Our Week With the Letter B

My three boys at the beach.

My three boys at the beach.

We’ve had a BUSY week with the letter B.  As a reminder, my goal with “Mommy School” isn’t for him to get an early acceptance letter from Harvard, it’s to expose him to the things he’d be doing if he was going to preschool.

On Monday we did a couple of color pages, used our LeapFrog Sun to sing the ABC’s and the Letter B song. (The letter B song goes like this, “B says buh, B says buh, Every letter makes a sound and B says buh” Xander loves it, but not as much as the ABC’s.)  We had blueberry smoothies as our snack.  We got our coloring pages from here and here.

Crying because I made him touch the jello.

Crying because I made him touch the jello.

On Tuesday we used our letter B cookie cutter to cut out Blue Jello.  He wasn’t a huge fan of touching the jello, and I had to shove it into his mouth for him to try it, but once he got over the texture he was a huge fan and had more than I had planned on allowing.  We had a few minor fits due to too much sugar, but he’s a toddler and I figure once in a while it’s okay. We also went to the beach when Dad got home from work.  Liam had his first successful beach day thanks to the baby bath tub getting put under a towel shade.  We also took him into the water and he’s just as much of a water baby as Xander ever was!  I think they remember going to the beach all the time when they were inside my belly!

During our walk we ended up at the park with the toy Boat. :)

During our walk we ended up at the park with the toy boat. :)

On Wednesday we went for a LONG walk and looked for boats, birds, and butterflies.  We took the stroller and every time we hit a bump Xander would say “Bump, bump.”  So, we talked about how bump starts with B.  We made blueberry muffins using my Budgie’s recipe and then we also watched the Billy Beaver episode of Go Diego Go Wednesday morning.

Painting with bubbles

Painting with bubbles

Thursday we did a “painting” with bubbles.  I added a few drops of food coloring to paper cups with bubble solution and let Xander blow bubbles on a piece of white paper.  It didn’t turn out as well as the Pinterest example I’d seen, but what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.  And he had LOTS of fun with the bubbles so it worked.  We also baked bread to eat with our dinner that night.  Xander loves using the mixer more than any kid I know so this was a major win for him. :)

The boys sorting beans.  Liam really liked it, in case you were wondering.

The boys sorting beans. Liam really liked it, in case you were wondering.

Yesterday, Friday, we went on a bug hunt and then in the afternoon we (mostly it was me because Dad was home and I’m second-rate!) made a letter b bumblebee picture.  He did do all the glueing and a little coloring, but for the most part he left me on my own.  Silly kiddo.  Dad got in on B week and they made beans to eat with dinner last night.  It’s a tradition for the (little) boys to get all the bad beans out, so he taught Xander what makes a bad bean.

Xander on his bug hunt.  He refused to put on clothes but insisted on wearing his red shoes and his safari hat.  Crazy kiddo.

Xander on his bug hunt. He refused to put on clothes but insisted on wearing his red shoes and his safari hat. Crazy kiddo.

All in all it was a pretty successful week.  Yesterday he was playing with his toy cellphone and it showed a banana and he told Paul, “B!” This morning when I got him dressed he pointed out every B on his “Best Big Brother” shirt that one of the cousins got him.  He’s also starting to master his colors–which I completely quit pushing.

 

Liam got in on the bug hunt too.  He's a big fan of being outside--as long as it isn't too hot.  :)

Liam got in on the bug hunt too. He’s a big fan of being outside–as long as it isn’t too hot. :)

 

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