Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
My daughter finished Kindergarten this Spring and her teacher advised us to work on sight words every day this summer so she doesn't forget everything. We prefer to spend our time outdoors playing in the sunshine, so this seems a little daunting. However, I know it's important, especially since we will be moving to a new school next Fall, so I made a list of all the fun ways we have worked on letters in the past. I hope this will help you this summer too!
- Egg Hunt for Letters and Sight Words - Write words or letters on small pieces of paper and leave place them in eggs for a fun hunt!
- Make Letters with this Easy Home-made Play-Dough
- Write letters to friends or family or create a Pen-Pal
- Matching Game - Write letters on several different sheets of paper. Use Play-Dough to create shapes and then ask your child to match each shape to the correct letter. Such as matching "Star" to "S". Have your child physically place each shape on the correct letter.
- ABC Activity Using Dot Markers
- Rock Letters
- Hunting in sand for letters
- Using glue and Christmas sprinkles for fun sensory letters and words
- Letters with Home-Made Puff Paint
- Play Bingo, either by making your own, or buy this cheap one from Amazon!
- Play Scrabble Junior - It's a lot more fun than than we thought it would be!
- Do "Homework". Make letters on a page and have them circle each letter as you say it (This works especially well if kids have an older sibling and you can tell them they are doing "homework")
- Cut out objects from a magazine and spread them on the table. Tell your child to pick out every object that start with "s", and so on.
- Letter Tree - Make a large tree and make sight words on "leaves". Have your child glue the sight words to the tree and let them hang it in their room so they can see it often.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
2 or 3 Large Zucchini
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
4 slices Turkey Bacon (or regular, your choice)
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
1. Set oven to 400
2. Cut zucchini in half and scoop out zucchini flesh. I have tried this several ways. I tried using a melon-baller. I tried using a spoon. The best and fastest way is to use a steak knife and carefully cut out the flesh. Every other way is just too slow for me.
3. Cook the bacon (I prefer microwave)
4. Chop the flesh and place the shells into a 9x13 Pyrex, sprayed with Pam
5. Melt the butter and add the zucchini. Cook for 3-5 minutes and add onions.
6. Continue cooking for another few minutes, until tender.
7. Meanwhile, cut up the bacon and tomato
8. Add the bacon and tomato to the pan and cook for 1 minute
9. Pour all ingredients in a bowl, along with bread crumbs, cheese, and a dash of cayenne pepper for a little extra zing (we like things spicy)
10. Fill zucchini shells and cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Tip: You can prepare this early in the day and cover with foil until you are ready to cook. I paired this with pork tenderloin and it was a great meal!
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