Most parts of the country have been hit hard this winter, and March surely came in like a lion! Will it go out like a lamb? Only time will tell! One thing is for sure, it is lambing season, and a great time to share some sheep resources with your children!
If you don’t have your own lambs to ooh and aah over, go visit a farm or petting zoo. Here is a picture my friend and long-time HSS contributor, Ginger, took of her darling little fluff ball, Daisy.
Using a concordance, look up the various references to lambs and sheep in your Bible. Teach your children of the Passover Lamb, and how it foreshadowed the coming Lamb of God. Here is one verse you can read and discuss with your children.
1 Peter 1:18-23 says,
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
Israelites killed and ate a lamb without blemish or spot at the Passover to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 12:3-11). In Isaiah 53:7, the Messiah was predicted as a lamb led to the slaughter, to show his patience in his sufferings, and readiness to die for man. A lamb was a symbol of patience, meekness, gentleness. On all these accounts, rather than on any one of them alone, Jesus was called the Lamb. He was innocent (1 Peter 2:23-25); he was a sacrifice for sin-the substance represented by the daily offering of the lamb, and slain at the usual time of the evening sacrifice (Luke 23:44-46); and he was what was represented by the Passover, turning away the anger of God, and saving sinners by his blood from vengeance and eternal death (1 Corinthians 5:7).
You can also read Matthew 18:10-14, the parable of the Lost Sheep, and complete these activities including word searches, crossword puzzles, and coloring pages.
Even the youngest child has probably memorized the old nursery rhyme, Mary had a Little Lamb. Please don’t follow the example of Mary’s teacher, who wouldn’t allow Mary’s lamb to school! Instead, follow the advice in this poem, written by Agnes A. Twichell in 1898:
Mary’s Lamb “Up To Date”
If Mary’s little lamb, my dears
Had lived in ’98,
The little, fleeting woolly thing,
Would have met a better fate.
For if it followed her to school,
The teacher kind would say;
“Why, Mary, dear, I’m glad he’s here,
I think we’ll let him stay.”
The children all would gather round,
Discussing every feature.
As though a treasure they had found,
They’d talk about the creature.
They’d draw a picture of it, too.
/Twould really do them credit,
And then a story each would write,
‘Twould please you if you read it.
The lamb would be allowed to roam,
Around the room at pleasure,
And when at noon it trotted home,
It’s joy would know no measure.
I’m glad that time a change has wrought,
Now children’s minds are used for thought,
Their eyes for observation.
Or maybe your young children would enjoy completing a free lapbook for the nursery rhyme Little Boy Blue.
Do just as the poem suggests – encourage your child to describe every lamb feature, write a story about it, and draw a picture. Learn about the anatomy, diet, and reproductive systems of these mammals. Anna Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study is a great resource. Utilize these notebooking pages as desired:
Sheep Report Form with Writing Cues
Sheep Blank Report Form
Sheep 2 Blank Report Form
Lamb Copywork Pages with Handwriting Without Tears* Lines
Lamb Copywork Pages with Traditional Primary Ruled Lines
Free Unit Studies
There are free unit studies available at Homeschool Share for numerous sheep-themed picture books.
Charlie Needs a Cloak (includes Free Lapbook!)
A New Coat for Anna (includes Free Lapbook!)
Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb (includes Free Notebooking Pages!)