Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to Blogging....Back to School!

It's Back to Blogging Time

It has been a little over two years since I wrote any new material on this blog.  I am picking back up the blogging pen once again, however, my life is a bit different now.

I am no longer homeschooling but I am planning on keeping the homeschooling resources here and will be working in the coming weeks to make sure that all the links are working and will be finding new links to add as well.

I am no longer a stay at home mom, I went back into the workforce last school year after being home for 19 years and returned to the classroom as a kindergarten paraprofessional. I love my new job working at a school that is inner city and has lots of "at risk" kids that attend the school.  I am planning on posts regarding my experiences at my job along with balancing the job and family life.

I love to share recipes and bargains, so meal plans and local specials will still make appearances on here as well.  I also will be putting more posts of how my family of seven is living on a budget with having two incomes now.

I love to share about my kids and things that they are doing and experiencing as well.  I will be adding some family posts to the blogging schedule as well.

It's Back to School Time

My five kids are growing and it is hard to believe that in 3 short weeks the school year will be in full throttle!  I am so happy that I made the decision to close my homeschooling books and send my kids to school.  All of them are thriving and enjoying their experiences.

My 19 yo is a sophomore at Purdue University studying Mechanical Engineering. My almost 17 yo is a senior at the local high school and is starting the college application process.  My almost 15 yo is a sophomore at the local high school and he loves his Robotics group.  My 8 yo who is actually the "baby" of the family will be going into third grade this year.  My 11 yo is going into sixth grade this year and growing up into a lovely young lady.

I am starting my second year as a kindergarten paraprofessional.  It certainly has been exciting getting back into a classroom. I love interacting with the kindergartners and getting into their world. It definitely has been a balancing act of working outside of the home and working at home.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
Ingredients needed to make cake (usually eggs, oil and water)
2 (4 oz.)packages of Instant Oreo pudding
4 cups milk (2% or higher)
Crushed Oreo Cookies (optional)

Make cake mix according to directions and bake in a well-greased 9x13 pan (I use the nonstick spray that has flour in it).

Just before cake is done, start making pudding. 
In a medium bowl, add milk to pudding mixture and continue to whisk until most of the lumps are removed. 
Let pudding mixture sit for about 2 minutes. 
You want it to thicken slightly so it isn't overly runny but not fully thickened into pudding.

When cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over cake (about 1-inch) intervals
 using a wooden spoon handle or a straw. 

Pour pudding mixture over warm cake, making sure to aim for the holes.

Spread it out with a spoon and gently push down on the pudding to help get it into the holes.
Then put the cake in the refrigerator to allow it to cool completely. About an hour.

Once it is set, top with crushed Oreo cookies
Keep cake refrigerated

Cook’s Note: Also, feel free to add whipped topping (Cool Whip) onto the top of the pudding later once the cake has cooled. Then top with crushed cookies.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is March 1, 2013, it is a reading event to celebrate Reading and Dr. Suess' birthday(March 2nd)!!! This event is held on the first Monday of March every year. Celebrate the joy of reading by reading for the day!

Usually on this day, there are places where local authors will come for a "meet and greet" or for a "book talk" . Check out your local library or bookstore for events that might be happening that you and your kids can enjoy!

If you want to just stay at home and celebrate the day are some sites to visit for some ideas....

Reading Rockets

Education World's Lesson Plans and Activities

Reading Activities

List of Books by State --book titles relate to the 50 states. You also can find quizzes for these books at Book Adventure. Book Adventure is free, just sign up and get access to over 7,000 book titles, and you can do multiple choice quizzes on the books that are read!

Article with Resources

List of Dr. Suess activities

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reading Book Lists

Salt Lake City Library's Children Page links to book lists, all about authors, awards, books in a series and more.

Children's Book Council

Book Adventure --along with lists of books there is quizzes that kids can take on the books.

Birchwood Elementary School's library recommended reading --reading lists by grade levels

Book Nuts Reading Club Reading Lists

PPS Leveled Books Lists

1000 Good Books List

The Best Kids Book Site --book lists plus more activities

Carol Hurst' Children's Literature Site --collection of book reviews for kids and more

Children's Literature Web Guide

Teacher's and Families Reading Ideas -- reading lists by grade levels, along with a reading theme section for middle and high school students.  There is also a "lifetime reading list" link with a list of books that one should read at least once in their lifetime. Ultimate Reading List -- over 400 titles of young adult to adult books that should be enjoyed by teens. List is compiled alphabetically and in a downloadable PDF file

**updated list with additional links added!