Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Homeschool Baristas

The best thing about homeschooling and creating your own curriculum is that you can teach your children whatever you want and what I want is a double shot non-fat latte. Truthfully, the girls wanted to learn how to make them ever since Cameron made them a cocoa with steamed milk and now they are willing to stop anything and make a coffee whatever your preference.

If you're ever in the neighborhood and need a cappucino or latte, please feel free to stop by.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Fraction Math Lunch

The kids like when I make "surprise" lunch for them and during our first week back at school one of our lunches was a math lunch. I thought it was a good way to incorporate a lesson on fractions. I served one child in quarters, one in thirds and one in halves. We had quesadillas (very easy to cut in fractions), apples and juice served in a big glass measurement cup. I used measuring cups as drinking cups and Scrabble tiles for place names.

For dessert I filled glass measuring cups with milk to the fraction that coordinated with that child's lunch and served mini pies in the same way. It was a great lunch and the kids loved it!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year or Ein Glückliches Neues Jahr 2010

Happy New Year all around the world!

Since the kids are too young to stay up until midnight, a few years ago we began celebrating the New Year somewhere else in the world so they wouldn't miss out on a countdown and a celebration. When we were living in Japan we chose Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island) as our first (and only) countdown which is located in the Pacific Ocean and is the first place in the world to welcome the New Year.

This year, we began our countdown and visited countries all over the world. For every country we visited, we would look it up in the atlas and learn how to say "Happy New Year" in that language.

On New Year's Eve, We had a small Wii Tournament with the kids and then Cameron and I watched a movie.

At midnight, we knew the church bells would ring, but we were not expecting the amazing amount of fireworks that were set off for about an hour afterward! It was fabulous!

The next morning our last two New Year celebration's were in Hawaii (Hau’oli Makahiki Hou), and then an hour later in Alofi (Bonne Année)and Pago Pago (Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou).

We decided since the last New Year we would celebrate would occur in the Pacific, we would make a breakfast worthy of the islands! We made coconut pancakes with pineapple maple syrup. They were incredibly easy but if you'd like to know how I will include the recipe(s) on the side bar. We served it all with fresh pineapple rings (I got a pineapple cutter from Taylor for Christmas)and Kona coffee.

What a great way to start the year!
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