Latticed Learning: Week 24

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

Jesus's baptism (pages 303-307 in this Bible and 211-217 in this one)

Memory Verse

Matthew 6:25, 26, 34a - This is the fourth song on this album, which I've raved about before.  I'm also creating cards for this second set of verses and will let you know when they're available.

We post these on the fridge (and then add them to a mini photo album from the local dollar store at the end of the week).

Until then, you can find the first set here.


Xavier (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 "X" phonics card here!)

Topic to Explore



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


3 (Now focusing on writing the numbers, since our first go-round took care of counting and recognizing them.)

I printed four of these to a page, then slipped the sheets into a page protector and let Gv trace the numbers with a wet erase marker.)

Best Books We Read This Week

Little People Busy Town - these great flap board books have long been some of Gv's favorites and although they've been put aside for others lately, it was fun to get back out again for this week's theme.


Caps for Sale - one of my favorite books as a child, these crazy monkeys give this peddler a run for his money!


Who Drives This? - another well-loved board book that Gv enjoyed reacquainting herself with this week.


Doctor Ted - these books are always fun and this one never fails to inspire Gv to drag out her doctor's kit to "check us out."


Sherman Crunchley - not only a fun book to read while learning about different careers/community helpers, but a great lesson stressing the importance of finding something you enjoy and making that your job.


Other Great Books We Read

Firedog Martha

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Young Clara Barton

Mr. Buzz the Beeman

Olivia Becomes a Vet

What Can We Play Today

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:

Do Not Worry from this album helped Gv learn our memory verse

Let's Bake Cookies from one of our favorite albums (that I talk about more here) was really the only song we got into this week, other than singing Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, the Baker's Man plenty of times...

Videos We Explored

Gv did "X" things on this site.

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

This site had plenty of fire safety videos to fill our time.

This movie about a chef was fun.

How We Played

We did a couple things to learn more about Jesus's baptism:

We first made this craft stick puppet set, using the graphic here:

I just folded up the bottom of a sheet of blue construction paper and glued it closed on the sides, then I cut a tiny slit in the bottom so Gv could "dunk" the Jesus on a stick in the water.  We added the dove after she demanded it.  Somebody's been listening to the story!
Then we made a handprint dove:

I seriously wonder when Gv will get tired of tracing and cutting out her hand for projects like this, because I honestly don't see it happening for years and years...

The good news is that it's so easy to do - just trace the hand onto white paper, cut it out, glue it on some blue construction paper for the sky, add a yellow beak and googly eye, and you're set!

We also did several things (besides reading books) to correspond to our careers topic:

I printed out these sorting mats (I shrunk them to save ink & paper) and Gv cut and glued the tools in the appropriate spots.

I just loved how she put the hats on the workers, and the things in the baker's hands!

I printed out page 13 of this Kindergarten fireman pack to give Gv another opportunity to try a maze (she still needed my help, but enjoyed it).

As you can see, she still likes to cut everything!

We pretended to be policemen and did a fingerprint counting activity:

I just folded a paper to make boxes, stuck a number in each one, and let her use a stamp pad to add the appropriate number of fingerprints.  I'd debated between making 12 and 8 squares, but figured her attention span wouldn't last for more than 8.

I was right.  In fact, 6 probably would have been best.

Even though we have a "real" fire hat we'd gotten from the local fire department,

we followed this guide to make a fire hat from a paper plate.

Why yes, that is the weekly Harbor Freight ad taped up for display on the fireplace.  Along with a pair of scissors, which she's blocking.  Everything's fair game for this girl, when she gets her hands on the tape dispenser!

I traced the paper plate outline onto red construction paper, which Gv then cut and glued onto the plate.  I cut out the shield, wrote "FD" on it with black crayon, and she glued it on.

I cut around the inner circle of the plate like the other site showed, but had to go back and cut more to make it big enough to fit her head.

Gv "checked me out" plenty of times with her beloved doctor's kit:

She wore her trusty Steak 'N Shake hat to cook up plenty of yummy treats in her kitchen:

I fell in love with the ideas shared here on setting up a play airport, but decided against it right now.  (Which means, of course, that I was too totally lazy to mess with it all right now)

It might be best to do as a joint project (share the work!) with our homeschool/play group or else just worry about doing it to prepare Gv for her first flight someday.

Really cute stuff, though.

We played hairdresser, using this fun idea:

It was at this point that Gv said we needed green hair to do this (my hairdresser had green hair at my last haircut)
Not quite Vidal Sassoon or Paul Mitchell quality, but it was fun.

Finally, we made this cute little baker, following the photo I found here:

Take a piece of construction paper for the base, then glue on a quarter-folded coffee filter at the top, covered by a band of white.  Add a face (with googly eyes, of course), some arm strips hugging a small paper plate, and then some cookies.

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