Friday, June 20, 2014

Meatless Fridays : Lentil Tacos


Who doesn't enjoy a taco or two, but without meat in it? Hmm..is kinda scary ( maybe just for me..ha!). I had mentioned before that when we can, we do a meatless meal once a week. Baby steps to eating healthy is way better than not taking steps at all. We do the best we can..substituting some ingredients for a healthier one , making most of the spices or ingredients homemade and revising a recipe with lesser sugar.  This tacos..trust me.. it taste pretty good! I had to admit though , I was hesitant to make it . It amazed me , this lentil tacos are really tasty.



Ingredients:

1 cup washed lentils
2 cups Chicken Broth ( Homemade or Store bought)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
Taco Shells
Toppings of your choice :  guacamole , lettuce, tomato , shredded cheese , sour cream .

Directions:

Add all the ingredients in the crock pot.  Give it a stir . Cook high for 4-6 hrs. Don't worry if it looks like soupy at first..the lentils will absorb it.



this is why crock pot liners are always nice to have..


Fill the taco shells with the lentils and top it with your favorite fillings/toppings.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Letter of the Week : Kk




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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


From our book shelves



 We  started by saying the letter out loud. Teaching her the phonetic sound of the letter.  We used kidz delight light n sound phonics


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We did the letter K tracing , download it for free here :

Letter Kk - D'nealian

Letter Kk - Standard

Letter Kk - Standard @ Toddler-net



Download this Alphabet Lap Book here : Homeschool Share
 

We did a spot the k's activity. ( Part of the alphabet lap book that we used above.. Get it here for free @
Homeschool Share



We practiced our counting using kite counting..



You only need some ribbons and construction paper for the kites , Clothespin for the counting pieces. I asked her to place clothespin on each kite corresponding to the number written. It not only teaches her the counting process but also enhances her fine motor skills.


Here's an awesome workbook, School Zone Big Preschool Workbook.  



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To supplement with the lesson , check out these online resources that we used :

abcmouse.com ( paid subscription)
abcya.com ( free)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scriptures We Need in Parenting

  There is a plethora of books, online resources , blogs and magazines that tackles parenting. I became a mom around 2008  and I think I have read a lot of parenting books more than you can imagine. Some I bought , some from the library, some on websites and most other times.. hanging out by that side aisle of parenting books at Barnes and Noble.

   Just like any first moms, I wanted to make sure that I am knowledgeable and know what and how to raise a child. From attachment parenting to intentional or being a tiger mom.. there is just so much information out there. I can not deny the fact that parenting in today's modern world is tough. Factors like divorce , poverty and current society makes it far more difficult to be a parent. There is one book that we can always count on. We can always turn to God's word to guide us...



    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
 1Corinthians 13: 4-7

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  
1Corinthians 13:13


I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 
Philippians 4:13

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. 
Proverbs 22:6
 
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
 Colossians 3:21

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 
Ephesians 6:4

Pleasant words promote instruction. 
Proverbs 16:21

A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. 
Proverbs 16:2

He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. 
Proverbs 14:26

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
 Proverbs 22:15

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. 
Proverbs 13:24

The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. 
Proverbs 29:15

Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death. 
Proverbs 19:18

Discipline your son, and he will give you peace, he will bring delight to your soul.
Proverbs 29:17

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
Proverbs 23:13-14

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
Proverbs 10:17

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger
Proverbs 15:1


It is important that we do not take the scriptures literally , pray for wisdom that we may receive what the Lord wants to speak with us through His written word. Everyday we make a decision that may or may not impact our children's lives. We always question ourselves on whether we are doing things right. Even though this parenting role is not easy , it is a gift from God. Sometimes , I found myself praying earnestly for guidance , their health , their safety and the list go on ..because really there is no way to be a perfect parent.    We discipline and nurture because we love them , we love our children deeply just as our God loves us.  We will make mistakes but our love for them will make up for all the imperfections.



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