July Home Reading

July Home Reading

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Relax with a Good Book

Get your July Home Reading Here.  With the theme, “Relax with a Good Book”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are three calendars in this set. Pre-K & Kindergarten, enjoy coloring in the beach themed picture for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color July Home Reading Page! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work.  Download a digital copy of July Reading Here.

Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

June 2017

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 and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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Summer Goals:

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.

This week's daily challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Week 1 Adventures

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Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper.  It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.

Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.

Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.  Today is also the oldest birthday!

Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help.  However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.

Family Adventure

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Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked.  We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit.  We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.

 

June Home Reading

June Home Reading

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This Summer, Read S'More Books

Get your June Home Reading Here.  With the theme, “Read S’More Books”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are four calendars in this set. Pre-K & Kindergarten, enjoy coloring in the camping themed picture for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color June Home Reading Page! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work.  Download a digital copy of June Reading Here.

 

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While I was creating my campsite, my 6 year old drew her own to match. 

April Home Reading

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Get your April Home Reading here.  With the theme, “Reading Helps You Grow Inch by Inch”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are four calendars in this set. Pre-K & Kindergarten, enjoy coloring in the inch worm and garden themed pictures for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color April Home Reading Page! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work.  Download a digital copy of April Home Reading Here.

 

Our Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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Another week, another menu!  In planning for our buy week, I have updated our menu to fit our schedule.  Thank goodness for crockpots! Two of the recipes are repeated since I didn’t get a chance to create them.  Others dishes are family favorites and recipes I have pinned to try later. Have a most wonderful week, all!  Cheers to healthy eating and creative cooking!

Monday: Chicken Marsala- (S) from Bake at Midnite .  In order to make it fit Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, I am omitting the pasta and using baking blend with parmesan cheese as my breading.

Tuesday: Bacon & Brie Frittata -(heavy S) from All Day I Dream About Food. This recipe looks deliciously decadent.  I’m so excited to try this flavorful frittata!

Wednesday: Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder (S) from Darcie’s Dishes. My oldest daughter is really into soups and this delicious recipe is a favorite of hers.  I do adjust the dish so it’s not spicy for my three children.

Thursday:Taco Soup (E)- page 103 in the book Necessary Foods. I’m throwing this recipe in the cookbook for an easy but flavorful dish.

Friday:Low Carb Pizza (C/O).- Friday is Pizza and a Movie for our family

Saturday: Butter Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole (S) page 56 of Necessary Foods.  The picture in the book sold me on this recipe.  I’m excited to try however, I know my kids won’t be thrilled with a casserole so I may put some chicken aside for them.

Sunday: Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili (E) from My Recipe Magic is a family favorite. My husband requested this recipe to have leftover for lunches next week.

For dessert my girls have requested brownies. I had pinned this deep s recipe a while ago since it looks so tasty.  It’s time to give it a try and enjoy a dark chocolate treat!

Learning on Holiday

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This weekend, for my 40th birthday, our family is headed on a grand adventure to Hawaii. The last couple weeks have been spent gathering teaching material and creating fun projects for my 3, 5 and 7 year old children.  In order to make the most of space, I’ve tried to come up with projects that don’t require a lot of storage but still spark creativity. During our trip, I plan to blog about our family learning adventures.  We hope to travel and learn on the go creating a classroom without walls. We are excited about the learning possibilities and adventures we will have with our kids!  Here are some of the projects I’ve created, so far.

Travel Journals 

With the different age levels in mind, I created personalized journals.  Designed not to be to labor intensive, I want the children to be excited and enjoy writing in their logs. For my preschool child, he can circle the type of activity & weather and rate the day.  Then he can draw a simple picture while I write down one sentence about his drawing. For my kindergartener she can also circle the type of activity, weather and rate the date. Additionally there is a space for a picture and sentence prompts for details about each day. For my 2nd grade child, I have the same as the 5 year old but with words rather then emoticons to rate the day.

This year, I bound each of their journals into a fun personal book.  First, I added a blank page to each side of the book.  I then hauled out my sewing machine and stitched one side of the book for a spine. Using a sticky back foam pages, I attached it one to the front and the second to the back to create the cover.  Using patterned duct tape, I reinforced around the outside cover for a finished look. Originally I was just going to tape the spine, however the sticky foam continued have edges that popped up and I figured this would make it easy for children to take the book apart.  So, I ended up taping around each side.

Learning Modules

The teachers are sending home some of the material they are covering in class but this holiday gives me the opportunity come up with create projects and writing prompts for my students. So with that in mind, I created different modules for three children.

1st up is my preschooler.  Found on Mrs. D’s Corner, I absolutely love her morning work binder.  I purchased, downloaded and modified to fit my little one’s needs.  In this binder, I have practice for learning to spell his name, his street address, phone number and understanding weather.  To add to this idea, I designed suitcases that I laminated for all my kids to practice packing according the season, putting the months and days in order and housing their personal information for the velcro sheets.  Towards the back of the binder, I also found some fantastic clip art story boards to use with dry erase markers.

Each of the girls have a binder/folder filled with projects and activities. There is music and movement, a Hawaii Glyph, a short play, reading comprehension for the older and following directions for the younger.  I’ve also included a variety of working with words and language development for each girls designed for their level.  Each girl has a daily activity that I used a few years ago while teaching in Colorado. This one page is chalk filled with daily math uses.  There is number of the day with ten frames, hundred charts, calendar, patters, temperature, clock, analogies and either sentence editing or site word practice.  Then, there is my favorite section, writing lessons.

Writing Projects

During our time away, I have created a variety of writing prompts themed for our time on the island.  There is a prompt for creative stories, procedural writing and comic.  I also created a movie strip from a suitcase to design a picture story.  Each prompt can be used for a variety of levels by offering more or less help when writing stories.  I am also taking a few blank books for when inspiration hits or to save brochures and pictures from the island.

Books

Our evening routine is not complete without story-time.  With that in mind, I looked for island themed books.  Here are some of the Hawaii books we found. Some are on kindle with others are paperback.

 

 

Our Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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I did it!  One full week of a Fuel Cycle, done!!  Not one cheat and I feel amazing.  This week’s goal is to stick to my menu plan.  We have a family vacation starting this upcoming weekend so staying on plan will be difficult but I will strive for eating as healthy as possible.  With that in mind, we have a lot of freezer food to get rid of leftovers and not bring in to much food before we leave. This week is also my 40th birthday!!  So, a THM birthday cake is in the works.  I adore chocolate and love that Trim Healthy Mama gives me options to enjoy this decadent treat. Thank you Mrs. Criddles Kitchen for this yummy recipe.

Monday: Tacos with Leftover meat in the Freezer (S)

Tuesday: Leftover Chili in the Freezer (E)

Wednesday: Spinach and sausage quiche: Breakfast for Dinner (S) Page 150 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Thursday: Crispy Fish with Green Fries (E) Page 178 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Friday: My Birthday!!  Low Carb Pizza (C/O)

Saturday: Traveling, low carb sandwich wraps (E)

Sunday: Hot dogs with Green Fries (E)

Fall in Love with Reading

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Get your February Home Reading Calendar early.  With the theme, “Fall in Love with Learning”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are three calendars in this set. Pre-k & Kindergarten, enjoy filling in hearts and Valentine themed pictures for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color Fall in Love with Reading! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work.  Download a copy of February Home Reading Here.

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February Home Reading Pre-K and Kindergarten

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February Home Reading Grades 1-2

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February Home Reading Grades 3-5

Our Trim Healthy Mama Menu

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Fuel Cycle Week

It’s the second week in January and I’m ready for a Fuel Cycle.  While trying to get my body back on track, fuel cycles, keep me motivated, energized and feeling confidant in my Trim Healthy Mama journey. Planning is key for for a fuel cycle with lots of snacks and goodies pre-packed.  Fuel Cycles start with two deep Satisfying days, followed by two Energizing. Next is two Fuel Pull days (My most challenging) and 1 last deep S day.

I’ve stored up some delicious goodies to be used this week. Tucked in the freezer for S days snacks I have Fudge Bites and Cream Cheese Cookies. On Monday, I will be trying some yummy Hot Custard by Briana Thomas for dessert. My E Freezer snack is Tummy Tucking Ice Cream and for my FP days I will use a lot of smoothies.  Have a favorite food or snack to try on your Fuel Cycle weeks, please share!! I would love more ideas. For our full menu, Click Here .

For Dinners this week, here are our choices:

Monday:Meatball Perm Casserole from Joy Filled Eats  (S)

Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets from a Mom on Time Out (S)

Wednesday:Black Bean Chicken Salad  by Working at Home School (E)

Thursday:  Wicked White Chili (page 37 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook).(E)

Friday:Fuel Pull Quiche Page (151 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook). (FP)

Saturday: Whole Roasted Chicken (I’ll create broth with extra bones) (FP)

Sunday: Zucchini Pizza Boats from  A Saucy Kitchen  (S)

Wish me luck on this week’s Fuel Cycle!

January Home Reading

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January Home Reading

Happy New Year!!! 2017 is here and what better time to set goals and have a little fun while reading?! One of my favorites, children of all ages will enjoy my “Out of this World Reading” calendar. Fun for all elementary learners, there are three calendars in this set. Pre-k & Kindergarten, enjoy filling in stars for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy this silly calendar with a good book and complete 20 activities then color Mr. Alien’s Space Scene! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work. Come on over to my Etsy Page to download a copy of January’s Home Reading.