letter b preschool unit

Letter B Preschool Unit

I’m so thankful I get to spend time with my children for their preschool years. First, I share our curriculum choices and why we use them. Keep reading to find out how we explored the Letter A. Finally, at the bottom, we list our favorite supplies for the preschool years.

letter b preschool unit
letter b preschool unit

PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

SUPPORTS AMPLE NATURE TIME

  • The Peaceful Preschool – The schedule is amazing because it sets aside one day per week for field trips
  • Exploring Nature with Children – This works well for my family because it is centered around being outdoors
  • The Abundant Gardener – We are learning more about gardening together so this will naturally provide chances to visit gardens, plant stores, and be outside on our land

THE PEACEFUL PRESCHOOL

We currently follow the Peaceful Preschool curriculum by Jennifer Pepito and we love it! The content is full of rich literature, therefore it is a perfect fit for my book-loving family.  We read through many rich, classic stories. We also complete playful projects to go with the literature theme or letter. Download Unit A for free to try it out with your littles in order to see if you like it.

The community she has created is such a beautiful resource and I’m grateful to be a part of it. Jennifer has included a wonderful preschool e-book which helps you prepare to guide your child in early learning. We have found her curriculum perfect for our homeschool preschool. The curriculum is comprised of Read Aloud, Phonics, Counting Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Large Motor Skills, Practical Life Skills, and Art Skills. Also, here is how we enjoyed the letter C unit.

letter b preschool unit
First, the letter b preschool unit

LETTER B REVIEW

The letter B unit was fun! First, we read through Blueberries for Sal. I love this story because it is so beautiful. My children bring this to me over and over to read aloud. They especially love to hear me read the “kerplink, kerplunk” sounds in the story. We also created letter B glitter glue letters. The Peaceful Preschool recommends glitter glue in order to create the finishing touches on sensory, alphabet flashcards. We have used them with all of the letters so far. It is really one of my children’s favorite parts.

letter b blueberries
letter b blueberries

B IS FOR BLUEBERRY

We counted a variety of berries and also sorted them (and of course ate them along the way).

blueberries for sal
blueberries for sal

Did you know blueberries are a wonderful superfood? According to an article on healthline.com, “blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries.” They contain a level of antioxidants which may help reduce cancer risk. My children love blueberries and as a result, we usually have berries around to eat and enjoy!

sorting and counting berries
then, we sorted and counted berries

ACTIVITIES

My children created process art with a watercolor of the ocean and we also read the Runaway Bunny. I loved this story as a child! We made letter B bunny art with cotton balls.

b is for bunny
b is for bunny

HOMEMADE PALEO CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES

Then, we made homemade paleo carrot cake cupcakes. You can find the recipe here. For the frosting, I tried a new mascarpone whipped frosting and it was light and perfect. My children helped gather the ingredients, wash and peel the carrots, stir the ingredients, and lick the bowl when we were finished!

carrot cake cupcakes
carrot cake cupcakes

FIELD TRIPS

The Peaceful Preschool recommends a field trip day each week. Since our boys are at home for preschool, we have the luxury of taking many trips! We visited Blue Butterfly Farms and learned about farm animals and gardening and we also took a beautiful hike with friends from a Wild and Free group.

blue butterfly farm
then, we visited blue butterfly farm

We picked fresh strawberries at Sweet Berry Farms. Since we had so many berries, we came home and made homemade strawberry jam.

strawberry farm
strawberry farm

We smelled bluebonnets at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. We visit it often because it is one of my favorite places.

b is for bluebonnet
b is for bluebonnet

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Simplylearningkids offers free extension activities for the curriculum. We made symmetry butterfly art from simplylearningkids which turned out more beautiful than I expected. The boys painted on one side. Next, we folded the paper in half. Then, we opened it to discover a beautiful butterfly.

butterfly symmetry art
Finally, butterfly symmetry art

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

the biggest bear
the biggest bear
be blest
be blest
the three bears
the three bears
the Jesus storybook bible
the Jesus storybook bible

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I read the Biggest Bear, Be Blest and The Three Bears to my children because these are beautiful stories. The Biggest Bear is a loving story about a boy and his bear and it was great to find another beautiful bear book to add. Be Blest is a great resource because it goes through the seasons and has beautiful illustrations. The Three Bears is a wonderful and classic children’s story and it is a great delight to include it again. In the Jesus Storybook Bible, we read the creation story. We try to read a chapter most mornings from this beautiful book. I LOVE this Bible version because the illustrations hold my kiddos attention.

SUPPLIES

Blueberries for Sal
The Runaway Bunny
The Jesus Storybook Bible
Cotton Balls
Alphabet Tactile Letters
Unbleached Cupcake Liners
Watercolors
Glitter Glue
Watercolor Collection of Bees

Here is how we enjoyed the letter C unit. We had so much fun with letter B and can’t wait to share the next letter with you!

paleo doughnuts sprinkles

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Doughnuts

DOUGHNUTS AS A CHILD

I have never been a big fan of doughnuts, even though I love sweets. I fondly remember trips to Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts with my parents. However, I was very picky in choosing flavors. While I absolutely love chocolate, I never cared for chocolate doughnuts. Call me a chocolate connoisseur – I’m super picky about my chocolate. Even as a child, I felt like they were not really chocolate.

I usually ended up picking glazed blueberry doughnuts with a side of chocolate milk. The sugary sweets were absolutely delicious at the time. Finally, a sugar crash usually followed consumption of the treats and I didn’t feel all that great. Yet, strangely it would leave me wanting more.

Paleo Doughnuts
Paleo Doughnuts

D IS FOR DOUGHNUTS

I homeschool my preschoolers, and we are following the Peaceful Preschool curriculum. Check out the fun we had with the letter D unit! We read If You Give a Dog a Donut as part of the D unit. Since I’m a big sweet lover, I knew I wanted to make doughnuts with my boys to go with the unit.

We have been following mostly a Paleo diet. We mainly eat a whole foods diet, with as many nutrients as possible. It is key for optimal health and feeling your best. My husband is gluten-intolerant, so we avoid gluten in nearly all our home cooking. I searched for paleo doughnut recipes on Pinterest and came up with a few we would like to try. My husband loves cinnamon rolls so when I found a cinnamon roll recipe for these treats, I knew we found the recipe for us!

paleo doughnuts sprinkles
paleo doughnuts sprinkles

PALEO CINNAMON ROLL DOUGHNUTS

doughnut pan
doughnut pan

Try these doughnuts below in order to have a paleo option without dairy, gluten or sugar.

Doughnut Ingredients
Doughnut Ingredients
PALEO CINNAMON ROLL DOUGHNUTS 
Note: If you want to make Chocolate Doughnuts, add in 1 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder to the batter and top with cocoa nibs before baking.

DOUGHNUT INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
1 cup almond flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of sea salt
4 large eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 cup raw honey

Preheat your oven to 350'F. Grease a doughnut pan with coconut oil. I used this doughnut pan here. This one also looks amazing. 

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Then, in a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and mix it together with the almond milk. 

Melt your nut butters and honey in a saucepan the stovetop. Stir the mixture together until it becomes thick. 

Next, combine the nut butters, honey, egg, and milk mixture with the dry ingredients. Stir it all together until its a thick batter.

Finally, transfer the mixture into the greased doughnut pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. You will know when they are cooked when the tops are golden brown. Allow the doughnuts to sit in the doughnut pan for five minutes, then remove them and set them on a baker's rack to cool. Once cooled down, you can frost them.  

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
5 tablespoons coconut butter, melted
2 tablespoons alternative sugar of your choice
almond milk

Combine all of the frosting ingredients with a spoon, and stir it together until it thickens like a batter. Spoon onto the doughnuts until they are coated. Finally, we added rainbow sprinkles for an extra special touch. We normally don't use colored dyes in our house, but I felt once would be a treat. Alternatively, you could sprinkle cinnamon on top! 

This recipe was adapted from the bigmansworld. You can find the original recipe here. Arman has created some amazing clean sweets and I can’t wait to try some others out!

We also made these adorable apple “doughnuts” with cream cheese and almond butter for breakfast!

almond butter apple doughnuts
almond butter apple doughnuts
apple slices with cream cheese doughnuts
apple slices with cream cheese doughnuts

Favorite Vanilla Bean Cupcake Recipe

Favorite Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

First, I share our struggles to get pregnant. Next, I share how we opened up a cupcake shop. Finally, I share my favorite Vanilla Cake Recipe!

INFERTILITY

My husband and I tried for more than three years to get pregnant. I was more disheartened with each passing year when I did not become pregnant. I wondered why I had this huge desire to be a Mama, yet not be able to obtain it. My doctor recommended blood work and a radiology exam to check for infertility. All of my levels appeared normal, so we waited.

I took Clomid, an ovulatory stimulant, for five months with no positive results. My doctor said he had taken us as far as he would go, so he wanted to refer us to a fertility specialist. My husband and I had a discussion and we finally decided to let this goal go for awhile and focus on other things.  I was heartbroken, and mourning the loss of my dream, so I cried for several days.

BEGINNING A CUPCAKE SHOP

For more than a year, I created and tested cupcakes recipes in the kitchen. We valued high-quality ingredients since that is how we eat at home. Organic, whole milk, Madagascar vanilla, cage-free, organic eggs, and organic fruits were staples in our sweets, therefore I wanted to bring that to my business. We would use as many organic ingredients as possible in baking and also provide an abundance of gluten-free options. Flavor played a key role and each cupcake was taste tested happily by family and friends. I worked towards making the best tasting cupcakes I could, using the best ingredients I could in order to present the best quality.

PREGNANT

Finally, we acquired keys for the shop. About two days later, we found out we were pregnant! I was shocked and filled with wonder for so many different blessings during that time in our lives. God’s love is amazing. My husband and I prepared for our special miracle at the same time preparing to open a cupcake shop.

Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam

OPENING DAY

I clearly remember the first day of opening. We didn’t advertise or market. The health inspector had approved us for opening the day before. We decided to bake about 120 cupcakes to see what would happen. On opening day, so many customers, friends and family poured into our doors so by the afternoon, we were SOLD OUT of cupcakes.

Business that first weekend was even better and in one Saturday, we had sold more than 300 cupcakes. This was a huge deal because we were in a small town! I put in long hours daily at the shop, was pregnant, therefore, I could barely keep up with production that first year.

Colored Egg Play. Boys helping in the kitchen.
Colored Egg Play. Boys helping in the kitchen.

VANILLA CUPCAKE RECIPE

While I didn’t bake this particular recipe while we had my shop, if I did it all again, this recipe below would be my go-to for vanilla cupcakes. They are the most delicious we have made. These cupcakes contain high-quality ingredients which may lead to a superior flavor.

ALMOND CUPCAKES (or Vanilla Bean or Vanilla Cupcakes)

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS
3 eggs
1 vanilla bean
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup full-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (grass-fed)
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup brown rice or sorghum flour 
1/3 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 heaping teaspoon baking soda
1/2 heaping teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat your oven to 325'F. Line a cupcake/muffin tin with approximately 12 regular size liners. I prefer the unbleached kind.

Whisk your eggs. Use a knife to cut the vanilla bean, scrape out the seeds and add them to the bowl with your eggs. Add the honey, yogurt, butter and mix together. In a separate bowl, sift the almond flour, your choice of other flours, sugar, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix together. Use an icecream scoop to pour the batter into your cupcake liners. Bake until a cake tester or knife inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean. The baking time varies depending on your oven, but a good rule of thumb is about 20 minutes. Set aside the cupcakes to cool on a baking rack.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon cane sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract (Madagascar vanilla)
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
pinch of sea salt

Whip the cream with a mixer until it thickens. Add the sugar and vanilla extract, and beat until fluffy. At the end, add the mascarpone and a pinch of salt. 

Top the completely cooled cupcakes with the frosting and add berries for a beautiful and delicious touch. Eat and try to share.
Birthday Boy Favorite Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
Birthday Boy Favorite Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

NOTE: This recipe is adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook. You can find her amazing blog here. Purchase her book below among my favorite and well-used cookbooks!