Meal Plan in MA ~Sept 26

26 09 2011

Starting up again with some meal planning… I’m aiming to make more well-rounded meals and inspire my kids to ask for more exciting foods. So, I’m participating in the plan it ~Don’t Panic challenge. Be sure to visit her for some great ideas on making you own meal plans!

Today we’re also going to make some more applesauce in the slow cooker from the apples we picked earlier in the month. Don’t you love Mighty Man’s expression? He was the most efficient apple picker and would not rest until the bag was overflowing!

Our dinner plans for the week…

Monday: Emeril’s Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili (Food Everyday magazine, Sept. 2011)

Tuesday: “Andouille” Chicken Sausage with Red Bell Pepper Rice and Onions

Wednesday: Slow cooker split pea soup (Woman’s Day, Oct. 2011) and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, French Cut Green Beans, Polenta

Friday: Baked Scallops, Asparagus Spears

Saturday: Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs, tomato salad

Sunday: Mixed Munchies (aka leftovers!)

Mighty Mike Mulligan

25 09 2011

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel was our Five in A Row book of the week. Amazing how timeless this story is! In addition to some of the FIAR lessons, we also incorporated an author study by reading more of Virginia Lee Burton’s works. My clever kids could pick out characters from different books illustrated in other ones.

We happened upon the Mike Mulligan sound recording performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Our library only had MM book with the CD, so that’s what we got! It was a nice surprise to hear the music inspired by the story and to enjoy the narration. I also learned a lot of new things about the book and the author.

The publisher has a little page dedicated to Mike and Mary Anne here: There are some activities to go along with the story too, like anthropomorphizing an every day object.

We finished off our week by making “dirt desserts” that were a cross between this and this. We thought Mary Anne would have liked that! We mixed 1 small package of vanilla instant pudding with milk (a little less than making the pie filling) and whipped cream. Mighty Man smashed a handful of chocolate sandwich cookies into dirt, then he and Bean layered the dessert in little cups. I would have loved to put the dessert into an angular serving dish, to make the corners “neat and square,” but everyone enjoyed it as it was.

Mad for Madeline

15 09 2011

Another week in our Five in A Row Series has us reading all about Madeline. Given the love of Madeline in our house, we might have been tempted to skip this book, but both Bean and I are glad we didn’t. Remarkably, Madeline holds many math lessons… Since “the smallest one was Madeline,” Bean sorted her figurines into different size groups. Here’s Madeline and the Mr. Men, with a rogue kinder-egg rabbit sans ears, showing friends that are smaller. We also measured our own heights to figure out who is the smallest in our family. We’ll put our measurements aside and revisit them every month to see how we change. Maybe Mighty Man will outgrow Bean soon!

Another math topic we covered is symmetry. Our hunt for all things symmetrical started with a close examination of the book’s illustrations. We finished up by share-drawing symmetrical butterflies, something Madeline would certainly love!

In addition to the lessons suggested by FIAR, we’ve added our tribute with watching all of our Madeline videos, including Madeline and the Bad Hat, Madeline in London, and the even more far-fetched, Madeline in New York. We also had a fun time playing our Madeline game; helping Genevieve find her lost puppies is harder than it sounds! Did you know that Madeline also has her own official site? Not much for the kids there, but a great place for parents to learn more about the author and the history of Madeline.