ABC Bunny {b4FIAR}

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The ABC Bunny is a cute, simple yet energetic (and musical!) alphabet book.  We "rowed" this, using b4FIAR, with a 23 month old, a 4 year old, and a 7 year old.  I really wanted to focus on the 4 yr old this year, so here we are with b4FIAR!  Also, click here to read how I brought this up to a 2nd grade level for Connor.

We focused on orderliness this week.  Lots of various readings of Creation.  My favorite was the Jesus Storybook Bible reading.  Also, starting our *Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions worked out perfect this week.  I just love these devotionals.  We have the kindle version, but I wish we had ordered the hard copy - it is such a treasure!

We listened to *Songs for Saplings: 123, number 14, In the Beginning.

We used the verse printables from Homeschool Creations; Genesis 1:1

The site Christian Preschool Printables is also so helpful to us.  We used part of their Creation set, the "Days of Creation File Folder Game".

 For extra reading we read:

*The Berenstain Bears Discover God's Creation - reinforcing the need for nature, not electronics.  My kids got a kick out of Papa Bear at the end of this much needed tale.
*Jillian Jiggs - a humorous tale of a very creative girl who just can't take a break to clean up.  "Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!"  (this was Emma's favorite read this week).
Language Arts:

I always find a fair amount of books, from our own library and the public one, to put in a basket on the floor.  This is why:

I found great go-along books:
*Discovering Nature's Alphabet by Krystina Castella.  The kids adored this book and when we went on a nature walk they were so enthusiastic (no prompting) to find letters in nature.
*Step Gently Out - poetry and photography, I was in love.  The kids?  Not so much.  lol.

finding letters in nature
Back at home, we played with an alphabet puzzle (I think I found it at the $ store).  We also tried out the read/build/write from Homeschool Creations.  Emma is really into cats right now so I encouraged her to do the "kitten" card.  She insisted we needed "pink kitty" instead.  Then that was that for spelling practice.  She's only 4, so there's no rush.  I offered, she wasn't interested, and that is perfectly okay.

She did do, and enjoy, the "a book" from 100 Sight Word Mini-Book.

For science I had chosen for the kids to learn about insects, so the nursery rhyme this week was "itsy bitsy spider".  Over at KizClub there are tons of adorable props and learning tools you can find, like this one, shown below, for the Itsy Bitsy Spider.  Emma thought it was so funny to add in all the rhymes while reciting the nursery rhyme.

Math/Science:  (I found they sort of overlap each other)
*1 Is One by Tasha Tudor - I felt this was a perfect match for The ABC Bunny (especially if you're camping while rowing this book!).   It's a beautifully illustrated "living math" book, set in nature. 

One day we played with *Busy Bugs Learning Set (patterning) and we also did a cat pattern from PreKinders.  Emma preferred to color the cat, adding a dress and legs to the bottom.  The end result was quite amusing. 

We did several worksheets from, based on insects.  Also we did sing-a-long science "what would we do without bugs", listening to the song, doing the accompanying sheet, then we placed ABC stickers in order.

With Emma we're starting to do a weather notebook.  She loves this.


One day we made playdough insects

Another day we made fingerprint bugs (and animals) with *Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book.  This was Emma's absolute favorite this week.  When it was time to return this book to the library, she was so upset.

And yet another day, we used The Usborne Art Treasury to look at van Gogh's Starry Night.  (suggested in the manual).  Emma says hers was "a very huge Emma with pink trees!"

Go Along:

*Rabbits & Raindrops - this would be the perfect go along book!

We read books on fireflies (because of the bug theme we were doing, and because we would be camping and how fun would it be to end the week with a firefly hunt!?)

There is just so much you could trail off to do with the ABC Bunny.  We could have easily spent a month just on this one book, if we wanted.  We only trailed off to learn about bugs (because we would soon be camping), but there's so much more to do! 

Looking for more ideas? (as if that wasn't plenty, ha!)

Linking up with:

FIAR Link-Up @ Delightful Learning

Weekly Wrap-Up

Next up:  Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey


1 comment:

  1. We used BFIAR last year for a few months and really enjoyed it! Have a great year :)


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