Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
- A List Maker's Life- CUTE monthly calendars and a file box system for sorting different papers
- Shared from way over here- organizing all your stuff
- 1+1+1=1- preschool binder (ah! I love binders!!!) Carisa is one of those teacher gems- If you haven't checked out her website, it is a MUST!! She has great ideas not only for organization, but also has incredible curriculum that she provides at no cost! How she does it all, I will never know!
- The Happy Scraps- closet organizers. Not that we really need them, but they are just SO stinkin' cute!!!
- The Shafer Family- reading curriculum ideas. One day I will be that organized! And it looks like her daughter is having so much fun LEARNING!!!
- Nanny goat- 30 meals plan. It looks like a great idea for planning meals!
- Monkey See Monkey Do- simple yet thorough cleaning schedule
- My Delicious Ambiguity- a creative and cheap way to organize puzzles
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Here are some recipes that I found that fit the kid-friendly standard- some I have tried, some are on the menu in the near future:
Mini Pizzas for Kids
- refrigerated biscuits...the cheapest you can find
- tomato sauce
- grated cheddar, mozzarella or other pizza cheese desired
- meat topping if desired such as pepperoni
Flatten raw biscuit slightly with hand. Using a spoon, spread tomato sauce over top of biscuit. Cover with grated cheese, meat, or other desired toppings. Bake in 350° oven for about 10 minutes, or until biscuits are baked through.
- 15-oz can of chick peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)
Place first 5 ingredients in blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Serve in bowl, sprinkled with paprika.
Several Servings (about 1 1/2 cups)
• 1 pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough
• 1 8-oz. block cream cheese
• 1 tsp. vanilla or lemon flavoring, or whatever liqueur I have that matches one of the fruits I'm using
• Zest of one lemon or lime
• 1 Tbs. lemon or lime juice
• 1 C. orange marmalade, apple or apricot jam
• 2 Tbs. water
• Sliced fruit (whatever is on hand):
• kiwi, strawberries grapes, blueberries,a Granny Smith or Gala apple, a tangerine, and/or a banana
Directions: Roll out sugar cookie dough and place on a cookie sheet or a pizza pan depending on desired shape. I use a tart pan. For a more rustic look, I just put the dough on the cookie sheet and turn up the edges of the dough slightly. Bake dough according to the directions on the package. Mix together cream cheese and flavoring/liqueur, and then spread the mixture onto the baked, cooled cookie dough. Arrange sliced fruit on top of cream cheese. Combine marmalade or jam, tart citrus juice and water in a small saucepan and heat until marmalade/jam is melted. Pour over tart and chill. Slice and serve.
• 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cut into strips
• 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
• 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
• 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
• 1 (5.5 ounce) package red beans & rice mix
• 10 (8 inch) flour tortillas
In a large skillet, prepare rice and beans according to package directions. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, saute chicken until cooked through (meat is no longer pink), about 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat. Drain saute oil/grease from skillet. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender. Add seasoning according to package directions. Cook all together, stirring often, until potatoes are done. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Take a tortilla. Place some of the chicken/potato mixture and some of the beans and rice (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup total filling) onto the tortilla, add a little cheese to taste, and roll up. Place rolled tortilla in a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Repeat with other tortillas until dish is full. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake in the preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I recently went to one of these pageants to support my darling niece. (who is incredibly gorgeous- who needs a judge to tell you that??) Everything I have heard about them is true!! The moms out in the foyer coaching their daughters on how to walk, wave, and smile. The moms glaring (and sometimes even rebuking) their daughters for forgetting to blow kisses to the judges (or something else ridiculously silly). The moms walking around with massive totes full of hairspray, curling irons, and large poofy dresses. And yes, the moms who are hidden in the back, dark corners sobbing because their baby girl was not deemed the biggest beauty (when really, all these girls are so darling- how can you say one is cuter than the other?)
This is just not a pastime that I understand!
I never would of thought- living in the conservative state that I do- that this kind of vanity would be happening regularly. I would love to hear your opinion on this topic!
Monday, August 2, 2010
The National Reading Panel gave us the following about phonics instruction:
"It is important to recognize that the goals of phonics instruction are to provide children with key knowledge and skills and to ensure that they know how to apply that knowledge in their reading and writing. In other words, phonics teaching is a means to an end. To be able to make use of letter-sound information, children need phonemic awareness. That is, they need to be able to blend sounds together to decode words, and they need to break spoken words into their constituent sounds to write words. In implementing systematic phonics instruction, educators must keep the end in mind and ensure that children understand the purpose of learning letter sounds and that they are able to apply these skills accurately and fluently in their daily reading and writing activities."
And they are right- the reason we read isn't to practice our phonics skills. We read to gain meaning. This is an important part of the whole language philosophy. Whole language instruction focuses on a child's motivation, having access to a variety of good reading materials and the time to read them, and focusing on a word's meaning and using meaning clues to figure out the pronunciation of unknown words. Whole language looks at making meaning in reading and expressing meaning in writing.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I am going to be typing up a few posts this week about our "super work" toddler curriculum plans, fun activity days in August, hooked on phonics, and children's' beauty pageants. Stay tuned! And as always, Happy Teaching!!!