Thursday, March 11, 2010

P is for a picnic with St. Patrick

I'm not sure if I've mentioned that we've been slowly working our way through the alphabet this year, both for handwriting and storytime ideas. How serendipitous is it that we've arrived at the letter Pp just before St. Patrick's Day?

The sun came out today, so we packed up our books and peanut butter sandwiches, and headed to the park near our local river for a picnic. On the way there we sang every song on "Party like a Preschooler"!

We're reading the dramatic and beautifully detailed story of Saint Patrick by Amy Steedman, from Our Island Saints. (Living Books Curriculum included the story in their St. Patrick's Day unit study. You can join their mailing list by creating an account on their site or requesting the Get-Aquainted Sample Pack on the bottom left side of their main page.)

Earlier in the week, I pulled out all the other P books I could find on our shelves...

We love Sandra Boyton books, and the "If You Give a..." series (although I can't figure out what happened to our copy of If You Give a Pig a Pancake!) Eldest is really enjoying The Periodic Table: Elements with Style.

Most of our alphabet-themed plans have come together rather spontaneously. (And not always very well!) This was one of those lovely, very needed days when it just worked.

Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
--Luke 23:43


Lynette said...

WHat a fun P week you have had!!!!

Daisy said...

What a great day! My son is obsessed with Sandra Boyton. LOL.

We are taking that kind of a day today. Must needed!

mandy said...

Positively perfect!

Mirjam said...

I'm sure you know about this kind of groups....:). But in case you don't, here's the link :))

Mirjam :)

Arlenkern74 said...

just found your blog , its lovely xx

achristianmommy said...

I absolutely love your idea about finding books that feature particular letters as a way to teach children to read! My daughter loves playing "I Spy," and I can't wait to see how she likes looking for all of the A's, B's, C's, etc. in the books we read. Keep up the great work, as it looks like your kids are really having a blast!

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