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Chunky Junk


Chunky Junk

( This is fun to make when teaching the “NG” sound as in SING, KING, JUNK.  If an “N” is followed by a “K” the “N” has the “NG” sound.)

1. Melt in the micro wave for 1 minutes:

  • 20 marshmallows
  • ½ cube of butter
  • ½ cup of peanut butter

 2. Stir and melt for 1 more minute.

 3.  Mix in:

  • 1 cup Oat O’s cereal
  • 1 cup Crispy Rice cereal
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup M & Ms

4.  Spread out in buttered pan.

 5.  Cool and enjoy.

Make and Bake Cupcakes


(Black Bottom Cupcakes)

These are simple to make with the filling inside.  No need to frost these.  Fun to make with children.  Fun to make when learning to read long vowel A words.

1. Mix:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. small chocolate chips
  • Set aside.

2. Mix:

  • 1 ½ c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1. c. water
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 1 T. vinegar
  • 1 t. vanilla

3. Fill lined muffin cups ½ full with batter.

4. Place a heaping spoonful of cream cheese mixture in the middle of each cup of batter.

5. Bake at a preheated oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

6. Cool and Enjoy! (Makes 24 muffins)

NO Bake — Awesome Bars

IMG_2502      Awesome Bars

1. Mash: 16 graham crackers (in plastic bag)

2. Mix:

  • graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 can sweetened canned milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups crispy rice

3. Butter paper plates or a 9×13 pan.

4. Pat mixture into pan or individual plates.

5. Sit 10 or more minutes.

6. Enjoy!

This is easy and fun to make with children because there is no baking or cooking.   Fun to do when teaching the AW as in SAW sound.

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

POPCORNThis is a fun easy recipe to do with children.  This can be used when teaching:

  • the sounds — OR, AR, Short O, or P.
  • the word family -op.
  • farms, seeds, plants, or heat.  

Caramel Popcorn

1.  Melt in the microwave in a large glass bowl on high for 2 minutes:

  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt

2.  Stir then microwave for 2 or 3 more minutes.

3.  Stir in ½ tsp. baking soda.

4.  Pour over 4-5 quarts of popped popcorn.

5.  Stir to mix then pour in a large brown paper grocery bag.

6.  Fold down the top then cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.

7.  Take out the bag then shake it and cook again for 1 ½ minutes.

8.   Pour out on a cookie sheet to cool.

9.  When cool break apart.


Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles  (2 kinds)        20150310_161410

Fast Noodles  (Can be made with gluten-free noodles.)  Children love this.

  1. Cook 1/2 lb. curly or other noodles for half of the time on the package.
  2. Save 1/2 cup of the water and drain off the rest. Put the noodles and 1/2 c. water back in the pan.
  3. Add 1 cup of frozen petite peas, a little salt, and 1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon paste or granules.  (Better than Bouillon  is a great bouillon.)
  4. Cook on low with a lid for about 5-6 minutes, then take it off the burner and leave it for 10 or more minutes.
  5. Eat and enjoy!
  6. Fun to do when learning the OO sound like in MOON.

Homemade Noodles

  • Beat 1 egg.
  • Add: 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. milk.
  • Stir in 1 cup of flour.      (dough will be stiff)
  • Roll dough thin on a floured board.
  • Let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Heat to boiling:  4 cups water
  • Then add: 4 t. bouillon paste or granules, 2 t. minced onions, and 2/3 cups peas and carrots.
  • Add noodles to broth.
  • Cook on low boil for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!
  • Fun to cook when learning the Long OO sound.


IMG_2177 Pancakes

 1.    Mix with a whisk:

  •  2 cups flour (whole grain is best)
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder

 2.   Heat frying pan on medium heat.

 3.    Mix in with a whisk:

  •  about 2 cups of water or milk
  •  2 eggs
  •  1/2 cup oil or applesauce
  •  2 Tablespoons honey

 4.    The pan is ready for pancakes when you sprinkle a little water with your fingers in the pan and the water dances. Cook pancakes.

 5.    Eat with syrup, applesauce, honey/butter or cinnamon sugar.  It is fun to try new toppings for pancakes.

 6.    Enjoy!

Number Ten 10

ten paper 2016-03-19 001Math Lesson Ideas for the Number 10 (ten)

Objective:  Help children recognize the number 10 and the word “ten”, numbers are used for counting, count 10 objects, patterning, learn to write “10” and “ten”.


  • A picture of ten objects or some example of ten such as the book, Ten Black Dots.
  • Have connecting blocks or some other items with two colors enough for each child to have 10, two of each color.
  • Have star stickers. (Enough so each child has 10, 5 of two different colors.)
  • Write the number “10” and the word “ten” on a word card.  Use number cards from other lessons.
  • Decide on a simple book, poem, song or nursery rhyme that has good examples of ten.  Possibly use, “One little, two little, three little fingers” to the tune of Little Indians.  (Included at the end.)
  • Have a half sheet of paper and pencil for each child.
  • Copy a Ten book for each child. book ten 10
  • Select a TEN book such as: Little Rabbits’ First Number Book by Alan Baker; One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root; Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews; Ten Tall Giraffes by Brian Moses.


  • Display the word card with “10 ten”.  Discuss the difference between the number “10” and the word “ten”.  Compare to the other number cards.
  • Sing “Little Fingers” or some other poem or song.  Discuss the examples of ten.  (fingers, toes, etc.)
  • Show the picture and have each child in turn pick out ten things in the picture or read and discuss the book Ten Black Dots.
  • Give each child 10 connect blocks (5 of each color).  Have them make an ABAB pattern with the blocks.  Show them an example.  Count the blocks.
  • Show how to make the number 10.  Have them make them in the air with their finger.  Have them close their eyes and write the number 10 in the air.


  • Give each child a paper and pencils.  Have them write their name.  Show the word card again for “10 ten”.  Have them write word “ten” and the number “10.”  Give them two colors of star stickers and have them select 10 for their paper. (5 of two different colors.) Have them put them on the paper in an ABAB pattern.
  • Read with the children the take-home Ten Count the on each page.  Have them draw ten of one object on the last page.  book ten 10  
  • Read a selected TEN book. (preparations)

Song: To the tune of Ten Little Indians.

  • One little, two little, three little fingers,
  • Four little, five little, six little fingers,
  • Seven little, eight little, nine little fingers,
  • Ten little fingers on my hands.
  • Ten little, nine little, eight little fingers,
  • Seven little, six little, five little fingers,
  • Four little, three little, two little fingers,
  • One little finger on my hand.

Cooking: Ten Treats  (Marshmallow Treats with 10 mini chocolate chips added by each child.)

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