Monthly Archives: September 2012

Friday Flashback: Lentil

Rowing Lentil

Welcome to our third ‘Friday Flashback!‘ I’m already two weeks behind, because that’s the way it works around here, but let’s pretend this is what we did this week. :D

This Week We:

        • ‘Rowed’ Lentil* by Robert McCloskey



      • Battled a nasty cold. I would have been fine skipping school this week, but Nicole wanted to continue; unless something was difficult, in which case she was ‘too sick.’



      • Learned about the United States as we colored a map of the US (highlighting Ohio, setting of Lentil, and Utah, our location) and our flag. I created the flag myself, but apparently I didn’t save it. :/









      • Used a banana to introduce fractions, talked about wholehalf, and a quarter





      • Abigail did color sorting (bears from McRuffy Math, bowls on summer clearance at the grocery store!) and watched TV and played with Mommy’s tablet and got into things while we did school.



Science Taste Buds Activity
This activity was a bit of a bust. Technically, you should dip a q-tip into the taste substance (we used lemon juice, powdered sugar, salt water, and cocoa powder), and touch it to various parts of your tongue. Scientifically, your tongue can only taste certain ‘flavors’ on certain parts of your tongue. However, this was lost on Nicole, and she more or less sucked on the whole toothpick. Consequently, she could taste the salty, sweet, bitter, or sour substance on all parts of her tongue. She was also getting over a cold. Oh well. She has mentioned to me several times since this activity that she used her ‘taste buds’ to taste a certain food.
For this activity, we read from the First Encyclopedia of the Human Body and Usborne Book of Science Activities, vol. 2 to find out more about how taste works. I drew a little worksheet that I should upload but that’s not going to happen. :) Basically it sectioned off the different parts of the tongue and after you tasted the various products, you were supposed to color the tongue according to wear you could taste it the best, which didn’t work anyway.
Notes from the Slacker
I’m gradually adjusting to my more lazy style (now that the excitement of planning/starting is dying down). I’m doing less to keep Abigail occupied and letting her watch too much TV or run around the house. I’m sliding into the bad habit of telling Nicole that we’ll start “right after I print stuff off the computer,” which means we start school very, very late. I’m still working on simplifying and finding out what works for us and what really doesn’t!  

Linking up to:
Delightful Learning

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa (With Dairy-Free Version!)

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa

As part of our Five in a Row homeschool studies this year, we spent a week learning about France as we ‘rowed’ the book Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans.* (I feel so grown up, talking about ‘homeschool studies‘ like we do more than just color and read books.) We read about how French children often enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a baguette or a croissant for breakfast.
Best plan ever, right?

For our afternoon  snack (slacker mom is no morning person), we drank a cup of rich hot chocolate. However, I bought the wrong chocolate and wasn’t able to use it with Abigail’s milk allergies. Instead, I made her a quick cup of her own hot cocoa. In fact, hers was finished and cool by the time our hot chocolate reached a simmer on the stove.

Yeah. It’s quick.
I think I’ll be using this recipe again.
and again.
and again.
and again.
(No diet comments, mmKay?)

This recipe is perfect for those times when you are out of handy little hot cocoa packets or just need a dairy free option without spending an arm or a leg!

 Recipe from Hershey’s Recipe Collection Cookbook*

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa (With Dairy-Free Version!)

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa (With Dairy-Free Version!)

A simple hot cocoa recipe for the microwave!

Notes: If making dairy free version, just replace milk with the non-dairy milk of your choice, such as soy, rice, or almond. We used vanilla soymilk.

If making for young children, only fill the mug half full of milk. After microwaving, top off mug with remaining cold milk to cool down the cocoa.


  • 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa
  • 2 heaping teaspoons white sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • Milk to fill mug


  1. In a microwave-safe up or mug, combine cocoa, sugar, and salt.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of cold milk, stir until smooth.
  3. Fill cup with milk.
  4. Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until hot.
  5. Stir to blend.

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FHE Made Easy: September Week 4

Free Prayer Printable

Prep alert! I have been so excited about this Family Home Evening lesson plan, I hope you won’t mind just a little bit of prep. You’ll need an 8×10 picture frame (Dollar Store, or one you have on hand!), a dry erase marker, brads, and the printables. 

Free Prayer Printable

This lesson comes complete with a prayer printable. Print and frame it. After you discuss the lesson, talk to your children about things and people for whom you can pray. Then, as certain needs come up in your daily lives, use a dry erase marker to write them directly onto the picture frame glass. Hang the image where your family says their prayers together to help them think of things and people we can say in our prayers.

September Week 4: Jesus Christ Teaches the Nephites to Pray (Free Version)

The free version of this lesson only comes with one printable, but when you purchase the entire year of FHE Made Easy, you will get five printables so you can pick a style that suits your personal preference! FHE Made Easy is posted free each Monday, or you can grab the whole year (including the bonus printables!) for just $10. Don’t forget, the lessons are iPad and tablet friendly, and are almost always print-and-go, or if you’re on a tablet, open-and-go!

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Friday Flashback: A Story About Ping

Rowing A Story About Ping

Note: I’m not one, but two weeks behind in posting our Friday Flashbacks! Oh well. I’m not sure if I’ll double post one day or “catch up” (ha, right!) but this Friday actually happened 2 weeks ago. Yes, I’m perfectly aware of my posting abilities. Or lack thereof.

This week in school, we used our lovely Five in a Row curriculum to “row” a book called, The Story about Ping.* This story, by Marjorie Flack, has reached classic status. I was particularly interested to row it because our last row, Storm in the Night, wasn’t well received by my literature critic! Fortunately, she loved it, and was quite upset the following Monday when I announced we were done with Ping!

This Week We:
Ideas and Inspiration Also From:

What did you do this week? (This real week… I don’t expect you to remember what you did two weeks ago!)

Linking up to:

Delightful Learning

The week I didn’t blog and I stayed in PJ’s all week and felt sorry for myself.

We’ve all had the World’s Nastiest Cold this last week. And by “we” I mean, “everyone but me.”

I have no idea how that happened–me not being sick. My toddler likes to put her hands on the sides of my face, and touch her nose to mine. Particularly so when she has snot dripping like a faucet and has a smoker’s cough. Also, I slept in bed with my husband whose cold is still dragging on. Also, I slept many nights with at least two other children, whose source of comfort seemed to stem from sleeping on top of me.

After last week… I’m a bit emotionally scarred. We’re still getting back on a schedule that constitutes real life. Like eating, getting out of bed, and even leaving the house on occasion.

Blogging? Eh.

The last week I have had plenty of thinking about blogging, but very little doing. We’ll remedy that.
Sooner or later.

(I’d totally tell you what awesome posts are coming up, but we all know that pretty much clinches it if I do: I will never actually post them.)

soooo….. how have you been??

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