Saturday, January 30, 2010

Salt Dough Letters and Numbers

We made salt dough using this easy recipe. It was so easy to make and wonderful to work with. I did decrease the water a touch and added a teaspoon of vanilla. The dough smelled delicious.  The kids are very impressed with the way they turned out, too!

These are the aprons the kids made before Christmas.  We sliced an apple in half and stamped the star shape in the middle. 

 I will admit this project took quite a few days to complete. The mess was quite a bit and it had a lot to do with the fact we were dealing with the in flow of Christmas presents.

However, the kiddos smiles were well worth the few days of mess.  It was a good way to ease back into the school routine again.  I will need to make note of that for next year.

Ii week

Ii is for Saint Ignatius and Blessed Imelda
We listened to the Glory Stories Blessed Imelda.  Now that I moved all of our school stuff in one room---our schoolroom---I am able to find lots of supplemental materials that were once tucked away.  I can't tell you how happy I am about having all our school stuff in one place!!!
Ii is for I'm Sorry
As a springboard using the wonderful alphabet virtue coloring sheets from Pondered In My Heart, we did a lesson on forgiveness.  The first picture are Princess' puppets for the story of the Prodigal Son.  Next we read stories about forgiveness in Devotional Stories for Little Folks.   I would like to incorporate a virtue study using both the coloring sheets and Devotional Stoires for Little Folks.  In the back of the book is a topical index to indicate which stories would work well with a particular virtue. 
Ii is for Insects

We did a mini unit on insects for Ii week and created a notebook for Insects.  Currently it is 20 degrees outside so not too many bugs to go outside and see, however, come the spring I'm sure we'll fill the notebook and then some!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Roe v Wade Anniversary

A Person's a Person No Matter How Small!
Today with the kiddos, we read Horton Hears A Who and made A Person's a Person No Matter How Small project at Catholic Icing, donated baby items to our local crisis pregnancy center, and prayed for an end to abortion...


A Pro-Life Prayer For Our President And Public Officials

Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life, Move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care.
Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with extermination by an indifferent society.
Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents. You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord.
January 22, 2009
Most Reverend Robert J. Baker
Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Along the Alphabet Path Hh

Hh is for Health, Saint Helen, Home, and Honeybees!

The kids recieved a Color Me House for their birthdays from their Auntie.  What a perfect week to pull it out and continue coloring and decorating.
These pictures are from a rainy summer day.  My camera seems to have lost my Hh week pictures :(

Along with Hh week we learned about honeybees.  We lapbooked about honeybees using this lapbook from 

About midway through the week, one by one we began to succumb to one nasty virus bug.  Princess broke out in hives...really bad ones, too.  We aren't sure if it was a virus or if another allergy is rearing it's ugly head.  She'll be tested in a few weeks at the allergist.  Big Boy was next with a double ear infection.  Poor guy!  And then Baby Bear had not only an ear infection, but also developed the croup.  Very scarry to say the least.  We spent lots of time in a hot steamy bathroom several times a day for about a week.  My skin never felt better in January and if I closed my eyes and had sand between my toes, I could imagine myself at a warm beach somewhere other then here.

Originally, I wanted to ease back into school and work on Hh week for two weeks.  It has now turned into three.  Now that we're on the back end of this virus bug, I'm getting into home reorganization.  We went through Princess' room and rearranged a few things.  It was great to be able to work with her to show her the process of how to organize things.  As for my not so small project, I'm turning our dinning room into a schoolroom.  I want to post about this later.