I have decided to do a weekly theme with the kids. This week we studied Rainbows! I learned right along with the kids! 🙂 Learning about rainbows taught us about light, colors, and clouds. Who knew we could learn so much from rainbows. We read several books about rainbows, and the story of the first rainbow! Overall we had a good second week of virtual school. Monday was MONDAY! There were quite a few assignments for David, and I made the mistake of thinking he had to do all the extra curricular activities on Monday. By the end of the day we were both DONE with school!! I have learned from my mistake! The rest of the week was much better though!
Emma loves doing her ABC mouse. We are also working on how to use scissors, and write our abc’s and numbers with a pencil. I have found that it is great for her to learn the formation of the letters using fingers, and chalk. It takes a lot more skill to write neatly with a pencil! So we are working on that!
One of my most difficult and exhausting tasks of the week is keeping Samuel occupied while I work with the other two! I have been scouring pinterest for little activities to keep him busy, but also learning too. I have been trying to teach Samuel his colors, and I found this neat sorting activity with plastic cups and pom poms. It is a great learning activity, but didn’t really buy me that much time. 😊 It was great as long as I was standing there helping him, but as soon as I left pom poms became crammed in a cup and on the floor. I also tried hiding puzzle pieces in a rice tray. This actually did keep him busy for a while, however it initially ended up with rice all over the floor! So I have learned that if we do this again it is going to be outside on the porch.
We did a rainbow craft this week too, and I was feeling so great about it until I discovered that I had the kids do the colors in the wrong order! 😂 Some teacher, huh! I made sure to discuss with the kids about the error of my ways!
We have started teaching David about money. He is learning about the different coins, how much they are worth, and how to count them. Not only is he learning about money, it’s a great math activity! He of course wants to keep some of the change after he is done. 🙂
I made a couple great recipes I want to share with you this week! I made Ree Drummonds Spicy Dr. Pepper shredded pork recipe! I had attempted this recipe in the past, but I made a couple mistakes and it didn’t turn out very good. Hah, the cooks fault! This time I did it right, and wow, it was amazing! First of all, I used my dutch oven instead of the crock pot. Second, I used the whole 11oz can of chipotle peppers! Don’t be afraid! It will turn out beautiful! It is also a very versatile meal. We had two meals out of it. First we made pulled pork sandwiches with slaw. The second meal we did pork nachos! I honestly don’t know which I liked better, they were both so good! Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the nachos! They were just too amazing. All I could think about was devouring them.
The other recipe is a classic favorite, Banana pudding. Everyone has their own idea of what banana pudding is, but I have loved this recipe ever since my mom started making it when I was a kid. It’s super easy to make, and even more delicious!
Recipe: 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding, 3 1/2 cups of whole milk, 1 can of condensed milk, 8 oz cool whip, vanilla wafers and bananas (two or three depending on how you like it). Mix it all up until until the mixture is smooth and layer with the wafers and bananas! Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before serving.