Homeschool week “B”

We actually had two weeks’ worth of “B,” based on “bears” (mostly) and “balls” (secondary).

Fun food first!

We kicked off B week with pancake bears! I used banana slices for the ears, chocolate chips for the eyes and nose, and cooked a small pancake at less time for the lighter “muzzle.”


I made a baseball field cheese sandwich, carrot bat, and Babybell baseball (inspired by this post, although I don’t have a food safe marker).


We had meatballs, blueberries, bacon, egg butterflies, and a panda bear made of olives, rice, and a carrot slice.


I saw a cute cinnamon bear toast picture on Pinterest. We used chocolate chips, though, because we didn’t have raisins.


The boys loved this so much, they requested it a few more times for breakfast. They gave me good bear roars in response.


Now to the “school” stuff:

We focused on “B is for bear,” using my “Bb is for bear and ball” printable pack. Below, you can see the coloring sheets from the printable pack, as well as the letter crafts that we made — an uppercase “bear” (gluing ears, arms, legs, and eyes) and a ball and bat for lowercase “b.”


In fact, we didn’t do much with “ball” at all, except we counted how many times the boys could bounce a ball. (No photo.)

Steven learned Zoo-phonics in preschool last year, so we’ve been continuing to use their animal sounds and actions for the letters.

We used gummy bears to count to ten with the 3-year-old.


We also used foam blocks for counting.


For science, we checked out books about bears from the library, and read and colored this printable about the life cycle of the brown bear.


I found these bear coloring sheets and printed them, sized down, on a single sheet so that Steven could look them up in his library books and figure out how to color them.


Steve and Steven also filled out a KWL sheet about bears before and after reading the library books.


Finally, the boys made a “bear cave” out of couch cushions and pillows, but I forgot to take a picture!

Our memory verse was Acts 16:31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved – you and your household.” (See my ABC Memory Verses printable pack.)


A fun thing that we did the second “B” week was to read all of Bonny Becker’s “bear” books, one each day, and to do different activities related to the books.

First up was A Visitor for Bear. For lunch, we had cheese, crackers, and “a spot of tea,” just like Bear and Mouse do at the end of the book. The boys practiced their manners, passing each other the sugar and saying “please” and “thank you.”


We also printed out a “no” sign from the Candlewick press activity kit (link to PDF) and Steven decided what to write on the sign.


The next day, we read A Bedtime for Bear. Steven was introduced to the concept of a Venn diagram, and we filled it out for bears and mice.


We also talked about bedtime routines, and I had Steven and Matthew tell us things that we did before going to bed.


On Wednesday, we read The Sniffles for Bear. I printed out one of the pages from Candlewick Press’ activity PDF and Steven drew a picture and dictated. Then we went to the store and the boys got to pick out their own can of soup for lunch!


On the final day, we read A Birthday for Bear.

We looked at upcoming birthdays on the calendar and the boys made a birthday card for one of our friends.

Of course, we also checked out and read all kinds of bear books from the library (and pulled out all of our own bear-related books). We especially love all of Karma Wilson’s bear books (Bear Snores On, etc.), Phyllis Root’s Oliver Finds His Way, and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back.

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Baseball game activity book printable

. Baseball game activity book

Steve took Steven to his first San Francisco Giants game this year (technically his second, but he was an itty bitty baby when he went the first time!). I put together an activity book to help keep him occupied. His was SF Giants-specific, but I made a more generic version — with an extra page for slightly older kids — to share for free.

What’s included:

This five page printable makes a 16 page quarter-sheet sized booklet (not including the cover).


  • Page 1: Scorecard page, How much do things cost, word search
  • Page 2: Match pictures to words (bring a glue stick!), draw a picture, number the positions, handwriting
  • Page 3: Unscramble words, write players’ numbers and names, add up scores
  • Page 4: Write players’ numbers and names, game information writing sheet, baseball jokes, essay or picture page
  • Page 5: Cut-outs, cover

Booklet instructions

1. Print the pages double-sided. Pages 1 and 2 are appropriate for kindergarten level. Pages 3 and 4 would be appropriate for a slightly more advanced reader/writer. Page 5 is the cover and cutout page, so it will not have a back.

Front side

Back side

2. Cut the pages in half.


3. Stack the pages. The cover should be at the bottom, face down. The scorecard should be at the top, face up. The order of the other pages doesn’t really matter.


4. Fold the booklet in half. From the remaining half sheet, cut out the cut-outs.

Fold, staple. Cut.

5. Put the book and cut-outs in an envelope. Be sure to bring a glue stick, pencil, and markers or crayons!


Baseball game activity book – baseball.pdf

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Bb – bear and ball printable pack


Here’s the printable pack for Bb, featuring “bear” and “ball.” I created all of these graphics and printables.

Here is what’s included:

  • Coloring/handwriting page
  • Colored picture – use as puzzle or decoration
  • Color wheel
  • Lacing card
  • Line tracing worksheet
  • Cutting practice and size sorting
  • Find letter worksheet
  • Letter outline (for playdough mats, tracing, rainbow writing, gluing, etc.)
  • Matching cards
  • Word cards (find the words that start with the letter)


Bb Printable Pack – Bb.pdf

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