Why did I even question whether I would do the Alphabet Path with Snuggles or not? We have been having SO. MUCH. FUN! The Alphabet Path is definitely one of the highlights of our days, and all the big kids are really enjoying watching and helping their little brother – who is always such a character! (And Rose is joining in, wherever she can! Even Bud is intrigued!!) Here is some of what we Accomplished for the letter Aa…
Snuggles colored this picture from My Book of Letters last school year (along with B-E)…
I pulled out the rest of the activity pages for the letter A…
… including An Apple Tree with Painted Apples for lowercase a…
… Adding the pictures that begin with “a”…
… circling All the A’s and then looking through a magazine (we used a Leaflet Catalog) for pictures that begin with a – like Advent Wreath, Angels, Archangels, Apples to Apples, Aaron, St. Augustine, St. Anne, and St. Anthony!
Snuggles will be making an A, B… Seas Ocean Box this year! The first thing we did was find a box and cover it with construction paper. Since we had just finished learning about the different zones – the sunlit zone, the twillight zone, and the midnight zone – he insisted on using light blue, dark blue, and black paper!
During our field trip to a “farm” earlier this week the kids picked apples and made Apple Cider! Snuggles especially loved turning the wheel on the Apple Press! (And how Appropriate for A week!)
I also had been saving a little aircraft lego set for Snuggles to Assemble…
(Bud always has a smile for his Momma! Oooh, I love him!!)
… with a very Attentive Audience!
A is for Angel
A is for Angel our Guardian so bright:
Say to him,
“Angel dear, help me do right.”
~ God’s Alphabet
I’d love to eventually get Snuggles his own set as well. In the meantime his big brothers are more than happy to share and are hoping they can start teaching him to serve Mass with them soon!
A is for Always Ask
I had ordered a few 8.5″x11″ blank books from Rainbow Resource (Amazon has them too, just more expensive at the moment) and am using a few of them for the Alphabet Path. They contain 14 pages – 28 back and front – which is just perfect for the 26 letters of the Alphabet!
After gluing the cover page on, we laminated the cover with like we did for our “Wisdom of the Saints” Journals. We skipped the first page, front and back (saving it for a title page and index), adding Always Ask to page 3.
Since Snuggles was born on the feast of St. Aloysius, and since my Grandfather was named (middle name) after St. Aloysius, we decided to include it in his name as well! Our little Snuggles, with two middle names, has quite the long name – and he is very proud of it!
Note: I’ve actually been completely amazed at Snuggles interest in coloring! I really didn’t think he’d want to color much, but has really been enjoying it! Yay!!
Oatmeal Sparkling Cider Pancakes
2 cups pancake and waffle mix
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup instant oatmeal
1/2 cup sparkling cider
In a medium bowl, blend together all ingredients using a wire whisk. For thicker pancakes, allow batter to sit for 5 minutes. Cook on a hot griddle. Serve with Apple Cider Syrup.
Apple Cider Syrup
3/4 cup apple cider
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup (I used honey)
2 T butter
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Serve warm.