Latticed Learning: Week 4

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Welcome back to another installment of Latticed Learning!  Today I'll be sharing the fourth week of our journey with you.  You'll get a chance to see what we did, the resources we used (click here to see what we're using week after week), and hopefully come away with lots of fun ideas for things to do with your own little one!

Bible Lesson

Tower of Babel (pages 34-38 in this Bible and 33-37 in this one)

Memory Verse

Romans 12:21 - This is the fourth song on this album, which I've raved about before.  I also created this card:

to post on the fridge each week (and then add to a mini photo album from the local dollar store when we take it down) and I'm amazed that Gv can say this first verse - minus the reference - by herself already!

You can download your own copy of this card for free here!  Want the whole set right now?  Get them here.


Dominic (I know nothing about the lives of the saints, but when I saw these cuter-than-cute cards, I decided they gave me the perfect excuse to learn!  They're honestly more for me than Gv at this point, although she can put the name to the card after having it up on the fridge and talking about it all week.)


(Print out your free "D" phonics card here!)

Topic to Explore



Ellipse/Oval (I'm kind of going in order of vertices/sides and each one will last for several weeks.)


3 (Like I said in this post about the alphabet, we'll talk about all (well, maybe not all) the numbers every week, but I'm choosing one to focus on each week and you'll see some repetition as time goes on with a few of them.)

Best Books We Read This Week

We're dog people here, so you'll see a big focus on dogs in this list.  We do have some great cat books (& even one on parrots) that we love, so hopefully those of you with other pets will find something you like, too.  We actually read several books on chores and responsibility this week, but I highlighted the one that's our favorite.

We love the Spot books:

And the Big Dog & Little Dog books:

And Gv can't get enough of the Skippyjohn Jones books:


My Pets has pages filled with push-pull-turn & lift fun:


Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers is full of animal silliness:


We read several books focusing on chores, but our favorite is Wishy-Washy Day because we get to say "wishy-washy wishy-washy!" at the end:


You can't talk about dogs without reading Go, Dog. Go!


Doggone Dogs! has silly illustrations, great rhyming verse, and counts up to and down from ten:


It's always a good thing when the adult reading the book enjoys it, too.  Max, the Bad-Talking Parrot had me chuckling as I turned each page:


Other Great Books We Read

My Dog Talks

I'll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words

Six-Dinner Sid

The Cats of Tiffany Street

Martha Blah Blah

The Cat and the Dog

The Cat and the Hat

Songs We Played By

I went through all the children's songs on my iPod and created a playlist just for this week.  Here are some of the best selections from our list:

Overcome Evil with Good from this album helped Gv learn our memory verse

Three is a Magic Number from this

I talked about my love of Disney songs here, but Whistle While You Work, The Work Song, Heigh-Ho, The Siamese Cat Song, and Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat are just perfect for this week's themes!

The jazzy Rag Mop is perfect to throw on when you're doing chores, as well as anything else from the album I wrote about here.

You can find several "D" and "3" songs from They Might Be Giants and the albums I shared here.

Cover the topics of pets and chores while listening to Walkin' the Dog from this Grammy-winning album.

Is your favorite dog breed mentioned in the song on this album?  Mine is, and it's a pretty unique one.  My Flea Has Dogs offers a different take on your standard pooch tune.

And so many more, but I'll let you search through your own music collection to see what types of pets/responsibility/chores-related songs you can add to a playlist.

Videos We Explored

This short video matched up with our Bible lesson.

We did "D" things on this site.

We watched this clip and a few of the others for the letter "D."

This video fit perfectly for the number 3.

How We Played

We did lots of things to learn about the Tower of Babel:

I printed out this minibook, punched a hole in the corner of each page, and stuck it all on a ring (a plastic one I'd had in my classroom, but you could use one like this) so that Gv could have something handy to carry around and refer to.  These ring books are such a hit, I'm planning to make one for every week and then keep them all in a basket.  Gv loves flipping through them each day and using the cards to help her retell the stories.

We built a snack tower, using chips, homemade hummus and guacamole:

There are so many other snacks you could use to do this, like cookies, crackers, peanut butter, tuna fish...just grab whatever will work that you're probably planning on eating anyway.

The construction zone continued, as we scouted the house for other building materials, like...

our beloved Mega Blocks:

She was such a building maniac, I couldn't manage to get a non-fuzzy shot without her frantically adding another block to the stack!
the pieces from our threading noodler:

and our collection of wooden blocks;

We created a crafty tower using a paper towel tube (read how to do it here):

We used markers to create a bunch of "people" with these and then used them to role play the story:

And I made a ring book out of these cute cards (scroll down a bit to find them) showing how to say "hello" in all different languages (but I think I've decided to recreate a set of my own with different ways to say "good morning" instead, because this set of cards actually bounced between all sorts of greetings and I'd like to be consistent):

We also did a few things (besides reading books) to correspond to our pets/responsibility/chores topic:

We spent lots of time "taking care of" pets:

And playing with Gv's cat puppet:

We made a dog out of a balloon:

I just drew the face with a permanent marker, taped on brown tissue paper ears and a tail, and looped one of my belts  around its belly for a leash

and then took it for a walk:

And last but not least, we did all sorts of everyday "chores," like the things I talked about here

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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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