Friday, December 27, 2013

Letter "O"

Our Letter "O" recipe was a Savory Owl Snack. To see the recipe, click HERE

Completely on her own she made an "O" with Sawyer's trains and said, "Look Mommy I made an O"! I'm so proud of her creativity! She is always amazing me!
Olivia loves the "Olivia the Pig" series. We have had a really good time reading these books by Ian Falconer:
Olivia, Olivia goes to Venice, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia and Her Ducklings, and Olivia Saves the Circus. There are even more in the series. Go HERE to see the complete list.

Letter "O" Bible Story: Olive Branch, Genesis 8

Our Favorite Letter "O" Books:

Oops by: Mercer Mayer (cute picture book)
Oops! by: Colin McNaughton
Oops, Clifford! by: Norman Bridwell
The Octopus by: Denys Cazet
How to Hide an Octopus by: Ruth Heller's
Ox-Cart Man by: Donald Hall
Paul Bunyan and His Blue Ox by: Patsy Jensen
Otis by: Janie Bynum
Otis by: Loren Long
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by: Tracey Campbell Pearson
Owen by: Kevin Henkes
My "o" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure

*Here is another fun Letter "O" cooking project that is very fun for children. Click HERE for the recipe for Chocolate Octopuses.

Letter "S"

We made Chocolate Spiders for our Letter "S" recipe. To see more pictures and for the recipe, click HERE

star stickers on "S"

shoes for "S"

counting numbers on a spider

Olivia made a snowman puppet at the library!

There were several letter "S" Bible stories that we enjoyed from Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by: Sarah Young.
  • Samson the Strong Guy - Judges 14-16
  • God Speaks to Samuel - 1 Samuel 3
  • Solomon's Wisdom - 1 Kings 1-4
  • The Good Samaritan - Luke 10
  • Saul - Acts 9
Our Favorite Letter "S" Books:

The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats
Snow by: Cynthia Rylant
Snow on Snow on Snow by: Cheryl Chapman
Snowstruck Wilson (Chuggington)
Lucille's Snowsuit by: Kathryn Lasky
Midnight Snowman by: Caroline Feller Bauer
Snow Day! by: Patricia Lakin
Snowballs by: Lois Ehlert
There was a Cold Lady who Swallowed some Snow! by: Lucille Colandro

Spider's Lunch by: Joanna Cole
Spectacular Spiders by: Linda Glaser
Spiders by: Gail Gibbons

Harry by the Sea by: Gene Zion
The Seashore Noisy Book by: Margaret Wise Brown
For Sand Castles or Seashells by: Gail Hartman
P.B. Bear Sand Castle Surprise by: Lee Davis

My "s" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
Sheep in a Jeep by: Nancy Shaw
Supersister by: Beth Cadena
Clifford Makes a Splash by: Quinlan B. Lee
Clifford's Best School Day by: Quinlan B. Lee
Sun up, Sun down by: Gail Gibbons

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Letter "J"

Our letter "J" recipe was Jello Jigglers. To see more of the cooking pictures and the complete recipe, click HERE

sorting and filling up the jellybean jar

making jellybean patterns

Letter "J" Bible Story: Jesus Walks on the Water, Matthew 14:22-33

Our Favorite Letter "J" Books:
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by: Stan & Jan Berenstain
My Baby Blue Jays by: John Berendt
James Goes Buzz, Buzz by: Rev. W. Awdry
Josephina by: Diana Engel
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by: Eileen Christelow
Sheep in a Jeep by: Nancy Shaw
My "j" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
Jumping Jill Went Down the Hill by: Maria Fleming
Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by: Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges
Jamaica's Find by: Juanita Havill (on c.d.)
The Giant Jam Sandwich by: John Vernon Lord
Jamberry by: Bruce Degen
Bread and Jam for Frances by: Russell Hoban
Johnny Appleseed by: Patricia Demuth
Johnny Appleseed: My Story by: David L. Harrison
Jelly Beans for Sale by: Bruce McMillan
Edward in the Jungle by: David McPhail
Jungle Halloween by: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Monday, October 7, 2013

Letter "H"

Horse pictures on Letter "H"

We made "Hot Dogs on a Ride". For the recipe and to see more pictures click HERE

Letter "H" Bible Stories:
Heaven - Matthew 9:14
Hannah - 1 Samuel 1:1-20

Our Favorite Letter "H" Books:

Happy Birthday, Dear Dragon by: Margaret Hillert
Hop on Pop by: Dr. Seuss
Henry and the Red Stripes by: Eileen Christelow
A House for Hermit Crab by: Eric Carle (story on tape from library)
My Pet Hamster & Gerbils by: LeeAnne Engfer
Helicopters by: Mary Lindeen
My "h" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
Hairy Maclary's Bone by: Lynley Dodd
Harry by the Sea by: Gene Zion
Harry the Dirty Dog by: Gene Zion
Hug by: Jez Alborough (great picture book)
Hug Time by: Patrick McDonnell
Hug Hug! by: Lorie Ann Grover
Bear Hugs by: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
The Berenstain Bears: Old Hat, New Hat by: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Hickory Dickory Dock by: Jim Aylesworth
The Little Red Hen by: Alan Garner
Harold and the Purple Crayon by: Crockett Johnson
Harold's Fairy Tale by:Crockett Johnson
Harold's Trip to the Sky by: Crockett Johnson
Harold's Circus by: Crockett Johnson
A House is a House for Me by: Mary Ann Hoberman
Night House Bright House by: Monica Wellington
Don't Cut My Hair! by: Hans Wilhelm
Curious George Goes to the Hospital by: Margret & H.A. Rey
The Hairy Toe Illustrated by: Daniel Postgate
The Wild Little Horse by: Rita Gray
Horrible Hannah by: Barbara Bottner

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Letter "G"

Olivia made Gingerbread Cookies for her Letter "G" recipe. To see the recipe and more pictures, click HERE

gummy bears color sorting 

discussed most/least

making patterns with rainbow goldfish

gumdrops on "G"! 

Nana Carolyn came over for a visit and Olivia got her to read her favorite Letter "G" book: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

goldfish ponds 

Sawyer wanted to join in on the fun with this one!
Letter "G" Bible Story:
Goliath - 1 Samuel 17

Our Favorite Letter "G" Books:

My "g" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Pictures by: Stephen Carpenter
Three Billy Goats Gruff retold and illustrated by: Glen Rounds
The Golden Goose by: Susan Saunders
Goldilocks and The Three Bears retold and illustrated by: James Marshall
Green Eggs and Ham by: Dr. Seuss
My Granny Went to Market by: Stella Blackstone and Christopher Corr
Giraffes by: Kari Schuetz
Giraffes by: Sarah Albee
Grapes to Raisins by: Inez Snyder
Raisin and Grape by: Tom Amico and James Proimos
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by: Margie Palatini
The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein
What About My Goldfish? by: Pamela D. Greenwood
My Goldfish by: Pamela Walker
The Gingerbread Man retold by: Eric A. Kimmel
Gorillas by: Patricia Demuth
Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story by: Linda Glaser

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Letter "F"

Olivia made a Flag cake for July 4th and for Letter "F". To see more pictures and the recipe, click HERE

It just so happen that while we were studying Letter "F", Olivia made a Fruit Loops rainbow craft at VBS.

Sawyer's Fruit Loops necklace

making Fruit Loops necklaces

Letter "F" Bible Story:
Miracle of the Fish and Bread, Mark 6:30-44

Favorite Letter "F" Books:

Ten Flashing Fireflies by: Philemon Sturges
Too Many Frogs! by: Sandy Asher
Frogs by: Nic Bishop
Water Frog Polliwogs by: Dawn Bluemel Oldfield
Froggy Goes to the Doctor by: Jonathan London
Little Rabbit Foo Foo by: Michael Rosen & Arthur Robins
Fishy Tales by:
Hooray for Fish! by: Lucy Cousins
The Birthday Fish by: Dan Yaccarino
Fish is Fish by: Leo Lionni
My "f" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
Fox in Socks by: Dr. Seuss
The Foot Book by: Dr. Seuss
Fire Engines by: Anne Rockwell
Farm Flu by: Teresa Bateman
Farm Counting Book by: Jane Miller
The Story of Ferdinand by: Munro Leaf
Bedtime for Frances by: Russell Hoban

For Letter "F" we checked out some of the Fancy Nancy books from the library for the first time. There are many in this series and Olivia absolutely LOVES them!:)

Fancy Nancy by: Jane O'Connor
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by: Jane O'Connor
Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique by: Jane O'Connor

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Letter "I"

We made ice cream for our Letter "I" recipe. Click HERE to view the yummy recipes and to see more pictures.

Indian on "I"

She made an Indian hand puppet.

Bible Story: Isaac Genesis 2:12

Favorite Letter "I" Books:

Ice Cream Cones for Sale! by: Elaine Greenstein
Inch by Inch by: Leo Lionni
Inch and Roly Make a Wish by: Melissa Wiley
Inch and Roly and the Very Small Hiding Place by: Melissa Wiley
If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by: Ann McGovern
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush retold by: Tomie dePaola
My "i" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by: Iza Trapani
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider by: Rosemary Wells

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Letter "D"

We made dirt cake. It was yummy! To see more pictures and the recipe click HERE

coloring and playing paper dolls

Letter "D" Bible Story: Daniel Prayed - Daniel 6:27a

Our Favorite Letter "D" Books:

Duckat by: Gaelyn Gordon
Duck at the Door by: Jackie Urbanovic
John Philip Duck by:Patricia Polacco
Dirt Boy by: Erik Jon Slangerup
Little Donkey and the Birthday Present by: Rindert Kromhout
Dragon is Coming! by: Valeri Gorbachev
Puff the Magic Dragon by: Peter Yarrow & Lenny Lipton
Thomas and Percy and the Dragon by: Rev. W. Awdry
My "d" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
If the Dinosaurs Came Back by: Bernard Most
Dini Dinosaur by: Karen Beaumont
Chugginton: Dinosaur Adventure by: Ian Carney
101 Dalmatians by: Disney
Dog Breath by: Dav Pilkey
If you Give a Dog a Donut by: Laura Numeroff
Go, Dog. Go! by: P.D. Eastman
Drip, Drop by: Sarah Weeks
Froggy goes to the Doctor by: Jonathan London

Friday, May 17, 2013

Letter "T"

making an ABAB pattern on the turtle

We made "teepees"! They were so yummy! For more pictures and the recipe, click  HERE

Here are some books about teepees that I used for teaching Olivia. We didn't read every page because they are lengthy but we did enjoy the pictures. 
If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by: Ann McGovern
Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters by: Paul Goble
Dancing Teepees by: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

brushing a tooth at the library for the storytime activity

three great books about teeth that we enjoyed:

Arthur's Tooth by: Marc Brown
The Tooth Book by: Dr. Seuss
Loose Tooth by: Lola M. Schaefer

making a "T" with blue tape

being silly with tape -- She wanted to put some on her nose!

making sugar cookies

truck cookie for Letter "T"

Bible Story: Tower of Babel - Genesis 11 & Colossians 3:17

Our Favorite Letter "T" Books:

Tom the T.V. Cat by: Joan Heilbroner
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Illustrated by: Michael Hague
Read to Tiger by: S.J. Fore
The Hairy Toe Illustrated by: Daniel Postgate
My "t" Sound Box by: Jane Belk Moncure
The Best Book about Tractors by: Stella Maidment
My Little Train by:Satomi Ichikawa
Tom's Tail by: Linda Jennings
I'm a Little Teapot by: Iza Trapani
Trash Trucks! by: Daniel Kirk
The Truck Book by: Bill Gere
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Thomas and the School Trip by: Rev. W. Awdry