Saturday, November 7, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I am also going to begin doing Tot School with Kay. Here is a link to the site that has to infohttp://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/. On this site are the blogs of at least 55 tot school moms. These are moms that are either homeschooling older children and need to have activities available for the tots in the house to work on. Or moms that are working to take time to have one on one time with their tot each day. I have found that I say "Kay go play" "You cannot be in here if you are going to be loud" and "I think I hear Dinosaur Train coming on". I want her to be excited about 'school time' also and am working to prepare activities to have on hand for her while Ann does hers.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I found this trapezoid table at the Goodwill for $13. It has desk drawers in 3 places and adjustable height. It is perfect for our current needs. Everyone had their own work space plus it is big enough for larger projects like finger painting, play dough and board games.
Right now we are doing a dinosaur unit for science. Ann has loved dinos since we went to the Indy Children's museum last fall. For this reason I decided to go ahead and purchase some cool wall decor to go with the unit. I got it from our local education store for $10. It has already been a great learning tool. Also pictured above is our calender center. We take a few minutes at the start of the day to discuss the weather, the day, and the month. You can see that I have a chalk board and a marker board. I had David put the marker board up high so that 2 year old Kay wouldn't get into the markers or erase the things I put on it. The chalkboard below is perfect height for both girls do use.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Reading- We read level appropriate books together
Phonics- Phonics Pathways (love this simple, easy to use)
Writing- I Can Write
Science- Dinosaur Lapbook, Hands of a Child
Bible - Christian Liberty Press Book A (pretty lengthy lessons for this age, so we use one lesson a week and review throughout the week)
Reading- Ann reads BOB books aloud
Health- currently working on an All About Me lapbook (address, phone number, my family etc)
Art- Baby Lambs art book
Reading- I read to Ann, books relating to other things we are studying, above reading level
Homeschool Cooperative Classes
This semester- Sing, Spell, Read, and Write, Cooking, Game Time, Children's Choir, Dr. Seuss
On Friday mornings I host a women's bible study in our home so I am going to keep this day for review, any tests that need taken, and fun activities in the afternoon.
We complete all of our schooling between 8:30 am and 12 noon, with the exception of Fridays. I will substitute social studies with the science when we are done with the dino unit.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Pork Chops with Squash
1 t. salt
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. chili powder
1/4 t. coarse ground black pepper
a shake or two cayenne pepper
1 c. raw rice
4 pork chops 3/4 inch thick
1 1/2 c. diced tomatoes or 2 cans
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 c. water
2 c. thinly sliced zucchini or summer squash
1 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese
Mix salt, garlic salt, chili powder and pepper. Trim pork chops of fat. Heat oil in skillet; brown pork chops, seasoning with 1/2 of the seasoning mixture. Drain oil from pan. Add rice, tomatoes, onion and water. Arrange zucchini around edge of skillet and sprinkle with remaining seasoning mixture. cover and cooking stirring occasionally for 30- 40 minutes or until pork is cooked through and tender. Top with cheese and cover to melt cheese.
A friend of mine makes the above recipe omitting the pork chops and adding more veggies for a flavorful vegetarian dish.
Summer Squash Patties
2 c. grated summer squash (I use yellow crook neck)
1/4 c. self rising four
1/3 c. self rising cornmeal
1 small onion (I have also used a few shakes of Tastefully Simple Onion Onion)
1 egg, beaten
pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together. Spoon out into hot greased frying pan. Brown both sides. Drain on paper towel. We love these extra crispy!
If you have any other family approved squash recipes, please share!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Here is a recipe for the particularly easy Mini Ham Crescent Puffs-
1 (2.5 oz) pkg. processed ham
1 Tbs. Onion Onion seasoning from Tastefully Simple
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c. shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend cheese that I had on hand)
1/8 tsp. course ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. mustard
1 (8 oz.) pkg. crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop in food chopper. Place in bowl. Add Onion onion, egg, cheese, pepper, and mustard. Stir to combine. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Unroll crescent rolls and press dough into one large rectangle. Cut rectangle into 24 pieces using a pizza cutter. Place dough pieces in mini muffin pan cups. place filling in cups. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly brown.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Now back to my grocery bag usage. This past week Walgreens had thier bags on sale 3/$1. What better time then this to have purshased bags? So I bought 6, the limit. Because the bags do not appear to be ultra washable I will still use plastic for meat products. So far I have made 2 trips to the grocery and have used the bags only one time. We will see how it goes.
Monday, July 6, 2009
About my family.
My husband, David, and I have been married for 8 years. He works in the area of law enforcement, serves in a military branch and works a part time job as a locksmith. We are blissfully happy together and credit this entirely to our common faith in God.
We have two daughters, Ann age 4 and Kay age 2. They are both absolute darlings at times and wild children at other times. Better blog names for them would probably be "Queen Supreme" and "Crazy Pants". However, they may come to resent these names so we will keep it simple. Ann will begin Homeschooled Kindergarten in August, Kay will be running around distracting her and I both.
We live in a rural area and love it. We have 2 dogs Pippy a beagle and Major a black lab and also a recently adopted stray puppy who we have named Ally. We also have cats- Honey, Bit and Sunny. And we have chickens 5- which should begin laying in the next month or two.