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Preschool students back home!

Have I told you before….I’m not a good stay at home mom? I love my kids. I love time off of school and work during the school year. I don’t like long 3 months. This year, I’m changing my mindset.  I’m getting ready early!  I have created a few different lists, along with a packet that I’m hoping my preschooler (going to kindergarten next year!) will do one page a day!

The first list I made was the Reading Log. I wanted to give my kids a visual to what they are reading.

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The second list I made was the “Screen time rules”. I for one know that my kids are screen junkies. I take blame, as well as my hubby does. This summer cannot be full of tv/movie watching. So I made up some rules of what they have to do before any screens are played on. I’m kind of excited! I am visioning having this sheet laminated or in a plastic sleeve, after both kids have written their name on their own list, and decorated it to their liking.

Want a copy for your kids? Get yours here -> screen time rules 2

When you click into my screen time rules, you’ll see that there is a line that  states “Summer learning packet – one page”.  I want my kids to do something educational this summer! lol! Says I, the teacher!  Who doesn’t?  However, have your kids done the eye roll and said “but mommmmmm, it’s summmmmer!!!”?  Yeah…that’s why I stated “1 page”.  I have made the summer learning packet for preschoolers.  You can find a copy right here ->ONE PAGE A DAY WORK   If your kiddo is a little older than preschooler, you may want to search a little for that age group.  I haven’t created those yet!

 

Needing a few more ideas of what to do to keep your summer enjoyable?  Check out my blog post at the Duluth Mom’s Blog   https://duluth.citymomsblog.com/family/kids-driving-you-crazy-ive-got-ideas/

Hope this helps!  Have a great summer!  I’ll be back to share with you some things we’re doing!

Mom on!

 

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How to plan a dinner party

I’m coming to you from Pampered Chef World inside my home! It is a wonderful place filled with children who know what a Mix ‘n Chop is. It is a place where simplicity is enabled in every dish made, every design, every event. My PC home is always looking for a new and easy (and cheap!) way to host a dinner party.

Here it is. In it’s most simplest form.

 

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Math fun · Preschool Fun

Let’s Talk Math– Preschool Math

Let’s chat for a second, shall we?  Who has little ones in the house who are going to Preschool or will be going soon?  I would love to share some things that preschool kiddos will be doing in their “Math Class.”  Math in preschool is not all about adding and multiplying.  Oh, who am I kidding, Algebra class is on Tuesdays!  Hehehe!

What is Preschool math then?

ROTE COUNTING:

When we do math in class, we start with rote counting.  That is, counting out loud, all by themselves.  This is what you do with them from the time they can talk. It is simply counting 1-2-3-4-5….

RECOGNIZING NUMERALS:

This step is hard, and may not be second in line.  To have a kiddo know how to count is one thing, but having them be able to recognize a numeral is a whole different ball game.  I created this game of Roll and count (concept old, my design new!) to practice 1-to-1 correspondence and number recognition.  Once I created this one game in the fall, my kiddos loved it.  So I made a whole bunch more! 🙂 Click on my year of Roll and covers in my Teachers pay teachers site!

1-TO-1 CORRESPONDENCE:

Next, preschoolers can start to count items.  Teachers may call it doing 1-to-1 correspondence.   Let’s imagine you are in the kitchen with your kiddo.  You ask them to set the table, putting out forks and napkins for everyone in the family.  If they are able to count 1-to-1, they will count each of the people in the family, and then count the forks and napkins.  Don’t forget to do this math in your kitchen or on a walk to the park (count the cars parked, how many houses, how many trees?).

ORDERING AND SORTING

Another math process they do is ordering and sorting.  Ordering from tallest to shortest, from oldest to youngest, from biggest to smallest, can be done anywhere you are!  Sorting objects by different attributes such as size, age, color, taste, smell, etc. can keep a kiddo busy for hours if you change it up throughout the day.

PATTERNING

Finding patterns in math related activities will get them closer to finding them in other math processes when they grow up, and even when doing reading and sounds.  If they can make an AB pattern (ex. blue, red, blue, red…) and then an ABC (ex. blue, red, green, blue, red, green) pattern, they will soon be able to see how patterns are created.  Then they will start to see how numbers create a pattern as they get larger.  20, 21, 22, 23…. 30, 31, 32, 32….40, 41, 42,43…

What are some fun activities you can do for patterns?  How about coloring one?  How about taking your cars and putting them in a color pattern?  Can your child create a pattern with their food?  How about make a pattern with the people in your family?

SHAPES

What shapes do your children know?  Of course the basics of the square, triangle and circle are the most important, but usually they learn the heart and start very easily!  Have your child match shapes if they don’t know the names of them yet.  When they match, tell them the name of that shape.  Then, when you are out and about, look for shapes in nature, on signs, in stores, etc.  I have a Smart Board in my classroom and created a Shape and Color Matching game for my kiddos to play.  With this game, they can know if they are correct or not, because I made it clap if they click the correct shape to match!  So fun!

WHAT NEXT?

So now you’re probably wondering why I’m sharing this all with you.  I want to remind you that your little one is a sponge.  She is learning things every moment of the day.  When she does math, it is not just counting out-loud.  It is not just telling you the number names.  It is all of these things, plus some!  That little brain of hers is working so hard, all the time!  That is why preschoolers are required to rest during the day.

When your preschooler’s teacher tells you they were working on math, please don’t be too quick to say “my daughter knows how to count!”.  We will say, “that is fabulous, now we need to work on….”

This is the “fun stuff”.  This is the math that will lead into the “hard stuff”.  Have fun with it, encourage her to look around during the day to find the pattern, or count the napkins.  Make everyday life a math lesson.  It’s way more fun!

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10 WAYS TO SAVE TIME IN THE KITCHEN— AND YOUR SANITY!

Talking with people, I have learned that many people have the same request. “How do I cook a good meal while a kiddo is around!? And What do I make!!??”
I find there are several different ways to save time in the kitchen, and I’m here to share my ideas!
PLAN AHEAD. Oh, easier said than done, you say? I agree! LOL! But when it comes down to it, it saves me so much stress, that I love it! You can plan after the kids are in bed, or during the day (tip….tell the kiddos you all are going to write in your journals…they get to color and “write” and you get to plan your meals!)

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MAKE ALL COOKED MEAT ON ONE DAY. I find it is easier to cook all my meat on one day for the whole week. Then you’ll have it for many different meals. See my examples below.

  • Example: On Monday, cook all your chicken in my favorite Rockcrok Dutch Oven and Slow Cooker set! Put it on in the morning before you take off for your day with a bit of water or broth. When you get home, or later in the day, take out most of it and place it in the fridge. With the remaining chicken, add some Jamaican Jerk Rub, set it on your stovetop to meld all the flavors together a bit! While that is cooking, toss some rice in your Rice Cooker in the microwave, and before you know it, dinner will be done!
  • Example: On Tuesday, take out a little more of you chicken from the fridge and warm it up in the microwave or stove with about 1-2 Tablespoons of Chipotle Rub. If you saute up some peppers and onions on the stove, or make a quick pico in your Manual Food Processor, you’ll have a fantastic Taco Tuesday!
  • Example: On Wednesday, take out some chicken, warm it up on your stovetop or in the microwave, shred it with your Salad Choppers and add your favorite BBQ sauce. Bamm! Quick, Easy, BBQ chicken sliders!
  • Example: On Thursday, cut up your chicken and add it to a lettuce salad 🙂 Salad is always better with stuff on it!
  • Example: On Friday, add your remaining chicken to the Rockcrok Dutch Oven, along with celery, carrots, onion and chicken broth to make an amazing soup! When it is nearly done, add in your noodles to make it a chicken noodle soup! NUM!!!

PREP FOR MORE THAN ONE DAY. This works for more than just chicken! Are you chopping onion for Taco Tuesday? Chop a bit more for your soup you’ll be making Friday!

PINTEREST…. ENOUGH SAID. Sometimes this is fabulous, and sometimes it’s overwhelming. I get it. When I am on Pinterest, I love it for all the different and amazing recipes that people post. I get lost sometimes with it, though, when I don’t know if it will be good. But my thought is, try it. If the ingredients look like something you’ll eat, then go for it! And if you’re on Pinterest, pin your favorites, but also write them down on paper. If you have a journal, write them in that so you can jot down pros and cons of it, or any changes you made.

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Write down those Pinterest meal ideas!!

ASK YOUR FRIENDS. Your family and friends are your best bet for a great meal. Ask them for ideas. Post on your social media. Call one of them. Text someone. Ask them what’s for dinner this week. It will spark a thought, and get the ball rolling in that amazing brain of yours!

WHEN PLANNING A MEAL….SHOP YOUR PANTRY FIRST. Why spend more money than you have to! Take a look in your pantry and freezer. More often than not, you can play your own version of “Chopped” and make a fabulous meal! Even if you have to go to the store to get a few ingredients, that would be a whole lot better on the bank account than if you had to buy it all!

WRITE DOWN ALL YOUR FAMILY FAVES! You have the best ideas already in your head. Start writing. Make a chart, a list, a calendar, whatever you want, and list all your meals you love to eat. I like to start with either an ingredient (such as chicken) or a cuisine. It is easy to think of all the Mexican foods you love. Come on chips and salsa and of course guacamole!!! Am I right! Guess, what? You can make that at home too!

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Journaling ideas of things to make for dinner is key to staying budget friendly for me!

BABY FOOD? Is your baby ready to eat “real people food”? How about using what you’re making and puree it while you’re finishing your own meal? Or think about what her favorite food is, and make that for your dinner. Carrots? Sure, steam up some carrots in your Microcooker and at the dinner table, smoosh them up!

BABY CRYING? TAKE OUT THE FREEZER MEALS! Oh you don’t have them? Let’s make them now! I know it’ll take a few hours of your time, but it is oh sooooo worth it! When there is a time your baby can be taken care of by another adult or will be sleeping, get some freezer meals in the oven. I literally just did this for my own family, and I’m so happy I did. I did go on Pinterest, found some fabulous ideas, and cooked them up! There are freezer meals that are already partially made in a freezer pan (think disposible from the Dollar Tree!), covered in foil with the directions right on top. Then there are meals that are the dump in the crockpot or baking pan types! Sometimes those are easiest, because you don’t have to precook anything before going in the bag, and you don’t have to do anything except for dumping into a crockpot on the day you need it! Don’t forget to put those recipes somewhere you won’t lose them! I put mine in my bullet journal, and may get to transferring them to actual recipe cards….maybe.

BE OK WITH CEREAL. Hehehe! Sometimes as a mom, dad, grandparent, aunty or babysitter, it’s hard to get a good meal on the table at all times. I get that. I am that mom. Sometimes, cereal is the best choice for the family at that time. Sometimes, it’s cheapest to cook up a bunch of eggs, add a side of toast, and a piece of fruit.

Enjoy your day! I hope I helped save some time and sanity!

Becky

Budget friendly · Recipes

What’s on your typical shopping list? Let’s chat!

What is on your typical shopping list?? When you go to the grocery store for your family, what is a necessity? What is a want?

I know when I go, I have two lists. One is a physical list of things that will make meals for my family, and one is a mental list of all the things my kiddos and hubby want!

Every time I grocery shop, I get….

Bananas, milk, bread, eggs, other fruit on sale, yogurt, canned/frozen veggies, noodles or rice

With this short list, I know I can make a dinner, breakfast and have lunches for school. I also use this list while looking at recipes I want to make and things that are on sale.

Let’s brainstorm here.

Spaghetti and sauce for the whole family could cost $2

French toast $2

(Using burger from the freezer) a “hotdish” can be made with egg noodles, ground beef, cream of something soup, beef broth. Easy, quick, delicious. A big pot, feeding the family, costing $5

Tater tot hotdish (ground beef, cream of something soup, frozen veggies, tots) about $6

I love going to ALDI to get many of these ingredients at a cheaper price for just as fabulous products! I also know you can find great deals at other grocery stores with and without Coupons!

The wants.

I can’t forget about those. 😉 The prepackaged snacks are my hubby’s favorites. Oh so not good for you, but a want for sure! I tried to make them treats and put them in baggies. These only work one in a while, lol!

Wants for my girls?? Fruit snacks, ice cream, chips, brownies….. Do they get them every time? Heaven’s no!! But sometimes I get one of them as a treat.

Hate to buy, but are a must?

Toilet paper!! Ugh…. Who hates to buy stuff that you flush down the toilet??? Me!! But ya kinda need it!

But really….

I try hard to shop from my own pantry and freezer first. Then, I go shopping for things to fill in the gaps. Sometimes you just need the basics, and sometimes you need the whole store. I say, get some favorite recipes, try some new ones, and make a list (or 2!) 🙂

Let’s think. What’s on your typical shopping list?

Family · Just MOM!

Kid shows, every single day 

You know what I find interesting? When I turn Netflix on, go to my tab,  hoping to find some amazing new show to get addicted to,  I find Zootopia. The movie all about animals that wear clothes,  have real people jobs,  and solve crimes.  To be honest,  I’m not ashamed to say I kind of like it.  “What do you call a three humped camel? …… pregnant!”

I keep on flipping,  and come to the row.  Top picks for Becky.  I am excited now.  This will be good.  Nope.  What do I see? Bunked.  Fuller house.  Sing.  Again,  not ashamed to say these aren’t that bad.  Bunked is about a group of super rich kids being thrown into a summer camp,  and learning to fit in,  all while crazy things happen. Fuller house is a great “bring me back to the old days” show! I laugh at references of Stephanie saying “How rude!” Even though she’s grown and is a DJ now 🙂  And of course,  Sing.  “Piggy power!” Gets me every time! Or when the mom turns into a hot momma! You’ve  gotta love that! A show where songs from across the genre board are sung,  danced to and completely crushed,  all by animals in costume…. amazing!

Ok,  let’s try regular tv. Pbs. Enough said.

Turn off the tv.  Let’s play a game.  Frozen…. something.  The board pieces flip over,  you move pieces…. we start singing “let it go, let it go,  can’t hold it back any more” in our best Elsa impersonation.  Still kid movie related.

Let’s play Chinese checkers.  No characters.  Perfect.  Turn on the radio to listen to some tunes.  The song comes on,  my girls yell “It’s Jonny! Turn it up!” I was excited they knew who was singing on the radio,  until I realized….. it was the song from Sing…… but sung by the original artist, Elton John!!! Not the character Jonny, the gorilla!

Do any of you out there find that as a mom,  most of the things you read or watch or listen to, are kid things? It must be a rule.  Or maybe common sense.  Play things appropriate for children around children.  Maybe that’s why,  when I asked  my own mom what her favorite 80’s song is,  she says “Raffy”.  When you have little kids during the entire 80’s decade, Raffy it is.  Come on,  “Baby Ballooga in the deep blue sea”,  gets me every time.  Is your momma home?

When asked what my hobbies are…. I sit dumbfounded.  I mean,  I’m a mom and a teacher.  I like to go to the bathroom and not have fingers under the door.  I like to eat breakfast and drink hot coffee for longer than 5 minutes.  Ooh,  and I love coloring a picture with my kids, and not have to share my page with unwanted scribbles and lines.  Ooh, I’ll miss these moments you  say.  I bet I will.  But I still can have my hobbies can’t I?

Well,  to all the mom’s rocking it,  or are really good at faking it,  keep it up! Cuddle up with the kiddos. Watch “Sing” for the 1344th time,  and be sure to use your vibrato when belting out every word!

And remember,  even though you may have your own little square with your name on it when you turn on Netflix….. it will belong to your little people in your life for a while (yes they may have their own square…I don’t know what happens!).  One day you’ll be able you watch reruns of Friends without worrying about the context of the episode.

Share your favorite kid’s show in the comments….. we’ve got to stick together,  so let’s get some new ideas!

Mom on!  — Becky

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One Pot Meals Rock

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I am one who will ALWAYS love one pot meals!  I will ALWAYS be an advocate of them!  You may even read  several posts from me all about how awesome they are.  This post is no different.  As I have started to look for meals that I can make from things already in my pantry/fridge/freezer, it is important to find new recipes.

This recipe I’m going to share today, is from http://www.smells-like-home.com/2015/02/one-pot-creamy-sausage-pasta/ .   If you know me, I don’t follow recipes very well.  It has to be forced upon me to follow exactly. LOL!  This recipe is no different.  I like this recipe, but I didn’t have ALL the stuff I needed.  So I substitute!  I feel, cooking is supposed to be fun right?  If it is too stressful, all because you don’t have an ingredient, that’s not good.  Lesson learned, have fun, try new recipes, sub out if you have to, and enjoy.  If it tastes good, that’s what matters.

My version of the One Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta:

To start, dice up a medium onion.  I used my Pampered chef 8″ Chef’s Knife to chop it up.  In retrospect, I should have used my food chopper! Hello!  But with this amazing knife, it was nothing to chop it up 🙂  Did you notice the lovely circle with PC on the blade?  This is so you can put your fingers on there for the perfect grip!  Pampered Chef has thought of everything huh?

 

Now, you’re going to saute these onions in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Please don’t measure this oil.  WE are NOT that crazy!!  Cook it until they are looking translucent (almost see through!).

Now ADD 4 cloves of garlic.  Go real garlic on this one!  There is nothing better than real garlic in a dish.  Using my Pampered Chef Garlic Press makes it sooooo easy!  Can you tell I also love my PC!!??  It is my second gig, but I’ve always had it in my house!  LOVE!

I wish I could have smell-a-vision for you on this one….so good.   You will want to cook this garlic with the onion for about a minute to get it cooked a bit……let that aroma come through!  NUM!    Now ADD your sausage!  I didn’t have ground sausage this time, I had sliced chicken sausage.  Like I said before, if I don’t have something, I make it work!   Use what you’ve got!!!

Once the sausages were warmed (these were fully cooked sausages), I deglazed the bottom with about a 1/4c. of chicken broth.  Recipe suggested wine, I didn’t have any on hand.   Then, ADD in 16 oz. of your favorite spaghetti sauce, and 3 cups of water.  I may have added another 1/4c of chicken broth just because, too! LOL!  Like I said, I like to sub out stuff and make it work for what I have in the house!

 

 

 

Bring this to a BOIL.  This means the water is bubbling, a lot!! We have to pretend that we will be boiling noodles the normal way….so don’t forget this step!  Once it has started to boil, add in your noodles.

 

Now, set your timer for 15 minutes, and put your feet up!  Well, first give it a stir, and put the cover on!  Then put your feet up!

 

Give it a stir every 5 minutes or so, and if it needs more water, add it then.

When the noodles are done, stir in your cheese.  As true Becky fashion, I didn’t have what was called for, so I added in about 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and stirred it in until the whole pot was creamy and thickened!

 

Stir and smell, and then, get a bowl and dig in!  Serve with buns or bread of choice.

 

 

Was it easy to make?  Yep!  Was it delish?  Yep!  Did I get the approval from the family?  Yep?    I don’t know the Smells like home author personally, but I do like this recipe!  Maybe next time, I’ll try to use all the suggested ingredients 🙂

Thanks for reading!            Becky 🙂

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Budget Family Friendly Meals

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With a new year, I thought I would set a goal for myself to utilize what I have already in the pantry and freezer.  I also wanted to create a better and cheaper way to cook for my family to help with the budget.  I brainstormed.  I “Pinterested”.  I created.  Some are healthy, some come straight from the freezer to the oven, and some have a combo of both.

Rules for this challenge for me, include: 1.) It must be easy to make (because I definitely am NOT a professional chef!) 2.) It must be budget friendly (AKA…most of stuff is found in pantry already or found on sale) and 3.) It must get the approval from my hubby and kids (ages 5 and 8)

I have started a Bullet Journal recently, and I have included a page just for meal ideas.  I use the Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Sapphire Blue, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (mine is soft covered tho!) with the squares already on each page!  There are also ones with blank pages and some with dots!   See my planning page here!

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Journaling ideas of things to make for dinner is key to staying budget friendly for me!

Two days ago, I attempted the Crockpot Roast and Pinto Beans recipe (credit goes to fortheloveofcooking-vanessa.blogspot.com).  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the roast very thawed, so it was not done.  I adapted it a bit to fit what I had on hand.  My version was this:

  • 2cups of dried Pinto beans                                                                                          (I soaked them over night—caution, they will expand to twice their size)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes,     
  • about 2 tsp garlic salt,
  • about 1/2T of dried onion flakes,
  • 1t. chili powder,
  • and a 3lb roast.

I put all of this into my Pampered Chef Rockcrok Dutch oven, and poured water in until it was half way up the roast and covering the beans completely.  I did sprinkle a bit more salt on top of the roast along with a heavy sprinkle of Pampered Chef Chipotle rub.  I put it on high for 10 hours (the time  I would be at work).  The Roast, being so frozen still, was not done.  But an hour later it was, and it was fab!

Jump to yesterday….I took that cooked roast, shredded it, and warmed it up on the stove.  I also took the cooked pinto beans and warmed them up as well.  While that was all going on, I cooked 3 cups of Minute Rice White, 28 oz (something I had in the pantry, just like the pinto beans and roast).  I turned these ingredients into a burrito station!  My family could make their burritos with all of these ingredients or just one or two!  It was a hit!  We also had a bag of tortilla chips and salsa open and ready to eat, so that was on the side!

Now, you probably want to see a picture of my final plate that I created.  Yeah…I ate it too fast before I remembered to take a pic! HahaHa!

If you take a look at the “calendar of ideas” you’ll notice I wrote “NUMMY” on a few items we’ve tried!  One is the 3 ingredient orange chicken from www.craftymorning.com/3ingredient-orange-chicken-sauce-recipe/ …… it was definately approved by me and my family!  What I thought was sooooo much food, ended up being all eaten!

Items needed for this recipe:

  •  1c. Sweet baby rays BBQ sauce (I used the ALDI brand!)
  • 1c. Smuckers brand Sweet Orange Marmelade
  • 2T. Soysauce (I forgot to add this, and it was still fabulous!)

Bring these to a boil while the chicken is cooking.

For the chicken:

  •  3-4 chicken breasts (I used a pack of tenders that were on sale at ALDI 🙂 )
  • 1c. of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • oil for frying

Dredge the chicken in egg, then flour (which I salted), and then fry in the oil.  Place done chicken on a paper towel plate to drain.

Once the chicken is cooked and all done, toss with the sauce.  Eat with rice 🙂  ENJOY!

Does this recipe fit my requirements?  Sure!  Chicken on sale, off brand of BBQ sauce, and flour/egg/oil already in pantry/fridge!  My family and I love it! It was a bit putsy with the chicken frying, but really, it was easy!!  Result….WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!!

Ok. Yes, I’m sure you also saw that Frozen Pizza was on the list.  Sometimes schedules just are too busy to make a good meal. Oh I know there are crockpots (obviously!)  but come on, when pizzas are on sale for cheap, buy a few for the freezer!  They come in handy!  Or as I told you before, when the roast doesn’t cook all the way in time for the family to eat, then pizza it is!  I find that our local supermarket has good deals often, and I also like to go to ALDI for pizza too.  Good deals, good pizzas!  Got coupons?  Even better.  Watch your ads in the paper, sign up for coupons.com, or go to your store’s website to find store coupons.  Some places you can double dip.  This means you can use a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.  Sometimes, this gets you FREE products!  Are you a Target Cartwheeler?  Then you can do 3 types of deals in one!

Stay tuned for my next meal!  Questions?  Let me know in the comments below!

Preschool Fun

Crazy start to new year!

I left you reading in August,  about how it’s a swear word!  But as teachers do,  we forget about the craziness that happens in the first months of school.  I want to compare it to childbirth.  You know wheat you went though to have your baby,  but somehow you forget the actual pain and difficulty! You may want to do it again! Teachers do the same thing.  We know we start over each year with new kids,  but really…. it’s not that bad.  Hah!

As a preschool teacher,  my job is to initiate all things new and get them to learn how to be at school and do school stuff,  write their name,  know abcs, count,  and play well with each other.  Ooh and to keep them safe! Really,  I do that,  kind of.  I first work at teaching how to sit at carpet time and not hurt each other while listening to a story.  Then, I teach them how to line up,  and stay in line,  and stay in line,  and stay in line,  ooh and don’t rub your hands all along the wall on the way to the bathroom (after picking your nose of course!). I teach them to pick a chair to sit in for snack and activities.  Ooh they can’t sit by that one person,  now I teach them  it’s ok to cry, but it’s just not their day or time to sit by that person.

In preschool it’s a requirement to be potty trained.  We take 3 class trips to the big bathroom,  have a bathroom in our classroom,  yet somehow have to help change clothes a time or two a week.  Thank goodness,  that changing is now turning into playing in the water changing.

September was a month of so many new experiences.  Cutting was one of them.  Some I find out have never cut.  Not a problem, that’s what preschool is for!  Thumb up,  open and shut them,  thumb up,  hold the paper,  I can help you,  please don’t cut me,  stop cutting your glue stick,  stop cutting the table,  ooh buddy don’t cut your shirt!

October,  we have mastered walking in line! We know to sit and wait to see what jobs are available! We’ve learned some friends names!  Now we learn to say “when you’re done,  can I play with that?”. Ooh you forgot to ask? Was it in  their hands?  Did you take it from them? How do you think it makes them feel? Not good.  Yeah,  probably not.  What can we say next time? “When you’re done,  can I play with that?”  Yes we are practicing that one.

November is the month we focus hard on being thankful for the things we have and the things God has made.  What are you thankful for kiddo?? Ooh that truck? Are you thankful you get you play with it at school? No? You’re thankful God made it last year?  Ok,  remind me to talk more about what God has made!!

December is here.  What? We have a Christmas concert practice today and again tomorrow and the next,  ooh and next Monday? Ooh and they cut into nap time? Ooh snack time is pushed back?? Kiddos are getting hangry!  Ooh good,  preschool practice is only 15 minutes,  not too bad!! Back on schedule! Big kid buddies are coming to read with us! So fun!  20 minutes? Ok! Time to get some math fun in still?? Ooh yeah!! Let’s count to five with blocks, who can do it? Remember,  the last number you say when counting is how many you have! Lets count! 1,2,3 how many do we have? 5? Ok lets count again.

I created a packet of worksheets (don’t stress out over that word!) and it is here at my TPT store 🙂 It was great for the kiddos who needed scissor/coloring/gluing/patterning practice!

christmas activities

But then,  you hear “I love you ” or “I love school” or “do you want to play with me?” Or “look I zipped my coat all by myself!”.

All the difficult moments get covered up by all that really matters.  Kids are being loved,  taught how to be kind,  are kept safe,  and are taught some things along the way.

I love my “babies”. They are full of energy and have so many questions!

Tomorrow,  go answer those kiddos questions,  give them a smile,  and enjoy it all!
Feel free to buy your favorite teachers a gift or two this month! We do so much,  because we love what we do!

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School is starting

How many of you are teachers? How many are parents? These last few weeks or days are a bag of mixed emotions.  

We are also trying to figure out if we should veg out,  or do all the things that we didn’t get a chance to do yet this summer! 

Most of the school supplies have been purchased and are in the back packs,  ready for welcome back night.  Outfits are bought,  but need to be ironed and put away.  Shoes have been bought for normal wear,  but we still need to get gym shoes.  

Does this sound like any of you with kiddos?

I decided to bake with my girls a few more times.  I just got a new bundt pan from Pampered chef (available September 1, 2017) and we’re having so much fun trying out new recipes for it!  Do you have any bundt pan recipes you’d like to share with me?? I’m going to be experimenting with lemon later today, stay tuned for results!

Another thing that we have been talking about all summer,  is going to a few cemeteries to see where our relatives have been buried.  We took a drive with my grandparents to get a history lesson at the same time.  It was great! One thing my 7 year old asked though, after looking around for a bit,  was “where is Jesus’s grave?” I think we need to chat a bit more about what happens on Easter and get a geography lesson as well!

Enjoy your last few days of summer! Have a wonderful fall! 

Becky

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I’m in love with Pampered Chef 

Last June,  I signed up to be a Pampered Chef lady.  I signed for the money.  I am learning I am getting so much more! 

This week,  I joined 4000 women and men at the National Pampered Chef Conference 2017. It was so inspiring.  I felt like I found 4000 more friends.  

My hope for more money,  has been changed to loving the grown-up discussions,  fun,  and friendships I have along the way.  

I’m thinking I’m not alone here,  when I say  “it’s so nice to talk to others who can speak sentences longer than 3 words,  understand what I’m saying,  and are taller than preschool size”. My daily life usually revolves around 16 three to five year olds,  and then coming home to my 4 and 7 year old.  Adult conversation is nice.  

Pampered Chef has giving me more goals.  They have inspired me to challenge myself to want to be better.  It’s an individual sport.  You only need to compare your numbers to yourself.  “Am I making improvements in myself and my business?”  “Am I rocking this?”  “Am I getting what I need from this?” This picture below shows my name tag from this year.  My goals for next year include having a ribbon that reads advanced director.  Let’s do it!

My goals for achieving this must be remembering what it is all about.  Creating one meal at a time and one memory at a time.  Helping the people I meet and already know learn tips for easy recipes and keeping it simple in the kitchen! Helping others know they are not alone.  

click here for this Pampered Chef recipe

Who should have a party? Everyone! Why? Well it depends on the individual’s why.  Food? Friends? Fun? Free? 

Who should have Pampered Chef in their lives? Everyone! Why? It depends? Food? Friends? Fun? Free?

I want us all to find our why.  Is it our kids? Family? Money? I had such a blast at the conference and learned more than I can implement in a week,  but I’m making a plan and am so excited! 

Let’s get Together.  

Does Pampered Chef need You? Or do You need PC?

Becky

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August… The swear word!

If you are a teacher, you’ll understand my title! You’ll understand how I do not want to turn the page on my calendar! Yesterday, someone said “school is starting soon!” I yelled at them to stop saying swear words! Bahaha!!  Even though I’m getting refreshed, taking time to drink my coffee, going to the bathroom whenever I please, it is hard to think it’s time to go back to work. But in the same thought, I can’t wait to get back! I do love seeing all the kids. I love creating a room inviting and ready for kids to learn.

AUGUST!!

August, a swear word. The word some parents are excited to hear, knowing their children will be going back to class. The word some parents cry hearing, knowing their first or their last baby will be going off to school. The word when stores go crazy filling every aisle with stuff they think all kids need (hint… They don’t need fidget spinners!).

AUGUST!!

August, a swear word. The word that gets all teachers’ fingers cramping from Pinterest searching or TPT searching. The word that spouses cringe at, knowing their bank accounts will be dwindling with every pack of crayons brought into the house (or sometimes hidden in the backs of cars!) The word that gets all kids jumping and excited to play more games and sports, then thinking about all the NEW Stuff they get, and their friends they will soon see!

AUGUST!!

August, a swear word. When trying to school supply shop, and the realization sets in that it is too late. All the folders in the required colors are gone. The suggested pencils are gone.  Your child’s tears start, because their beloved character is no longer available on a lunch box. It’s also not available on the backpack either. Worst parent award is coming in the mail soon, nominated by your child!

AUGUST!!!

August, a swear word. Are there enough lunches and dinners planned? Have the dinners been prepped and frozen? Are the bus schedules correct? Are the supplies correctly labeled? Are the uniforms or school clothes ready? Or if not, have you at least done the style show to see if last year’s clothes still fit?

AUGUST!!

 

Try not to swear too much this year, especially in front of teachers!

PS… Never tell a teacher they didn’t work all summer. The teacher brain never turns off. They never stop thinking of ideas for next year.  Many get second, or third jobs, since many teaching jobs don’t pay the big bucks.  If you’re able, find a classroom and make a donation. Speaking for all teachers, they will be so appreciative!!

Happy August!! Ahhh, I just swore!!!!

-Becky

Gift cards for the teacher are also a great idea to start the year right! LOL!  Here is an affiliate link that will give me a little extra, but not be any extra on your end!