P is for Pirates, Pizza, Pancakes and Penguins!


P week was way fun.  Seriously.  There are way too many P words to choose from.  Here is a list of words that we encountered and at least talked about this week: prophet, potty (um both kinds… TMI?), pancakes, pizza, penguin, pig, pirate, Peter Pan, pup, perro, pulpo, Pearl, purple (still Isaac’s favorite color), pelota, princess, pea, pajamas, planes, película and pumpkins.

We started off the Thursday before General Conference coloring pictures of the prophet, President Monson, and getting excited about listening to him speak over the weekend.  I printed out activity packets from here.

A note about conference:

I was a little anxious about General Conference with three toddlers because I really wanted to be able to listen to some of it but I was fully aware that 8 hours of sitting in front of a tv screen was unrealistic for those guys.  Luckily, two of the four sessions coincided at least partially with nap-time so I focused on the two morning sessions.  We put away all their noisy toys and pulled out books, puzzles and coloring packets for them to play with during conference.  I also tried the whole listen-for-a-word-and-get-a-snack-when-you-hear-it game.  Isaac got pretty good at it.  The twins just got a treat whenever Isaac did.  They were still pretty clueless.  I really didn’t spend a whole lot of time preparing anything (and definitely didn’t make it cutesy….well okay the packet was kinda cutesy but all I did was print it!) but mission accomplished!  I got to listen to a good chunk of the talks AND the boys were able to enjoy it as well.  I feel like they came away knowing who the prophet is and that it’s important to take time to listen to him.

If you didn’t get a chance to hear it, all of the talks are available already on lds.org.  My favorites were The Moral Force of Women by Elder Christofferson, To My Grandchildren by President Eyring and No Other Gods by Elder Oaks.  Although Power in the Priesthood by Elder Anderson and We Never Walk Alone by President Monson were awesome too.  There’s too many to pick.  Just go read them all!

P week also just happened to coincide with Isaac finishing his potty chart.  So Monday night we left the twins with cousins and we took Isaac to dinner and the Planes movie.  He. Was. In. Heaven. (And one third of my children are *mostly* out of diapers…er Pañales!! Yay!)

We also read books about penguins, pirates, pizza and pancakes.  Isaac’s favorite (in English and Spanish) was If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  I thought the Princess and the Pizza was cute and El Pingüino Taky.  Cooper loved Splash! A Penguin Counting Book.  (The twins’ “counting” is so stinking cute).  Carter liked Penguin Pete (although I thought it was just meh).  The overall favorite was All by Myself!  They all fought over it.  Who knew the one potty book I brought home would be such a hit??

We made our own little pizzas out of Rhodes roll dough.  Should have made more.  The boys were sad when they were gone.


We ate pancakes more than once.

We picked out pumpkins at Grandpa Curtis’s house.

Our last P activity for the week was while Daddy was gone playing soccer.  The boys and I popped popcorn and watched Peter Pan in our pajamas.  So many P words in one sitting!  It was really fun.


On to letter Q. Just guessing but I’m thinking that one will be a short week…. 😉


O is for Ocean and October

There are not many words that begin with O in both English and Spanish.  Isaac already recognizes and can draw O pretty well anyway so we didn’t spend much time on it.  We read books about October (and otoño) and the ocean.

My favorite was Somewhere in the Ocean because I grew up loving the poem Over in the Meadow.  Isaac’s favorite was Richard Scarry’s Oceans and Other Fun Things which actually only has about two pages about oceans.  He also liked Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud.  That one was good for color practice too.

We also bought some Oreos which may or may not have been my guilty pleasure rather than education for the boys… We ate Cheerios for breakfast.  We ate oranges too.  (Not all was unhealthy.)  We talked about the color orange.  That’s pretty much it.  I didn’t even take any pictures.  Boring.

On the other hand, there are tons of words that start with the letter P!  So excited!


N is for Nest and Numbers

I sat the boys down with their N coloring pages Monday morning and when I checked on them a couple of minutes later Isaac had traced the letter N!  It took me by surprise.  I sometimes help him trace but he never had enough control/desire to do it on his own.  I credit the Writing App I talked about awhile ago.  It has obviously been helping his fine motor skills but I think he also finally made the connection that’s he’s writing letters and not just playing the game.  We started using it for writing numbers this week too.


I know it seems like a little thing but it’s so fun for me to see the tiny steps of progression that they are making!!

The next day was Spanish day and the day that the boys go to my friend’s house for a couple of hours.  Her little girl is right between Isaac and the twins and they love to play.  She comes to our house once a week too.  They went outside and looked at the nido in the tree and talked about Noe and his ark.

We read lots of books about nests.  Isaac’s favorite by far was The Perfect Nest.  It’s pretty cute.  We read it approximately 9,845 times in the week we had it.

The twins have started showing me the letter Mmmmmm in every book now too.

The next Spanish day our little friend came over and we talked about los números, especially uno, dos y trés.  We played with the number magnets and counted and shouted and sang and read several counting books.  Carter was especially good at the shouting part.


We also colored the Ñ page but didn’t really talk about that yet…

Isaac has been wanting to play all kinds of games lately…. but we don’t have any kid games.  So I created one using our Mancala game.  My inspiration was from this mommy blogger/tot schooler.  It’s a good challenge for him.  I think we’ll play it a lot in the future.



On to letter O!


M is for Monster, Momma and Monkey


We finally started back up our “pre-school” this last week after a summer off.  It’s amazing what a couple of months can do for little guys’ attention/interest/ability.  It was so fun to do the letter M.

We got a bunch of monster and mama books from the library.

My Monster Mama Loves Me So, Mi Mamá, The Hungry Monster ABCs, The Monster Book of ABC Sounds, My Mom is Excellent and The Hungry Monster (these last two are both easy to translate to Spanish).

The first morning all we did was sing the alphabet song in Spanish and talked about the letter M for like 30 seconds.  I wasn’t feeling too creative that day.  But it took!  Isaac spent the next 30 minutes finding all of the letter Ms (big and small) in the library books.  Then all week whenever we read books he was on the look out for the letter M.  So cool!

Even the twins were more into things this week.  We learned about how every letter “talks” and they loved repeating the sounds with me.  Mmmmmm was fun for them.

Some more M activities:

Mariposa sandwiches (totally Pinterest worthy, I know…) 😉


Muffins for breakfast.

Daddy did this next one while I was at choir practice.  One of the library books was The M&M’s Brand Color Pattern Book.  It was pretty much Isaac’s favorite book ever.  So we bought a big bag of M&M’s and Daddy helped the boys copy the patterns in the book.  Anything which includes sugar is always a big hit…



L is for Lion

Two weeks of the letter L:

Annual Lagoon day with Great-Grandpa Hitchcock and the WHOLE family!


Lasagna at grandma’s for Sunday dinner.

Lots of books about lions and lizards and lunas: Eli, Randy’s Dandy Lions, Latki and the Lightning Lizard (lots of L’s in the title but it’s kinda weird), The Lizard and the Sun/La lagartija y el sol, La primera luna llena de gatita (my favorite of the week and Isaac’s too), Ay, Luna, luna, lunita.

Letter L and Luna shaped sugar cookies.


Letter L week also coincided with the “super moon” so it would have been super duper to have the kids go look at la luna.  I considered it for about 15 seconds until I realized how far past their bedtime I’d have to keep them up.

Other non-L related summer activities: squishy bike rides in the trailer only meant for two, family bbqs and backyard swimming parties.



Letter M is for Makeover…as in living room makeover!  I spent nap time tearing the wallpaper down in the entryway.  Hopefully by the end of the month we’ll have everything put back together again.


K is for Koala

There are no good K words that mean the same thing in English and Spanish.  In case you were wondering.  Probably because K is not a real letter in Spanish.

Anyway, here is what we did for the letter of the week (or three weeks since we got home from Chicago….).

We ate kiwis.

And jumped like kangaroos.

We painted koalas (on Spanish day!)

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And flew kites….for about 15 minutes until the wind (which had been perfect all day) became too blustery… even for the Winnie the Pooh kite.

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Mostly we played on the playground…

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We read lots of books about kangaroos and koalas, mostly from the non-fiction section.  They were nice but kind of boring, I thought.  My favorite picture book we got was Katy No-Pockets.  It was cute.

I’m excited for Letter L week– which happens to coincide with our family Lagoon Day!