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Tortillas

Tortillas

Tortilla

Tortilla

  • 1 T.  Butter
  • 1 C.  Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2  t.  Salt
  • 1/2 t.  Baking Powder
  • 1/3 c.  Water
  • Mix with a fork and by hand just until it holds together.
  • Use wax paper on a tortilla press and press a ball of dough with the tortilla press.
  • Brown each side on a griddle or frying pan.
  • Serve with butter!

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How to Use Music to Teach Anything!

How to Use Music to Teach Anything!

 Music is the best memory aid.  When we look back at the things we remember from our childhood, much of it is associated with music.  It is easy to add music to any subject.  Here are some suggestions:

  •  Take a simple tune, beat or rap and add any items to be learned.  The simpler the better.  Keep the songs short and fun.  Funny and silly are especially successful. Children of any age will enjoy making up silly learning songs.
  • Be brave.  You don’t need great music talent to use music.
  • Find ready-made music.  Make sure the music is simple. It is good to hear the music before you buy it if possible.  Our phonics is taught with simple, short songs.  Contact us for Free music and books for teaching the phonetic sounds.     http://www.phonicsbyspelling.com/

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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.

Weather Review

Weather Review

 

Objective:  To review weather.

Preparation:

  • Find pictures or drawings of weather in books, magazines, internet, or old calendars.
  • Have crayons, pencils or markers to finish the books.
  • Print the template for the weather book.  Cut into 2 pages. Use half a sheet of construction paper for the cover.
  •  weather book template page 1    weather book template page 2  
  • Suggested Book: Weather by Gallimard Jeunesse

Lesson:

Read the book and discuss:

  • Discuss any pictures of weather. 
  • Discuss what weather the children have seen.
  • Review ideas from other weather lessons. 

Activity:

Help the kids make their weather book by reading and discussing each page as they work. When finished, read the book together.

Suggested Discussion questions:

  • What do you wear when it’s snowy; rainy; etc. ?
  • What kinds of activities can you do when it’s snowy; rainy; etc.?

 


 

 

   

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Symbols of The USA–The Statue of Liberty

 

The Statue of Liberty

Objective: To introduce children to The Statue of Liberty as a symbol of USA promise of freedom. 

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of The Statue of Liberty from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Have green crayons, pencils or markers and paper for the children.  (Print,”The Statue of Liberty” on the paper.)
  • Suggested book:   The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Penner

Lesson:

  • Read the book then discuss while showing pictures:
  • The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States in the world. For many visitors traveling by sea in days gone by, the statue located on Liberty Island, in New York harbor, was their first glimpse of America.
  • The statue symbolizes liberty and democracy.
  • The Statue of Liberty is a huge sculpture that is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. This monument was a gift to the USA from the people of France.
  • Liberty was designed by the French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The hollow copper statue was built in France – it was finished in July, 1884.  It was brought to the USA in 350 pieces on a French ship.  The statue was reassembled in the USA and was completed on October 28, 1886.
  • Liberty’s right hand holds a torch that is a symbol of liberty. There are 354 steps inside the statue and its pedestal. There are 25 viewing windows in the crown. The seven rays of Liberty’s crown symbolize the seven seas and seven continents of the world. Liberty holds a tablet in her left hand that reads “July 4, 1776” (in Roman numerals).
  • This is the poem that is mounted on the base of the statue.  Emma Lazarus wrote it.


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  

Discussion questions:

  • What is liberty?  — the power of choice.
  • What is a symbol? —  something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible.
  • What are some other symbols of our country? — The Flag, Eagle, etc.

Activities:

  • Draw the statue. Give each child a paper and a green pencil or crayon. Help the children draw the statue one step at a time. Wait to start each step until all children have completed the previous step.
  • Pictures of the kids: Take each child one at a time. Wrap a green sheet around the child and attach at shoulder. Have them wear a Statue of Liberty headband (you can get them from Liberty Tax or have them make one). Give them a flashlight to hold in their left hand. In their right hand give them a small poster board with “July 4th 1776” written on it. Have them pose like the Statue of Liberty and take a picture.

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Symbols of The USA–The Bald Eagle

Symbols of The USA-The Bald Eagle

Objective: Help children understand the Bald Eagle is one of the Symbols of the United States of America.

Preparation:       

Find drawings or pictures of bald eagles from books, magazines or old calendars.

Puppet Materials Needed:

  • paper lunch bags,
  • white paper cut to the size of the flap of the paper bag,
  • some crayons,
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • construction paper brown, white and yellow

Suggested books:

  • An Eagle Flies High by Alice Pernick
  • Eagle by Lloyd G Douglas

Lesson:

Read a book.

Discuss the eagle as a symbol of our country, while showing pictures.

  • The bald eagle is a large, powerful, brown bird with a white head and tail.
  • The bald eagle was chosen because it has a long life, strength, beauty and freedom.
  • This majestic bird can only be found in North America.
  • The word “bald” white not having no feathers.  It comes from an old word which means “white.”
  • Bald Eagles live near large bodies of open water such as lakes, marshes, seacoasts and rivers, where there are plenty of fish to eat and tall trees for nesting and roosting.

Activity-Paper sack puppet:

  • Cover the FLAP of the paper bag with white paper.
  • Draw the eyes onto the HEAD. Demonstrate how to draw eyes step by step. (1. Draw 2 half circles.  2. Make a circle in each half circle. 3. Make a dot in each circle). If you like, you can use sticker eyes.
  • On yellow paper help the children draw a beak. (Make an upside-down teardrop shape with little lines for nostrils)  Have the children cut them out.
  • Using brown construction paper, help the children draw wings. (Make half circles that each cover half of the paper; draw in “U’s” along the bottom edges to look like feathers.)
  • Using white construction paper, help the children draw tail feathers. (An upside-down heart with an extra bump.) (Can use scraps from the wings.) Have the children cut them out.
  • Have the children color and embellish their drawings. Glue the beak under the eyes. It will hang down over the BODY.
  • Make sure you only put glue on top of the beak (where it touches the HEAD) so you don’t end up gluing the mouth shut.
  • Glue the wings into the FLAP.
  • Glue the tail on the BACK.

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Birds

Birdsbird

Objective: Children will learn the characteristics of birds and compare with other animals.
Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of birds and other types of animals from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Make word cards for the words, Birds, Animals, Yes, and No.
  • Gather the following materials:
    • Pine cone
    • Paper plate
    • Butter knife
    • Smooth peanut butter
    • Birdseed
    • Ribbon or yarn
    • Scissors
  • Suggested books:
      • Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman.
      • The Hungry Hummingbird by April Pulley Sayre.
      • Birds by Carolyn MacLulich

Lesson:
Read a book then discuss the characteristics of birds while showing pictures.

Characteristics of birds:

  • All birds are warm-blooded.
  • Have feathers.  (Only birds have feathers.)
  • Have wings.
  • Lay eggs.
  • Have 2 legs.
  • Have a beak.
  • Have no teeth.

Activities:

Play the Yes and No game with pictures of different animals.  “Is this a bird?” Then place the animal on the yes or no pile.  This gives an opportunity to discuss characteristics of different animals.

Make a bird feeder:

  1. Cut a long length of yarn to hang the bird feeder.
  2. Put a piece of tape on the yarn with the child’s name on it.
  3. Tie the yarn in a knot around the pine cone near the top.
  4. Tie a knot in the end of the yarn so it can be hung up outside.
  5. Use the butter knife to get a large clump of peanut butter on the paper plate.
  6. Use the knife to spread peanut butter inside the pine cone and around the edges.
  7. Put birdseed on a plate.
  8. Roll the pine cone in the birdseed that is on the plate.
  9. Hang the bird feeder on a tree.

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