Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Highlights from "X/Y" Week

With everything that has been going on this summer, it feels like it has been forever since we finished "X/Y" and "Z" weeks!   Since Hubby is gone (he left early this morning for a wildfire assignment) and since I have been ordered to stay off my foot (which is next to impossible!) I thought I would try and get at least one "old" post finished.    I just can't get this close to blogging about our complete journey along the Alphabet Path and then end with "W" Week!

~ Letter Formation ~

The girls made the letters X and Y with Modeling Wax.

~  Yellow Deadnettle Fairy Coloring Pages ~

The girls colored the Yellow Deadnettle Fairy from the The Flower Fairies Alphabet Coloring Book while listening to A Flower Fairy Alphabet on CD.

~ Picture Book Science ::  X is for eXperiments   ~

We did a couple eXperiments from The Usborne Book of Science Experiments (Usborne Kidkits).

We also read Jessica's X-ray,  which I should have just purchased since I now owe a huge late fee on it to the library!

~ Y is for Young Oregon Hunters ~ 

We started "X/Y" Week with a field trip to our local Young Hunters Day.

~ X/Y is for St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph Yuen ~

Here are our hand-painted Saints for with An Alphabet of Catholic Saints.  Ooohhh!  It was so exciting to finally be finishing the Painted Alphabet of Saints I started back in 2008!

They also colored St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph Yuen Coloring Pages from Catholic Artworks and completed some copywork, which I created at Writing Wizard using the quote from An Alphabet of Catholic Saints.

One of my favorite books about St. Francis Xavier is Set All Afire: A Novel About Saint Francis Xavier, but I didn't think my girls were quite ready for it.  Instead we watched Francis Xavier and the Samurai's Lost Treasure and read the companion book.

We also made Xavier Soup and Chicken Curry Soup topped with Yogurt.

~ Picture Study :: X is for eX ~

by Twinkle Toes (6) and Chiquita (5)

by Rascal (8)

I had purchased some Heaven Scent Windmill Cookies for "W" Week, but after noticing the picture study in Museum ABC for "X" decided to save them to serve with some Yogurt during "X/Y" Week!

~ Y is for YOU ~

We had SO MUCH FUN with Crayola’s Lights, Camera, Color!  It is a free application that allows you to create, print and color your very own coloring pages from digital photos. My children were so excited when I asked them to "Help me pick out a picture of YOU that you'd like to color?"

All you need to create the coloring pages is a specially-marked box of Crayola crayons, that has a code printed on the inside which is good for three months (48-count box) or six months (64, 96, 120 and 150-count Crayon Tower) of unlimited prints. Then you choose a digital photo on your computer and upload it with Lights, Camera, Color application at The app will make the colors from the image disappear, changing it into a piece of black and white line art.

My children all decided to save the pictures to give to their Dad for Father's Day.

And since Snuggles wasn't that interested in coloring, I joined the fun! 

~ Y is for Year for Priests ~

Since the Year for Priests was coming to an end, the boys worked on finishing up their Year for Priests Lap Books and shared some of what they learned with their sisters.


  1. Love the details on X & Y ! What a great job! Know how you feel about coming to the end! But so worth it! Love all pics! Beaching it Sure looks wonderful and fun!...Just gave my box of 64 colors away so will go out today and replace it! Love the Crayola play page! Thanks a kazillion times over!

  2. Amazing Jessica! I love the coloring pages, I will have to see if I can find those crayons. Very cool!

  3. As always, Jessica, quite impressive! I have been praying for your family and the losses you all have experienced recently. God bless, Annita +JMJ+

  4. Fantastic as always, Jessica! I, too, love the coloring pages and the Year of the Priest lab book looks wonderful! Somehow I had missed that original post. I'm glad I caught the link to it here. :)

    God bless!

  5. Congrats on finishing your posts.

    The coloring pages are awesome.


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