Friday, May 31, 2013

Fun Math Games

We have had some fun with math this week. Adelle has struggled with math this school year so I came up with a couple of fun games to help her learn the math facts. 

A couple of months ago I found a Hooked On Math set at a Used Books store in Missouri. The set was complete and covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. So, I picked it up. Adelle has had trouble learning the Addition Facts from our current curriculum, so I opened up this HOM set. It begins with a simple addition game.

*The first player, Adelle,  rolls the number dice. The number on each die represents the addends - the numbers to be added. 
*Adelle selects the same number of beans or game markers (we used counting bears) as shown on each die and puts them in the two circles. 
*Adelle then puts the the numbers together by counting all of the beans/markers and writes down the answer (the sum) on a piece of paper. 
*She removes the beans/markers so Jonathan can play. He follows the same directions. I took a turn too!
*The player with the higher sum wins a point. 
*They continue until each of them has rolled the dice 5-10 times. 
*The player with the most winning rounds wins. 

Addition Bingo! 
Using a wet erase marker, I drew some squares on a cookie sheet that we use specifically for wet/dry erase activities. Then I placed one addition fact for each square. I made number cards, which are the sums for each fact. Adelle had to place the sum card on the correct addition fact. Wipe off the facts and write different ones. Adelle did this a couple of times. She did very well making only a 2 mistakes. 

And then I found this little fun game at our homeschool used book sale last weekend. It's Count and Add with Froggy. We like to read the Froggy books, so what better way to learn addition and counting?!? This game is easy easy. Put your Froggy game piece at the Start spot. Roll the number dice. Add the numbers together and move that many spaces. If you land on a space that has directions, follow those directions. The first player to get to the end wins! 

The kids have had fun with these math games. We will play them and replay them. I hope it really helps Adelle learn her math facts. 

Happy adding!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Moments to Remember ~ Classroom Anywhere!

Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. 
The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

We had lessons OUTSIDE today! 
It wasn't too humid yet and the kids enjoyed the change of scenery. 
Who says we have to learn indoors all the time?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen ~ Mini Pizzas

Miniature Ham Pizzas
Yes, we are on a pizza kick. LOL We just had some left over ingredients from our pizza balls, so we decided to make miniature pizzas today. Super easy, kid friendly and delish!

     *1 english muffin per child, cut in half 
     *About 1/2 jar of pizza sauce
     *Several slices deli ham, chopped into 1-inch pieces
     *1-2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese. 

You can add any kind of topping you'd like with any kind of cheese you like. I would've added onion and green bell pepper finely chopped, but my kids don't like those toppings. I've made these pizzas with hamburger buns before, however, my favorite is the english muffin. You could probably use regular bread too. I'll have to try that sometime.   *Grin* 

     *Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
     *Cut apart the english muffins. One muffin makes 2 pizzas.
     *Spread pizza sauce onto each english muffin half.
     *Sprinkle cheese over sauce. 
     *Spread ham pieces over cheese. 
     *Cover with more cheese. We like ours super cheesy! 
     *Bake in oven for about 10-13 minutes. 
     *Let cool for a couple of minutes.

Add some fruit and/or veggie on the side with a glass of milk and you have yourself a complete meal. 

Happy creating!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen ~ Pizza Balls


I've seen this recipe float around Face Book several times. I finally decided that I wanted to try it out. We were going to do this for Adelle's birthday dinner last night, but it didn't work out so I decided to let the kids make it for lunch today.

3 cans biscuits (10 ct)
60 peperoni slices (2 per biscuit)
1 Block of cheese (we used an 8 oz block)
1 Beaten egg
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
1 Jar pizza sauce

1. Slice the cheese into about 30 pieces.

2. Flatten & stretch each biscuit.
3. Stack one pepperoni on top the biscuit, then a cheese square on top of that, then another slice of pepperoni... as pictured above. It's very simple. 
4. Gather the edges of the biscuit on top of the pepperoni stack and pinch to secure. 

5. Line the rolls in a greased 9x13 pan. Brush the top of biscuits with the beaten egg. 
6. Sprinkle italian seasoning, garlic powder and parm cheese on top. 


7. Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes. 
8. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

This is a real treat and is a good substitute for when your budget doesn't allow for a pizza from the pizza shop. It is super easy... so easy I bet Adelle could do it by herself next time. :-)

Happy snacking!


Moments to Remember - Not Alone

Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. 
The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

In talking to another homeschool mom yesterday, I learned that we are not the only family that has taken a relaxed approach to the school year resulting in taking our lessons into the month of June. It's just good to know that we are not alone; that we share similar experiences as other homeschool moms. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal #6

*IN OUR HOME SCHOOL THIS WEEK..... We are really just playing catch up. We have 170 lessons in this curriculum and we're on 134. We just might be working our way right up to the next grade. 
*I AM GRATEFUL FOR...... God has shown so much mercy and grace towards me. He is patient and kind. I am forever grateful for His unconditional love, forgiveness and the rest that we can find in Him. 
*IN MY LIFE THIS WEEK.... I am desperate for God to fill me with the Holy Spirit and for God to exchange my stone cold heart for a heart of flesh that is pliable in His hands.
*WHAT'S WORKING/NOT WORKING FOR US..... I really think that we have struggled so much this school year because this curriculum is not right for us. It really did not make learning very fun. We are going with something different next year for sure!
*MY FAVORITE THING THIS WEEK WAS.......  I really cherish the prayer/devotion time I get to have with my children. I have neglected this for a while and we started doing it again this week. It warms my heart so much to hear my children pray. I now see how vitally important it is to take this time. I am learning that issues of the heart are far more important than academics.
*SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK....... "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances." Ezekiel 36:25-27