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”.


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



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.


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!


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.
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


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

jan_4949Slippery Fish

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.


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.


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:


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)


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.

Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

Prepping for the storm. Made a bunch of meals that are good cold that can sit in a color in case power goes out. We’re loaded with fresh fruits and veggies that can be eaten raw. Pantry is stocked with water, granola bars, applesauce, waters, shakeology, & canned good. No power is no reason to eat like crap.

oct_6941As the storm is blowing by, we are cleaning house, watching movies, and I just finished my beachbody workout. 30 minutes of dirty 30 to help keep my nerves in check. I love that 21 day fix has pushed me to clean up my diet and has helped me find balance. I don’t reach for food when I’m stressed. I breathe, hit play, and push through the emotions.

Email me for information if you’re interested in cleaning up your life 🙂

In the meantime, enjoy the recipes below.


Black bean salsa

1 can black beans
1 cob of corn
1 pt diced tomatoes
sliced green onions
1 bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, diced finely
juice of 2 limes

Serve with chips, on a salad, or as a side dish to grilled chicken.


7 layer salad

* 1 cup romaine lettuce
* 1 Tbsp mayo
* 1 Tbsp grated parmesan
* 1 Tbsp bacon bits
* 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
* 1/2 cup peas
* green onions sprinkled on top
* grilled chicken (from earlier this week)

Fill your bowl with lettuce, smear the mayo across the top (you may need to toss the bowl), then layer all the ingredients.


Easy Meal prep

MAY_8295Our garden was overflowing with green beans and purple & red potatos. We boiled the green beans & potatoes for dinner and pulled out about half for some easy lunches. White it was cooking, we cooked up a cup of red quinoa and sauteed some onions and garilc. Toss it all together and top with some Curry sauce from Trader Joe’s and we’re good for the week. This Trader Joe’s yellow curry makes even the most ordinary meals, extraordinary.MAY_8325MAY_8326 copy

Easy Lunches for Kids

My daughter started Kindergarten and this was hands down the best purchase we made for the year. The Yumbox made us very tuned into packing healthy lunches. On days, I wanted to send a peanut & jelly sandwich and bag of pretzels, she  would remind me that she needed fruits, veggies, and dairy. It also made for very little waste, which I loved, and my daughter loved because she got to skip the line to the trashcan at the end of her meal.

I was hesitant at first because of the price, but after a year’s use, this Yumbox will definitely last at least another year, and was worth every penny.

  1. great portion sizes
  2. no waste
  3. encourages healthy eating
  4. fits inside a standard lunchbox with icepacks
  5. no leaks even with things such as ranch for dipping veggies or yogurt

Yumbox Panino Bento Lunchbox – Pomme Green – Leak Proof | Cruisy ...

New Jersey Visit

My cousin had a baby, so little miss and I traveled to New Jersey for baby snuggles and  gluten free yummies. doco west parkBroad Street Doughnut Company was first up on the list and did not disappoint. We went by Sunday morning and treated ourselves to the Boardwalk (vanilla & sprinkles), something delicious covered in cannoli cream, and my very favorite, West Park (imagine an inside out Boston cream)- plain doughnut dipped in chocolate and covered with bavarian cream. The West Park was hands down the favorite among everyone. The cannoli didn’t wow me, but next to the West Park, I’m not sure anything could.doco cannoliIt was such a nice treat to find a place with gluten free doughnuts. The rest of the trip I stunk at taking pictures, probably because my hands were busy holding babies and stuffing my face.

Other great finds:

Rook– AMAZING, perfectly roasted coffee. This no fuss coffee shop was probably the best coffee I’ve ever had. No frills….well roasted, great flavor….I grabbed a bag of beans to bring back home and even my coffee snob husband loved it.

APR_5397.JPGThe Macaroon Shop– these gluten free macaroons are to die for. My aunt mails them to me in Florida, they are that good. Those 2 pounds won’t last long, but luckily for me, other people around the world love them as much as I do, so the Macaroon Shop has them all ready to ship.

Last but not least, we went to Belmar for a trip down memory lane. I used to spend every summer visiting my grandparents. Orange italian ice & vanilla frozen yogurt was the perfect combination from Strollo’s italian ice.