Saturday, August 9, 2008

2008-2009 Curriculum

After taking the time to share what I am doing with my daughter this year. I thought I would take the time to share what I am going to be using and doing with my 3 older boys.

I have added in a few new items to our learning this year. Word of the Day and Music are new to us. For Music, we will be doing it altogether and will be working on it one or two days per week. The Word of the Day is going to be worked into our daily work and used as part of our copy work exercises for the day.

My oldest son is pretty much a self-learner so he will be doing most of his year on his own with minimum effort from me. I chose what he will be learning along with scheduling it out and he does the work. My other two are so close in age, abilities, and learning styles that I try to work with them together on most things.

History and Science texts are used more as a study guide because we do more Unit Studies and Lapbooks for those subjects. I am still working on age appropriate book lists for all three of them and I will post at a later date.

Also we will be doing Art(weekly) and PE(daily), however, I didn't list them because we do these things altogether and as time allows for them.

#1 son--Grade 7:

**Bible Class Books
**list of Scripture to memorize
**Character Building
**Christian History
**Finish Grade 8th Math
**Consumers’ Math
**Word of the Day
**Journal Writing
**Fundamentals of Literature--BJU
**Poets Study
**Select Reading List—Book Reports and Comprehension Questions
**Spelling Connections Grade 7
**Spelling Connections Games
**Donna Young's Penmanship
**Earth Science
**World Cultures
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes

#2 son--Grade 5:

**Character Building
**BJU Math Grade 5
**Scott Foresman Grade 5
**Journal Writing
**Word of the Day
**BJU Reading Grade 5
** Select Reading List—Book Reports and Comprehension Questions
**Spelling Connections Grade 5
**Spelling Connections Games
**Cursive--Handwriting for Kids
**Home Education Resources--Cursive
**Donna Young's Penmanship
**Investigating God’s World—Grade 5
**Abeka New World Geography
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes

#3 son--Grade 3:

**Character Building
**Finish LifePac Math Grade 3
**BJU Math Grade 3 or 4
**Scott Foresman Grade 3
**Journal Writing
**BJU Reading Grade 3
** Select Reading List—Book Reports and Comprehension Questions
**Spelling Connections Grade 3
**Spelling Connections Games
**Home Education Resources--Cursive
**Cursive--Handwriting for Kids
**Donna Young's Penmanship
**Understanding God’s World—Grade 4
**BJU Heritage Studies Grade 3/4
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes

Join others sharing about their homeschooling adventures over at Happy To Be At Home!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Weekly Grocery Trip--$99.75

Along with grocery shopping this week, I also went to my favorite thrift store and found some good finds!!

I wasn't going to do any shopping this week but I saw that there was some good deals that I just couldn't pass up! I also was able to redeem my raincheck for Warm Delights at Meijer this week! Those will definitely be something nice to use as part of a "stay at home date night" for hubby and me!

So here are my deals, despite no pics this week!

First stop, Meijer(read about this week's deals here!).....

  • 7 Warm Delights $7.00 with raincheck minus $2.10 in coupons =$4.90 or 70 cents each!!

  • 6 bags Freshlike frozen veggies $6.00
  • 4 boxes Banquet Brown N Serve Sausage links $4.00
  • 1 bag baby carrots--11th item free!

  • 3 bags baby carrots $3.00
  • 4 boxes fruit snacks $4.00
  • 4 Pizza Lunchmakers $3.00 (11th item free!!)

  • 2 Aunt Millies Hamburg Buns $2.00
  • 2 boxes Stove Top Stuffing $2.00
  • 3 loaves Aunt Millies Bread $3.00
  • 1 Pillsbury Frosting $1.00 minus 40 cent coupon =60 cents!!
  • and if I would have been calculating better on the 10 for $10 get 11th free I would have gotten 3 more items off the sale to complete a 3rd group!! However, I was following my coupons and end total more than the groupings! Two weeks ago, I was one item short!! One of these time with this sale I will get it right!!!

  • 2 gallons milk $5.54
  • 2 bags potato chips $3.79 (b1g1)
  • 2 boxes Jimmy Dean sausage $3.99 (b1g1)
  • 3 cans orange juice $5.00
  • 2 bags Heath Baking Bits $3.34
  • 1 Lunchable Junior $1.67 minus 55 cent coupon =$1.12 or 56 cents/pack!!
  • 6 pkgs Pillsbury ready to bake cookies $12.00 minus $3.00 in coupons = $9.00 or $1.50 each!!!
  • 2 bags Ore-Ida Hash browns $4.67
  • 2 cans beef broth $2.30
  • 3 bottles Juicy Juice $6.75 minus $2.50 in coupons = $4.25 or $1.42 each!!
  • 1-25.4 oz bottle Pert Shampoo $2.99 minus $3.00 coupon = 1 cent OVERAGE!!!
  • 2 bottles Pert Shampoo $5.00 ***looking at my receipt it appears that the $2.00 off coupon that I gave the cashier for this item did NOT get taken off my bill!!! UGH!! I gotta go back to handing them in groups again or watching them closely rather than putting my groceries in my cart!!***
Total $80.02
Savings Total $70.87 (Meijer promotions $2.00; Non Coupon Savings $56.37; Coupon Savings $12.50)

Next Stop....Family Fare

  • 2 gallons Hawaiian Punch $4.67
  • 1.35lbs yellow summer squash $1.19 (88 cents/lb)
  • 2 jars Smuckers grape jam $3.00
  • 3 lbs unsalted butter $5.31 or $1.77/lb
  • 9 lbs quick frozen chicken breasts $16.11 or $1.79/lb
  • 2-2 liter 7-up products $1.76 or 88 cents each!!
  • 1-2 liter Sierra Mist $1.00
  • 2.84 lbs bananas $1.68 (59 cents/lb)

Total $35.02
Savings Total $28.88

Grand Total $214.79
Grand Total OOP $115.04
Grand Total Savings $99.75

Want to take some time and read about others' savings this week???!!! Head over to BeCentsAble's Centsable Shopper Show N Tell!!!

Friday Afternoon Snack

Instead of the usual fair of crackers and cheese I decided to make up some of Joy's Chocolate Chip Muffins!!

Not only did I go against the usual snack but I was a bit adventurous in my endeavor!!! Usually when trying a new to me recipe, I just do up a single batch to try the goodness rather than do up a twice as much for just a few or no one to eat and hence the food goodness gets wasted. However, knowing how my family loves anything chocolate and they also like muffins, I decided to make a double batch of them rather than just a single batch!

I also did not follow the recipe exactly!! I switched a few ingredients.

Here is her recipe....
1 3/4 cups white flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together, except for chocolate chips. After it’s mixed, stir in the chocolate chips. Fill greased muffin tin (or paper muffin cups) and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. These muffins can also be frozen and reheated in the microwave or oven.
Makes 12 muffins

UPDATE: I recently made this recipe using 1/2 cup applesauce (all I had on hand was sweetened applesauce) in place of the oil. I didn’t tell my kids I had made that change until after they ate them. Imagine my surprise when (before I told them of the substitution) all three commented that those muffins were the best I’d ever made! So now I always make this recipe with applesauce because my kids specifically ask for them that way.

NOW here is the way I did them....

3 cups white flour
1 cup ww flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup veggie oil
3/4 cup applesauce(I had sweetened applesauce opened so I used that)
2 eggs
1-12oz bag semisweet chocolate chips(approx. 2 cups)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together, except for chocolate chips. After it’s mixed, stir in the chocolate chips. Let it set for about 5 minutes. Fill paper muffin cups(or greased muffin tins) and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. These muffins can also be frozen and reheated in the microwave or oven. Makes 24 muffins.

These muffins turned out soooo moist and good!!! Instead of using cinnamon, I used vanilla and so the muffins really taste like a chewy, moist chocolate chip cookie!!! I have gotta use some self control because I don't think just one is going to be enough!! Needless to say, my adventure was successful!! These will definitely be made again!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thrift Store Finds!!!

This past Sunday driving to church I saw that my favorite local thrift store(not Goodwill!) was going to be having a sale this week on clothing! The sign read "ALL CLOTHING Buy 1 Get 2 FREE"!!!!! Sooooo I kept telling myself all week that I needed to get in there!! Well the store isn't open on Sundays, and they close early so waiting til after dinner when hubby is home is out of the question. So I finally just went today! I left my kids with 12yo son in charge, and 21mo sleeping and trekked over there to see what they might have on their racks. As usual, I was not disappointed and I walked away with a bag full of clothes for $14.84(including tax)!!!!

I got myself a Paradise Bay navy skirt, and 2 pairs of Studio Works shorts(tan and black) for $4.00!!!
I got my oldest son 2 pairs of boxer shorts(uses for pjs), a swimsuit, a pair of cotton shorts, and a pair of Land's End quick dry nylon shorts. Also in the picture is a pair of shorts with the Detroit Tigers logo on them for son #2. I got all 6 pairs of shorts for $4.00!!!
I couldn't leave the store without looking for things for my only daughter!! I purchased 2 pairs of shorts, a navy skort, 3 pairs of knit pants, a pair of navy dress pants, a pair of dressy sweatpants and a pink flower short sleeve shirt. All of it was for $6.00!!!!

My daughter will have to grow into a couple pairs of the pants. The Land's End nylon shorts are too big around for my oldest son so those either will get passed on to someone else or I will hang on to them for ones coming up behind him.
I love being able to get clothes that look decent and are in style for a fraction of the price they would be new!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book Review---Homeschooling at the Speed of Life

I have just taken the last few days and read thru Marilyn Rockett's new book, Homeschooling at the Speed of Life. It is an easy read but it is stuffed FULL of encouragement and help for a weary Mom who thinks that having a perfect house and "perfect" educated kids at the same time is an attainable goal. It is an attainable goal with functional neatness, an FSharp filing system and SOS days(Salvage our Sanity)!! (read the book to find out more!)

Marilyn gives practical advice along with Biblical guidance to help Moms get organized to get things done so that they can enjoy their families. She lets you know how to earn your “PhD” (Praying for Help Daily!) for life!

She takes the time to lay a foundation of organizational principles and then goes on in the following chapters in giving steps to develop a peaceful well organized home. A home where training children life skills, keeping the paper clutter to a minimum, family life, and regular record keeping are possible without having to be a “SuperMom”! One might even be able to be hospitable and enjoy the company of others in their home without feeling embarrassed over the state of their house.

At the end of each of the 10 chapters, Marilyn makes you stop and think and evaluate your life. She asks questions to guide you in helping you apply the encouragement that she presented in the chapter. She also gives you Bible references to look up, mediate on, and then pray to ask God for help in those areas where you need it. She also makes it very clear that balancing everything can only be done with God’s strength and not just your own.

The book comes with a CD full of useful organizational tools (forms) for you to use to help get organized and able to achieve your goals of homeschooling and keeping an orderly home.

I am definitely recommending this book to other moms who ask me how I manage homeschooling along with the rest of life. Or for those moms who are just starting out on the homeschooling journey, who need the reassurance that you can homeschool and keep up with everyday details at home with the key of balance.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Kitchen Tips--Snacks

We are getting closer to the start of school!! Actually I have read of some kids going back already!! Last week, I gave a list of packable lunches so this week I want to give you some healthy (or not so healthy) packable snacks. The list below is all the different snacks that I rotate thru in my snack baskets. I keep a "snack basket" in my cupboard and I use veggie drawers in my fridge for those snacks that need to keep cool!

I plan my snacks for each day that way it is easier to keep track of what is being consumed and I know what types of things I need to replenish on my baking days. When I do up my homemade goodies, I take the time to individually wrap them so they are ready for an easy grab.

Chewy Granola Bars
3 cups oats
1 cup flour
1 t. baking soda
2 t. vanilla
2/3 cup butter, softened
½ cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips or M&Ms
Optional: raisins, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts

In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, and baking soda. In another bowl, combine vanilla, butter, honey, and brown sugar; add to oat mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Lightly press mixture into the pan with the back of your spoon. Bake at 325 for 22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving


Cake (like Chocolate Chip Cake or Surprise Cupcakes or Jello Cake)


Toast with PB

Cinnamon Toast(toast a slice of bread, butter it, sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on it)

Homemade Trail Mix(usually sunflower seeds, cheerios, peanuts, M&Ms, goldfish, pretzels)

Mini Sandwiches(PB, tuna, cheese, chicken) sometimes I make dinner rolls or get some brown and serve rolls from the store and then slice them for them to grab to make a quick snack sandwich.

Homemade "Almost Nutri-Grain" Bars(in Miserly Meals)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup apple juice
10 oz. jam (apricot, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, or apple butter)
1 T. water

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the oil, egg, vanilla, and apple juice, and mix with a spoon or a mixer. Press 2/3 of the mix evenly into a greased 8x12 pan. Mix the jam with the water, and spread evenly over the mix. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top, and bake at 325° for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Before cutting, cool completely.





Homemade Soft Pretzels

Cheese and Crackers(use a variety of snack crackers and cheese)

Graham crackers (variety of flavors)

Homemade Donuts

Cheese Crackers(like goldfish or cheez its)

Crackers with PB(either using Ritz or Saltines)

Cookies(PB, Oatmeal, Monster, Snickerdoodles, Sugar, Chocolate Crinkles, Chocolate chip, Oatmeal Scotchies, M&M)

Brownie Bites(done in mini muffin pan)

Coffee cakes (Jewish Coffee Cake)

Cinnamon rolls

Pizza Sticks(homemade pizza cut into strips)

Muffins (banana, pumpkin, pumpkin-oat, cinnamon, chocolate, zucchini, apple cider, orange juice, choc. chip, bran, blueberry, strawberry) instead of always doing loaves of quick bread I take my quick bread recipe and put it into muffins sometimes regular muffins, or sometimes mini muffins

Cheese sticks(I usually slice a chunk of cheese into approx. 1/2"-3/4" thick slices and then cut into strips)

Carrot sticks with ranch dressing

Nilla Wafers (plain, or with frosting for homemade sandwich cookies)

Fruit snacks

Meat/cheese rolls(deli sliced meat with a cheese stick rolled inside)

"In Season" fruit (like apples, pears, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, watermelon, raspberries) sometimes I take a combination of fruit and make a fruit salad

Banana pops

**These last three are a little difficult to do as "packable" snacks but they are very enjoyable at home!!

Ice cream

Homemade Icecream Shake

Berry smoothies

For more kitchen goodness(tips, & recipes, etc.), head over to Tammy's Recipes and check out what others have linked!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Menu Plan Monday 8/3-8/9

**Another week is upon us so that means it is time for another menu plan! This is just a plan and it could change on the cook’s whim!

Last week’s menus went off without too much trouble! I did get some of my baking that I had planned done but I still have several things that I need to do so that my family doesn't start complaining of having nothing good to snack on or eat for breakfast! I did have to change some of the dinner meals around on the different days because I was getting a few complaints of the same types of meals being served. For instance, we had creamy chicken (#1), noodles and green beans for dinner last Monday so hubby didn’t want to have Easy Beef Stroganoff (no mushrooms and making own beef gravy), noodles, peas/salad, and biscuits later in the week so I moved that meal to this week and did something quick that night.

This week’s grocery shopping was more of a stockpile shopping week. I am to the point where I should just need to go after milk and fresh produce for this week! Come back later in the week to see if I did that or if I couldn’t help myself with the sales that are going on this week!! One of my favorite stores is having a 10 for $10 get 11th item Free Sale which has several good items!!!

Lunches listed are for the kids and me. Usually with our lunches I served carrot sticks, and some kind of fruit along with juice to drink. Hubby usually takes dinner leftovers each day along with several items for snacks.

A special thanks to Laura-Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Need help with your menus; go check other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Laura-Organizing Junkie's site! **

Sunday (8-3)
Breakfast: eggs, hash browns, Canadian bacon and jiffy muffins
Lunch: pizza rolls
Dinner: McDs(after church)
Snack: sandwiches (before church)

Monday (8-4)
Breakfast: cereal and toast
Lunch: sandwich and chips
Dinner: Easy Beef Stroganoff (no mushrooms and making own beef gravy), noodles, peas/salad, and biscuits **carryover from last week**
Snack: snack basket

Tuesday (8-5)
Breakfast: waffles
Lunch: sandwich and chips
Dinner: oven fried chicken (#5), mashed potatoes & gravy, corn
Snack: cookies & milk

Wednesday (8-6)
Breakfast: bagels, yogurt and cereal
Lunch: chicken nuggets and tater tots
Dinner: saucy pork chops, rice, green beans and honey oatmeal rolls **carryover from a couple of weeks ago!**
Snack: snack basket

Thursday (8-7)
Breakfast: buttermilk pancakes and sausage
Lunch: pizza rolls
Dinner: grilled lemon pepper chicken, crashed potatoes, corn and biscuits
Snack: snack basket

Friday (8-8)
Breakfast: cereal and toast
Lunch: sandwich and chips
Dinner: grilled bacon cheeseburgers, fries and fresh veggies
Snack: homemade chocolate shakes

Saturday (8-9)
Breakfast: “Cook’s Choice”
Dinner: ???? (checking other's menus for inspiration!!!)
Snack: popcorn or snack basket

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Singing Sunday

Hallelujah, Jesus
by Monk & Neagle

Keeper of the stars
Lord of time and space
I will live my life
Lifting up Your name

Lover of my heart
God who came to save
Thank You for the Cross
And the life you Gave

Jesus is your Name

Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
You are the everlasting God

Author of my life
Friend of sinful man
Holy, mighty God
Ever great ‘I Am’

You're so wonderful
Jesus is your name

-Chorus 2x-
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
You are the everlasting God
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
My Lord, beautiful you are

I love to sing your name
I love to sing your name
I love to sing your name
I worship and adore You God
I love to sing your name (hallelujah Jesus)
I love to sing your name (hallelujah Jesus)
I love to sing your name (hallelujah Jesus)
I worship You with all my heart

Jesus is your name

Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
You are the everlasting God
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
Hallelujah Jesus
My Lord how beautiful you are