Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Preschool Songs: Video Post

We sing a LOT of songs throughout the day. Below is a video that #1 did (I apologize for the silliness, he was so excited to be making a video that he couldn't control himself!). These songs are some of the songs we sing during our "calendar time".
For some reason I can't get the youtube video to show up right in the post, so I'll link it. Click here to see our video of our songs we sing.

The first song is Months of the Year,  the tune of Michael Finnegan or the Ten Little song.

The second song is Days of the Week, the tune of the Adams Family (there are many versions of this one).

Next is weather watcher to the tune of Freres Jacques.

The last is the Leap Frog Letter song, using the leap frog toy to sing the song.

Both of the kids LOVE singing songs, and I'll often find them singing these songs throughout the day. I always think that kids learn best by song or action, and its proven to be true, because BOTH my kids know all the months of the year and days of the week!

What songs do you sing with your kids?

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Peanut Butter Balls

Today we're making this super easy yummy snack. I'll update with pictures as soon as we make them. We've made these a couple times before and they are such a hit with the kids! Its nice that it doesn't involve any baking!


Peanut Butter Balls.
1c dry milk
1c oat meal
1/2 c honey
1/2 c peanut butter

Mix dry ingredients then mix in the honey and peanut butter. If desired, dip in chocolate.







Friday, April 26, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up: Letter W

I've kinda been MIA on the weekly wrap up. We HAVE been doing schooling...well I'd like to call it unschooling, because its not always intentional but throughout every part of our day, I'm teaching the kids, some way or another.

This week we did W. Here's a snap shot of our week.

 Something new...finding W things in the bean buckets.
 Whale, wheels, and Ws.
 Color Puzzles...this was a bit easy for him.
 Random stickers. #2 LOVES Stickers. Giver her stickers and she'll be entertained for half an hour or more!
 She likes to do what #1 does...imagine that!
 Dot page.
Handwriting. It's not as much of a fight anymore now that he has a special pencil gripper. Who would've thought it would've been that easy!?

 
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

DIY: Bath Bombs

 I LOVE Pinterest. I mean really love it. Do I do half the things I pin, not even CLOSE. However, I do try some of the projects. I'll be faithful and write my HONEST opinion. The kids and I wanted to make some bath "fizzies". Anything to make the bath more fun, right? Because playing in water isn't fun....yeah right.

The first time we experimented with bath fizzies I had all in the intentions on taking pictures with it, but they got out of control and started fizzing BEFORE we even got to the bath, or even let them dry...they wouldn't dry. Something was wrong. Terribly wrong. So, what'd I do? I threw them in the freezer. No way was I dumping them out....are you crazy. Do you know how hard it is to find Citric Acid? It's IMPOSSIBLE! We had to order it online! (Don't worry, I didn't order it online just for this, Pastor uses it to make cheese too).

So the first batch had to be stored in the freezer, because well if they weren't, the would just grow and grow and grow...the kids thought it was cool. It was a science experiment that's for sure. I guess I should've paid more attention in high school chemistry. Whoops.

Ok, so the first time I did this, it was bad. The second time I did this, it didn't work. It didn't go everywhere, it did nothing. Didn't even stay together. It was frustrating. I used Martha Stewarts recipe. Ugh. More Citric Acid to figure out what to do with it.

So back to pinterest I went.

I searched.

And searched....


Then I found BATH BOMBS! Not only is it a WAY cooler name, but I was going to be able to use what didn't work the second time around and just add a few more things. Now, they didn't work great but they worked. So, nothing wasted.

I really don't know how much of what ingredients I used, but go to both of the recipes and you can see how I did what I did. The only thing I'm wondering is what in the world does the corn starch have to do with the bombs? Is that how she got them to stay together. I just couldn't figure that one out. Any ideas? Either way. They worked. We did die them green, so it turned our bath water a nice green color (but don't worry, food coloring doesn't stain your tub!). I also had Eucalyptus Essential Oils that I added in, because both of the kids are started to come down with coughs, and I do not want to be sick so I thought maybe this would help.

I will try this AGAIN and hopefully get it right, on round 1. Stay tuned.

**UPDATE** A friend of mine has told me that washing corn starch down your drain isn't good, but maybe in the amounts of this (1/2c) per the amount of water in the bath isn't that bad. Either way, the next batch will probably NOT contain corn starch.







Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Name Kites

Last week while we worked on the letter K, we also worked on spelling the people in our families names. So we made name kites. Both of the kids really enjoyed making them. #1 knows almost all his letters and so he can go around pointing to the letters and spelling everyone's names. It makes him feel all big and strong.

They were very easy to make.
First we cut a diamond out of the color paper each child chose.
Then we glued on the persons picture (this was really fun for the kids, not sure why).
Then we added our string.
Finally we colored and cut out the letters and put them in the right order! 



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Monday, April 22, 2013

Recipe Monday:Asian Roast Beef

Pastor LOVES roast. He grew up eating it a lot. I grew up eating have only ever made dry roast. Therefore I do not COOK roast often. However, through our emeals recipes we found an AMAZING roast recipe. This is by far the BEST ROAST I've ever eaten. The best part, its SIMPLE!


You need:
4lb chuck roast *(Pastor thinks that the best roasts are from Costco, I think he is right)
1 onion, chopped
1/2c soy sauce, 1/2c water, 1t ground ginger - I DOUBLE this, because we like a juicy roast.

Place roast in slow conker. Top with onions, salt and peeper. Combine soy sauce, water, and ginger. Pour over meat. Cover. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or until done.

Serve with steamed rice, veggies, and dinner rolls! 

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*Photo courtesy of http://www.cooknutri.com.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Believing Thomas

This past week we talked about the story of Thomas. Many people know him as doubting Thomas, but we took a different spin on it this year. Believing Thomas. For our Kids Korner at church the kids played a fun game of pin the hole on the hand, the kids made their own ID cards, and they got their very own Believing Thomas puzzle. For all the ideas and print-outs, go here.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Easy Key Holder

I'm in charge of MOPS crafts this year. This past week we made Key Holders. They were SUPER simple and pretty frugal.


You just need
Piece of wood
Drill
Eye Hooks
Fabric
Hot Glue Gun

1. Cut your piece of wood the length you want it. Most of ours were about 2.5 x 8, but you can do whatever size works for you.

2. Drill two holes in the back, as a way to hang it on the wall.

3. Drill your holes for the eye hooks on the bottom of the wood.

4. Cover your wood with fabric. I did the top first, then the bottom pulling it tight. Then wrapped the sides like a present. Worked like a charm!

5. Find the holes that were drilled on the bottom (through your fabric, yes kinda hard, I know) and screw in your eye hooks.

6. Hang on the wall and ENJOY. You could also use these to hang necklaces or girls head bands! So easy!

**You could also use these to hand necklaces, girls head bands, etc. I am in the process of making one for each girl with their name on it for the bathroom. It will look so cute. The plus side. The only thing I didn't have on hand were the eye hooks, everything else was from around the house**

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Tax Day Freebies

We all like free things don't we? Well, since we all also give Uncle Sam money, we can all reap the benefits of FREE things on tax day from various businesses!

Arby’s: FREE Value Sized Curly Fries or Potato Cakes on April 15th with Printable Coupon *Coupon will become available on April 9th

Chik Fil A: Make a purchase on 4/15, bring your receipt back on 5/13 to get a full refund. (Participating locations only, call ahead)

Sonic: 1/2 Price Drinks all day on April 15th

Office Depot: FREE Shredding on April 16th (up to 5lbs) with Printable Coupon (exp. 5/1/13) and FREE Black & White Copy of your Tax Return with Printable Coupon (exp 5/1/13)

Panda Express: FREE Samurai Surf & Turf on April 17th with Printable Coupon (or show it on mobile phone)

Subway: Buy One Get One Free Breakfast Subs all April (until 9am)

Taco Bell: $1 Grillers, Drinks, Sparklers and Freezes anytime from 2-5 PM

Friday, April 12, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Here

I haven't linked up with Lisa Jo Baker in a while because I've been so busy...but I do really enjoy REAL writing...with a little bit a solitude (I say little, because I've got squirmy #3 on my lap).

Here. Something a bit different this time.

Go.


Everything around us has the word here. Sign here. Go here. Stop here. Click here.  You are here. Why are you here? Register here. My favorite is...because its somewhat true in southeast Idaho, Spring is here.
 My dad is coming. Today. To visit. For the weekend (including Monday). We haven't seen each other in 10 months. The kids are ECSTATIC to say the least. He's coming here. 

Although some things in late last year, early this year has caused me to doubt many things, including our place of residence. I'm FINALLY at peace with being here.  

Last night I lead our Desperate study at my home. We talked about all the voices that we hear. How we really need to focus on God's word and HIS voice for us, and talk other peoples advice, with a grain of salt. I enjoy leading this study in my home. It helped me realize why I'm really here.

I'm possibly taking on a little heavier load at church. I will get to use my teaching background and my love for curriculum, the time has come, it's finally here. 

Easter has come and gone, but Jesus is here!

Stop. 
 

Rainbow Rice

This week we talked about the letter R...rainbow's. It was PERFECT timing on God's part to have it RAIN on Monday...something that rarely happens. Like I can count on two hands how many times its rained THIS YEAR! Crazy.

Anyway, so I had "pinned" rainbow rice on Pinterest. There are MANY ways to do it (or everyone has reposted about one way...). I found it from Four Plus an Angel. It's quite simple actually.

I bought a 20lb bag of rice from Walmart (for 9.98, cheaper than buying in the bulk bin at Winco), and a new tub to put it in. I figured we'd teach the colors of the rainbow, talk about mixing colors, and the color week...so I got a big bin for all 7 colors. I also got a new box of food coloring, which I used it ALL. You'll need a lot. I also used rubbing Alcohol.

So, reacp. You need
20lbs Rice
Food Coloring
Rubbing Alcohol
Bin

We put the rice in bags, 4 cups each. Added 2 teaspoons of color, then 3 teaspoons of the alchol and sang, "gonna shake, shake, shake the rice up, shake, shake, shake the rice up, shake, shake, shake the rice up to mix the colors" - to the tune of Shake Your Sillies Out.

Then I cooked it in the oven for 1 hour at 170 degrees (because it wasn't sunny, people say you can just let it dry in the sun).

Then we added it to the bin. 





#1 had to wait almost a WHOLE HOUR until #2 got up from nap, because I wanted her to see the beautiful colors before they were mixed up. I can't tell you HOW HAPPY #1 was to see #2 get up from rest time.

They had a BLAST....until #2 dumped half of it on the carpet. Oi. Oh well. It was fun.

We did a search and find in the bin to find alphabet letters and numbers. THAT was super fun as well! Oh the fun we will have with this bin!



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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rainy Day Craft

I love how God uses the weather to my advantage in preschool homeschooling. This week we're talking about letter R(we're behind a bit). On Monday it was Raining (something that doesn't happen often in Idaho)...I took advantage of this. We talked about rain, rainbows and lots of things that started with R, but put emphasis on the rain. We even jumped in the puddles (which was probably the highlight of the day on Monday for the kids).

So, because it was raining, and we were talking about the letter R. I decided we'd do our Rainy Day Craft. Because after all, April Showers, Bring May Flowers, RIGHT?

This is such a SIMPLE craft and is super fun! I have some neat clip art to go in the foreground of this craft. If you'd like them, you can find them here.

Here's what you'll need
White paper
White Crayon (and other colors for coloring the clip art people)
blue water color paint & brush
water




 1. Draw your white "rain" drops on the white paper.
2. Use your blue water color paint and paint the WHOLE page blue. (You'll notice the water color doesn't go over the white crayon, so it creates the rain drop).
3. Let it dry. While waiting, color your clip art to glue in the foreground of the paper.
4. Cut out the clip art pieces..

5. Glue onto the page.
 
















6. Ta Da! Your rainy day art project! Simple and fun.





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