Friday, September 30, 2011

A Day at the Park


The weather has been so wonderful this week, and my allergies have finally gone. I decided it would be a perfect day to pack our lunch and head to the park for a play date with some friends. (You can meet them over at http://goodfarm.blogspot.com/ )


We arrived at the park a few minutes early and my kids ran over to enjoy the Pirate Ship! Within seconds they were on the high seas having the adventure of their lives!! Little Jam even remembered his pirate hat from home so he would look the part!!!

What a great day!

We arrived home to find that the Swallowtail Caterpillar that Boo found in our parsley had formed it's pupa. Here's a link I found on youtube to a time-elapsed video of a swallowtail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3jbzq-_7bU

Friday, September 23, 2011

Good Day

You know it's going to be a good (long) day when it's nine in the morning and you..

1. Have already worked for 4 hours 2. Got a load of laundry on the line, 3. Emptied the dishwasher
4. Stopped 3 fights with the kids. Phew!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Family Fun Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl

Japanese Chicken-and-Egg Rice Bowl

We made this recipe when it was originally featured in the Family Fun Magazine!  The kids absolutely loved it!!

I was really easy to make and satisfied the craving we had for 'Take Out'!!

I copied the actual recipe from the Family Fun website they have an excellent article on food from around the world!!

Check it out and try something new!!

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/japanese-chicken-and-egg-rice-bowl-920817/

 Serves 4
Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

This flavor-packed meal is a cinch to make when you use Crunchy Baked Chicken Cutlets that you've already prepared.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • chicken cutlets, cut into strips
  • 5 large beaten eggs
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice (for a total of 4 cups of cooked rice).
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped scallions and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the shredded carrots and baby spinach and stir until the spinach has completely wilted.
  3. Stir in the sugar and soy sauce. Add the chicken and simmer for 3 more minutes.
  4. Pour the eggs over the chicken mixture and simmer until the eggs are cooked through, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve the mixture over the cooked rice.

    Nutritional Information
    Per serving (1 cutlet, 1-1/3 cups of mixture): Calories 639 ● Total Fat
    19 g (29% DV) ● Saturated Fat 4 g (19% DV) ● Cholesterol 334 mg (111% DV) ● Sodium 1682 mg (70% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 70 g (23% DV) ● Fiber 2 g (8% DV) ● Sugars 9 g ● Protein 42 g (85% DV) ● Vitamin A (65% DV) ● Iron (28% DV)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Conference Socks

I just found this really cute idea for 'Conference Socks' a cool tradition for General Conference!!

I am definitely going to have to do this one!!



Head over to her blog to read the amazing poem she wrote to print off with the socks!!

http://ptskjohnson.blogspot.com/2011/09/conference-socks.html

Saturday, September 17, 2011

An Amazing Find - Librivox!!!

I was introduced to a fantastic free online service this week called 'librivox' for those of you who LOVE audio books this is a wonderful place to hang out, or even volunteer!! http://librivox.org/

Here's a snip from their website...

Librivox plans to read all the books in the public domain


About Listening to LibriVox

LibriVox audiobooks are free (*). You may use them for whatever purpose you like. Click here for information about our public domain license. Click here to hear some samples of LibriVox recordings.
There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the audio files (mp3 or ogg vorbis) into your own computer. There are two main ways to do this:

Click back to their website for the rest of their instructions

http://librivox.org/about-listening-to-librivox/


OR volunteer


Volunteering for LibriVox
LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet. Practically, this means we record bookspublished before 1923. All our recordings (including yours, if you volunteer for us) are also donated into the public domain.
We record books in all languages.
You do not need any prior experience to volunteer for LibriVox, nor do you need to audition or send us samples. All you need is your voice, some free software, your computer, and maybe an inexpensive microphone.
All LibriVox activity (book selection, project management, discussion, etc) happens on our Forum, and you’ll need to register there to join us. Our forum members are a friendly bunch, and questions will be answered there quickly (much more quickly than if you send us an email!).
We do suggest you read the document below, before registering and posting on the Forum, to get an idea of how everything works.

read more here...

http://librivox.org/volunteer-for-librivox/



Since we are Home-schooling this year it is a FANTASTIC find!!

I stumbled across a FREE home-school curriculum called Ambleside online which is absolutely fantastic!

http://www.amblesideonline.org/FAQ.shtml

Someone has gone to the effort of linking their reading lists to librivox!!

This is the link for the 0-4 years
http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Recordings_of_Books_on_the_Ambleside_List and then it links to the higher years at the bottom of the page!!

But here it is for ease!!
http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Recordings_of_Books_on_the_Ambleside_List_2

Even if you are not using the Ambleside book lists or homeschooling make sure to check it out soon!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time 4 Learning Review

time for learning Review Time


Time 4 learning is an online Preschool - 8th grade curriculum that can be used as a supplemental or entire curriculum for language arts, math, science and social studies.  Lessons correlate to standards in all 50 states.


It is also AD-FREE!!


The kids can access the grade above and below their current grade.


I never actually spent a lot of time in the parents area as my main goal was to watch how my three little ones responded to the program. 


We tested preschool, 3rd, and 5th grades.


We were using this along side our regular 'free' Charlotte Mason curriculum.


Little Jam (DS 2) was probably to young for this program, it didn't really keep his attention. 



Boo (DD 8) played on it quite a bit. She found an area about Family History that she especially enjoyed!


Jam (DS 10) Went to the site a couple of times (drawn in by the recess computer games!) We worked on some maths together and it explained concepts really well!  


I love the fact that you can set the 'playground' to turn off after a certain amount of minutes. It automatically shuts down even if they are in a middle of a game! (Much to Jam's distress!)  It took the 'get back to work' nagging out of the equation!!


I think by kid's view of the program would have been better if they were using it as there  main source of work! ( Play on the computer for school ... Sure MOM!!)


But they just wanted to hit the 'playground' as they thought they had already done school!!


Although we are homeschooling and it doesn't really gel with Charlotte Mason. I can see that this site would be excellent for summer and holiday use. It would also be great for those kids who need some extra help keeping up with grade level at school.


I am not sure if we will continue with this membership full-time but it maybe something we come back to during our home-school summer! Which makes the 'no commitment' part excellent! I would recommend everyone try it out!


Pricing is subject to change but at the time I wrote this the price was $19.95 for the first child and $14.95 for subsequent children.

As you see below (pulled of their website) - Two weeks money back guarantee !! it is what I have heard said a 'No-Brainer'!!


No Contracts!
Cancel Anytime.

$19.95 / Month for Your
First Child

$14.95 / Month for Each Additional Child!

sign up for Time4Learning

Time4Learning Members Get Access To:

  • Online Curriculum for Preschool to 8th Grade
  • 1,000+ Student-Paced Animated Lessons
  • Math Exercises & Printable Worksheets
  • Language Arts from Phonics through Reading
  • Science & Social Studies In Most Grade Levels
  • Automated Reporting for Easy Record Keeping
  • Detailed Lesson Plans for Parents
  • Lessons Correlated to State Standards

Two week money-back guarantee!

Disclaimer: I was invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. 





Sunday, September 4, 2011

Walking to School!!

I mentioned last month that I thought it would be a great idea to 'walk to school'

Well the kids were all very excited about it. So on our first day I took a few pictures to share.


Boo couldn't help looking for flowers!

State Fair Fun

Although our State fair is over and done. I have never got around to talking about all the fun we had.

We went on opening day, it turned out to be a great choice as it was $2.00 each to get in! A great saving off the regular price.

We found a great bus full of experiments for the kids to try!

Little Jam really enjoyed the petting zoo!


It was a fantastic day!!

The Magic School Bus Science Club! - Educents Deal!!!

I am already looking at school curriculum for next year. One thing I want to change is our science curriculum. Captain still loves the Magic...