Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Highlights from "F" Week

~ Letter Formation ~

In addition to their Modelling Wax letter F's, the girls also worked on making the letter F using Wooden Pieces and they also really enjoyed this Coloring Page.

~ Fuchsia Fairy Coloring Pages ~

From this Coloring Book
(While looking at the Flower Fairies Alphabet book and listening to the CD!)

~ Picture Book Science ~

F is for Forest Fires and Firefighters

Books about Fires, Forest Fires, and Firefighters:
We went on an impromptu Forest Fire Field Trip and the girls then began working on a Fire Safety Lap Book as well as a few other fire related activities, which are all linked in the bottom of the Fire Safety Lap Book Post.

After studying about Fires, we moved on to

~ Picture Study :: Leon Bonnat's Roman Girl at the Fountain ~

By Rascal
Using Museum ABC, Museum ABC Nesting Blocks, and Elizabeth's pdf

~ F is for St. Francis ~

Our Painted Saint Francis for with

From our Collection:
Saint Francis of Assisi by Father Lovasik
Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (we no longer own this one)
Saint Francis by Brian Wildsmith

From the Library:
Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts
Saint Francis and the Animals
(I actually requested quite a few others, but didn't really care for them and so I didn't read them to the children. These were two that we really enjoyed!)

~ Crafts and Activities ~

F is for Forest Flower Fairy House

When the girls had finished their Forest Flower Fairy House I surprised them with a couple little Flower Fairies of their very own!

The girls also made Hand and Footprint Flowers. I wish I could have captured this project on video, you should have heard all the giggles!!

Handprint Flowers

Dip child's hand in paint and stamp near the top of a piece of construction paper. This is the bud or flower part of the flower. Now stamp the child's feet to make the leaves. Draw in a stem. Don't forget to date it!

One other activity the girls did was make a Flower Fairy house out of a Flower!! Everyone, including me, has been having SO MUCH FUN with this BEAUTIFUL Blooming Flower!!

~ Writing the ABC's on Little Hearts :: F is for Friendly ~

I was so excited when Kimberlee shared the lovely coloring pages her daughter illustrated for Writing the ABC's on Little Hearts. Thank you Kimberlee and Lydia! My girls were so excited and really enjoyed discussing and coloring the pictures.

~ Serendipi-Tea time ~

We made a number of Fun recipes for "F" week!!

First we made some Fantastic Fudge!!
(Thanks Jacinta for leaving the recipe in the combox last week!)

Fantastic Fudge

12 oz. chocolate chips
6 oz. butterscotch chips (we used peanut butter chips)
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped nuts

In a saucepan, melt first 3 ingredients. Remove from heat, add vanilla and nuts. Pour into foil lined square pan. Chill. Cut into squares.

You can be very creative with different Flavors of chips and nuts and dried Fruit!

Here is another super fun snack for F week:
Frog on a Lilly Pad surrounded by Fish!

Frog on a Lilly Pad
Tint some cream cheese blue and spread on an english muffin half. Put a slice of cucumber on top for the lilly pad. Put a gummy frog on top of the cucumber.

And one last snack we made, to tie in St. Francis, was
St. Francis' Friendly Beasts Crunch!

(Barbara also recently shared another recipe for Critter Crunch that looks very yummy!)

St. Francis' Friendly Beasts Crunch

1 cup animal crackers
1 cup teddy bear-shaped chocolate or honey-flavored graham crackers
1 cup small pretzel twists
1 cup yogurt-covered raisins
1 cup M&M's
10 colorful ice-cream cones, if desired

Mix all ingredients except ice-cream cones. Serve snack in cones.
Store in covered container.

Note: This would be great to make next week for the Feast of St. Francis!

WOW!! Looking back at our week, it was no wonder I needed a nap on Sunday... Especially since we had so much other stuff going on last week including birthday parties and Little Flowers! This week, since we have a short school week, in order to incorporate a number of our Favorite Feasts, we will just be working on a Few more little projects to finish up "F" week, including starting a Flower and Plant Lap Book, which will carry over to next week's Garden theme. In fact, I think I will rename our Flower Pot Cupcakes to Garden Gumdrop Cupcakes (using Gumdrops to make the flowers) and make them next week since we will be making so many treats this week already for the feast days, including cupcakes for today's feast.


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  2. Oh I love the forest cabin and the fairies. Where did you get the cabin I would love to try this with my girls.

  3. I actually purchased it a couple years ago to use for an Abraham Lincoln Log Cabin Craft but I never got around to it!! lol! I am so happy it is no longer mocking me from my storage shelf and now looks so darling!!!

    Anyhow, I purchased it from Michaels and when I was there last week I noticed that they still carry them. Have fun!

  4. Great, now all I can think about is fudge. Sigh.

    I am going to have to head down to Michael's and look for one of those cabins! That is adorable.

  5. What a Fun week! =) I am doing a mini alphabet theme with my preschooler (along with Little Saints). We're doing a letter per week, and reading the flower fairy poem and alphabet saint story, too ... This week was A week, and it's kind of cool that we're going Apple picking on Saturday ... Love it when things work out that way! Oh, and I think we'll have to make that St. Francis snack on his feast day coming up!

  6. The crafts were all so cute. "F" week must have been so much fun for them. I'm curious to see what you will do for The Little Flower's feast day that is coming. She is one of my favorite saints.

  7. I am so enjoying the Alphabet Path posts... every time I see that a new one is posted, I go get myself a cup of tea or hot chocolate and sit down to relax and enjoy! :)

    Did you make the little bird nests that are attached to the little cabin, or did you buy them somewhere?

  8. So many great ideas here Jessica, "I" need a nap just looking through it all ;-) Love your enthuiasm with all your sweeties, it's just beautiful!! Much love and happy feasting, it's going to be a big weekend, eh.

  9. Miss Rumphius is one of my ALL TIME favorite children's books - so glad to see it gracing another family's bookshelf!

  10. Those kiddos are going to have so many sweet memories to look back on! How special!

    This is unrelated, but I was wondering where you got those darling little chapel veils for your daughters. Thanks!

  11. Thank you all for the comments!! It is always so much fun to hear from you!

    Erin ~ Your so sweet! I am glad you are enjoying these posts. They take forever to put together, but they will be so fun to look back at down the road. =) We are really enjoying the Alphabet Path.

    As for the birds nests, no we didn't make them. All the supplies for our Fairy House were purchased from Michaels, except for the acorn tops which the girls gathered outside.

    Meredith ~ It IS going to be a big weekend, but our feast day celebrations will be rather simple since we are also celebrating our 10th Anniversary!! =)

    Anonymous ~ I use to have the links in my sidebar but lost them at some point and have yet to take the time to try and add them all back.. I absolutely LOVE the girls chapel veils, especially since they tie under their chins and stay on so well. You can purchase them from Modesty Veils.

  12. Wow! You have been SO busy! I hope to accomplish about half of this with my girls (5, 3, and 5 months). I found your site through Elizabeth Foss's and am SO thrilled that I did. Thank you for sharing with us and inspiring me every week!

  13. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I found you through Elizabeth Foss's site.
    I was wondering if in some of your children's drawing they are tracing the letters/pictures from the book or drawing free hand?
    Any word of advice on how to get them to take the time to draw such pretty pictures?

  14. Amy ~ My children are drawing the pictures free hand. =) Though, this week for the girl at the fountain, only Rascal attempted the picture. He is by far the most willing of my children to try and draw all sorts of things.

    As for ways to get your children more interested in drawing, and taking the time needed, I highly recommend the Draw Write Now series of books. My children have learned so much from them, and they have really boosted their confidence in being able to draw on their own. (I have a link in my left sidebar right now under Alphabet Path.)

    I hope that helps!


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