Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kindergarten with Crew-Workbox 4

Workbox 4…..Calendar & Saxon Math

Some parts of our calendar have evolved through the year, while others have remained the same.  Many thanks to two wonderful homeschooling Moms that share so much with all of us newbies….. Confessions of a Homeschooler & Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations


Since we don’t have a separate schooling room our wall space is limited.  I use both sides of this easel.  One side is used for calendar activities and the other has hooks and chart paper when needed.  It works wonderfully!









This is a do it yourself calendar from Lakeshore.  We love it!  It will be a great keepsake to see how his drawings have come along throughout the year.

Saxon Math

I hear many different opinions about Saxon.  We have really liked it.  It has been very hands on, thorough and just the right challenge for Crew.


Calendar work, patterning, coins, etc.  Just a quick daily review =)


This was our lesson today.  Crew was learning about gallons, liters, quarts and cups.




Workbox 5…….Independent Saxon Math Practice

Crew has a workbook that he does one page out of each day we do a math lesson.  It is simply a review of the lesson we completed as well as some spiral review.  He completes the front side for Workbox 5 and the back usually when I am preparing dinner.  I have had other Moms ask if it is too much, but Crew is done with each side in about 5 minutes. 

We are sticking to Saxon next year because he loves it and is soaking it up like a sponge!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


A few ways to celebrate…..


Yes, more coffee filter art =)  I just cut out shamrocks and the kiddos enjoyed using green and silver liquid water colors with droppers!


We also enjoyed some great activities like Shamrock Patters & Lucky Charms Graphs from   What the Teacher Wants - St. Patrick’s Activities.(Thank you, thank you I love not having to reinvent the wheel =) She has tons of other great activities and ideas too!)


Foot prints and rainbows to lure the leprechaun……


He left a message and a mess the next morning!


Did you know leprechauns have green pee?


And for me????  A start to the race season with friends.  A lucky 7K!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Yummy Chicken Tortilla Soup….Easy (Crockpot)!



What you need….

  • 32 oz. Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 14oz. Can Mexican Style Stewed Tomatoes
  • 3 c. Shredded Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 1 14oz. Can Black Beans
  • 1 Small Can Green Chili Peppers
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (really any color) Chopped
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 1 tsp. Chili Pepper
  • 1tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1tsp. Cumin


What to do…..

  1. Cook and shred chicken.
  2. Mince garlic.
  3. Chop bell pepper and onion.
  4. Add all ingredients to crockpot. Cook on low 6-7 hours or 3-4 hours on high.

We add shredded cheese, avocado and crushed tortilla chips.  The kiddos love adding these ingredients themselves to their bowls, especially crushing the chips =)



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kindergarten with Crew–Workbox 3

Workbox 3……Let’s get cozy on the couch with a good book!


We are currently reading Little House in the Big Woods. Here are some great booklists by age….

Do you have any booklists you love?  Please share!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Happy Birthday Theodore Seuss Gisel!  We spent time learning about Dr. Seuss, soaking in his books and enjoying a few crafts.


Books, books and more books!


Cat in the Hat!



Adding our own letters beyond “Z”……



A directed draw…..


They always amaze me!




Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Must Share Veggie & Sausage Quiche

When one says eggs, most people think breakfast.  Well, I was not prepared for my week to say the least.  With sickness in the house, it threw everything off schedule including my grocery shopping trip.  So it is 5pm and I am going from the refrigerator to the pantry with a blank stare.  Ahhhh!!! What’s for dinner????  Well, breakfast for dinner of course because it’s quick and easy.  I ran across a recipe I thought I would try and now I MUST share.  This was a hit!  The original recipe can be found here Mini Mushroom & Sausage Quiches  Yes, I changed the name because I think you could throw in many different kinds of veggies =)
Makes 1 dozen mini quiches
  • organic (local if poss) bacon or sausage 
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese (I used Monterey Jack, but whatever you have!)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 eggs (local farm fresh if possible)
  • 1 cup organic whole milk
* I really think you could add many other types of veggies.  Spinach sounds great!
On the Side
  • 1 Avocado (Optional on the side)
  • 2 Mangos or any kind of fruit (Optional on the side)
  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat a nonstick muffin tin generously with cooking spray (see Tip).
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Add oil to the pan. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in scallions, cheese and pepper.
  3. Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup.
  4. Bake until the tops are just beginning to brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place a rack on top of the pan, flip it over and turn the quiches out onto the rack. Turn upright and let cool completely.
Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • A good-quality nonstick muffin tin works best for this recipe. If you don't have one, line a regular muffin tin with foil baking cups.
Crew and Goose always think it is so fun to have breakfast for dinner.  Goose devoured 3 of these muffin sized quiches and Crew says it’s a “Do Over”!  I love finding great new recipes to mix things up.
I plan on making a batch for breakfast tomorrow and freezing some for the week. 
Please, please share your favorite family recipe!