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Brother Lee told us to teach the children that they are different from plants and animals. We have taken his word and applied it to let the children discover the preciousness of our humanity. Preciousness means the quality of being beyond value. In the eyes of God we are beyond value, more than any other living thing. We begin with the physical body which is fearfully and wonderfully made and then go on to explore some of the major traits of our humanity.  In each instance we lead the children to discover the contrast between our humanity and plants or animals. This contrast is not the focus of our time with the children; but we will use these to compare and highlight how we were created.

Block 1 — The Human Body    (PDF)

We begin discovering the preciousness of our humanity by enjoying that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. In this block we explore how we were made in contrast to the grass, plants and trees. God has created us in ways that are unique to other living things.

Week 1 (10/16)I am different than grass
Week 2 (10/23)I am different than flowers
Week 3 (10/30)I am different than trees
Week 4 (11/6)I am different than fish
Week 5 (11/13)I am different than ants and rolly pollies
Week 6 (11/20)I am different than birds
Week 7 (11/27)I am different than lizards
Week 8 (12/4)I am different than guinea pigs
Week 9 (12/11)I am different than giraffes
Week 10 (12/18)I am different than gorillas

Block 2 — Thoughtfulness

In this block we discover that we are thoughtful; we plan ahead, we are kind to others, we can consider others and act upon it, and we can easily share. To highlight these precious traits, we compare these to specific animals that do not exhibit these traits.

Week 11 (12/25)Planning ahead (1)
Week 12 (1/1)Sharing (1)
Week 13 (1/8)Considering others
Week 14 (1/15)Kindness (1)
Week 15 (1/22)Planning ahead (2)
Week 16 (1/29)Being kind to others
Week 17 (2/5)Considering one another
Week 18 (2/12)Sharing (2)
Week 19 (2/19)Planning ahead (3)
Week 20 (2/26)Kindness (2)

Block 3 — We Wonder

Man is the only creature who wonders about himself, his surroundings, and God. It’s really something to see how much we wonder about. In this block, we will discover with the children some of the things they might wonder about. We often wonder why or how. Our goal is not to give them answers to the “whys” but to let them discover the sense of wondering we have and to show that none of the animals wonder why. To wonder about things is part of the preciousness of our humanity.

Week 21 (3/5)We wonder why is the ocean salty
Week 22 (3/12)We wonder why we need to be quiet at the library
Week 23 (3/19)We wonder why are radishes red, carrots are orange and broccoli is green
Week 24 (3/26)We wonder why the moon changes its shape
Week 25 (4/2)We wonder where our parents are (at work, store, etc.)
Week 26 (4/9)We wonder why we need to eat meat and vegetables
Week 27 (4/16)We wonder why we need to put on a jacket when it is cold
Week 28 (4/23)We wonder why it gets dark
Week 29 (4/30)We wonder when we will grow up
Week 30 (5/7)We wonder about God

Block 4 — Ingenuity

Ingenuity is defined as the quality of being clever, original, resourceful, and inventive. Only man was created by God with the ability to create and invent, especially when there is a need. In this block we will discover along with the children some of the things they sometimes take for granted. We have the ability to consider a situation and come up with a solution or adaptation. On the other hand, animals are not capable of thinking in this way. Ingenuity is a part of the preciousness of our humanity.

Week 31 (5/14)We can build a house from a variety of materials
Week 32 (5/21)We can live where it is very cold because we are able to figure out how to stay warm
Week 33 (5/28)We can live where it is very hot because we have figured out how to stay cool
Week 34 (6/4)We can dive deep down into the oceans to see what is there
Week 35 (6/11)We can fly to the moon in rocket ships
Week 36 (6/18)We have invented amazing ways to get around
Week 37 (6/25)We can send a card to someone far away
Week 38 (7/2)We can think of many ways to eat bananas
Week 39 (7/9)We have invented amazing ways to fly
Week 40 (7/16)We can use numbers and shapes to solve problems

Block 5 — Language

Language is a non-instinctive system of spoken, manual (signed), or written symbols by which human beings’ express ideas, emotions, and desires. Language is a huge part of the preciousness of our humanity. Animal communication is the transfer of information by sounds, scents and motions from the sender to the receiver that affects current behavior. It can impact future behavior, too. It is generally instinctive.

Week 41 (7/23)All babies learn to speak the language they hear at home
Week 42 (7/30)We can follow two or three-step instructions because we understand language
Week 43 (8/6)All children can learn words in another language and use them
Week 44 (8/13)We easily tell others about events in the past, present, and future
Week 45 (8/20)Our language allows us to explain our likes and dislikes in food
Week 46 (8/27)Our language allows us to explain to others what we prefer when we are playing with them
Week 47 (9/3)We all can make up stories
Week 48 (9/10)We are learning to write our names
Week 49 (9/17)We all have the capacity to learn how to read
Week 50 (9/24)Our language allows us to express our ideas and desires

Block 6 — Artistic expression

Artistic expression is the use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be thought of or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of color, forms, sounds, or words. Only man was created by God with the ability to imagine and then express his thoughts in various creative ways. In this block we will discover along with the children some of the ways that we can express ourselves artistically. (Drawing, painting, music, sewing, etc.) Artistic expression is a part of the preciousness of our humanity.

On the other hand, animals are not capable of imagining or creating based on forethought. It is possible to get some animals to make a picture, but only after they have been trained to make certain strokes using certain colors. Any form of art is not inherent in the animal kingdom. You do not see them creating art in their own environment.

Week 51 (10/1)We can take a pencil, crayons or piece of chalk and copy or create something artistic
Week 52 (10/8)We can use paint to create or express something we feel or see
Week 53 (10/15)We were given the ability to create music for our enjoyment and the enjoyment of others
Week 54 (10/22)We can use our imagination to create poetry or stories
Week 55 (10/29)We can create art that is three-dimensional, such as sculpture or pottery
Week 56 (11/5)We can use our imagination and a camera to photograph artistic pictures
Week 57 (11/12)We can weave beautiful art using fabric, yarn, thread and other materials
Week 58 (11/19)We can create a work of art or architecture using wood, stone or steel
Week 59 (11/26)We can express our ideas when we do crafts
Week 60 (12/3)We can make-believe in our playing

Block 7 — Cognition

Cognitive skills, or cognitive abilities, are the ways that your brain remembers, reasons, holds attention, solves problems, thinks, reads and learns. Logic and reasoning skills help you solve problems and generate ideas. This cognitive ability is part of the preciousness of our humanity. God has endowed us with the ability to think logically well beyond any animal. There is a huge gulf between our cognition and that of animals. Animals mostly live by instinct and inborn behaviors.

Week 61 (12/10)Our brain can figure out which items are similar in shape
Week 62 (12/17)We have a brain that can solve puzzles
Week 63 (12/24)We have a brain that can sort items
Week 64 (12/31)Our brains allow us to use symbols that stand for real things
Week 65 (1/7)Our brains have the capacity to focus while we do various things
Week 66Only human beings show empathy
Week 67We have the ability to know right from wrong
Week 68We care about having a clean and tidy appearance
Week 69We can teach, learn, and practice by considering how we first were taught to do something
Week 70The human brain can solve complicated problems and generate solutions

Block 8 — Human Responses

A precious part of our humanity is that we become aware, we recognize (or are affected) and we respond to the world around us. Through our senses, we touch, smell, taste, hear, and move responding to what’s around us in a variety of ways. God has endowed us with the ability to respond in ways that are well beyond any animal. Animals typically do not exhibit any responses to what they see, hear, touch, and taste outside the realm of their survival. We, of course, have many responses to the world around us.

Week 71We respond to that which is beautiful