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Wednesday
Nov172010

Weekly Scripture Memorization - Using Our Box



Last week I blogged about making our Charlotte Mason scripture memorization box. I've been very pleased with how it has worked out, and I'd like to link up with Mom's Mustard Seeds again this week to share our daily verse of the week. In this scripture memorization system there is one tab in the the file box that says "daily".... and we say this verse each day (in addition to three other verses which vary each day).

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

Wow - what a short verse! What a powerful verse, though - and how often are we not STILL when it comes to knowing God? My children and I have been talking about that this week and it's been an interesting conversation. I really hope you try out the Charlotte Mason system of Bible verse memorization. I know you will love it!
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Wednesday
Nov172010

Wednesday - What's for BREAKFAST? From a Cute Cook Book for Kids

I know I usually do a dinner recipe post on Wednesdays, but last night my daughter came to me with a cookbook and a recipe she wants to try for breakfast this morning. My husband bought her this cookbook at a book fair when she was in a three year old class at preschool, and she has used it so much - and I love that she is nine and still pulls it out for ideas!

The Strawberry Shortcake Berry Yummy Cookbook really a has a lot of very good recipes in it, and since it is for kids they are simple! Her favorite recipes are Smiley Face Pizzas (Bagel Pizzas), Fruit Ka-Bobs, and Huckleberry's Hashbrown Bake. The whole cookbook would be a cute cooking curriculum for little ones because it talks about nutrition, food groups, and simple cooking techniques. The list of cooking terms in the front has been a good reference for my daughter.

On to the recipe:

Strawberry Shortcake's Favorite French Toast

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 teaspoons butter
8 slices bread

SUPPLIES:
Large bowl
Measuring cups and spoons
Whisk
Baking pan or casserole dish
Frying Pan
Spatula

1. In the large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
2. Pour the egg mixture into the baking pan or casserole dish.
3. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
4. Dip a piece of bread into the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
5. Place the bread in the frying pan. Fry the bread on each side until it is golden-brown (about 2-3 minutes). Repeat for each piece of French toast.
6. Serve with butter and syrup or powdered sugar.

ENJOY!

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Do You Know Silly Tilly?




When I searched through my books for Thanksgiving activities, I came upon this wonderful little story, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner. It's one of those books that I fondly remember from several years ago when my daughter was first learning to read. Tilly is such an endearing little mole. She is so forgetful, and her antics in the book really make children smile. She forgets to send out the Thanksgiving invitations (sending recipe cards instead because her glasses are foggy!), and when Thanksgiving arrives (and she hasn't cooked anything) she thinks no one will show up. Instead, everyone shows up with their recipe in hand and it's a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I read the book to my five year old this morning, and then I let him read it to me when I had finished. There are so many opportunities to be EXPRESSIVE in this book. My little guy had fun acting out each character's part. The cast includes Silly Tilly, Mrs. Squirrel, Mr. Woodchuck, Mr. Chipmunk, Mr. Rabbit, Mrs. Fieldmouse, and Mr. Turkey (who is not eaten, but brings along his special corn for popping).

To my delight, we found a song that goes with the story. I sang it to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush":

Here we go over to Silly Tilly's,
Silly Tilly's, Silly Tilly's,
Here we go over to Silly Tilly's,
On Thanksgiving Day.

Mrs. Squirrel brought acorn jam,
Acorn jam, acorn jam,
Mrs. Squirrel brought acorn jam,
On Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Woodchuck brought nut cake,
Brought nut cake, brought nut cake,
Mr. Woodchuck brought nut cake,
On Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Chipmunk brought cranberry stew,
Cranberry stew, cranberry stew,
Mr. Chipmunk brought cranberry stew,
On Thanksgiving Day.

Mrs. Fieldmouse brought oat bran pudding,
Oat bran pudding, oat bran pudding,
Mrs. Fieldmouse brought oat bran pudding,
On Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Bunny brought potato pie,
Potato pie, potato pie,
Mr. Bunny brought potato pie,
On Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Turkey brought corn to pop,
Corn to pop, corn to pop,
Mr. Turkey brought corn to pop,
On Thanksgiving Day.

It was the very best Thanksgiving,
Best Thanksgiving, best Thanksgiving,
It was the very best Thanksgiving
The animals had ever had!

Tomorrow if I have time I'd like to copy some pages of the book, let my little guy cut out the characters and make puppets so we can sing the song with the puppets in our puppet theater. Doesn't that sound like fun?


This post is linked to Teach Me Tuesday over at Bokros Kind of Life - check out what other teaching is going on today!

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