Monthly Archives: September 2012
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
- ‘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. :/
- Learned about directions with a free download from Homeschool Share
- Used a banana to introduce fractions, talked about whole, half, 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.
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.
(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*
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
- In a microwave-safe up or mug, combine cocoa, sugar, and salt.
- Add 2 teaspoons of cold milk, stir until smooth.
- Fill cup with milk.
- Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until hot.
- Stir to blend.
*denotes Amazon affiliate links
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.
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.
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!
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!
- spent Labor Day sweating in the hot, hot, sun, waiting to tour the open house of the Brigham City Temple
- watched a YouTube video that gave us a four minute glimpse into China. Then we watched it again because we liked it so much.
- used our Tag Map of the World*
- colored a paper doll from China
- learned how to draw ducks with a cousin
- discussed coloring one color over the other with colored pencils to create new colors
- counted Ping’s family with this worksheet, called Ping’s Family, from Homeschool Share
- counted Ping’s family on our abacus*
- sang a song about 5 Little Ducks using this cute printable from Pickle Bums
- watched this YouTube video about how fishermen used trained birds, called cormorants, to catch fish
- read about the animals in China from Usborne World of Animals
- colored the Great Wall of China
- did a sink or float buoyancy activity with this printable, “Float/Sink”
- attempted to feed the ducks but they were really geese and they were pretty predatorial which scared mommy, so we threw big pieces and walked to the park instead
- Abigail did a little paint matching activity from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- continued our math lessons
- worked on Bob Book Kindergarten Sight Words book 6 as well as the coordinating printables from Walking By the Way
- Read about Ming China from The Usborne Internet Linked Children’s Encyclopedia (♥ this book!)
- Listened to the song from China from Wee Sing Around the World*
- Watched Mulan*
Played Kai-Lan games on Nick Jr
Read the eBook “China” and played “Spring Festival” for Mommy’s tablet
- watched a bit on baby Pandas on the Wild China documentary on Netflix
- Drank Diet Coke–because that’s how Slacker Mom does homeschool
What did you do this week? (This real week… I don’t expect you to remember what you did two weeks ago!)
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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.
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??