Kindergarten Week 9 {LHFHG Unit 7}

We're using Heart of Dakota: Little Hearts for His Glory.

Here are some highlights from our week:


Connor is really into learning about skeletons, so we read some non-fiction things about bones and then for fun read Bone Dog - Connor really liked this book and it spurred so many questions.  Then we did a a q-tip skeleton craft to go along and decorate our walls for Halloween.

Role Play:

There's never a shortage of role playing in our house.  This week's favorite was when we watched Felix Baumgartner skydive from the edge of space - (yes, we're behind in our posts - lol).  Afterward Connor announced he was going to be the next skydiver and began to build himself a costume ..... from Emma's baby doll swing.  I love this kid.


Connor loves science.  A lot.  This week we learned about grains and he (as instructed from the curriculum) drew grass, then stems with glued on Cheerios, and then he sprinkled mixed cereal grains we had onto the last section.  He began to ask lots of questions about where our flour comes from and it reminded me of The Little Red Hen story - a great story that talks about the whole process from growing to milling to baking the bread.  So we read it!

We happened to randomly find a dino dig kit at Good will one day so took that home and Connor got busy being pretending to be a scientist.  What a mess!  lol.

He took all the bone pieces over to baby brother to teach him all about it.

Life School:

We spent one afternoon at a pumpkin farm choosing pumpkins, playing in a maze, and visiting the farm animals.

Another afternoon was happily spent at one of our libraries.

And that wraps up our week review, in pictures. Of course there's a ton more we did, but I can't photograph every detail. ;)

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gingerbread pirates and playdough.

Last year I came upon this book, The Gingerbread Pirates, and had to buy it right away for my gingerbread loving, pirate fanatic son. It is an adorable story about these pirate cookies the boy made with his mother and the "cannibal" Santa Claus that wants to eat them.  Too cute!

Connor was in love at first sight.

This year he has been super excited for Christmas since the beginning of November. I've held him off on pulling out everything Christmas related for several weeks now, but after the snow arrived last Sunday I figured he waited long enough and I pulled out the book and made him some Christmas themed play dough {dyed red, green, silver and gold then scented with mint extract} complete with a gingerbread cookie cutter.

He is way more creative than me so he had to suggest that I give him a toothpick for the peg leg, just like in the book. It was only then that I thought to give him some googly eyes, buttons, beads, jewels and pipe cleaners to enhance his dream gingerbread pirates.

Little man was happy for the rest of the day.


Cranberry Pecan Sour Cream Bread

Some 10 years ago .... or more ..... my mom used to collect recipe cards for my sister and I from the grocery store.  I don't think I ever used one.  Not because I didn't appreciate them or thought anything bad of them.  They actually looked quite tasty.  But I'd always think, "oh, I'll make that sometime soon - that sounds good".  Or something along that line.  Only.... sometime soon never came. 

Until now!

I was moping about on Thanksgiving, thinking of all the wonderful goodies my family would be eating.  I seen pumpkin roll mentioned on facebook and decided then and there that while I wouldn't be cooking us a turkey dinner I would at least make a festive dessert.  I began flipping thru my recipe file looking for pumpkin roll when this cranberry bread caught my eye.

It was a card from way back that I was saving for "sometime soon".  Hmph.  Cranberries are quite festive.  And I happened to have all ingredients.  So I decided that sometime soon was NOW. 

Am I ever glad.  This bread is amazing!!  AMAZING!

Except for when you don't cook 1 of the 3 breads all the way thru and it's a bit raw.  Then it's not amazing.  It's actually quite gross.  So make sure you cook yours proper.  ;)

Let me just say this. The batter reminded me of the smell of the orange Flinstones Push-Ups. Need I say more?

The recipe says to cook them in little 3x5 pans.  Luckily I had some foil ones my Grandma gave me..... some 10 years ago or more.  What is wrong with me!?  Anyways.  They look so cute!  Little mini breads!  They'd be perfect to give away as a gift.

Unless you're a hog like me.  Then you only think about how perfect a gift it would be for a neighbor or friend while you throw back a 3rd slice.

Now, please note, I've recently looked this up on google and found it on several different websites.  But I do believe it "belongs" to Daisy Brand as the recipe calls to use that exact sour cream, and one of the websites I found via google regarding this recipe was, of course, Daisy Brand.

What you'll need:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp.
1/4 cup softened butter
1 beaten egg
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp. freshy grated orange zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup toated, chopped pecans  {I used walnuts and it turned out fantastic}


Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large mixer bowl add ½ cup sugar and butter. Beat until creamy (1 minute). Add the egg, sour cream, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Continue beating, scraping the bowl often, until creamy (1 minute). Pour the flour mixture into the sour cream mixture and mix just until moistened. Gently stir in the cranberries and the pecans. Spoon evenly into 3 greased 3 x 5-inch pans. Sprinkle the tops evenly with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Turn bread out of the pans. Cut into slices. Cover leftovers.

It comes out tasting more like a cake than a bread.  It's really fluffly and tastes oh so good. 


when life gives you snow

Connor loves snow.  Loves.  It.  This has been true for every year of his 5 years of life.  He about looses his mind each year when the first snow comes.

The first year he sat at the window squealing with delight as the snow fell and swirled softly outside.

The next year he about beat down the door until we bundled up and went outside to play.  {note: I got the following two mixed up when I typed the years.  I'm to lazy tired busy to fix it.  ;) }

The following year - same.  There was barely anything on the ground and he had his gear on yelling from the door, "Mom!  Snow!!!!"  {again the following is 2009 - above is 2008}

His 4th experience nearly involved public nudity.  He was that excited.  Poor guy stood outside (after being properly attired) for almost 2 hrs waiting for enough snow to make Frosty)

The 5th experience was again, of course, sheer joy.  Pure joy.  Innocent joy.

This year was no different.  Except we adults are severely lacking in sleep and little man for some reason woke up at 5:20 a.m.  He looked out his window{and later told us} said "No!  It can't be!  What!  Snow!?" and immediately went downstairs.  This tired sleep deprived twitching momma had to follow to be sure he didn't run the streets in barefooted pajamas.

I found this:

As I rounded the corner he turned and, in a stage whisper, said, "moooooom!  It SNOWED!  Can I go outside, please!?!!?  It snowed!!  Look!!  Just LOOOK!"

Now even in a tired grumpiness I couldn't help but crack a smile at the sheer joy he has of something most adults loathe.  To him it's a purely magical time.

To hold him off (you're welcome neighbors) I got out this adorably 'perfect for Connor' book about a boy and his best friend, snowman (called Making a Friend) that has this repetitive line that makes this sappy sentimental momma nearly choke up every time.  "What you love will always be with you."  It's such a sweet book with simple lines and adorable illustrations.  Snowman.  My snowman.

I held him off for 3 hrs then let him loose in the yard.  Then I got over my grumpy tired self and joined him.  How could I not!?

We all worked together to put frosty together.  Little sister insisted on a complete face, with ears.
I was putting on the finishing touches when I got creamed with a snowball to the back of the neck.  So what else is there to do but return fire?

Once everyone was distracted with throwing snow I snuck back in the house and decided to surprise everyone with a hot chocolate and another forgotten winter book, There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!

Connor adores this book too.  I remember the first time reading it to him and he was so tickled to find out why the cold lady swallowed the snow.  Can you guess?

I love these kid enduced magical days.  Otherwise I fear I'd fall too far into a bah humbug "I hate snow" mentality every year.

He reminds us that when life gives you lemons snow you make ..... a snowman!!  Then afterward you drink hot cocoa and maybe later grab a sled and hit the hills.


{Tot School} See and Touch

We are using Hubbard's Cupboard 2's Curriculum, adding in letters, shapes and colors. Emma is 28 months old.

Bible Memory:
Proverbs 17:22  A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Five Senses {See and Touch}



Emma loved seeing herself in her "Who's That Baby?" pooh bear book.


Emma made shapes and squiggles in a paint bag.  She loved this!  (probably mostly because little Princess hates to get dirty)  She kept saying over and over "look, Mom!!"

Hands On:

We used printable set, Five Senses Pack ($4), from Teachers pay Teachers.  Emma loves her little camera.  Several days later she's still walking around with it asking everyone to say "Cheese!".

This activity I thought would be more for big brother, but I thought I'd see if Emma liked it at all - thinking it would be way above her.  Boy was I wrong!  Girly loved reaching in and guessing then matching it to the cards.

We have a kaleidoscope, so I showed Emma how to use it and we talked about what we could see.  We also borrowed big brother's pirate telescope and binoculars.

Language Arts:

I found a free book, My Sense of Sight from Teachers pay Teachers.  I of course filled in the blank after Emma would answer what she saw.  Then, on her own, she thought she'd "copy" me and grabbed a marker.  She started coloring over the letters and saying them. 

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