Latticed Learning, Week 36

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

Revelation (pages 504-508 in this Bible)

Memory Verse

Psalm 4:8 and 119:11 & 9 - These are the twentieth and twenty-first songs 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 dollar store at the end of the week).

Until set two is out, you can find the first set of cards here.


We've gone through them all and will just continue to flip through our mini photo album of these these cuter-than-cute cards until we go through them all again next year. 


We've now gone through each of these, too.  At the moment, we'll just finish out the year by continuing to talk about the letters and sounds and flip through our mini photo album of our phonics cards.  You can get your own set of these phonics cards here

Topic to Explore

General history/presidents 


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


12 (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

This Little President, which I reviewed here, continues to be a favorite of ours.

John, Paul, George & Ben is a silly book that introduces some of our most famous founding fathers.

Gv has really enjoyed Yankee Doodle - both the detailed illustrations and the song!

Christopher Columbus is a good, introductory biography on this famous explorer.

Dancing with the Indians tells the story of a slave who escaped and took refuge with the Seminole Indians - told in a way that's easy for youngsters to understand.

Other Great Books We Read

If I Ran for President

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Presidential Pets

I Grew Up to Be President

The Story of Ruby Bridges

Welcome to the White House

My Community Long Ago

Let's Read About...George Washington

Journeys in Time

Let's Read Biography: George Washington

Life in Colonial America

Young Clara Barton

Let's Read About...Abraham Lincoln

U.S. Presidents: The Oval Office All-Stars!

The Pledge of Allegiance

Wackiest White House Pets

The entire You Wouldn't Want to... series is so much fun, too!

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:

I Will Lie Down and Sleep and I Have Hidden Your Word from this album helped Gv learn our memory verse.

This Schoolhouse Rock album covers several American History topics - plus it's tons of fun to listen to!

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

Videos We Explored

We watched this videothis one, and this one to review letters and numbers.

Gv continued to explore different things on this site.

We watched these videos to go along with the songs.

This short work is great for President's Day.

There's a ton of fun history information on the BrainPop site!

There are so many fun, interactive clips on this BBC site.

We continued using ABC Mouse for free at our local library.  

Be sure to see what types of learning apps are available at your local branch - just another reason to love the library so much!

How We Played

We didn't end up doing any activities to go along with our Bible study this week.  I'd batted around the idea of creating some sort of glittery "heaven" craft or something like a lion next to a lamb, but decided it was best to just keep this message simple - that Jesus will return - and then just read about it all week in her Bible.

We also ended up doing only a couple additional things to correspond to our general history topic.  I decided that all the books we were reading, along with some of the great websites and videos, were probably sufficient for Gv and that we'd elaborate more on historical topics next year.

We did, however, still do a couple of fun activities: 

We slid these cute action cards (pages 24 & 25 of the pack) into our foam dice and then got moving.

I ended up folding these cards a bit to get them to fit in our dice - if I'd paid closer attention before I printed, I would have just shrunk them a tad first.

One of the actions is to hold up your torch like the Statue of Liberty...Gv would also lift up one leg - every time!

Then we made some American History paper projects with ideas we got from this little book.

I cut out the blue hat and newsprint head for Gv, then she glued everything down.  (I also added the words and the nose and mouth, obviously.)

Again, I cut out his hat and face, then Gv ripped pieces of paper for the beard and glued everything down.

I did the cutting for everything but the feet, Gv glued it all down (don't you love the eyes she chose?).  She didn't want to cut a paper beak - but draw one herself, instead.
I cut, Gv glued.  This one was easy.

We decided to not use construction paper, but just color in a flag onto this heart (guess who is still boycotting coloring?).  Gv wanted to add drops of glitter stars and a little sparkle on the red stripes, as well.

Finally, we sorted a pile of coins using this little printable.

Besides making a connection between the presidents on the coins and those we'd been reading about all week, we continued to talk about the names of the coins and how much they are worth.

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