Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"C" is for Cookies, Corn, Cowboys, and The Church!

Cocoa and Constellations on Columbus Day, Catastrophes, Canonizations, Costume Parties, Costume Contests, Corn Maze Confusion, Carving Celtic Crosses, Crowded Celebrations (with more Costumes), and the Cemetery...  It's been crazy around here Along the Alphabet Path but we finally completed the letter C!


I wrote the above and started this post back in November... Months later, right when we were about to Continue it was time for a Conclave!  After that we just Didn't get much Done Along the Alphabet Path for the Duration of the school year.  We are hoping to continue this fall...
In the meantime here is what we Completed for Cc!

.: Letter Introduction & Formation :. 

"C" is the happy letter!  Start at the top and circle around, but don't close it up! This is the happy cookie because somebody took a big bite!  /c/, /c/, cookie. - Primary Arts of Language: Reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Cat drinking Cream

 Snuggles colored this picture from My Book of Letters last school year...

I pulled out the rest of the activity pages for the letter C...

He sounded out the names of four pictures and figured out which three began with the sound "c."  He also made the letter C with Wikki Sticks and our Wooden Letter Pieces.

We also read Cowboy ABC and B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet
(while wearing Cute new "Cowboy Clothes of  Course!") 

.: A, B... Seas & Storybook Science :.

A, B... Seas Ocean Box :: C is for Clownfish
For the letter C Snuggles crafted a clownfish for his Ocean Box.
(The Ocean Box is one of the things we aren't planning on continuing for the rest of the Alphabet since we are adding in a complete Science Course for Chemistry and Biology this coming year.  We will continue the coloring book and Apples, Bubbles and Crystals Science)

C is for Clingfish

C is for Crystals :: Crystal Creations

The suggested experiment in Apples, Bubbles and Crystals: Your Science ABCs was all about Crystals.

C is for Color

C is for Corn

Corn is Maize by Aliki
Corn by Gail Gibbons
The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola

We also went on a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze...

... and Choose pumpkins to Carve

Crazy Cowboy!

.: Arts, Crafts & Additional Activities :. 

Create a Car 

For the letter "C" I pulled out this little lego set for Snuggles to Create a Car!

.: My Catholic Faith :.

C is for Church

C is for Church 
Christ's dwelling place here
I will visit Him, talk to Him 
feel Him draw near.
Show Compassion

Show Compassion is the theme for this week's Writing ABC's on Little Hearts by Pondered In My Heart. Snuggles colored the picture and added it to his book.

C is for Chalice

C is for Christ Child

Continuing Snuggles' Bible Narrations and Picture Study for this year...    We read about the Christ Child from Classic Bible Stories: A Family Treasury.   After I read the story to Snuggles' he narrated it back to me and then illustrated a page in his book based on the picture provided.

C is for St. Christopher

I converted the image from Picture Book of Saints into a Pencil Sketch and added text:

In addition to reading about St. Cecilia (An Alphabet of Catholic Saints), St. Christopher (An Alphabet of Saints), and St. Charles Borromeo & St. Catherine of Siena (S is for Saints)  we also read a few picture books about these saints:

Saint Clare of Assisi (Glory Stories)

.: A to Z Recipes :.

Cheesiest-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

We made Cheesiest-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
 from My A to Z Recipe Box: An Alphabet of Recipes for Kids.

Cut out Cookies
Cloud, Car, Crown, Church, Cat, Cupcake, and Cross all Coincidentally begin Commence with C! 

Indian Corn Cookies

... to Celebrate St. Kateri's Canonization!  I posted the directions here

Well that is finally Done!   I do plan to simplify for the rest of the Alphabet, if I hope to complete the Alphabet Path before Snuggles graduates high school! ;) 


  1. Too precious! I love all your ideas for the letter C.

    I was wondering if you could recommend a good kids table or set with chairs. I'd like to get my kids something more their size so they aren't always having to kneel in the chairs or be in a booster seat. God Bless!

    1. You know, I'm not really sure what to suggest. The only small table and chair set we have was given to us our children only use this for playing (Mass, Tea Parties, etc). Years ago I had another small table set for activities/coloring/school work, but it took up room I didn't have and eventually I sold it. Currently I have a few boosters at our table for my little ones and these work well for us. I use the (older version) Babysmart Cooshee. Overtime the sides on the old style would split and I need to purchase a new one soon. I haven't tried it yet but I've been considering the Softgear Booster Seat in Espresso. We also have a train table that the kids use for some of their activities as well (right now it is in the boys bedroom) but unfortunately it was discontinued. It was solid wood and similar to those from Pottery Barn Kids at the time, but much less expensive... I hope you are able to find something that will work for you!

  2. Snuggles is such a great little artist!! These ideas are so great!

  3. Did your letter C theme week extend beyond just Snuggles to the older kids too?
    Just curious if you integrate lessons or do specific curricula for each little one.
    And we love that science book!

    1. The older children were pretty busy this past year with their own projects - mainly their History Unit Studies and Lap Books. They did join in on any activities (pumpkin patch trip, of course, etc) and they also enjoyed eating all the fun themed foods and reading picture books to their little brother. As you can see in some of the pictures, "Rose" also helped with the recipes/crafts too. The rest of the activities (science, coloring pages, letter worksheets) were pretty much just for Snuggles.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing! Your ideas are wonderful!
    Snuggles draws beautifully!
    God bless,

  5. Jessica, I always love your ideas and it cracks me up how many tabs I have open after viewing one with so many great links, lol! My husband is about ready to ban my coming to your posts though since my cart at Amazon fills up, ha ha! In all seriousness, thank you for generously sharing all your plans and links, it is an inspiration as always!

  6. was this all done in one week? I did see that you plan to go simpler this fall, but I love all the ideas :) as I am sure you do too :)

    1. No, it was done over a two week period or so. When I went through the Alphabet Path with my older girls we were (mostly) able to complete a letter in a week, but with so many older children now I had hoped to do one letter every two weeks with Snuggles. We only made it through 3 letters last year, during the fall, and didn't get back to the Alphabet Path after Christmas with the Papal Elections and everything else. We will see how this year goes! (Note: I don't use the Alphabet Path as our core curriculum. We do Math and Language Arts everyday and this is all the fun "extras.")


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