We started homeschooling this week! Let me tell you - I entered into this with much trepidation and uncertainty - am I really up for this?
But, I really knew it was the right thing, for our family for right now. My sweet friend, Dawn, has helped me figure out the practical stuff and I just want to document for Emily and Rachel some of the highlights of our week!
We are using Before Five In A Row and this week, we read Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? I have struggled greatly in what books to read to my children - I'm so often disappointed by our library and by the books we bring home (an entire post on its own). But, this was a HUGE success, we loved Jesse Bear and can't wait to read more of these books!
We did lots of teddy bear activities this week - including playing Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, dressing cardboard teddy bears - this is Emily's and I love the face she drew on:
made teddy bear cookies:
Teddy Bear Cookies (from Taste of Home)
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (I didn't have any, so used this substitute)
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt (I did not use)
Mini chocolate chips
Mix the first four ingredient together with a whisk. Add dry ingredients and stir until combined. The recipe did not say to chill this dough - but I made it the night before so it would be quickly ready for the little ladies and I am SO glad I did - this would have been a sticky mess at room temp! So, chill the dough! Then, shape cookies and add choc. chips for eyes and belly button.
Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Mine made 18 cookies.
made teddy bear pancakes (inspired by piggy pancakes!):
Start by heating your pan, the hotter mine got, the better the teddies turned out. Pour a circle of batter to be the body. Let it set just a couple of minutes. Add the head, limbs and ears and let it set until it is really cooked on the one side. Next, loosen the entire bear by slowly running your spatula underneath - if you skip this part, the head will likely break off - ask me how I know! After loosening the bear, you can flip it over!
stamped shapes with potatoes: (not teddy bear related, but ties in to the patterns in the book)
Another highlight was going out in search of butterflies! We had fun looking for, and finding, beautiful butterflies on our walk!
All in all - it was a great week and I am so thankful for God's help - without which I would have been a wreck! Starting something like this can feel very overwhelming, but "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:13)