Monday, September 28, 2009

Embarking upon the Alphabet Path!

We've really been enjoying our state-by-state scrapbook, adding a new state, in alphabetical order, twice a week since we started school this fall. Last week, we learned that the apple blossom is the state flower of Arkansas, so I thought it would be nice to study apples for our next day's science lesson. Of course, then I got to thinking that it would be fun to do a little apple craft, and figured I could probably even find a yummy apple recipe to extend the theme, and after a while, I remembered the lovely Alphabet Path down which so many of my fellow homeschool bloggers have been traveling this year!

While I thought they were quite lovely, I never intended to incorporate these lessons into our own school year, because, quite honestly, I was a little bit intimidated by so much creativity! But Blair, Charlotte, and Jessica have had such sweet recent posts that I decided to sample the first lesson, "A is for Apple Blossom", to see how well it would be received by my children. They loved it! And, I have to admit that although I have virtually none of the recommended resources, we still managed to make do very well with many of the books we already own!

I printed the cover page and first few chapters of the Alphabet Path Storybook, and found a collection of beautiful flower fairy coloring pages online to get us started along our own Alphabet Path. We read about St. Anne from A Catholic Child's Illustrated Lives of the Saints, but soon, I'd like to actually purchase the core "texts" of the Alphabet Path: An Alphabet of Catholic Saints, A Flower Fairy Alphabet, and, ideally, the Flower Fairies Alphabet Coloring Book and Museum ABC. (Sorry, Darren. My wishlist just keeps growing!) :)

So, here is a small sampling of what we managed to accomplish for our experimental "A" week! (Maybe I should also mention that this was really just "A" day, because I didn't decide to try this until Wednesday night and we don't do school on Fridays!)

We started by reading the first installment of the Alphabet Path story, followed by a short story about St. Anne, and we worked on some really beautiful coloring pages of the Apple Blossom Fairy (from the site mentioned above) and St. Anne (generously provided by dear, talented Charlotte!).

Meghan, meanwhile, was busy with some Letter A coloring pages that I printed just for her!

(Oh, and I should mention that breakfast was also a huge waffles with syrup and powdered sugar! YUM!

We read many lovely books that day, including How do Apples Grow?, Apples, Johnny Appleseed, The Giving Tree, and Ten Apples up on Top. There might have been more, but these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head! We finished the day by stamping cut apples onto some apple quotes that I printed for each of the three older kids. They had so much fun with these! I would say it turned out to be a very successful day!

Up this week is the letter B, for which I've got a few more fun things planned, and I'm off now to go make some Breakfast Burritos to get us started! Hope you all have a great Monday and a wonderful week!


Meredith said...

What a delightful week, bravo!! Many blessings,

Jessica said...

Yes, I don't think their is ever an end to that wishlist when homeschooling! lol!!

What a great week!! So glad you are joining all of us who are doing the Alphabet Path this year. It is SO much Fun!!