Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles

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We had these Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles for dinner.  They are scrumptious. Waffles 1 3/4 c. flour 1 T. baking powder 1/2 t. salt 2 eggs 1 3/4 c. milk 1/2 c. cooking oil Dump all the ingredients into a bowl, mix the batter with a hand mixer until the lumps are gone. Then pour the batter onto a hot waffle iron and cook for a few minutes until the waffle is brown. Cream Cheese Topping This is basically cream cheese frosting. 8 oz. cream cheese 3 T. milk 1 t. vanilla 1 – 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar Mix the cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and 1 c. powdered sugar in a bowl.  Add more powdered sugar until the consistency is what you like. Strawberry Syrup 2 c. sugar 1 c. strawberries, fresh or frozen 1/4 c. water Put all ingredients in a sauce pan.  Cook on high on a … Keep on reading

Europe Art Project

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Here is a simple Europe art project you can do with young students who are learning the continents. Start by printing out the Europe Outline Map. Then choose two sets of colors in marker, one set for the water and one set for the continent.  The specific colors don’t matter, but the water should contrast with the continent so it shows up.  You will want to talk to kids about colors that will look nice together at this point.  You can talk about color families and use the color wheel to show them complimentary colors. Then the kids will trace along the outline of the continent using their colors in a pattern.  The pattern for our continent was red, orange, yellow, red, orange, yellow . . . Keep tracing until all the white space is filled.  Younger kids, preschool, K, and 1st can do fewer lines and leave lots more … Keep on reading

The Legend of Horatius at the Bridge

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This activity has kids making printable Roman helmets, completing a coloring sheet, and memorizing a stanza of Horatius at the Bridge by Thomas Babbington.  We’ll start with the story. The Legend of Horatius at the Bridge In 509 BC the army of King Clusium marched on the city of Rome.  The Romans were outclassed and outnumbered and they knew it.  But they went forth from the city gates across the bridge and over the river Tiber to do battle nonetheless.  They fought bravely for hours, but then two leaders of the army were wounded grievously and carried from the field of battle.  When the soldiers saw this their hearts quailed and they broke ranks and fled back toward the bridge which would bring them to the safety of the city walls. The ranks of King Clusium followed in pursuit.  The mob at the bridge had slowed to  a trickle and … Keep on reading

Beef and Bean Roll-ups

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My mom used to make these Beef and Bean Roll-ups when we were kids.  The other day I rediscovered this recipe in the recipe book Mom made for her kids about 15 years ago.  I made them for my kids.  They’re still as good as I remember. Bread Dough You can make the dough from scratch or you can use canned biscuit dough.  The from scratch version is better though because it includes molasses which gives an amazing taste.  Here’s how to make it from scratch. 2 c. flour 2 t. baking powder 1/2 t. salt 1/4 c. butter 1/2 c. milk 1/4 c. molasses Combine the flour with the baking powder and salt.  Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly.  Add milk and molasses.  Stir just until the dough clings together.  Knead dough a few times on a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough … Keep on reading

Ancient Rome and the Legend of the Capitoline Geese

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This legend, which is at least true in the basic details, took place in 387 BC after Rome became a Republic but before it became an Empire.  We’ll tell the legend of the Capitoline Geese, which you can tell to the kids.  Then we’ll print the story, with four panels which the kids have to put in the proper order.  The kids can then can color and make the legend into a book. The Legend of the Capitoline Geese There is a legend that in the year 387 BC the Gauls crossed the Alps and entered the Italian Peninsula.  They came searching for new land for their people and of course the wealth of the fertile north of Italy.  By that year the Roman Republic was well established and the Romans had conquered or made treaties with enough of their neighbors that they were growing powerful. The Gauls heard about … Keep on reading

Teaching Preschoolers To Write

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Teaching preschoolers to write should be fun.  There’s a lot that has to happen before they are going to be off to the races and forming letters on their own though.  Toddlers and pre-schoolers aren’t developmentally ready to write solo yet, but they do all kinds of things that prepare them for the writing they will do later on.  Physical writing control comes in stages: scribbling vertical strokes horizontal strokes circular motions following pathways tracing paths independent formation of shapes, figures, letters, and more Sometimes we try to hurry kids through these because everything before the actual writing just feels like scribbling to grown-ups.  Moms I’ve talked to spend a lot of time worrying about their kids reaching that next milestone, whether it be in potty training or writing their first letters.  Why are we in such a big hurry for kids to grow up? Relax, moms.  Relax.  Let them … Keep on reading

Valentine’s Table Runner

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We love holidays.  No two ways about that.  For each one that comes along, we craft, we cook, and we party.  We have great family holiday traditions that have helped us grow close as a family and create awesome memories.  One of our traditions is to have a family Valentine’s dinner.  My husband and I make room for lots of date nights and couple time, but on Valentine’s Day it’s a whole family affair.  We exchange Valentine’s we’ve made, have a fancy dinner, and just share the love around.  I’ve been planning our theme dinner for this year, but I asked my girls to pitch in and come up with a cute table runner for a centerpiece.  They put their heads together and crafted this: For our dinner we’ll put a red tablecloth under it and have pink, white, and red dishes too.  I love how it turned out. Instructions … Keep on reading

Valentine’s Heart Wreath

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This Valentine’s heart wreath makes a really cute homemade Valentine’s decoration.  We made ours for our Great Grandma Nell, so she’d have a special Valentine from her great grandkids.  It’s simple to make. You need: colored card stock (we used light pink, hot pink, red, and white) scissors glue a hole punch ribbon markers Heart Wreath Instructions: Start by free hand cutting ten hearts, about 2-3 inches tall.  We cut out one that we liked the shape of, then used it as a guide as we cut out the others so they’d all be identical. Arrange the hearts in a wreath pattern with the points facing inward and glue them together.  You can reference the sun pattern that is formed in the middle to help you get them even and properly angled.  Let it dry. Then use a hole punch to make a small hole at the center of the heart … Keep on reading

I Love You Valentine’s Drink

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Every year for Valentine’s Day we have a family dinner to celebrate how much we love each other.  We all pass out the Valentine cards we made for each other, and I plan a special menu.  We decorate the table in pink, red, and hearts galore.  I’m still working out my menu for this year, but I’ve got my drink plans all ready, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s an “I Love You” Valentine’s drink.  I made it by cutting out a simple heart shape freehand, then just using a hole punch to make a little hole in the middle for the straw to go through.  I bought a package of pink and white paper straws from Wal-Mart for less than a dollar. On my test run drink I just wrote “I love you,” but for our dinner I’m going to customize the heart on each drink. … Keep on reading

Layers of Learning Unit 3-10

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History: Russia & Prussia Geography: Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan) Science: History of Science Art: Watercolors Description In this unit you can play games that Russian children have been playing for centuries, make a cosmonaut craft of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, craft a lapbook of the history of science, and try your hand at some real watercolor painting projects.  There are dozens of projects to choose from in Unit 3-10. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips. Printable maps and worksheets are included at the end of each unit and may be printed as often as needed for your family or class. 58 pgs, full color