Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week C

We seem to be progressing well, though we're only 3 weeks into it. We go over this Alphabet place mat before proceeding with our letter for the week and he can already pick out others that he knows now. He seems to enjoy it and was asking me today what our letter was going to be this week. :)

So for week C we had a snack of Chocolate Covered raisins, Cranberries, and Alphabet Cookies*. (*Trader Joe's, the best)

We ate it while wearing Daddy's Cap.

This one might become a favorite of Mommy's when possible. For one day we picked out all our toys that started with C and some books too and that was all we played with for the day. It greatly lessened the amount of toys under foot!

It was a great letter to do it for since Cars starts with C, so we had our Car truck, and a Chicken that snuck in for a ride.

And Car races from the Car truck.

"on your mark, get set, GO!"

Racing to the finish line!

And also our Cows and Containers.

"Hello, I'm a Cow in a Container, eating a Carrot."

Seconds before this was taken these were Cows on Containers.

We also got to Color with Crayons pictures of Chipmunks and Chicks.

And a C lunch we had.

Even Jeffy got a Cracker, he's also attempted crawling this week all because of C I'm sure. ;)

Phi got to be a Chief partly for the C and partly because it was Thanksgiving week.

And for the same reason he got to help make a pie Crust.

As an aside did you know you can use butter instead of shortening in pie crust? I did it as an experiment and it worked great! No more hydrogenated shortening for me.

Ready for the pan.

And here was our C page from the paper and Country Magazine.

And practicing writing C.

Our verse for the week:
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

And our song was: C-O-M-E that's all He asks of me...

We also made a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake, we have a recipe that is very simple that Phi loves to help with but it calls for packaged cake mix and pudding so I have been meaning to find a homemade recipe that we could do so I know what all the ingredients are. This was just the incentive I needed to dig through some recipe books and come up with a good one from all the ones I could find that sounded good. For the holiday we also made Chocolate Peppermint Truffles (w/ Trader Joe's Peppermint Oreos, my new favorite find, don't know how I'm gonna survive when they go back out of season.) and Chocolate dipped pretzel slims. I think this may have been my favorite week so far! :) Hooray for Chocolate! :D

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hadn't really given Thanksgiving much thought and all the sudden we were half way through the week so we decided to be the quickest and easiest persons to reenact, the Indians.

The Chief with his "bear claw" n bead necklace giving out war cries.

And his trusty Brave following suite.

Foraging for roots/bulbs in a ... flower pot. I know not the men's work but we were running short on women.

Trying to figure out how these bows are suppose to work.

Chief Broken Feather..

And his rather mischievous looking sidekick...

Brave Three Feathers,

who decided it was time for stories around the fireplace.

While Chief Broken Feather worked on his war cries and

roasting his catch of the day.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Oregon Territory!!

Week B

Last week was our week devoted to the letter B and I had fun finding things to keep us going. It ended up having a lot to do with baking but we found some stuff to get the wiggles out too.

Our verse for the week was:

But God commendeth HIS love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Leroy likes to practice along with Phi so they both get in on the fun.
Phi "rode" his Bike. He doesn't actually pedal much yet, but he can steer, so I hook him by rope to the stroller and we go, it makes more room in the stroller for the other two.

And thanks to some ideas from Amma or Gramma Jo we should say, we also wore a Band-Aid sporting the letter B.

Leroy gets in on this too, we'll see how much sticks.

And by the river at Grandpa and Grandma's found a stick that had been chewed on by a Beaver!
When we got back up to the house Gramma Jo read him a story about how Beavers make there dens and such.

Toward the end of the week we made Bread, in the Bread machine. We should do this more often as the process fascinated all of them. Jeffy was mesmerized by the paddle going around to mix the dough.

Phi's favorite part of course was punching it down.

This one was fun for mommy too cause it burned lots of their energy, they Bounced on a Blow-up Bed. We've been saving this bed for some rainy day ever since we got a new one since this one doesn't hold air for more than an hour. I hadn't thought of this before but it was perfect.

Then we added Balls for even more fun!

We also made Bran muffins one morning and,

had Bananas and Blueberries on our puff pancake another morning.

We sang "The B-I-B-L-E" song and picked out the letters he knew. We also took Baths with Bubbles but since that has to happen more than once a year it wasn't quite as much of a novelty.

And when the free adds came on Wednesday we did our cut and paste page and letter recognition and finding pictures of things that start with B.

It must have been sinking in cause by Sunday as we were driving he asked from the back, "Momma, does Bus stop start wis' B?"

We're on to C this week though we still practice all the letter verses together at our morning readings as Leroy's favorite is the A verse "All have sinned...".

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Week A

Last week we started learning the alphabet and are hoping to accomplish one letter a week. We did "A" things in honor of our letter. Phi loves to cut with his scissors so we took a grocery add and first found A things.( Leroy helped with the coloring)

"Apples" and "Avocados"

Then since his scissors were still antsy we cut small bits of different colors from the paper and made an "A" shape. Then he took over the glue part and Mommy the scissors and we found as many letter "A"s as we could through out the adds and came up with this page.

He then got to try writing some and did pretty good other than wanting to make them look like H instead of A.

We did an "A" verse to memorize for the week.

And got some library books to find some more pictures with "A" words. One about Animals from Africa and another of Animals in general.



And also took a walk by the airport so we could watch the airplanes. And see some "A" s on signs and such.

We also included "Apple Cranberry Scones" for breakfast one morning and sang "A" songs out of the Let's Sing About Jesus hymn book each morning.
They say learning should be fun so we're trying to keep it that way.