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.”

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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).

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

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

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

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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.”

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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.

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We also used foam blocks for counting.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.)

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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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Homeschool week “A”

When the fall began, we started with “A” week! (This post will only contain things related with the letter A; I won’t cover other history, math, science, etc. topics unless it’s related.)

We read (and sang) The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Wescott.

I scanned a few pictures from the book, shrunk them, printed them, and cut them out for Matthew (3 years) to sequence. (Sorry, no photo!)

I used printables from my “Aa is for Alligator and Apple” pack, which included a simple puzzle for Matthew and sequencing activities for Steven (5 years old).

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Both boys used play-doh to form the letters.

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Using green popsicle sticks, teeth cut from paper, and googly eyes, the boys made these alligator crafts, which I then used with Steven to work on “greater than” and “less than.” Steven pulled two number puzzle pieces from a bag, said what the numbers were (to work on number recognition, because he still mixes 6 and 9), and then placed the alligator the right way to “chomp” on the bigger number.

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We made these cute letter crafts, inspired by Jolanthe’s A is for Alligator craft:

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a is for apple:

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We memorized Romans 3:23. (See my ABC Memory Verses printable pack.)

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One day of handwriting was spent tracing the letters of the verse.

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We went to the store and bought different varieties of apples to use my taste test printable. The boys decided that they liked [organic, local] Red Delicious apples the best.

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Finally, we used my Let’s cook! printable to gather the ingredients for apple pies and get familiar with the recipes over a few days. We made two apple pies for Matthew’s third birthday party.

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Steven industriously sliced apples (and ate chocolate cake batter).

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The pies turned out great!

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One of my favorite parts of theme weeks is coming up with snacks or meals to match.

This week, we had pizza (to go with The Lady with the Alligator Purse book/song), of course.

I did some “pancake art” by  making a rough semblance of an alligator. (And a Mickey Mouse pancake because it was requested.)

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Another morning, Steve made a pancake with m’n’m’s forming the letter “A.”

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We made alligators out of mini cucumbers.

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And we ate lots of apples!

Finally… here’s a funny incident that came out of “A” week, when Matthew surprised us by suddenly writing an “A” in chalk outside.

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