Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

House vs. Home

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I started to put together a lesson on tools and how a house is built but as I was brainstorming, the thought came to mind that perhaps I should approach the lesson more from ‘what makes a house a home’ perspective. This allows the inclusion of the external architectural and material aspects of a house (the general), as well as the internal emotional connection of a home (the personal) such as family, personal space and memories.

Recommended Books:

  • Tool Book by Gail Gibbons
  • I Love Tools! by Philemon Sturges
  • How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons
  • Young Architect book series by Gerry Bailey
  • Home by Alex T. Smith
  • Jack and Jill’s Treehouse by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • The House Takes A Vacation by Jacqueline Davies
  • The House I’ll Build For The Wrens: A Rebus Story by Shirley Neitzel
  • Old House by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
  • Let’s Go Home: The Wonderful Things About A House by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Caldecott Award)
  • The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • The Fire by Annette Griessman
  • Diggy Dan: A Room-Cleaning Adventure by Daniel and David Kamish

Vocabulary Target Words: architect, attic, basement, builder, ceiling, door, feelings, floor, furniture, home, house, memories, neighborhood, personal, room, space, stairs, tools, wall, window

Lesson Ideas:

Define and discuss the terms house and home. What are the difference and similarities?

Tools ~ What tools are and how they are used. Read I Love Tools! by Philemon Sturges or Tool Book by Gail Gibbons. (Tools theme picture dictionary)

How A House Is Built ~ What kinds of materials are used to make a house? This Building A House worksheet discusses some of those materials and uses.

Feelings from a house’s point of view ~ Read The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. It presents the story of a country house that gets overwhelmed through the years as it is engulfed by the growing city around it. The house is depicted as having an expressive personality, much like the feelings of a person. Excellent book! Another great option is The House Takes A Vacation by Jacqueline Davies.

Feelings from a person’s point of view ~ Read Let’s Go Home: The Wonderful Things About A House by Cynthia Rylant which describes the many rooms a house has and their special meanings for the people who live in it.

My Home/My Family ~ Ask the child to draw and write about their home and family using this primary journal sheet. Another option is to have the child write adjectives to describe their house on this worksheet. Other family themed lesson ideas.

In My Neighborhood ~ Take the child on a stroll around their neighborhood to talk about the different types of homes they see. Discuss similarities and differences to their own home. You can expand the lesson by asking the child fill out this Where I Live fact sheet or this Draw and Write sheet.

That’s Different ~ Discuss different types of dwellings and their names: house, apartment, townhouse, houseboat, mobile home or trailer, tent, tepee, igloo, farmhouse, cottage, log cabin, stilt house, RV, mansion, shelter, etc.

Geometric House ~ Read The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Douds. Using colored geometric shaped construction paper pieces, have the child create a house craft or have them use this blank house template to finish the house by drawing the appropriate geometric shapes. (art version suggestion)

Displaced ~ Families can sometimes be displaced from their home temporarily or permanently by disasters or other circumstances. Read The Fire by Annette Griessman; the story of a family whose house is lost in a fire and how they come to realize what their most important possessions are. What are shelters? Ask the child to imagine they lost their home. What would they miss the most? What if a neighbor lost their home? What of their possessions would they give to their neighbor? You can expand the lesson by discussing fire safety.

Related Lesson Idea:

The Three Little Pigs ~ which was the better built house?

Did You Know?: This is how people say the house in other languages:

  • Spanish = la casa
  • French = la maison
  • German = das haus


Coloring Pages:

Jokes & Riddles:

House and Household theme


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