Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter of the Week : Pp

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BOOKS TO READ

 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library 

Pp by Kelly Doudna
Pam and Pete by Anders Hanson
The Pig with a Pig by Anders Hanson
Polka Dot Puppy
Three Little Pigs by Margaret Hillert
Pip Squeak by Sarah Weaks
By Eric Carle
Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You See?
Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See?
 
 From our book shelves..

Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
The Very Fairy Princess by  Julie Andrews and Emily Walton Hamilton
The Princess and the Pea by  Hans Christina Anderson

We started with letter tracing of both uppercase and lower case Pp. Download the free printables here:

Letter Pp in D'Nealian
Letter Pp in Standard


Get this awesome lap book by  Homeschool Share for free.


We did  the "what starts with the letter P"  activity and find all the hidden P's activity using Big Preschool Workbook


Get this Pp is for pig coloring page here :



 Check this easy and cheap : Montessori at Home : DIY Sandpaper Letters .


We practiced writing P using a salt tray. It is just mainly salt and a baking pan from the dollar store. You can use a chopstick , a pencil , or just their fingertip. And with this , I also used the Sandpaper Letter as her guide.


For our craft , we did a Pig toilet paper roll craft. get the template and the how to here:



and we enjoyed watching Three Little Pigs ( paid subscription with Netflix) , which afterwards they both did  a pretend play. Our silly girls made me laugh when they would say "Little pig ..little pig..let me in " ..with their trying to be a big bad wolf voice but they have such a tiny sweet voice.


We also used these online resources :

Starfall.com

 abcya.com
abcmouse.com ( with paid subscription)
Internet 4 Classrooms 




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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Crockpot Hawaiian Meatballs

Homemade is  always the best and great, however there are those times when we really get busy. I like having cooked pre made meatballs in our freezer..for those crazy busy days or just those " I don't really feel like cooking" .

For this recipe , I used Costco's Italian meatballs. It is a huge bag ( more of like a sack) of course but  you can make a variety of quick and easy meals out of that bag. This is one of the yummy recipes I made with it..




Ingredients:
3 lbs packaged of precooked, frozen meatballs
1 15oz can of unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained BUT saving the juice
1 cup sliced green bell pepper
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup white vinegar
* Sauce will be runny and that is okay. You can use cornstarch to thicken if you prefer thicker sauce ( mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp of cold water, stir and slowly pour into your crockpot 10 minutes before turning your crockpot off)



Directions:

Put your frozen meatballs into your crockpot, topped with the bell peppers and pineapple chunks.


Make your sauce by mixing the reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch , vinegar and soy sauce.
Pour the mixture on top of the meatballs. Cook on low for 3-4 hrs. Give it a quick stir before serving.


Simple and easy..

Serve it with rice. My family ABSOLUTELY loved this meatball recipe. Rob had told me actually several times, that this recipe is a keeper!






Friday, July 25, 2014

Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies



Chocolate on chocolate cookies..makes your heart skip a beat doesn't  it?  I am not a big fan of mint cookies..I could eat one or two but I will not crave for it.  This cookies however, is not very "minty".. I can taste the chocolate mint but it is mild  and it doesn't make me sneeze . Maybe it's just me.. but anyway.. this cookies are chewy , fudgy and my oh my so delicious. A friendly and loving reminder , just like anything else..moderation is the key to any sweet dessert.


Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 (3.4 oz) package of chocolate fudge
1 cup Andes mint baking chips
1 cup dark chocolate or milk  chocolate chips

Directions:


Prepare your baking sheet, line it with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl , whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.


Cream butter and the sugars until creamy and fluffy.


Add in the pudding mix, eggs and vanilla. Beat well until well incorporated. Gradually add the dry ingredients ,mix until combined . Do not over mix.



Fold in all the baking chips.



Put the dough ( wrapped or in a covered bowl) in the fridge for about 1-2 hrs.
After a couple hours,  Preheat oven to 350.
Shape your dough into a ball  ( your desired size) and flatten .  Bake for 11 minutes.
Let it stay in your cookie sheet " to continue baking". Transfer to your cooling racks to let it completely cool.



I always put some chocolate chips on top of the cookies just right after they came out of the oven. They look more tantalizing that way.


Chocolatey goodness in every bite!






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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter of the Week : Oo


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BOOKS TO READ

 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library 
  
Oo by Kelly Doudna
Olive and Oscar by Anders Hanson
Olga and Olaf by Anders Hanson
May Belle and the Ogre by Bethany Roberts
Oliver by Syd Hoff
Olivia by Nickelodeon
Orange Pear Apple Bear by  Emily Gravett

From our book shelves


My One Book by Jane Belk Moncure
Nursery Collection by Little Treasuries ( Old King Cole)
Old Mother Hubbard - Sesame Street


Alphabet Book Shiny Sliders 
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert


We started with letter tracing of both uppercase and lower case Oo. Download the free printables here:


The Letter O via Education.com

Owl Tracing Sheet via WorkSheetfun.com

Oo in D'nealian  ( short O sound) via  first-school

Oo in Standard ( Short O sound) via first-school



 We used the  Kidz Delight Light N Sound Phonics, to listen and practice the letter Oo sound.


We read more words that starts with the letter O and a poem about an octopus.




Get the Oo is for octopus via  Confessions of a Homeschooler

You can use magnets or do a dot markers.



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For our crafts , we made cheerio octopus art. Find the printable here : Making learning Fun


We painted the O collage using dot sponges and orange paint.
Get the letter collage :  here

  
We also made an octopus , using toilet paper roll.  See here for the octopus printable.


We also used these learning websites  :

Starfall.com


abcya.com

abcmouse.com ( with paid subscription)



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