Johnny Appleseed Day

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day! Who knew!?! A friend shared this link – and there are a ton of great activities for FREE. I just browsed a few and picked a couple activities that I knew Corbin would enjoy and viola!
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Playdough and Numbers

There are so many ways to make learning fun for kids and sometimes they need something other than a worksheet to keep their minds alert. Today for math we played with playdough and learned our numbers. Not like my son didn’t already know how to count to ten, but this exercise gets them to think about shapes, numbers, creating those numbers and using fine motor skills as they manipulate the dough in their hands. There were no complaints!
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Nutrition and Math Combined

I am loving my Heart of Dakota curriculum more and more. Today in math we learned about sorting by attributes and at the bottom of our math worksheet for today’s assignment it suggested sorting food at the grocery store. That got me to thinking and I came up with another idea. Let’s discuss the food pyramid and do a food sorting game. I found a website called Nourish Interactive that has a ton of awesome free printables on nutrition. I printed information on the food groups, the food pyramid as well as coloring pages about fruit, vegetables and meat. I cut out the pictures and we did a sorting game with them. After we sorted the pictures in the three food groups we created a graph using the results and did a few math problems to work on “greater” and “less than”. These are awesome learning moments!
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The topic for today’s science lesson was on “Birds.” We read about some of the attributes of birds, including the National and California state birds, and Corbin wrote in his journal. To get us moving around a little, we made Cheerio Bird Feeders. He strung cheerios on strings and hung them on branches in the backyard for the birds. Big hit! Bird crafts and learning the nursery rhyme “A Wise Old Owl” followed. Yep…A full filled days on birds.

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

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Here is a video that Corbin made –

Clouds and Water Cycle

Our science discussion yesterday was on clouds. We opened our science book and read a little bit about clouds and quickly moved onto the water cycle. A “Cotton Ball Experiment” and a “Water Cycle in a Bag Experiment” helped Corbin better understand what we read and they are just plain fun to do. He wrote about his experiments in his science journal and afterward was time for art. He make cloud art out of cotton balls and glue to represent 3 types of clouds. He also watched an episode of Magic School Bus – Wet All Over, which discussed the water cycle. Afterward Corbin said he wished he was water. Ha!
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Ground Turkey

I am a big fan of ground turkey. I very quickly realized how I can incorporate it into different meals each week. I buy the bulk 6 pack at Costco and it lasts me for at least a month if not longer. I usually start by making tacos and with the seasoned leftovers I create other meals such as nachos, quesadillas, meat sauce for spaghetti, chili, salad, soups and even on top of a baked potato.

Tacos with all the fixings

Chili Mac (noodles, pasta sauce, mix in some leftover seasoned ground turkey meat, black beans and top with some shredded cheese)

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup (I used a small amount of mild Italian sausage (what I had on hand) and mixed in the remaining leftover seasoned ground turkey meat. I also used milk instead of heavy cream). Tasty!

Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

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In hopes of making a muffin my kids will eat that isn’t chocolate I tried these yummy sounding Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping from Just in case I mixed in some mini chocolate chips just so that when they ask if there is chocolate I could say yes. Ha! They are so yummy, but guess what….the boys wont eat them. Boo! I think I may have gone to heavy on the spice. More for me!