Monday, August 29, 2011

Meal Planning Monday

Last week's meals got juggled around a bit and we ate out a couple days, so there are some repeat meals on this week's menu!
Monday: Creamed tuna on toast, cantaloupe
Tuesday: Asian beef and noodles with stir fry veggies
Wednesday: Spaghetti, garlic toast, carrot and celery sticks
Thursday: Black bean burgers
Friday: Ham and eggs with potatoes
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Personal pizzas

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Calvert Week in Review

This was our first week of First Grade!  We mostly covered review material in math and language arts: object position; grouping, sorting, and classifying objects; short a words; identifying and writing lowercase and capital letters.

Miss M is far beyond all this, but a little easy review for getting into the routine of school is fine with me! It builds her confidence and so far has kept her interest despite it’s being too easy for her.

In science, we learned to observe, compare, and classify using our five senses.  We also discussed how scientists use the scientific method to learn about the world.  Miss M is fixated on the magnifying glass that came with the curriculum and wanted to use “magnifying glass!” as her answer to every question.  The book Your Five Senses by Melvin and Gilda Berger was a big hit with Miss M – not included with the Calvert curriculum.

Our social studies lessons didn’t quite happen because I realized during Lesson 2 that I was missing the social studies book! (But I got two Reading Work Pages…oops!)  So we discussed what social studies is and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, but didn’t do any of the associated activities or worksheets. Calvert is sending the missing book and we’ll catch up later.

One area Miss M definitely needs work in is writing.  She writes a lot in her free play time, but does not use lowercase letters and rarely writes right-to-left/top-to-bottom.  She starts somewhere and when she runs out of space continues the proper way to write lowercase letters using the primary lined dry erase boards I got at Target last year.  I’ve seen so much improvement in just this one week!  She concentrates on her letter formation and therefore writes quite slowly.  She sometimes drives me nuts ‘cause she wants to write her name on all her papers; her name is 9 letters long!!!
any ol’ where with no regard for legibility.  Obviously that’s normal for a kid her age, but it makes it very hard to understand what she’s written, which frustrates her.  I try not to correct her during her play time, but when we “do school” I hold her to a more traditional standard.  I don’t let her write on unlined paper for school and I have been showing her

I love the Houghton Mifflin readers! Wow, text books were not that colorful when I was a kid!  Each week features three readings from different genres.  This week’s were: fantasy, realistic fiction, and nonfiction.  Miss M did not like it that I kept interrupting her at the end of each page to ask questions about the reading, but after the first two lessons she got used to it and told me, “After you mess me up and we’re all done, I’m going to read it again and don’t mess me up, okay, mom?”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If you let your 21-month-old paint, be prepared for the consequences

He actually did very well getting the paint on the paper.  There was also quite a bit on himself, but very little on the floor and none on the walls!  And it kept him quiet for a good 30 minutes!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Meal Planning Monday: when hail hits

Our CSA got hit by a terrible hail storm the end of last week.  Our week's share was completely destroyed.  Thankfully, none of the farmers' main buildings or animals were harmed!
Monday: Eggs, homemade hashbrowns, sausage
Tuesday: Chicken parmesan, salad, french bread
Wednesday: Black bean burgers, mozzarella, lettuce, salsa
Thursday: Meatballs, broccoli, rice
Friday: Chicken stir fry
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Creamed tuna on toast

Despite needing several higher priced items all at once, I did well staying within my budget this week!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Meal Planning Mondays: use it or lose it!

This week I built my menu around the fresh produce in my kitchen (mostly from our CSA shares) that needs to be used before it goes bad!

Monday: Eggplant parmesan
Tuesday: Burritos featuring crockpot refried beans and fresh garden salsa
Wednesday: Pasta salad
Thursday: Grilled chicken and patty pan squash
Friday: Beef stroganoff
Saturday: leftovers
Sunday: Chicken fried rice with carrots

The eggplant parmesan will be an "experiment" meal since I've never made (or even eaten!) it before.  Most of my experiments are passable, not all are enjoyable.

What are you eating this week?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Scripture Memory Verse Cards

I mentioned in this post that we will be using the Scripture Memory System from Simply Charlotte Mason.

I am not, however, using their suggested list for first grade.  I’m sure their list is great, but I already had a few ideas about what I want Miss M to learn this year, so I came up with my own list.  I formatted them the size of 3x5 index cards and printed them on cardstock.   And now that I’ve done the work, you don’t have to! At least not if you use the same verses we are.

Scripture Memory Verse Cards – pdf
  • 52 verses
  • New American Standard, unless otherwise indicated
  • grouped in a somewhat logical manner
  • numbered to indicate the order they are to be memorized in (in case the baby dumps the whole box, right?)
If you find any mistakes or have any suggestions – like the “page” numbers; I didn’t think of that till after I had printed and cut mine apart! – let me know!

The rest of our Bible curriculum this year will be reading through the Student Discovery Bible together. It’s not a full text Bible, but has Bible text in it and will be perfect for our needs this year.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gearing up for First Grade

We started Calvert PreK about a year and a half ago when Miss M was 3.25 years old.  We enjoyed it very much, but Miss M outgrew it faster than we used it!  She is now a little over four and a half and is quite the little reader.  I’m constantly amazed at the complex words she reads.  (Like “generation” and “Oklahoma.”)  And she tells me, “I just sounded it in my head, Mom, and now I can read it!”

If we were going to put her in public school, then she wouldn’t be eligible for kindergarten until Fall 2012, shortly before her 6th birthday.  Thankfully, we’re not putting her in school and we’re skipping kindergarten altogether!

Some time this past spring Calvert had a sale on curriculum, so we went ahead and purchased 1st grade at a discount!  I looked through it when it arrived and decided Miss M wasn’t quite ready for it, but would certainly be ready by the end of the summer.  Now that I’m looking over it again, I see that the first half or so will be too easy for her, but I don’t mind that. I’m not too worried about her learning a specific set of information as I am about getting into some good habits and a regular routine.  I think Little Guy will thrive on a more structured routine as well.  He likes things to be just-so!

I set a start date of August 22nd, so Miss M has been keeping careful track of the date since the end of July.  She’s very excited to begin 1st grade.

I’ll be supplementing our Calvert curriculum with a Bible curriculum of my own beginning with this Scripture Memory System.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Meal Planning Monday: a beginning

To keep myself from wandering aimlessly around the grocery store, spending twice as much as planned, and coming home without half the things I needed, I decided to get myself back into the habit of planning meals for the week before I go shopping!

We have a budget of $75 per week for the four of us.  Hubby's lunches are very dull...he prefers the same thing day after day.  I typically eat leftovers for my lunch while the kids eat simple sandwiches, bits of cheese, and animal crackers for dessert.  That leaves just suppers to be planned.
Monday: Spaghetti, garlic toast, carrot and celery sticks
Tuesday: Pot roast, potatoes, corn
Wednesday: Nachos
Thursday: Asian beef and noodles
Friday: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Italian chicken tenders, rice, green beans

This week I have most of what I need on hand, so I plan to use the remainder of the budgeted amount to lay in a supply of canned goods that are on sale.