Weekly Wrap-Up and A Little Announcement

Friday, October 25, 2013

The girls and I have been busy these last few weeks.  It seems we've had appointments here, activities there and somehow have managed to not only stay on track with school...but to get ahead!

Abby has been busy finishing up her K4 program.  Since we managed to get a week ahead (by request), she will finish this coming week!


She loves place value.  I gave her several numbers and she would use the straw bundles to illustrate the given number.

place value

Abby also finished Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten.  Here she is completing the verse for letter Y.  

bible verse 

She's been enjoying the Sight Word Review Graphing Printables I created, specific to the K4 program.  You can download the set in this post.

sight word graphing 

And, a trip to the optometrist turned into a neat learning experience.  Abby asked tons of questions and the doctor was nice enough to explain as best she could.

abby eye dr 2

We took a walk to Grandma's.  Summer loved exploring.

summer exploring 

Abby was a little disappointed by the creek being dry.

abby exploring 

And, in just a few months...we will be welcoming a new addition to our family!  The next few months are sure to be filled with excitement and change. 

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall is here and that means the warm aroma of pumpkin bread is filling our home.  Quick breads are so simple and delicious to make.  This super moist pumpkin bread is perfect as a snack or even better the next morning for breakfast.  I have tried many recipes for pumpkin bread and this is by far my favorite, with a few additions.  It contains just the right amount of pumpkin and spice with a splash of pure vanilla and a sprinkling of crunchy pecans.  I use this recipe to make one loaf and about 18 muffins.

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees fahrenheit, depending on your oven.  Grease loaf pan(s) or line muffin tin with paper liners.

Sift together dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Add wet ingredients directly to the dry ingredients and using a mixer, mix until smooth.  Add desired amount of pecans to the batter and fold in with a spatula.  I use about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of pecans in the mix.  Pour batter in loaf pan or paper liners.  And sprinkle with leftover chopped pecans. 

Loaf bakes for about 45 minutes until top begins to crack and and toothpick comes out clean.  The muffins bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Allow to cool and enjoy!

pumpkin bread 2

K4- RRSK: Letter X and Fall Fun

Friday, October 11, 2013

Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten is quickly coming to an end.  I have enjoyed learning new bible verses along with Abby and watching her little mind soak up all the information.  Plus, she's learned many new shapes (rectangular prism, cylinder, cone, cube), reviewed counting/letters and practiced time, fractions, positional words and money, to name a few.  It's been a great addition to our year and she has benefited so much from it.

Letter: X
Sight Word: Down
Bible Verse: eXcept you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:3

A few of her activities this week included: tracing and locating pictures that start or end with letter X.

tracing verse

Letter X Phonics

All printables are from the K4 Curriculum.

We are in the final stages of K4, which means review.  For the next few weeks, Abby will be heavily reviewing sight words, numbers, handwriting and skip counting among other things.

She worked on counting from 50-80 in the number maze.  She loves this!

number graphing


domino subtraction

Abby has also been working through her Kumon: Cutting book.  She adores the little animals she cuts out and likes giving them away as gifts and plays with them all week.


And, she's been practicing lots of reading with her Abeka Little Owl Books and Bob Books.  She's always so proud of herself!


reading 2

As mentioned above, we've hit the review stage of K4 and I've been looking at ways to give Abby more variety in sight word review.  I've seen several graphing activities with sight words, but nothing specific to what we needed.  So, I decided to make my own.  Abby seems to really enjoy this activity and I love that it gives her practice reading words in several different fonts, coloring, graphing and reading a graph.

sight word graphing

sight word graphing 2

Abby also enjoyed her Fall Sensory Bin, that she was constantly sharing with her little sister. :)
You can read about the contents here.

sensory bin abby

Recently, I created a folder on my phone just for her educational apps.  She loves having a folder personalized just for her and spends about 20 minutes a day exploring different ones. 


 We did some baking.

Baking Collage

And, she enjoyed an afternoon of fun with her grandparents and cousins.  She was able to ride a pony, play in the corn/straw maze, ride in a hot air balloon and much more.  She had a blast!

Abby Collage

Supplies We Used This Week