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stART ~ Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman June 26, 2011

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Last week we used one of our favorite books for stART, Go, Dog. Go!  It is a funny little book of opposites with a quirky little reoccurring part about two dogs meeting in various places.  The female dogs hopes and hopes that the male dog will like her crazy hat.  This is our favorite part of the book, so naturally we had to make silly hats for our project. 

Will’s friend (2nd cousin), Emma, is here from Iowa so she joined us.  Emma read the book for us – what a good reader she is!

For our hat project we folded newspaper hats and decorated them with various items. 

                                                                                                                                                                   

“Hello! Do you like my hat?”

For more stART idea see A Mommy’s Adventure blog at http://www.amommysadventures.com/

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Chicken Soft Tacos June 12, 2011

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Last week we were pretty adventurous and tried some new recipes.  We had made this one before, but I thought it was even better the second time we tried it.  This is a super easy crock pot recipe so you don’t have to start up the oven in the hot weather.  Just make it in the morning and let it cook itself — my kind of cooking!

I found the recipe in “The ‘Hood” magazine (Aug/Sept 2010 free issue).  The recipe was submitted by Carri McMahan Crum.  Give it a try, it is great.  We had enough for supper and two lunches during the week.  I don’t even typically like leftovers, and ate it twice as leftovers 😉 

Chicken Soft Tacos

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 package taco seasoning

1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilis

12 whole wheat tortillas

Optional Toppings: sour cream, cheese, lettuce, onions

Directions

Put the chicken in a crock pot and cover with Rotel and taco seasoning.  Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until it easily shreds.  Remove the chicken, shred it, and return it to the juice.  Stir and serve on tortillas or taco shells with your favorite taco toppings. 

 

stART ~ Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t) June 10, 2011

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Wow, we had quite a crew for stART today!  It was a blast!  For today’s stART I actually found the art project first and needed to a book to go with it.  We were fortunate to have Sarah (read aloud extraordinaire) read our story today, “Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)” by Barbara Bottner.  It was a new book to all of us.  It is a delightful story about a girl who transforms into a book lover during the dreaded “Book Week” where she needs to give her class a book report.  Check it out, we think you’ll like it!

 

After the book, the kids made their very own bag to hold all the books they love (well, I guess my son was the only one who insisted he wasn’t a book lover – I think this was a little fib).  We are hoping to use Will’s to take books to and from the library.  I found the project idea from an issue of “Disney’s Family Fun Magazine” (March issue, I believe). 

Using cardboard pieces taped together with craft foam taped on top, I made rectangle “book” stamps of varying sizes.  The kids painted craft paint onto the craft foam side of the stamps using a foam brush and then stamped the books in a pile or row on their canvas bag.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the project, and you can see each bag has its own unique style. 

 

Taylor (4), Will (3), Rylee (5), Alivya (7) and Bella (6)– thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoy your new bag!

For more great stART ideas visit A Mommy’s Adventure blog  http://www.amommysadventures.com/

 

stART ~ Ten Apples Up on Top June 6, 2011

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I found the idea for stART (story + art project) from the “A Mommy’s Adventure” blog http://www.amommysadventures.com/.  I decided summer vacation was the perfect time to start, so I found 10 books and projects to use.  If anyone wants to join us for a stART project, just let me know a week ahead.  We don’t have a certain day of the week we do them – just whenever it works out. 

Last Friday Will and I sat down for our first story and project.  We read one of his favorites, “Ten Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss.  It was a perfect book since we’ve been working on counting and learning numbers this summer. 

After reading the book Will made a picture of 10 apples up on top of Will.  I had taken a picture of him and printed out a colored copy of it.  I cut around his whole body picture.  Will drew the grass, sky and sun with crayons and glued his body picture at the bottom of the paper (this boy loves a glue stick).  Lastly, he stamped 10 red apples on top of his head using an apple stamp with red ink .  He LOVED this project!  The next day, I got the greatest gift of all when he wanted to do it again! 

 The finished masterpiece!

 

Muffin Tin Meals June 2, 2011

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We struggle and struggle to get Will to eat more than a few things, while he loves an endless amount of junk.  Yes, he does take after his mama!  I’m pretty sure I lived on hot dogs and PB&J for the greater part of my childhood.  Anyway, I found a great idea on http://www.amommysadventures.com/ she calls it Muffin Tin Mondays.  I needed a little more flexibility, so I call it Muffin Tin Meals!  So as the name suggests, you put small portions of different foods into a muffin tin and serve it for a meal.  I’ve been bustling around town in search of muffin tins with fewer than 12 cups.  So far I have had good luck at Loopy’s Dollar Store and Goodwill.  My best find was a circle muffin tin, but I haven’t used it yet.  We’ve even had Will’s friend, Alex, over for a Muffin Tin Meal.  Turns out it is working wonders with Will’s eating.  I do have to say he is a dessert first kind of guy.  HA! 

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