Thursday, January 24, 2013

50 States, One by One

This semester, I added something new to our lessons. *J* was getting a little bored with some of the Social Studies assignments he had, so I thought this might add a little fun for him. We have gone over the 50 states in the past, but after a few of the bigger, more interesting ones, we moved on. This time I am taking it from the beginning, in ABC order! We have done Alabama and Alaska, and are now working on Arizona. I found this great little collection of books at our local library. They are full of enough information to tell you about all that state has to offer, but no so full and boring you feel like taking a nap! There are lots of photos and visual guides to keep the little ones interested. I go through the book beforehand and put random questions on post-it notes on each page. This gives J something to guide his reading and lets meknow he actually read! The post-it notes with his answers then go into his Social Studies notebook/journal. We have one for each subject so he can take notes, and so I can add fun little things for him to do. After he is done with the book, I have a page of "Fun Fast Facts" that I make for him. I leave space for his answers, and it is way more visually appealing than black and white print in a textbook! He is enjoying it so far, so we will see if we can make it through all 50 states! We are averaging about two each week!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 01/21/13

Welcome back for another edition of Menu Plan Monday!
This week we are celebrating my mom's birthday and Martin Luther King, Jr. day, going to MOPS, the dentist, lego club, toddler time, and of course our homeschool co-op. We have something going on every day. I am so thankful that I am able to sit down and make our menu up for the whole month! It is also supposed to snow a lot this week, so we will be staying inside as much as possible! :)
This week's menu:

Pasta with tomato cream sauce
Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin with cornmeal cakes (we missed this one last week!)

Stir Fry and Pho- I STILL have not gotten to eat this!!

White Bean and Sausage Rigatoni


Lazy Day Stew

Enchilada Casserole

Our breakfasts and lunches will be the usual, unless I can come up with something more exciting. If I do, I will be sure to share!
If you are looking for more menu ideas, head over to I'm an Organizing Junkie!

See you again next week!!