While the Alphabet Adventure is “all about the kids,” I have to admit, G/ H week has started off to be loads of fun for us all. There have been moments this week that will surface over others in my memory. I can still hear the kids laughing together, I can see the blackberry juice all over their hands, I can feel them laying on my lap during a late night at the game. These are precious times the Lord has given us. I am humbled by the Father’s love shown through these tiny hands and feet that fill our home.
We just finished G tonight with a fabulous game of “Glow Stick Tag” (#70 in Faith-filled Moments) and talked about what it means for Christ to be the light of the world. We ended with a rendition of This Little Light of Mine and lots of laughter as Nate screamed “NO” to the bushel at the top of his lungs throughout. It was a great performance by all. We spent this week focusing on a couple of things: grandparents & gardens. The boys had swimming lessons with my dad & stepmom and a fun afternoon with my mom reading lots of grandparent books. We couldn’t resist using G for our beloved San Francisco Giants and took Logan & Bennett to the game last night (only to see the Astros win, what???!!!) with our youth group. Today we rounded out G with a trip to Neal’s to explore all their homegrown produce, pick blackberries, and buy some local veggies for garden fresh ratatouille!! We ended the day with making grammie’s homemade granola. Everything on the table tonight was from the garden- the dinner, the flowers, the dessert, it was wonderful and the kids loved eating G up!!
G Books include: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Gumption by Elise Broach, Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming, Gorgonzola by Margie Palatini, Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek, Gizmo by Barry Varela, A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis, Growing Vegetable soup by Lois Ehlert, G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco and of course our collection of Curious George books! Books on Grandparents: The Grandma Book by Todd Parr, The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr, Hooray for Grandparents’ Day by Nancy Carlson, Raisin and Grape by Tom Amico, and I found two children’s books on Alzheimer’s so the kids could understand Daddy’s job more- Grandpa’s Music: A Story About Alzheimer’s by Alison Acheson and Still My Grandma by Veronique Van den Abeele.
Our plans for H are a little more low-key. Hand painting, horses & hiking!! I’ve been wanting to do some hand print art on canvases with the kids so we will see if they cooperate in the fun! We are taking the kids to Old MacDonald Farm for horses and other farm fun were we will incorporate lesson #33 from Faith-filled Moments on farm life. Last we are planning an evening hike at Rob Fleming Park (and plan on wearing lots of mosquito repellant!!!). It should prove to be a fun family weekend!
H books include: Hat by Paul Hoppe, Where’s Mary’s Hat by Barroux, Do You Have a Hat by Eileen Spinelli, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, HUG by Jez Alborough, Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown (a must own boy book FYI), Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr, How Hilda Hushed Her Hiccups by The Tini Sisters, Hedgehog’s Secret by Lena Anderson, I Wonder Why Horses Wear Shoes (Compliments of Chick-fil-A!!), The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond, Richard Scarry’s Humperdink’s Busy Day.
I also continue to add “ABC” books to my original Alphabet Adventure post so check back if you are looking for specific letter books!