X is for X-Ray

~Malachi is 4 years 8 months~

Our activities this week focused on the letter X.

(Sing the Word from A-Z)

eXcept ye be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Matthew chapter eighteen, verse three.


(All of our reading this week was focused on our Biblical History lessons. One concept we used for the letter X is ex nilo ~ which means "out of nothing" in reference to when God created because He created something out of nothing. We have a movie from Answers in Genesis on this called the X-Nilo Show and I used that reinforce this concept and the letter X).

Go For the Code:

This week we finished our LAST letter in the Explode the Code Primer series. I can see why X is the last consonant in the primer. The vocabulary words for this lesson include fix, six, box, axe, fox, and mix. This time we had to listen for the sound at the end of the word. Since all the other letters focus on the beginning sound, this was a bit confusing for Malachi when it came to completing the lessons in the book. We worked through the X pages, but will continue to finish the practice pages over the next week.

We will continue on with the vowels E, O and U and then we will be done with our Alphabet Fun. I do not plan to start the Explode the Code series until he is ready. I will spend the next few months doing a few unit studies of Malachi's choosing. He tells me all the time about the things he wants to learn about and often comes to me with ideas of what to do for school. So, it will be fun to see what he comes up with.

I will share a few other things we are planning to do to prepare Mali for Kindergarden in an upcoming post (I was going to include it here, but it was getting too long!).

eXtra Activities:

Chex Mix (remember we are focusing on the ending sound!)

One of my favorite Chex recipes, Chex Carmel Corn (with a few healthier modifications):

Bring to boil over medium heat:
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar (I would have used succanat but I was out)
  • 4 T agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Then pour over:
  • 8 cups air popped mulit-colored popcorn
  • 8 cups Health Valley Rice Crunch-Ems (all natural)
  • 1/2 c. peanuts
Mali is quite a character.

If you like a crunchy carmel corn, then you can bake it at 250 degrees for 45 minutes (stirring every 15 minutes). My husband likes it soft, so we had carmel corn in 15 minutes! It is not my family recipe, but we had to sneak in a Chex recipe for the letter X!

X's and O's and Tic Tac Toe:

We practiced making X's and O's by playing Tic Tac Toe!

Tic tac toe, three i's in a row? After our first game with x's and o's he wanted to use other letters. So, Nathan and I were the x's. Mali caught on quick to the game and we had several "cat's games."


For our scrapbook page, I found a printable X-ray activity from ABC Teach, and several lapbook activities from Homeschool Share's Alphabet Lap-n-Note.

We saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs last week ~ if you have seen the movie, you will understand why he has puffed up cheeks, lol. {As a pursuer of quality children's entertainment, I will say that I was not that impressed with the movie ~ just didn't have the impact that Meet the Robinsons had!}

He loves that Cowboy hat!

Mali cut out the X and made a puzzle with it. He completed another puzzle too, but did not want to glue them down, so I glued a piece of cardstock where the puzzle would go, so he can play (see below).

We had fun singing the Hunting We Will Go Song and Mali also cut out a fox from his Kumon Book of Cutting (he really got into that this week and cut several things out).


Next: We practiced with numbers and which number comes next.

Six: We counted to six with everyday objects. We also reviewed our study on the six days of creation. (I think it is important to live by our faith in all of the activities we do and tie them in whenever we can. The activities that we choose to place our emphasis on can say a lot about our walk with the Father. We want to be pleasing to Him in all aspects of our faith.)

This week, we also did activities for Nature Explorers and had a lot of fun with squirrels!

We have had lots of Alphabet Fun this year and I am excited to put it all together in a scrapbook for Mali. Also excited about what we will be doing next.

Thanks to Jolanthe for hosting another week of The Preschool Corner ~ be sure to visit her blog to see what she and others are doing in their preschool corner.


  1. I love the Hat Too! He looks so "cowboyish" lol!

  2. Looks like lots of X fun! I'll come look at this when we get to letter X. I love seeing the pictures.

  3. The X activiites you did were great. The lapbook was wonderful. You gave us some ideas for when we cover the letter X.

  4. I love your lapbook and the picture of Malachi working on his puzzle.

  5. I love your scrap page on X. I love the little ryhme on the top left hand corner. Very cute.