Latticed Learning - Pets/Responsibilities/Chores

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

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 also read several books on chores and responsibility this week, but I highlighted the main 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:
This review book was just perfect for this week, too!

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

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!

Sing Some Songs

I found a load of chore and pet-related songs on my ipod this week, which was really fun!

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.

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.

Watch Some Videos

This Berenstain Bears video couldn't have been more perfect -- it covers pets and chores!

Here's another one that covers pets.

We hadn't been very familiar with Horrid Henry, but this chores episode seemed like a good introduction.

We haven't seen this yet, but I've heard it's hilarious and it certainly fits the week's theme!

Play and Create

We spent lots of time this week "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

Whew!  It was a busy week, but one full of fun!

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