Our Weekly Menu July 15-22

 

This week’s menu is ready to go. We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.  I encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Monday: Hamburgers wrapped in a Lettuce Bun

Tuesday: Quesadilla style Tacos for Taco Tuesday (S or E depending on Cheese)

Wednesday: Cheesy Meatball Soup (S) Saw this recipe on Pinterest and I had to add to our menu this week.

Thursday: Chicken Marsala with Dream-Field Pasta (E) Pull out the Instapot, this recipe looks delicious!

Friday: Family Pizza Night (S) with Fathead Pizza Crust (S).  This crust looks promising on our quest for the perfect THM option.

Saturday: AirFryer Mahi Mahi Tacos (E or S) * See Recipe Below

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner (S)- with breakfast sandwiches on  Low Carb Bagels

 

For My Sweet Tooth:

 

Chocolate Breakfast Cookies (S) Who doesn’t love cookies for breakfast or chocolate, yum?

1 minute Low Carb Brownie (S) I think I’m craving chocolate.

Insta-Pot Chocolate Zucchini Cake (S) Yes, more chocolate! We will see which one is our favorite chocolate recipe!

 

Recipe

Air Fry-ed Mahi Mahi Tacos (E)

Ingredients

For the Fish:

  • 3- 4 fillets of Mahi Mahi
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 lime
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup baking blend

For the Taco:

  • low carb tortillas
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Tablespoon of lime
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1 bag of baby kale
  • sugar-free salsa

Instructions

  1. Preheat airfryer to 390 degrees. Cut Mahi Mahi into fork sized pieces and add to a bowl. Blend onion powder, paprika, the juice of half a lime, salt and pepper. Marinade for 20 mins.
  2. Coat the Mahi Mahi and coat with baking blend. Place fish into airfyer and cook for 15 minutes. If you airfryer is smaller, you may have to do in shifts.
  3. Combine greek yogurt with a Tablespoon of lime and some salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. You may choose to toast or broil your low-carb tortillas in the oven to warm them.
  5. Assemble your tacos with fish, beans, yogurt blend, kale and salsa.

Summer Family Adventures Week 6

Week 6

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 6 goals:

Monday: Cooking with Math- Making Popsicles 

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get out and create!

Wednesday: Life Skill Discovery-Water Safety at the Swimming Pool

Thursday: Sport’s Day-Born Learning Trail in Cartage, NC

Friday: Science Fun: Weymouth Center and Gardens

 

Family Adventure

Prepare for Camp

A Trip Back in Time

An impromptu trip to the local library in Houghton, MI lead way to a marvelous lesson in history, food and fun.

Last week, we traveled up to the Lake District of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  While out exploring and visiting with family, we stopped in to the local library. Invited to join in the history lesson at Portage Lake District Library, we met dynamic National Historic Park Ranger, Katie Keller. Ms. Keller captivated, entertained and taught us the history of immigrants of Cornwall England, what it was like to work underground in the copper minds and what unique heritage they brought to the area. During this particular lesson, the kids ages 4-12 learned how to make a Cornish Pasty, created their own with playdough and then were treated to the most delicious locally crafted pasty.

This local gem of a program is well worth the visit. Get a taste of the culture, customs and cheerful welcome of the community. Just check out some of the pictures from this most creative event.  Then, stop in and say hi to Chris and Katie.

Summer Family Adventures Week 4

Summer Family Adventures

Week 4

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 3 goals:

Monday: Sports Day at the Beach: Waterworks Public Beach in Calumet, MI

Tuesday: Exploring Science at a Gem Museum in Houghton, MI

Wednesday: 4th of July Fun – 4th of July Parade and Fireworks 

Thursday: Cooking with Math – and exploring art through gardening 

Friday: Life Skill Discovery- Fire Safety around Fireworks  check out this adorable video to help teach the safety of fireworks

Family Adventure

Summer Vacation

On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week!

Summer Family Adventures Week 3

Summer Family Adventures

Week 3

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure.

Here are our week 3 goals:

Monday: Math Magic- Card Tricks from PBS!

Tuesday: Aberdeen Beads and Brushes hosts a Weekly Toddler Art lesson for $5.00.  Time to get and create!

Wednesday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move.Family Trip Packing List

Thursday: Exploring Science  We are headed to a local park with friends hiking and exploring nature with friends.

Friday: Sports Day- Count Down/Count Up

  • 10-Jumping Jacks
  • 9- Burpees
  • 8-Sit-ups
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 6- Bear Crawls
  • 5- Pull-ups
  • 4- Forward punches
  • 3- Squats
  • 2- Yoga Poses
  • 1- 1 minute of plank
  • 2- Yoga poses
  • 3-Squats
  • 4-Kicks
  • 5-Swings
  • 6-Bear crawls
  • 7-Frog Hops
  • 8 Sit ups
  • 9-Burpees
  • 10 Jumping Jacks

Family Adventure

Road Trip

On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week!

Summer Family Adventures Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Math & Money – Building on our life skill discovery last week, we will price and shop for $ store finds with money earned from their chore chart last week learning about tax and estimation.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery Beat the Heat and Be a Hero! I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) 2 Minute Home Fire Drill, Create an ICE Card (Learn your phone number, parents names-not just Mom and Dad plus address, Be a Hero Online Games for Kids , Disaster Checklist for Parents ,

Wednesday: Exploring Science–The Weymouth Nature Center and picnic lunch not only has a variety of trails to hike but it has a room designated for kids to explore and discover science with puzzles, games, puppets and a large screen microscope and it’s FREE!!

Thursday: Sports Day Tabata Kids! Why not squeeze a little workout in with our kids!!

Friday: Art Class-  Painting on Ice Beat the Summer Heat with this COOL project!

 

Weekend Project: Fishing!!

 

End of Year Teacher Gifts

Summer is so close, with only two weeks of school left, it’s time to start crafting.  This year’s end of year craft is silhouette designs on clipboards.  Useful, pratical and fun, this teacher gift is designed and crafted by our little ones.

Supplies:

  • Clipboards
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stickers, Silhouette or Cricket images
  • Modge Podge (I used a glitter base)

Steps

1.  Have the kids paint the clipboard, coving the entire surface. Allow to dry while working on the next steps.

2.  Have them choose their stickers or silhouette or solid image. Make sure the clipboard are dry and apply the sicker to the surface.

3.  Paint Modge Podge on as a top coat to seal.

4. Sign the back with a letter or name for the teacher.

 

Egg Adventures

Egg Adventures!

How is Easter already next weekend?  Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?  In the spirit of the holiday, I created a few fun projects for our kids this week.  With each one of our children at different academic levels, I wanted to develop an activity that would address each individual’s needs. Also as a combined family project, I brought back our Christmas Kindness Challenge and revamped it for Easter.

 

Kindness Challenge

Be Grateful, Be Kind, Believe in Kindness

Little toys, tiny trinkets, a coin or maybe a dollar, these are some of the possibilities that fill our kindness challenge eggs. Over the next week, our family will find places around town or even on our spring break travels to place these little gifts of love.  What would you put in your own kindness eggs?

Sight Word and Beginning Letter Challenge

Egg Fun for Four

 

Our four year old this week is working on beginning letters and recognizing site words in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall.  On the outside of each egg is the letter of the word inside. At the $ section of Target I found an egg puzzle. On one side I placed shape stickers and the other number for review.  Story starters are also typed up on other pieces of paper as a fun way to travel.  Open up each egg, read the story starter and create a family story as you drive or fly towards your family adventure.

Motor Skills and Movement Challenge

Eggs & Movement

Our middle girl is working on strengthening her muscles. So for her eggs, we placed a variety of movement exercises to get her up, moving and engaging those muscles in a fun challenge.

 

Stem Questions in Context Challenge

Stem Stories

Our oldest is working hard to master Stem questions in reading context. For her, I typed up a list of questions sent home by the school to use for her story retell.

What Egg Creations do you have planned for your Easter Celebration this year? 

Serving up Learning

Serving up Learning

Have old plasticware and plastic bowls laying around the house?

Why not use them for a fun learning exercise!

We just happen to have an odd assortment in from our last party. So with a little fun and creative planning we turned those plasticware a lot of fun.

Materials I used:

  • Marker
  • Plastic Bowls
  • Pastic Spoons
  • Play Rolling Pin (& fondant rolling pin for me)
  • plastic letters or letter cookie cutters
  • play dough or cookie dough

Label the spoons with letters, I choose to focus on a few word families and consonants (_ap and _op). Allow the child(ren) to roll out the door and stamp letters.  Also have him/her match the letters to the spoons moving them from one bowl to the next.  Make words with both the spoons and stamped letters.  If you are stamping and baking cookies why not create a fun little picnic treat.

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

With multiple snow days, running my Rodan+Fields business and sending out query’s for my book, getting back into the swing of preschool has been a challenge.  A little math lesson here a literacy project there, we haven’t been as consistent.  To kickstart the week, I decided to create a few lessons that would engage, entertain and excite my little 4 year old.

 

Yesterday we took a trip to the dollar store for a pack of sports balls and balloons.  Additionally, I dusted off my game of Boggle Jr. and tracked down my bean bag letters & numbers to add to our projects.  Then, once the girls arrived home I adapted the activities to review their math and literacy skills.

 

Looking for some interactive literacy and math practice, here are the activities we generated.




Literacy and Math Review with Beanbags

Preschool

Play toss with the beanbag.  My three year old and I sat on opposite sides of a yoga mat and tossed the beanbag back and forth.  We reviewed phonemic awareness with letter names & sounds, and matched beginning and ending sounds.

Bean Bag Spell: Pratice making words and phonemes with simple three to four letter word combinations.  I usually try and stay with one word family group a day such as -it or -an.  Then we change out letters to make new words.

Pop the word: Just this morning we used up a cereal box of Pops.  So, my four year old and I raced the timer (in the Boggle game) to name as many letters as we could.  As soon as the timer rang, we popped the letters out of the box.

Number Pull.  In a beach bucket I placed numbers 1-10.  We drew a number and counted out chocolate chips to match. Then we practiced writing the number on our Boogie Board.

1st and 3rd Grade

Word Review and Spelling. My 3rd grader practiced spelling her words with the beanbags while my 1st grader helped build and read new words.

Math: Beanbag Multiplication skills were practiced for my 8 year old while the 6 year old focused on fact families (or adding and subtracting three sets of numbers ie: 2,4,6). For example: 2+4=6, 4+2=6, 6-2=4, 6-4=2

Learning with Sports Balls

The sports pack from the dollar store consisted of a football, soccer ball and basket ball.  On the football I wrote common ending words such as: at, an, all, it.  Upon the mini basket ball I wrote three sets of numbers, evenly spaced, on each section. Each hexagon on the mini soccer ball had a letter. Upon reflection, for less confusion, I should have written the vowels on the black pentagons or used a red pen to isolate.

Preschool

Letter Review (Soccer):  Practicing and identifying letters and their sounds, we tossed the ball at each other reading a new letter each time.  We then moved on to identifying words that started and ended with specified letters. We then kicked the ball around the room also naming letters we saw.

Making Words: Tossing the football, we practiced reading the words/common endings. Using the soccer ball, we then added a letter to the common endings to make words.

Grades 1 & 3

Number Review: We took turns tossing the basket ball identifying numbers.  For my oldest, we tossed back and forth for multiplication review. The first player named a number then passed the ball. The next player then said a basic binary operation then read an additional number.  He/she then tossed back the ball for the player to solve the problem.  For my first grader, using mental math: I tossed the basket ball, read the three numbers across and then had her add them together.

Boggle Jr:

Beat the clock to find the correct letter, spell and read the word.  I challenged my preschooler to quickly find the letters before the clock expires, exaggerating and being goofy as we solve the puzzle. He also enjoys playing by himself to review letters and make words.