G is for…Gorse fairy and St. George. After reading Serendipity’s Flower Fairy story, Joseph and William colored pictures of the Gorse fairy. Joseph also did some copywork from the poem that is in the Flower Fairy book (which he did while listening to the Flower Fairy CD). Then we looked up the actual wildflower in our field guide. We read about Saint George in our Alphabet of Catholic Saints. Joseph did some copywork. We also used the picture from the book to practice the letter G formation.
G is for…the letter g and the sounds it makes. For phonics review (and phonics introduction for William!) and for our word box, we focused on the hard and soft sounds of g. We added g words to our word boxes and then played hard g/soft g many, many times throughout the week.
G is for…Geo Puzzles. These are such great puzzles! Joseph absolutely loves doing them and William is an eager helper.
G is for…God, Guardian angel, and Glory Be. We read about God in our God’s Alphabet book and Joseph did some copywork. We talked about making our way to Heaven so that someday we could see God (William has decided that he’d like to have a cookie party with God in Heaven when he gets there…I told him anything is possible and I’m sure that God would be pleased to join him in a cookie party). We talked quite a bit this week about guardian angels. We read about Wupsy in our Catholic Treasure Box books. I found a wooden angel puppet that Joseph colored as his guardian angel. We also prayed the Guardian Angel prayer. G is also for Glory Be, which we practiced again and again this week. William has the beginning down pat and he kind of mumbles his way through the latter half. We’ll keep practicing.
G is for…George Washington. We read George Washington and the General’s Dog and Joseph did an illustration and narration.
G is for…garden. Daxson built us a beautiful vegetable box and we set to work planting seeds in it. Since it’s a little late for planting, we didn’t have many choices. We filled our box with radishes, spinach, carrots, turnips and beets. We’re anxious to see how well it all grows! We also started on a great garden lapbook, but ran out of time to complete everything. I set it all aside for now and if time permits, we’ll finish it later in the year.
G is for…gratitude. We’re still using these great coloring pages and we’re including one each week along with a virtue story. We read Gift of Gracias, which went along quite well with the theme of Gratitude.
G is for…game. We studied François Hubert Drouais’ Boy with a House of Cards. Joseph did a narration and illustration.
G is for…green beans. For a practical life exercise, Joseph snapped green beans.
G is for…grapefruits. Joseph and William really enjoyed eating grapefruits. They scooped out the flesh, then used a straw to suck out the juice. After they were done, I scraped the “grapefruit bowls” well and we set them out to dry. Once they were dry, we filled them with bird seed and nestled them in our trees. The birds emptied the feeders before the day’s end.
G is for…Go to Austin to see Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Gary and while there, feed the goats.
In our book baskets this week (I’m choosing one book from each basket to have Joseph do a narration and illustration of):
History (George Washington): George Washington and the General’s Dog
Science (garden): Planting a Rainbow; Flower Garden; Tools for the Garden; All Kinds of Gardens; The Tiny Seed
Favorite G Books: The Greedy Python; The Three Billy Goats Gruff; Go and Hush the Baby; The Growing Story; Grandfather’s Journey; The Glorious Flight; Goodnight Moon; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; The Gingerbread Man; The Gingerbread Boy; The Gingerbread Girl; Guess Who’s Coming Jesse Bear; Game Time; Go Dog Go!; The Giving Tree; Good Morning Chick; The Grouchy Ladybug