories. The steps in the process are as follows:

1) Purchase some journal writing paper where there is space to draw a picture and lines for writing beneath it. I purchased Draw and Write Journals from item #RR630.

2) Read a Gospel story and afterwards, ask your preschooler what they would like to tell others about the story. If this is done repeatedly for each Gospel story you read, your child will begin to form their own good sentences. At first, mom may have to guide the child a little by asking questions like:

- Who are the characters in this story, or

- What happened in this story, or

- If a good friend asked you about this story - what would you tell them?

Mom should begin to pick out Subject Nouns and Verbs their preschooler can use in their sentences.

3) I then have my older daughter or myself draw a picture about the story using shapes. My preschooler colors the picture with minimal help from us. That is because he is slower at drawing than writing his letters. The more we draw pictures for him as he watches us, the better he will become at drawing himself. As we draw, we discuss the shapes we are using at the time. I used this approach with my older children and it worked very well. By the time they were in fourth grade, they were sketching their own pictures from various art books and drawing themselves in their journals without any help by first grade.

4) Next, use letter tiles to build your sentence. I purchased Teaching Tiles Learning System by Every small child loves to build. If your preschooler learns that words are built one letter at a time, they master the discipline of taking the time to think about what they need to write. In preschool, we can sound out the letter before it is shown to the child so they have to guess the correct letter before it is put on the display. As time progresses, new phonics rules are applied to more complicated sounds and digraphs. For example, my four year old knows what the silent E does now. He is now starting to read short simple sentences and stories.

5) After building with your Teaching Tiles, your preschooler copies the sentence you created on the display to the journal writing lines under your picture. Once again, letter sounds are spoken out loud so the child is continuously reinforced with proper pronunciation and spelling. If you can not afford the Teaching Tiles, this approach is still appropriate by writing out sentences and having your child 'fill in the blanks.' Be sure to have them copy over the entire sentence themselves into their journal though. This keeps their journal as a precious keepsake of their own work.

6) Please see this link to view pictures of my four year olds work in progress. Notice in the pictures that we are making 'sounds' with the letters we use to make words and form our sentences. I also had to guide Patrick on how to form some letters by having him 'follow my finger.' Now he can form all his letters by himself.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rosary - Kindergarten Co-op

Below are all twenty mysteries of the Rosary we completed in our kindergarten co-op class last year.  If you would like to order one of these journals with the pictures to color, just let me know.  I can sell them for $9.25.  Or you can make them yourselves.  The 3rd Luminous Mystery is out of order and is at the end.

In our class, we read about each mystery and then said one decade of the rosary sitting around my display of The Seven Days of God's Creation.  I found these great little colorful wooden one decade rosaries for the children - I believe I purchased them from Autom.  Afterwards, we would color our pictures and write the keyword from the sentence we created verbally in our prayer circle on little white boards.  The homework was to write the sentence in our journal.  We couldn't write the sentence in class because some of the children could not do this yet.  Therefore, the children that could write had this for homework.

1 - First Joyful Mystery:  The Annuciation

2. Second Joyful Mystery:  The Visitation

3.  Third Joyful Mystery:  The Nativity
4.  Fourth Joyful Mystery:  The Presentation
5.  Fifth Joyful Mystery:  Finding in the Temple

1.  First Luminous Mystery:  Baptism of Jesus

2.  Second Luminous Mystery:  Wedding at Cana

4.  Fourth Luminous Mystery:  The Transfiguration

5. Fifth Luminous Mystery:  Institution of the Eucharist

1.  First Sorrowful Mystery:  Agony in the Garden

2.  Second Sorrowful Mystery:  The Scourging

3.  Third Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crowning of Thorns

4. Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:  Carrying of the Cross

5.  Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crucifixion

1.  First Glorious Mystery:  The Resurection

2.  Second Glorious Mystery:  The Ascension

3.  Third Glorious Mystery:  Descent of the Holy Spirit

4.  Fourth Glorious Mystery:  The Assumption

5.  Fifth Glorious Mystery:  The Coronation

3.  Third Luminous Mystery:  Proclamation of the Kingdom

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Nativity: Age 4

What a key concept for a four year old to pick up on!  This is one of Patrick's first entries too.

To share your child's work for 'The Nativity' enter with Mr. Linky here.

The First Disciples: Age 4

Listening is a skill that is often talked about in our house!

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The Presentation: Age 4

This is an important point in the story.  Simeon was over-joyed!  So was I after Patrick wrote this.

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Baptism of Jesus: Age 4

Have you ever seen blue camel hair?  Patrick is learning how sentences begin and end very well at age 4.

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Cure of Cripple: Age 4

This was also an entry made at the beginning of our journaling.  Sometimes, Patrick is too tired to finish coloring.  Some days it is easier to work harder than others at this age.  Mom has to read the cues from their little ones.

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Angels and Shepherds: Age 4

This entry was done near Christmas time.

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