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The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week...

I did a lot of researching. I'm looking for a good Pre-K- K curriculum that doesn't include religion. I found one on Starfall.com but I'm not sure I want to pay $325.00 for it.

I seem to find myself justifying the price. I look at it as, both kids can use it, it comes with everything, I can use it for 3-4 years and then re-sell it.

In our homeschool this week...

We worked on the letter T and did some awesome projects!

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

Heaven has gymnastics on Thursday nights. I looked up Choir classes b/c she loves to sing but the only homeschool one I could find she has to be 6 to attend. Only 3 more years =)

My favorite thing this week was...

I found a train/activity table on Craigslist for $25.00!!!! 

What's working/not working for us...

Heavens been learning to use the computer this week. She has her own keyboard but prefers to use mine. We watched a lot of Cullens ABC on you-tube. GREAT SITE. Not to mention I would rather Mrs. Cullen sing than myself.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

Are there any good reading or math curriculum that do not teach religion for preschool/kindergarten?

A photo to share...

Bored with making turtles

Much happier making a train

RARE moments

Letter T

Get ready to see some AWESOME letter T activities! I had so much fun this week and I'm sure the kids did as well. 

Traffic Light Craft

Eating the paint sponge

Make A Train Out Of A Diaper Box

Letter T Tissue Paper Craft


Vinegar/Baking Soda

Color Changing Water Experiment

  Slime (Cornstarch,Water, Food Coloring)
**JJ even took part in this one.

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5 Reasons and Ways to Eat Oatmeal-Guest Post By Maria Rainier

5 Reasons and Ways to Eat Oatmeal

Your kids scrunch their noses up at the mere mention of it.  Its stereotype makes it out to be bland, boring, and mushy.  Oatmeal is the kind of food that you know is good for you but you just can’t bring yourself to take out of the cabinet. 

 Here are reminders of why oatmeal should be a part of your daily diet, followed by five ways to make oatmeal a food you look forward to eating.

1.    According to the American Cancer Society, oatmeal contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.  The latter helps fight cancer by attacking certain bile acids and reducing their toxicity.

2.    Soluble fiber may reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol without lowering the HDL (“good”) variety. 

3.    To the benefit of diabetics, soluble fiber slows down starch digestion, avoiding sharp rises in blood sugar typically following a meal.

4.    Phytochemicals found in oats may aid in fighting cancer.

5.    Oats are dense in nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese, and magnesium.  For athletes and vegetarians, oatmeal is also a good source of protein.
As promised, here are 5 exciting ways to take the “meh” out of oatmeal.

1.    Pour a serving of rolled oats (they cook faster than steel-cut oats) and heat it up with milk or soy/almond milk for added calcium.  Top with blueberries, heart-healthy nuts like walnuts, and flax seed (oil or dry).  Mix and drizzle with honey for an exiting, easy, and healthy breakfast.

2.    If your sweet tooth needs satiating, add dried cherries, a pinch of sugar, some chocolate chunks, and dollop of whip cream to some cooked oatmeal.  This makes a great mid-afternoon snack or dessert.

3.    If you want a spicy breakfast, add some scallions, sesame oil, and soy sauce to some oatmeal and top it with a fried egg.

4.    Add oats to home-baked muffins.  Look for recipes that use whole wheat flour; this will give you a balanced intake of insoluble fiber (from the whole wheat) and the soluble variety (from the oats).  Stay away from instant oat varieties, though, since they can add excess sugar and corn-derived ingredients that will dock health points from your muffins.  Use quick or old fashioned oats, instead.  In fact, you can replace up to one-third of the flour requirement in most bread, pancake, and muffin recipes with oats or oat flour (which you can make by pulsing rolled oats in your food processor).

5.    Oats can substitute for cracker crumbs or bread as a filler in your meatloaf and meatballs.  Add steel-cut oats to fill your soup, too.

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she's been researching both the best paying jobs and the worst paying jobs on the market. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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HS Mothers Journal

The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week...

We have been potty training and that is going GREAT. I'm glad I waited because she picked it up quickly and saved me the stress of pulling my hair out. The husband has been sick and I feel it creeping in on the rest of us. I've had enough of the sick bug, it needs to start passing my house.

In our homeschool this week...

We worked on the letter S. There were lots of fun activities to choose from so it made it hard to only pick a few. Since she learned the letter so quick we started projects for letter T today.

Places we're going & people we're seeing... 

I have nothing lined up for them. Were saving for a vacation in 12 weeks for the kids birthdays. Plus it's cold and I don't want to take the kids out in it. I might just be lazy. 

My favorite thing this week was...

Making bath paint!. I have no pictures of it because I want the kids to test it first before I share it with everyone else (just in case)

What's working/not working for us... 

ALPHIE!! Any time Heaven has a hard time with a letter , I put him in front of her and she learns it with no problem.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

Have you started planning your curriculum for next year?

A photo to share...

We made frozen stars and put them in ziplock bags so we could make them melt and turn into colored water.

Letter S

This week since there were so many fun activities for the letter S, I decided to combine TJ's Tot School w/ Heavens Preschool post.

Heaven is 32 Months
Thomas is 18 1/2 Months

Letter S Activities

I cant remember where I saw this fun activity but w/ all the snow we got it was perfect. We put some snow on a cookie sheet and gave them some cars to "drive in the snow" (TJ wasn't a fan of this activity)

Count, stack and sort poker chips

Letter S color and glue w/s

Drew a snow man and filled him in with marshmallows

Paint the stars

After, I hung them up on the new wire we put up, thanks to Successful Homeschooling for posting such awesome tips from other bloggers

We also tried a Science project that didn't work as planned. We tried to make rock candy but ended up with orange sugar water.

next time I'll put them upright like it says

We filled containers with snow and hid colored noodles and had them dig them out

I had a star tray so I mixed food coloring with the water and made them colored stars to play with in a Ziplock bag till they melted.

and to finish off  the week TJ worked on building when Heaven went to Grandma's house.

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