What you will find below is not the original Fruit Snacks curriculum. I have decided to go with an outline that will allow everyone to be more creative within the curriculum, as well as focus on their own child's individual needs. We were getting a bit overwhelmed trying to keep up with the original curriculum, and I know some of you were too. Hopefully this will carry us through for awhile.
Teach one Fruit of the Spirit per week w/ Bible story and activity corresponding to the Fruit.
Bible story ideas:
1. The Good Samaritan (Let the kids act out the story, and use toilet paper to bandage the wounded.)
2. Jesus and the Little Children (Let the kids draw a picture of themselves with Jesus)
3. The Creation Story
4. David and Jonathan
1. Paul and Silas in Prison (Talk about the things that make the kids sad, and then spend some time singing together.)
2. The Angels Tell the Shepherds of Jesus’ Birth (Get excited about Jesus’ birth!)
1. Jesus Calms the Storm (Ask the kids what they get worried or upset about. Then help them take turns praying for peace.)
2. Daniel and the Lions Den (Draw a picture of Daniel with the lions)
3. Jesus is Tempted
1. Following the Pillar of Fire and the Cloud (Walk around the room with the kids following closely behind. Teach them to stop as soon as you stop, and walk when you walk.)
2. Hannah (Help the kids make a list of things they are waiting for.)
1. Zaccheus (Teach the kids the Zaccheus song)
2. Friends help their sick friend through the crowd to Jesus. (Make a cot for a baby doll and let the kids act out the story.)
3. Ruth and Naomi
4. Jesus Calls Matthew
5. Jesus Raises the Widow's Son
1. Noah and the Ark (Build a boat out of popsicle sticks.)
2. The Poor Widow (Take up an “offering,” and let each child put in two pennies. Talk to them about how the meaning of the story.)
1. Jericho (Use small boxes to build the wall of Jericho. Talk about how the scary things in our lives are like that wall. Then let the kids walk around it seven times before knocking it down.)
2. Isaac is Born
3. Jacob's Dream
4. Joseph in Egypt
5. Baby Moses
1. Isaac and his Wells (Let one child build something out of blocks, and another knock it down. Help them work through any problems that might arise.)
2. Jesus is our Shepherd
3. Jesus Dies on the Cross
1. Adam and Eve and the Apple (Put a bowl of candy in the middle of the room while the kids play around it. Tell them not to eat it, and talk through the story each time someone reaches into the bowl.)
Teach one additional learning concept per week:
Shapes and colors
Simple addition with objects
Raising hands before speaking (during the lessons)
Counting back from ten (early subtraction)
Teach one letter per school day.
Start with capital letters and add the lower case once you’ve made it through the alphabet. In addition to the letter craft (and replacing it when necessary) have them trace a large block version of the letter with seven different colors.
Letter craft ideas:
1. Draw the letter in a thick back line, or, if the kids are old enough, help them draw the line. Then give them small pieces of paper they can either cut or tear into smaller pieces. Let them glue the smaller pieces onto the line to create a mosaic of the letter and number.
2. Draw the letter on a piece of construction paper. Let the kids glue macaroni noodles onto the lines.
3. Let the kids cut out and glue pictures corresponding to the letter.
4. Make something that begins with the day’s letter, i.e. drum for “D,” kite for “K,” candle for “C,” etc.
Teach one number per school day.
Number crafts ideas:
1. In addition to tracing the number, have them cut and glue the corresponding number of objects.
2. Trace or draw the number according to the number. For example, trace or draw the number “3” three times.
Once you've made it through the alphabet you will begin teaching the phonetics of each letter. At this point you should teach one letter plus one additional phonogram per day. For a list of all 70 phonograms, click here.