Winter        snowflakes part 1 001     snowflakes part 2 001

Objective: Children learn about winter and its weather.


  • winter pictures from magazines, calendars and the internet.
  • coffee filters
  • scissors
  • Suggested Books:

            Curious George in the Snow By H.A. Rey

            The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats

            A Day on Skates By Hilda van Stockum

            Snowmen at Night By Caralyn Buehner

            Snowflake Bently By Jacqueline Briggs Martin

            The Snowman By Raymond Briggs

            A Winter’s Tale By Beatrix Potter


Read a book(s) then discuss Winter.

  • The tilt of the Earth creates the seasons. The tilted Earth causes different parts of the Earth to directly face the Sun, while other parts are hit indirectly by the sun’s rays causing the weather to be colder.  (This can be shown with a globe and a lamp.)
  • Winter is the coldest season of the year. We must wear warm clothes like gloves, hats, scarves, coats and boots.
  • In the winter we have less daylight.
  • Winter is the time we get to play in the snow. We like to build snowmen, make snow angels and throw snowballs. We can also do winter sports like skiing, sledding and ice skating.
  • Snowflakes have 6 points. 

Activity:  Make coffee filter snowflakes.

  snowflakes part 1 001     snowflakes part 2 001

This activity is a fun and an easy way to make paper snowflakes. 

  1. Flatten coffee filter
  2. Fold it in half
  3. Fold the half into thirds
  4. Then fold in half again.
  5. Cut shapes along the folded edges and the outside edge of the filter.

 Check out our website for fun phonics and reading materials. 


Spaghetti- Ten Minute Meal

Spaghetti   (Tenth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

Spaghetti Seasoning:  (This can be made ahead and kept in small bags or foil to make an even faster meal.)

  •    2 tbsp. instant minced onion
  •    2 tsp. salt
  •    1/4 tsp. pepper
  •    1 tsp. oregano
  •    1 tsp. basil
  •    1 tbsp. sugar or honey
  •    1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  •    ½  tsp. garlic powder
  •    ½  tsp. thyme

Cook pasta.

While the pasta is cooking brown ½  lb. of ground meat.

Then add 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 small can of tomato sauce, 3 cans of water, a little lemon juice, and spaghetti seasoning.

Simmer about 8 min. Add 2-3 Tbs. grated parmesan.

Serve over pasta.

Stir-Fry- Ten Minute Meal

Stir-Fry  (Ninth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

Cook rice, linguine, or angel hair pasta with salt, while the stir-fry is cooking.  When it is cooked drain and add a little olive oil.


  • Cut 1 or 2 chicken breasts into medium-size pieces. (Can use pork, or beef.)
  • Start browning chicken in olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add about  ½  of an onion, chopped and cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 1-2 min.
  • Add 2 or 3 thinly sliced carrots, cover and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Then add broccoli,  sliced zucchini and/or any other veggies, cover and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add seasoning to taste.
  • After about 2 minutes add 1 cup of cold chicken broth or water mixed with 2 T. of corn starch and 1 T. soy sauce.  Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens.  (1 or 2 minutes) If it doesn’t thicken add a little more corn starch mixed with a little cold water.
  • Serve on drained pasta or rice and dinner is ready.

Note:  It is also good served without pasta or rice.

Taco Salad- Ten Minute Meal

Taco Salad (Eighth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

  • Cook cut up chicken or ground beef in taco seasoning (below) or use leftover chicken.
  • Cut lettuce, tomatoes, onions.
  • Cut avocados.
  • Grate cheese.
  • Can of drained olives.
  • Can of drained beans (black or kidney).
  • Tortilla Chips

Mix all together in a large bowl with:

Taco Ranch Dressing

  •  1 cup ranch dressing  (Can substitute plain yogurt and spices for ranch dressing.)
  •  1 T. catsup
  •  2 T. salsa.

Taco Seasoning

  • 2 tsp. instant minced onion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½  tsp. corn starch
  • ½  tsp. garlic powder
  • ½  tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½  tsp. crushed dried red pepper
  • Add ½  cup of water
  • Add 1 ½  – 2 lbs. of cooked ground beef or chicken.

Simmer until the water is cooked out.

Milk Sauce/Gravy/Soup- Ten Minute Meal

Creamy Milk Sauce/Gravy/Soup/Rue (Seventh of 10 Ten Minute Meals)


If you learn to make a Rue it can save you money and time.  Use it anytime you would use a can of creamed soup.  It is better for your health, saves you money, and tastes great.   It will make you holiday meals the best.  Be brave.  Don’t worry if you have a few lumps the first time, it will still taste great.

If you use it in a recipe instead of a can of creamed soup, use only half of the liquid.


  • Melt 2 Tbs. butter or other fat in frying pan.
  • Add 2-3 Tbs. flour and brown for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add 2 cups of a mixture of milk, water and/or broth.
  • Season with salt/pepper and spices to taste.
  • Stir until thick.
  • Turn the heat off and add 2-4 Tbs. of grated parmesan cheese.

Hamburger Gravy

Add cooked ground beef to the gravy and serve over toast, noodles, rice, or potatoes.

Veggie Gravy

  • Add steamed asparagus or other cooked vegetables and serve over toast.
  • Add some cooking water to the sauce to make the right thickness.

Creamed Soup

  •  Cook any vegetables like carrots, potatoes, broccoli, onions, etc.
  •  Drain and save the water to use to thin the soup.
  • Add the creamed sauce.
  • Add the reserved water to make the soup the right thickness.

I use it to make chicken pot pie, potato soup, stroganoff and so much more.  Let us know how you use a rue to make your meals great.


Seven Layer Burritos (Ten Minute Meal)

7 Layer Burritos (Sixth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

  • Cook Rice-A-Roni or some other seasoned rice.
  • Warm refried beans.
  • Mash avocados and mix in a little lime or lemon  juice and season with Spike or other seasoning.
  • Cut up tomatoes, onions and lettuce.
  • Slice a can of olives.
  • Grated cheese.
  • Salsa.
  • Sour cream.
  • Warm tortillas.  (Corn or Flour)

Layer everything on the tortilla, starting with  the beans, then fold up into a burrito and eat.  Everyone can put on what they like.  Great fast, meatless meal.

Chicken Melts (Ten Minute Meals)

Chicken Melts (Fifth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)


  • 1 can chicken (or tuna) ( 12.5 oz.)
  • 1 pickle chopped
  • ½ large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 3/4 -1 cup grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • diced onion to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup mayo

Spread mixture on 6 to 8 slices of bread.

Place under the broiler until the cheese melts ( about 3 – 5 minutes).

Can be served with chips, salad, veggies and/or  fruit.


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