Elf in Training Day 13

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Day 13 Tasks:

We continue our advent adventures with Day 13. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Elf in Training
  1. Learn about a kind person who made a positive contribution to the world.

Here is a list of people who have made a positive contribution to the world. 

Kids site for learning about positive leaders. 

 

  1. Drop off flowers or baked goods to a stranger, friend or neighbor.

    Plant the seed of kindness to watch it grow!









Family Holiday Activity

Bake a Holiday Treat and Give it Away to Friends or Neighbors

Grab your apron, baking hats and a favorite family recipe.  It’s time to create a delicious holiday treat. Last weekend our oldest came home with a gift for our family, a jar filled with dry goods and a recipe to create tasty cookies.  Today, we are going to create her yummy holiday treat, keep a few and give some away.
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 Workout Challenge

13 minutes of running, biking or walking

Lace up your tennis shoes enjoy 13 minutes (or more) of exercise.

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Elf in Training Day 11

Elf in Training Day 11

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 11. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 11 Tasks:

Family Holiday Project/ Kindness Challenge


1. Give a Random Person a Christmas or Holiday Card

Our annual Christmas cards were sent off this weekend so the girls sure enjoyed illustrating one of their own to deliver to a random family. We hope it put a smile on their face!

~Everywhere you go, leave a trail of kindness

2. Donate Gift(s) to Charity

Locate a local charity to donate a gift.  It could be as simple as cans for a soup kitchen or donating a toy to Toys for Tots.  Local churches also have trees adorned with angels to support local children.  This year we choose to join hands with other families to give back to children in our town.
Looking for more inspiration, check out on of my favorite Christmas books: The 13th Gift  by Joanne Huist Smith.  This heartwarming story reveals how Random Acts of Kindness transformed the life of one family during the Christmas season inspiring them, in turn, to give back.  One of the reasons we incorporate Random Acts of Kindness into our holiday season, this book brings forth the importance of love and giving.
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Workout Challenge

11 Goblet Squats and 11 Squat jumps

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Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. The holiday festivities have begun and with it an excitement in the air.  The kids are thrilled for Christmas decorating and baking.

Menu

Monday:  Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Casserole (S) page 132 of the book Trim Healthy Table.

Tuesday: Enchiladas (S) leftovers from Monday night’s Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Wednesday: Bean Soup (E) 

Thursday: Cauldron Cakes with Pumpkin Juice (E) (Pancakes and THM Pumpkin Sipper page 401 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook)

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday:Trim Mac Salad (S) page 181 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sunday: Taco Pie (S) Page 119 of the book Trim Healthy Table 

 

For my Sweet Tooth

Low Carb Fudge –This treat is back on the menu!  The kids ate them all!

Low Carb Almond Joy Bonbons-I didn’t get a chance to try this recipe so back on the menu it goes.

Cinnamon Rolls –These were amazing!  They were so very easy for a quick breakfast when 5:00am is my alarm clock!

Polar Express Week

All Aboard the Polar Express!

It’s time for some Christmas fun! Travel with us over the next two weeks and learn about holidays around the world. This holiday themed learning is filled adventure. This set includes a DIY train story, math with more and less, subtracting on 1 less, family activities and more! Plus head over to Venture2Learn.com and follow along as I list helpful books and projects to go along with our Christmas Train Ride! I’ll be adding more holidays around the world next weekend so stay tuned!

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

  

Suggested Books for Polar Express Week

The Polar Express

Holidays Around the World 

Celebrate Christmas 

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World 

Legend of the Poinsettia 

The Legend of Old Befana

The Night of Las Posadas

The Tomten

Other Activities for Polar Express Week
  • Read The Polar Express the watch the movie. Compare and Contrast them.
  • Prepare a Polar Express party with hot chocolate, cookies and music. Dress the part.
  • Look for a local train ride (locate a a Santa Express, Polar Express ride or just a short little train ride)
  • Research each country, look online and discover what makes each country unique and different.
  • Check out the following website for Christmas celebrations from around the world. Videos from Around the World and this big list of Christmas Traditions Around the World .
  • For our England visit, we will follow these directions on How to make a Christmas Cracker.

 

Elf in Training Day 9

Elf in Training Day 9

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 9. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 9 Tasks:

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1. Help Someone With a Chore

See someone that needs an extra hand? Today, reach out and offer some help.  Better yet, observe something that needs to be done, pitch in and help without being asked.

 

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It’s time for another Elf Challenge

The Rudolf Workout Race:

  • Hide from the Elves (Hide and Seek)
  • Sneak the bag of cookies from Santa (Walk on tiptoes)
  • Pratice the art of flying (BirdDogs)
  • Leaping off roofs (Squat Jumps)

Adults check out the The Santa Claus Workout video from The Art of Manliness !

Family Holiday Activity

Have a Slumber Party by the Christmas Tree

 Grab a pile of blankets, pillows or sleeping bags; tonight’s activity is a slumber party by the Christmas tree.  Snuggle under twinkling lights as you dream of Christmas adventures and cultivate holiday magic.
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Workout Challenge

9 Gator Pushups

Regular pushups are difficult but 9 Gator pushups will really challenge my arms and core.

Elf in Training Day 7

Elf in Training Day 7

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 7. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 7 Tasks:

Random Acts of Kindness

1. Put Money in the Salvation Army Bucket

Plunk a couple coins in the local Salvation Army Bucket.  Loose change in your car, purse or wallet, it doesn’t have to be much, every little bit helps!

2. Contribute to a Food Drive

This is the season for giving and numerous centers are hosting Food Drives. In fact our girls school is asking for contributions this week.

Family Holiday Activity

Enjoy a Cup of Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a good book and a mug of rich, milk chocolate?  Cold or hot, we will conclude our day reading, snuggling and enjoy a nice cup of chocolatey goodness.
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Workout Challenge

7 Reverse Lunges (Right and Left) 7 Squats

Quick and simple, add this leg work onto your normal routine and complete day 7 of the fitness advent.

Images from ChristinaCarlyle.com

Elf in Training Day 6

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Elf in Training Day 6

We continue our advent adventures with Day 6. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 6 Tasks:

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1. Leave an anonymous thank you note for a teacher, friend or co-worker.

Has someone made a difference in you or your child’s life?  Leave them a simple thank you.  You can add your name or keep it a secret.  Just remember to give away positive encouragement!

2. Give away an Ornament to a Friend or Stranger

This falls perfect in line with our family holiday activity.  I’ll have the kids make an extra ornament so they can keep one and give one away.

Family Holiday Activity

Make  a Christmas Ornament

For a simple, kid friendly activity, I came up with this adorable ornament.  To make your own repurposed crafty ornaments consider the following materials:
  • Wooden shapes (found at Target or Walmart less then .50 an item
  • Felt shaped ornaments either store bought or cut your own. I found mine at Hobby Lobby 50% off.
  • gems, buttons or holiday stickers
  • glitter
  • glue, fabric glue and hot glue
  • paint

Have children paint the wooden shape and embellish with glitter.  Decorate with buttons, gems or holiday stickers. Use the hot glue gun if the fabric glue or regular glue isn’t holding the ornaments.

Workout Challenge

6 Hanging Abs

Today we add a bit of core strength into our workout with hanging abs.  Using the pull up bar, we hold steady and bring knees to the chest for 1 rep, repeating 6 times. For more core exercises to try with a pull-up bar, check out this blog posting from Redefining Strength . Don’t have a pull-up bar for hanging abs, use two chairs with arm rests or Equalizer Bars.

 

G is for Gingerbread

Gingerbread Week!

 

Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things gingerbread. This set includes a letter G word hunt, a decorate the gingerbread man, math with more and less, subtracting on 1 less, family activities and more! Click here to Gingerbread Week!

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

Suggested Books for Christmas Tree Reading

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man Loose in School

The Gingerbread Girl

The Gingerbread Cowboy

Gingerbread Baby

The Ninjabread Man

Other Activities for Christmas Tree Week
  • Locate, at your craft store gingerbread men. Use this to count and make patterns.
  • Bake Gingerbread Men and have a cookie decorating contest.
  • Make gingerbread houses with graham crackers, icing and other treats.
  • Reenact the Gingerbread men stories with a fun adventure around your house or school.
  • Disguise your gingerbread men to hide him from the fox.
  • Compare and Contrast the variety of Gingerbread Man Books.

Elf in Training Day 3

We continue our advent adventures with Day 3. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 2 Tasks:

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1. Our first fun Challenge!!!

  • Cookie Decorating Contest!!  We purchased gingerbread men at the local store. Today we will pull out icing, candy, and treats to decorate cookies!  Awards will be giving for most creative, delicious and silly.

2. Spend the day being positive without complaining. If you find yourself being critical, find a reason to be grateful.

  • Already this has been put into play today!  Even for my husband and I this goal is a challenge so asking the kids to focus on this task, well, it is fun!  This morning, after a grumbling on who got to call Santa on our communicator, we really had to take a deep breath, try and remain neutral and mediate between our three elves.  As the sparks flew my husband and I listed what we thought was positive about each trainee (even as we personally tried to keep calm, LOL).  The situation was quelled and defused thankfully quickly.  We look forward to what else this task will bring, who knows, maybe dinnertime grumblings?
Family Holiday Activity

Find and Attend a Holiday Craft Fair

‘Tis the season for craft and holiday fairs.  In our local town there are plenty of events to choose from today. Now it’s a matter of choosing!

Festival of Trees

Festival Market Place

Hello December at the Farm

Christmas at the Bryant House

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical

Holiday Jubilee 

 

Workout Challenge

Three Side Lunges on Each Side

This year I’m adding onto my workout from the previous day. So far I have:

1 minute of plank

2 minutes of jumprope

3 side lunges on each side for proper form check out this illustrated exercise guide.

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Elf in Training- Day 1 and Introducing Elf in Training, Kindness Campaign!

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Day 1 of our Adventure Series

December 1st has arrived and I’m bringing back our advent adventures. Just a week ago, I posted advent activities for the holiday season.   Here are the categories we chose: Family Holiday Activity and Workout Challenge. Introducing our newest challenge: Elf in Training Kindness Campaign!

 

Day 1 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Write a Letter To Santa

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There are numerous websites advertising letters from Santa.  The one I like to use is the PNP (Portable North Pole) app. For the past several years I cultivated the magic of Christmas with a free, personalized video from Santa.  Last Christmas, I downloaded the free app that has both a parent and child corner.  This season I decided, to pay a little extra to make three unique videos on for each child.  Each one is about 5 mins long, creative and enchanting. It was worth it to see my three excited and beaming as Santa send hello to them, took them on a tour a different parts of the North Pole and demonstrated how each were on the nice list.  In all three videos I was able to provide their names, upload photos and pick out a task each had diligently worked on this year.  The videos are unique, creative and personal all together making for a magical experience.

This afternoon, when the kids return from school, we are going to each write a letter to Santa, (my husband and I included). In their message, I ask that they cover the following details:

  • The Date
  • Greeting to Santa
  • A kind word about Santa and his mission
  • Something for which they are thankful
  • One or more question(s) about the North Pole
  • Closing

Click here for a FREE PDF of Santa’s Letter  I created. We will send them off in the mail tomorrow.  The Package From Santa website listed Santa’s official mailing address as the following:

Santa’s Address
Santa Claus
325 S. Santa Claus Lane
North Pole, Alaska 99705

From this website, you can also have Santa write to your kids for free.  There is a charge to upgrade for a letter directly sent to your children.  However, I just choose to have the letters emailed to me.  I’ll print, seal them in an envelope  and a little glitter and place in their stockings.

Elf In Training:
  1. Donate Towels or Blankets to an animal shelter.
  2. Write down someone’s best qualities then give him or her the note.

To See our Elf in Training Kindness Campaign, click this link

Workout Challenge

Get out your yoga mats, today we have:

1 minute of plank

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Need help on proper form when in plank? Check out this website for some instruction.