Despite thinking that I might need to come up with a different theme/story this time (Woodland Creatures, Knights, etc) for a certain little five year old boy of ours, Snuggles was quite captivated by “Michael and Mrs. Applebee!” And how perfect that our family even happens to live “at the edge of a beautiful woods!” Perhaps we’ll just skip the “girly” flower fairy coloring pages this time and focus on our faith, the saints, and more. I just love how easy it is to modify the Alphabet Path to work for each child. There are so many fun ideas and options to choose from, it’s going to be such a fun year!
Since Snuggles just turned five during the summer, he is starting Kindergarten younger than any of our other children. (Captain did start at this age, but he really wasn’t ready and ended up repeating 2nd grade due to his Auditory Processing Challenges. And for Twinkle Toes, our other late summer baby, we “waited” until she had just turned 6 to officially call her a Kindergartner.) I’m not going to worry about whether or not we complete the Alphabet Path in one year or two – taking our time and spending two weeks on each letter, or more if necessary. If it takes us 3 years to get through K & 1st grade, no big deal. I’d rather this extra little guy of mine be the oldest in his class with a solid foundation, rather than one of the youngest struggling to keep up! (Not that it really matters, since we homeschool, but still…)
Anyhow, now that we are a couple weeks into our new school year, I’ve had time to figure out just what the Alphabet Path is going to look like for Snuggles! I’ve run across a few fun new additions that I am looking forward to sharing with you all.
In addition to his daily Religion, Math, and Language Arts, we will focus on one area of the Alphabet Path each afternoon:
- Monday :: Letter Introduction & Formation
- Tuesday :: A, B… Seas & Storybook Science
- Wednesday :: Arts & Crafts
- Thursday :: My Catholic Faith
- Friday (or on the weekend) :: A to Z Recipes
(Note: Most of these books were already on our bookshelves, with just a few new additions.)
Along the Alphabet Path Story Book by Elizabeth Foss
Various Saint Picture Books & Coloring Pages
I’m loving this little recipe box… For Aa week we made Ants in my Applesauce, and next week we will be making Blueberry Buckle! In addition to all the great recipes, each card also offers suggestions for servings and variations, plus fun facts. The letter tab at the top of each card works as a divider for any additional recipes you might want to add to the collection, using the 26 blank recipe cards which are provided, or your own.
You can find all of our posts for the Alphabet Path listed on this page. I’ll continue to add to the current label “Alphabet Path” for scrolling through everything. I also just filed all the posts from when the girls were learning along the Alphabet Path here: Alphabet Path (2009-2010) and will begin a new label for Snuggles: Alphabet Path (2012-2013). I’ll be
back soon along after awhile to add all about Aa week!