Latticed Learning: Week 16

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Welcome back to another installment of Latticed Learning!  Today I'll be sharing the sixteenth 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

King Solomon (pages 194-200 in this Bible)

Memory Verse

Proverbs 3:5 & 6 - This is the sixteenth song on this album, which I've raved about before.  I also created this card:

We post it on the fridge (and then add it to a mini photo album from the local dollar store when we take it down).  I'm always amazed how quickly Gv can say her verse - minus the reference - each week!

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


Patrick (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 "P" phonics card here!)

Topic to Explore



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


15 (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

The Adventures of Big Bird in Dinosaur Days - It's always fun to learn about new things with the gang from Sesame Street!  This small book will help little ones learn about dinosaurs while having fun with Big Bird at the same time.

Dinorella - A version of Cinderella that's loaded with alliteration (which is great for pre-readers to hear!)  I've read this thing countless times and my tongue still gets all twisted up!

Dinosaur ROAR! is a board book with fun illustrations that focuses on opposites.  It's one we've enjoyed reading since Gv was a tiny baby.

If the Dinosaurs Came Back was always a hit in my classroom, probably because it's got such silly ideas in it!  We have a few other Bernard Most books, but this one was easily Gv's favorite.

Gigantosarus Numbers not only features gigantic lizards, but it's a gigantic book, as well!  This big board book is loads of fun not only because of its great size, but because of all the dinosaur counting you get to do on each page.

Other Great Books We Read

Dinosaur Cousins?

The Littlest Dinosaurs

How Big Were the Dinosaurs?

My Visit to the Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Hunt

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:

Trust in the Lord from this album helped Gv learn our memory verse

This album by Jack Hartmann had two dinosaur songs on it that were really fun to dance to

This song and Dinosaur Round from the album I talked about here continued the dino theme

We Are the Dinosaurs off of one of our favorite albums remained in my head all week

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

Videos We Explored

We did "P" things on this site.

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

We didn't watch this one, but I thought this dinosaur video looked cute for when Gv is older.

And we haven't seen this movie, either, but most everyone in our homeschool playgroup has and loves it.

How We Played

We didn't do as much as usual with this week.  That's pretty much because it landed during the week of Christmas and we just had so much going on that I decided to just spend that week and the week of New Year's just reading books and doing a few activities.

Here's what we did to learn about King Solomon:

First, we constructed crowns - out of both paper plates and pipe cleaners:

Gv chose the pipe cleaners and I put this together for a colorful crown

You'll have to use your imagination a bit for this one (or look carefully at the next photo) because as soon she took this thing off her head, she wanted to cut out some crown tips, too

She combined them into one crown before I finished putting the colorful one together

Then, we spent some time with her blocks, building the Temple:

We also did a couple of things (besides reading books) to correspond to our dinosaur topic:

We took a trip to see a special dinosaur exhibit that a not-so-nearby university museum had going on:

We did this with the cousins and Gv's creative aunt made little dinosaurs on leashes for everyone to walk around with during our visit:
She also found matching neon green can't-lose-these-kids-in-a-crowd shirts and crafted little dino hair bows out of tiny plastic figurines and ribbon for each one!
Close-up of the leashed lizard so you can recreate this genius idea on your own! (Just tie a ribbon around the dino and then tie the other end to a bracelet)

When we got home, we spent quite a bit of time playing with that leashed dino and a couple of others (just from the dollar store):

The museum had this really neat interactive display where you could "dig" for your own fossils:  

This was the least-blurry shot I got - the kids LOVED this exhibit!  The "dirt" was shredded rubber, like used on playgrounds.
We recreated that a bit here at home with a box full of pom poms and little dino figurines.

Gv extended the fun by adding pom poms to this dino's back
We had lots of fun stomping around like giant lizards while listening to the great songs for the week.

We also played with this fun snap-on book that I'd had in my classroom.

Gv had received this for a birthday gift and I'd saved it to investigate this week:

Your very own ball of dino poop to explore...

This one was an omnivore...

She spent a good chunk of time playing with it afterward, too:

The poop is modeling clay, so you can press your discoveries back into it...

...and create a fossil!

Everything else we did during this week involved family fun for the holidays!

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