Monday, November 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Tuna Melts (one of my new fast favourites), Veggies & Dip

Tuesday: Chicken Noodle Soup & Biscuits

Wednesday: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Pizza & Caesar Salad

Saturday: Toasted Southwestern Wraps (Beans & Rice)

Sunday: Leftovers

Friday, November 20, 2015

10 Things

 10 things I'm thankful for.

1) My winter micro-gel duvet. For the past few years we never even used it because my husband found it to be to warm at night. Now, he is getting older and colder at night, so I get to enjoy my micro-gel duvet once again. I love, love, love this thing.

2) Hazelnut international delight in my coffee

3) Sunsets and sunrises and the ability to appreciate them again

4) Pizza

5) Uninterrupted showers. Uninterrupted.

6) The blessing of family close-by

7) Finding a new-to-us van

8) A caring church family

9) The flexibility of home schooling and opportunity to see my kids develop a love for learning and learn alongside them

10) "Mommy, I want to snuggle with you."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Menu Plan

Sunday: Skinny Cabbage Soup & Cinnamon Rolls (Gotta balance it out, right?!)

Monday: Chicken & Rice Casserole (using up some leftover chicken in freezer), Salad, Mixed Veggies

Tuesday:Sausage, Perogies (Homemade Cottage Cheese for me, Potato for the family)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Friday: Homemade Pizza, Veggies & Dip

Saturday: Leftovers

Friday, November 6, 2015

Glimpse into Our Homeschooling

This is a glimpse into a week of our homeschooling life that I captured a few weeks ago.

First of all, the following is a perfect example of why I love home schooling.  On Sunday night of this particular week, we drove home after visiting family and our kids were looking at the stars as we drove home, discussing what stars were, Who made them, and talking about our solar system. When we got home, we put the youngest 2 kids to bed and then took our oldest outside to our back yard to look for the Big Dipper after we had looked it up on the internet and had shown her a picture of it. We then found the North Star (Polaris) and discussed how the North Star was used for navigation. I was pretty excited to find the Little Dipper for the first time - haha! We then tucked her into bed and let her sleep in until she woke up the next morning since we had stayed up late star-gazing.

Home schooling our 1st grader usually takes about 2 hours a day, 4 days a week. On this particular week I think we fit in her full week of school work into 3 days. The flexibility of home schooling is a huge plus.

We usually start out the day with our Bible reading & history. In the above picture, she is learning about the Passover. This led to a discussion about how the Passover points us to Jesus, the Lamb of God, and how His blood covers our sin when it's applied to our hearts so that God's judgment will "pass over" us when He sees the blood of Jesus applied to our sins.

 Nathanael often does playdough at the table while we do our lessons.
 Working on her Singapore math workbook.

 Working on Rod & Staff "Going on Eagerly" workbook, which focuses on following directions, thinking skills, cutting and pasting, patterns, etc. Nathanael is looking at a colouring page I printed off.

We read our chapter book read-aloud (Reddy Fox) during lunch time this day. We read one chapter a day and have discussion questions about the passage to work on listening and comprehension and character building.

 Reading/Phonic lesson for the day. She is using Pathway Readers and workbooks. I usually write new concepts or review concepts on a white board.
 Here she is reading her reading selection for the day from her Pathway Book.
 Working on her Pathway workbook, which has a grammar/spelling/vocab/reading comprehension lesson that corresponds to the passage she was reading in her reader.
 Social Studies. We are working through Canada, My Country curriculum. Lately we have been working on labeling the oceans, talking about the east and west coasts of Canada, finding the St Lawrence River, the Great Lakes, learning provinces, and learning about the Appalachian region of Canada. 

 One benefit of home schooling is plenty of time to learn practical skills. She was so excited to peel her own potato!
 Yep, still in pajamas today! This is her Going on Eagerly workbook again.
 Doing a poem with actions to reinforce the history & Bible lessons we are learning this week.
 A Reason for Handwriting Book A, which is a Bible-based printing program.

 Science. Learning about migrating birds & butterflies. Learning about clouds, snow, and rain.
 Doing an experiment with cottonballs and water to understand cloud formation and the water cycle.
 Art time. Here, she is making a quail (which went along with our Bible lesson about God providing the quail and manna in the desert).
 This week she also worked on learning how to clean the bathroom. She has been BEGGING me to teach her this for awhile, so I finally took the time to give her a thorough lesson :-D
 She spent a long time colouring in her calendar today. She loves art & has been really into colouring lately. She also has her history book open (History for Little Pilgrims).I think we were learning about the 10 Commandments & the Golden Calf this day.

 Reading from our chapter book with a little monkey on my lap (she was terribly clingy this day).
 Singapore Math Textbook.

 Number bonds. Learning about Methods of Subtraction. The top picture is her Singapore Math textbook. The bottom picture is her workbook.
 Reading lesson from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We have mostly abandoned this book (she only has a handful of lessons left) in favour for Pathway Readers. But since she had finished her First Steps book and workbook, we took a break from the Pathway program to do a lesson from this book before we start the new Pathway Reader Days Go By.
The pictures are only a glimpse of what our official "schooling" looks like during a week (not all of this was from one day!). We also use online games to learn, French youtube videos, educational dvds, library books, I teach her music lessons, and they pretty much get as much time to play outside as they want. The short school day means lots of time for exploring, playing, learning while just doing life, and time for building family relationships. It's not always "fun" for me everyday and it can feel overwhelming at times, I'll admit, but all in all, I really do love home schooling and getting to spend so much time learning alongside my little jewels.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Spaghetti with Artichoke Hearts and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Tuesday: Mennonite Style Chicken Noodle Soup (using leftover chicken & turkey in freezer)

Wednesday: Fall of the Bone BBQ Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Cooked Mixed Veggies, Coleslaw

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday: Homemade Pizza & Veggies / Dip

Saturday: Leftovers or a Fritatta similar to this one

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Go-To Meals for Busy Days

I really love to cook. If I can cook undisturbed and have someone else clean up the kitchen, I find it very relaxing. This is all theoretical, of course, because I have yet to experience such a delight. However, I have been tossing around the idea of sending our kids to the grandparents or auntie's house for one evening a month so I can cook up a fancy supper meal for an at-home date.  This way I can experiment with some fancy and expensive ingredients and avoid all the complaining about things like scallops and crab and hopefully not waste much food or money from picky eaters.

In reality, most days I just do not have the time or energy to cook the way I would like, so fast and frugal meals that don't require much effort are what it's at right now.

Here are some of our current favourites that frequently appear on our table:

Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce (I don't follow the recipe exactly...I also usually leave out the artichokes to save money, but I do really love them in this)

Tuna Stroganoff over Egg Noodles & Cooked Mixed Veggies
(1 can of flaked tuna - not drained, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1-2 tsp lemon juice, salt & pepper, parsley, a few sliced sautéed mushrooms, and cooked diced onions simmered together for a few minutes and served over cooked egg noodles) I know it doesn't look or sound very appetizing, but this is surprisingly good. My husband really loves this meal, and I love how cheap and fast it is to throw together.

Crispy Southwest Bean & Rice Burritos with Salsa & Sour Cream (Basically I toss together cooked rice, black beans, salsa, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. I mix it all together in a bowl, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on a tortilla, spoon the rice mixture overtop, wrap it up, spritz with olive oil or cooking spray and cook it on a cast iron grill pan until it's nice and crispy.) This is probably our #1 family favourite cheap and quick meal. Served with salsa, sour cream, guacamole if I have avocados in the house, and veggies and dip on the side.

BLT Sandwiches (sometimes on their own or with soup or potato wedges on the side)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Middle of the Week Menu Plan

We are taking this week off of school since everyone in our house is feeling a bit under the weather (head colds and sore throats). So far I am the healthiest of the bunch and am still feeling pretty good, so I'm trying to get a few things caught up in the house. I am terribly behind on going through pictures and updating baby books, but I think that will have to wait until next week as I have been going through the kids clothes again and have several things I need to get ready to sell online.  Overall, Brielle has been sleeping so much better, and unless she eats something that bothers her stomach, she is now sleeping through the night. This has made such a difference, and I am so grateful.

Monday: Thanksgiving meal with family

Tuesday: Burrito Bowls/Wraps (rice, beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, lime juice, cumin and chili powder mixed together)

Wednesday: Honey Sriracha Sesame Chicken, Rice (Cauliflower rice for me), Broccoli

Thursday: Frozen Pizza (Thursdays are typically our busiest days activity-wise)

Friday: Tuna Stroganoff, Egg Noodles, Mixed Veggies

Saturday: Turkey Noodle Soup (using leftover turkey from freezer)

Sunday: Leftovers

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