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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

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Little man turned 5 this month and after seeing a cake at Publix that he HAD to have, we decided to have a totally rad turtle pizza party. We kept it simple and decorated with the food, because 5 year olds don’t care about decor…they just want to play.jan_5763matte

We bought green and white table clothes and  green foil from the dollar store, colored some pictures we printed for free from the computer, and taped those bad boys on straws. Centerpieces done!

We ordered Little Ceasar’s for the guests ($5 pizzas, whats up!!) and bought some Against the Grain pizza for us gluten free folk.

The menu included:

LOTS of pizza

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BLT Salad (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, olives, shredded cheddar, and chopped up bacon)

Greek Bean Salad

Publix cake (not gluten free)

Gluten free vanilla cupcakes with a simple buttercream (betty crocker brand) & vanilla ice creamjan_5747matteWe bought a dozen of these cute TMNT rings from amazon for about $4.jan_5754matteGF sugar cookies- The sugar cookies have a green frosting, fondant masks, and sugar candy eyes.jan_5751matte

Publix Cake (not gluten free) BUT you can get these cake toppers and make your own. My little man is not gf and he was dying for this cake.jan_5790

Easy dinner

Eating healthy doesn’t  have to be complicated. Here are some simple ideas for your weekend to get you started on a healthy week, because I love keeping it simple, full of color, and inexpensive. I love serving up big plates with a variety so everyone finds something they love and there’s no hate towards healthy eating. Beautiful, flavorful, and meats your 21 day fix meal plan.

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Grilled chicken
Broccoli (1/2 grilled with salt & pepper, 1/2 steamed for the kids)
Steamed corn (freezer section at Aldi, no sugar or salt added and so yummy, just pop in the microwave-easy peasy)JAN_5872.JPGTomato, cucumber Salad (tomato, cucumber, feta, fresh basil,  kalamata olives. & balsamic oil)

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All About Money

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Literature about money

Once Upon A Dime

The Penny Pot

The Coin Counting Book

A Dollar, A Penny, How Much and how many?

Berenstain Bears The Trouble with Money

Berenstain Bears Dollars and Sense

Alexander who used to be rich last Sunday

A Chair for My Mother

123homeschool4me.com has a great (and free) mini book about money that is a perfect addition to our lapbook.

Games:

My kids will do any work if it feels like a game. Here’s a great way to practice recognizing coins and adding money with a game of memory.

Are your kids competitive? Have them play “WAR” with money. This was always a HUGE hit in my classroom. We turned every skill into WAR.

Imaginative Play: My kids love setting up shops and restarants. They adore playing every role from hostess to cashier to diner and everything in between. M loves to design her own menus and T loves ringing up the customers with this play register. Such a cheap purchase that provides endless amounts of fun and learning.

Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Let’s be real….

I’m terrible with recipes. I start with one but always end up tweaking it along the way.

So, here’s my attempt at Chicken Soup (I was super excited to use swiss chard, cabbage, oregano, and thyme from the garden)jan_5015matte*1 onion, diced

*4 chicken thighs

*8oz chopped mushrooms

*1 cup carrots, chopped

*handful of swiss chard, chopped (or replace with any green: kale, spinach, cababge)

*3-5cloves garlic

*herbs: garlic salt, pepper, oregano, thyme

*6 cups chicken broth

*1 cup cooked rice

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Saute chopped onions & chicken thighs until chicken is mostly cooked and onions are starting to caramelize. Dump in chopped mushrooms, diced carrots, chopped swiss chard/cabbage/spinach, and 3-5cloves garlic. Stir for a few minutes and then add chicken broth, rice, and seasoning (I like salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme) and let cook until carrots are soft.jan_5043

Artic Adventures

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This week’s theme is Artic Adventures.

We read some adorable books and traveled to the Atlanta Aquarium. We are hoping to go back after our unit to bring more information to life. We learned about arctic animals and then took a detour into talking about their prey, fish. This unit came together with our Kiwi Crate stem box, all about fish. We learned about different types of fish and created a “fishing game”.

LITERATURE:

Penguin Problems: After reading this book we wrote “Even though (list frustration), I am grateful for (fill in blank). We discussed things that make us frustrated and how we can look on the bright side. We also discussed solutions for communicating with others (especially siblings) when we’re feeling frustrated. This was a great book to incorporate social skills.

Tacky the Penguin

The Peguin Cha Cha

Little Penguin Gets the hiccups: We did a “how to” writing prompt on how to scare the hiccups away.

Rainbow Fish

READING & WRITING

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Since we’re about to move to a new state, we read Poles Apart and discussed different ways to communicate with friends near and far. We’ve start operation Mail It Monday. Every Monday, we write a letter/postcard or send a package to a new friend. We’re hoping over time, at least a few friends will rediscover their love for snail mail.

MATH

Check out this great packet on penguin themed math problems to build fluency with numbers. Includes counting from a given number, counting by 10s, as well as adding and subtracting.

Building a child’s number sense is the greatest thing you can do to help them become comfortable working with math. I love the use of an art craft to tie in engagement with the discussing the value of numbers and their relationships to other numbers.

Polar bear math game for second grade base ten operations concepts like adding 10s and 100s to two and three digit numbers for hands on fun and creative learning with a fun polar bear craft!

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We are working on addition facts and I adore turning math into a game. Use a hundreds chart to work on addition up to 100.

Create patterns with animal cards.

Working on number fluency and basic addition fluency.jan_4872

I love this fun math activity to create a real life word problem.
SCIENCE
1. Check out this cute little lab to see how penguins stay dry.

  1. Print 2  Penguin Printables.
  2. Color both with marker. Then leave one alone and color over the penguin with crayons.
  3. Have your child make predictions as to what will happen when you spray both with water. Discuss why they think that would happen.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with water.
  5. Spray the water onto the colored penguin.
  6. Observe the water repel off the crayon colored penguin.

After the experiment, discuss how the wax from the crayon prevents the water from being absorbed, just like how the wax on the penguins’ feathers repel the water and help keep the penguins dry.

2. Create a food chain that represents the animals in the arctic. Discuss predators and prey. Draw connections to the foods that we eat.  My kids love music, so I thought this song would be fun to get their brains thinking about eating.

3. We had a blast with our Kiwi Crate STEM fishing kit. . We loved the comic, informational text, easy to use instructions for STEM design, as well as a built in art project.I love that everything arrives ready to be assembled and is engaging for young minds.jan_4900jan_4921jan_4941jan_4938jan_4945

ART/MUSIC

Create snowflakes

My kids love silly songs so here’s a few for fun.

While building our Kiwi Crate STEM fishing kit & fish  artwork, we listened to fish songs

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5 Little Fishies (like 5 little monkeys)

Thursday we will be cooking because “Cooks can read”. Here’s a little something silly to talk about what kind of foods we should (or shouldn’t make)

Friday night is pizza night. So we will make pizza and sing.

FIELD TRIP

Crayola Experience. Read The Pencil and discuss how different tolls allow us to create different types of art. Do you have a favorite tool? Use a different one each day this week.

 

Inauguration/President’s Day

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Flat Stanley is on his way to the White House to welcome our newest president. We received a beautiful letter and collection of pictures from Barack Obama and my kids are looking forward to another letter from the white house.

Read Flat Stanley, design your own, and then send him off to:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Fun (and free) activities

Sight word bingo

Counting with the presidents practice

Patriotic roll, add, & color worksheet

Cutting and tracing practice to enhance those fine motor skills

Fun books for kids about being president

Read Madam President by Lane Smith and use these adorable FREE printables (President’s Day Writing Activities) to discuss what would YOU do as presidentesident.

My Teacher for President

Duck for President

Pete the Cat Adventures

My 4 & 6 year old LOVE Pete the Cat, so I thought this would be a great way to kick off our homeschool adventure. This post contains affiliate links, as well as great freebies to printable materials.

My daughter, M, is enrolled with FLVS, so we will just be adding enrichment to her current curriculum, while creating something for T.

This week we will be working on teaching through the use of Pete the Cat books. Through the use of these books we will be previewing kindergarten skills while building foundational skills.

STANDARDS

LAFS.K.RL.1.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
SS.K.G.2.1 Locate and describe places in the school and community.

MAFS.K.CC.1.1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens. (DOK 1) (MTP Focus: 0 – 10)

MAFS.K.CC.1.2 Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence

MAFS.K.CC.1.3 Read and write numerals from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0 – 20

  • home responsibilities
    • how to do laundry (when your clothes/shoes get messy)
  • growth mindset
    • Pete the Cat and his Magical Sunglasses
  • STEM
    • create sunglasses to wear
    • Scientific Method: what cleaner best cleans stains?

Want to watch the books online? Click the links below.

Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes

Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes

Pete the Cat and his Magical Sunglasses

AND so many more great Pete the Cat freebies at: http://www.kindergartenworks.com/kindergarten-teaching-ideas/writing/pete-the-cat-freebies/

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Peppermint Chocolate

As we were driving home from visiting family yesterday, my daughter and I were brainstorming on how much chocolate peppermint everything we should buy before the aisles switch away from Christmas yummies and move onto Valentine’s Day. So imagine my delight when we pulled in the driveway and there was a package waiting on our doorstep from Goodie Girl Cookies. These sent us a Christmas present for being such loyal customers. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?! These just so happen to be my daughter’s absolute favorite cookie. Gluten free Mint Slims (imagine if the girl scouts of america got their act together and made gluten free thin mints. If you haven’t ever tried these, get your booty over to the nearest Publix or Walmart and grab yourself a box. You won’t regret it. DEC_3711.JPG

Now, if you’re goodie girl-less but surrounded by Trader Joes than I can not encourage you to run fast enough and grab all the boxes of their peppermint Joe Joes (gluten free peppermint oreo style cookies).

I found, being gluten free, that both of these cookies miss the crunch of their gluten containing counterparts, so go ahead and toss them in the freezer. Something magical happens and these cookies become even more magnificient. Or you could do like my son does and crush them up and sprinkle on top of your ice cream sundae.

Asian styled shrimp & veggies

Squash./zuchhini, spiralized

onions, sliced

bell peppers, sliced

asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces

shrimp, raw

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 inch ginger, minced

2 Tbsp soy sauce (check to make sure its gf)

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Saute onions, bell peppers, squash noodles, and asparagus in olive oil about 5-10mins(drain excess liquid). Toss in shrimp with minced garlic, ginger, soy, and garlic chili (or sirachi for the extra heat) and cook through for a few more minutes.