Snuggles just turned four this past summer, so I had decided to wait and start the Alphabet Path with him next year, and work on Pre-Reading Skills this year using All About Reading (which he is loving so far) and various workbooks. Still he had been needing and wanting something more.
I dug out all of our Little Saints supplies and we got started! The lesson plans actually start with weekly themes beginning in August, so we started out "behind," but I am not going to worry about that, or even about completing everything in the book. (I've learned to modify things to work best for our family since I first used this book when my oldest was only 3 years old - nearly burning out with homeschooling that very first year! lol!) We started with the first theme, are currently finishing up the second, and then we will be skipping ahead to the theme for "Colors" which includes a day for "Angels" which will tie in perfectly for the upcoming feasts of Michaelmas and the Holy Guardian Angels. From there I will just pick and choose which themes we would like to do, adding our own fun crafts and snacks along the way. I am also not going to worry about completing a complete theme in a one week period... We will add it in the afternoons, when we can, and see how it goes! Now that I have started using this program once again, it doesn't seem nearly as overwhelming as it did in the past!
In addition to the Lesson Emphasis, Bible Passages, Poems, Nursery Rhyme & Finger Play, and Songs and Circle Games (which we pick and choose from depending on how much time we have) here are a few highlights from our first theme:
.: Storytime :.
.: Learning Games :.
Child of God Matching Cards
I made these matching cards years ago from various Catholic images that I found online, printed onto cardstock, and then laminated.
Parts of the Body Flannel Board Pieces
.: Art Projects :.
Can you tell that he is loving all the Little Saints Art Projects?
Rose wanted to join in, but then wasn't that sure about all that stuff on her hands... Yuck!
They were both very happy with the finished results, and couldn't wait for their Daddy to get home to show him there work.
.: Snacks for my "Little Saints" :.
Of course I had to try and come up with a snack that tied into the theme! :)
Decorating a Handprint and Boy Shaped Cookie...
... and Footprint Cookies for all 7 children in our Family!
.: Other Fun Additions:.
*We checked this out from the library to go along with the song for the week, and my little ones enjoyed it so much I will probably order a copy for our home.
You can see pictures from when the girls completed this theme here: