Thursday, June 18, 2015

Letter of the Week: Zz




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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 our shelves


Where is Zot? - Hooked on Phonics Set
Alphatales - Zack the Lazy Zebra

From our Local Library


For writing practices, get the letter Z worksheets HERE. 
Color the Z's activity.


Letter Z cut and paste activity : construction paper, scissors and paste. If your child is able to cut , instruct them to cut 3 strips of paper that can form the letter Z.


Zoo matching game


 Our girls, loves this Dot to Dot Markers



Use it with this dot to dot free worksheet from The Measured Mom



If you like Bible base Alphabet printables , check out : Bible Printables
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Do you struggle to get your kids to eat vegetables? I pretty much do not have any problems with our daughter Lucy when it comes to eating her veggies BUT our youngest Lily on the other hand is picky when it comes to vegetables.  Incorporating veggies  with her favorites is my go to technique. There's no fight, and there's no.. "Mom..veggies are only for grown ups" talk.

Whip up this delicious and healthy muffin recipe. I guarantee you that your little ones at home will never taste the zucchini in this Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. Moist, budget friendly and very easy to make!





Ingredients:

1 cup grated zucchini , I grated mine a lil bigger but you can shred it thin.
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar ( you can reduce this)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup Canola oil ( can use coconut oil)
1/3 cup milk ( low fat)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup for the topping



Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 deg. Spray your muffin tin with non stick spray. 
In a medium size bowl, whisk the applesauce , oil , egg , milk and the vanilla extract.


In a separate bowl, combine the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt , cinnamon and sugar.


Pour in the wet ingredients ( applesauce mixture) into the dry (flour mixture) ingredients. Do not over mix.
As we all know, over mixing results in hard muffins. Fold in the zucchini and the chocolate chips (the best part)


Using  a large scoop or about 3 tbsp , fill in the muffin tin with the muffin batter.

Put some chocolate chips on top too!


Bake the muffins for about 20-25 minutes or do the toothpick trick.
Poke the center of the muffin, if it comes out clean it is done.
As I had mentioned above, you can finely shred the zucchini too, most kids eat with eyes so they may wonder what is that white stuff on their muffins.



If there's one thing that I wish I did was to reduce the sugar in this recipe. But if your seriously having a sweet tooth, by all means..use that 2/3 cups of sugar I suggested above.



You will never taste that grated zucchini. Just look how moist it is and full of chocolate goodness.


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pirate's Code : The Adventures of Mickey Matson ( DVD GIVEAWAY)


Summer vacation is finally here! For at least 2 months or so, there will be no  waking up so early , no rushing out the door, no deadlines. We can finally enjoy a slow morning and  to stay in our pajamas longer. We have a summer bucket list lined up and one of them is a movie camp out night.

When I say camp out night, it's a camp out night in the living room kinda night. The girls love it! they get to stay up late at night and watch a movie with us.  I got a free copy of Pirate's Code : The Adventures of Mickey Matson. So I thought this was perfect for our camp out night. This is a follow up movie and my initial thought was, will we be able to get into what the movie was about without watching the first sequel. I also thought if it will keep our 5 yr old, engaged in the movie or will she get bored?

With this movie review , I am also happy to be able to give a copy of this DVD to one of my readers.


Mickey Matson , (played by Derek Brandon) is pitted against the evil pirates led by Admiral Ironside (played by Frank Collison) who's intent is to destroy civilization with their new invention. Their new invention is the TESLA COIL, a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence. A secret organization , in which Mickey Matson and his friend Sully ( played by Francesca Derosa) is a part of, will embark on a mission to stop the evil pirates. They will stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete  their weapon of destruction. They need to stop the civilization turning back into The Stone Age.


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Did our 5 yr old enjoy it , yes she did.  Did I and my husband sit through the movie? Yes, we enjoyed the movie. It was a really good break from cartoons.  I like that the movie got our girl to ask a lot of why's..it just shows that her mind is engaging.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Letter of the Week : Yy


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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 our shelves

 
Dr. Seuss Flip and Flash ABC

From the library


For writing practice worksheets , get this Letter Yy free printables from Education.com


We made a very easy and fun Homemade Play dough



They enjoyed it!



 For craft , all you need is a ball of yarn, letter Y printable from Confessions of Homeschooler , paste and scissors.

Cut your desired length and just ask your child to paste it on the printable.





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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Best Summer Camp : Digital Media Academy



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