Monday, August 22, 2011

Alphabet Fun - Letter Mm

(August 2011 - Jenni is 4 years old)

We made many memories learning about the letter Mm. Here is some of what we did...

Bible Verse:
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music. (Psalm 98:4)

Madeline (by Ludwig Bemelmans)
Madeline and the Gypsies (by Ludwig Bemelmans)
Madeline at the White House (by John Bemelmans Marciano)
Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales (by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Bemelmans Marciano)
Maisy Drives the Bus (by Lucy Cousins)
Market Day (by Carol Foskett Cordsen)
Max & Ruby's Bedtime Book (by Rosemary Wells)
Me and You (by Genevieve Cote)
My Brother (by Anthony Browne)
Today is Monday (by Eric Carle)

My Little Pony Memory Game

J and I had fun playing this game. She has a good memory!

Handy Manny Make a Match Game
J had fun making matches!

Magnetic Fishing
 I drew fish onto cardstock with pencil, outlined it in marker, cut around the outside of the fish and then attached a metal paper clip to the mouth. Eric made a fishing rod for J and attached a large magnet to the end of the fishing wire.
 J went fishing in our homemade pond :)
This activity was so much fun for her!

Magnetic Attraction
 I placed an assortment of metal, wooden and plastic objects in a pan.
 With Joshua's help, Jenni used her magnet to find which objects were attracted to it.
Jenni came to the conclusion that a magnet will attract anything metal.

Mucky Muck

Mucky Muck Recipe
3/4 c. cornstarch
2/3 c. water (more or less)
5 drops food coloring

Pour water into large bowl. Mix in food coloring. Slowly add cornstarch. Do not stir. Let stand 2-3 minutes. Mix together with hands!

Making Money (United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Engraving and Printing)

We visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to learn how the United States makes and prints money. We were taken on a wonderful tour of the facility (insane security!) and then went through a few exhibits learning more about our currency. The tour guide said that they print approximately $16 million/hour!

M is for Money

These are J's containers of money. Whenever she is given money, she puts a percentage in her 'give' container to take to church, a percentage in her 'save' container to save for the future, and the rest is put in her 'live' container.

Making Meatloaf and Macaroni!

J and I made homemade meatloaf and macaroni this week.

Meat Loaf Recipe
1 - 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 c. ketchup and 1/2 c. water
3/4 c. Quaker Oats
1 egg
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
A few drops Worcestershire Sauce
Some Barbeque Sauce

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Mix lightly. Press into greased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake 1 hour.

Mac and Cheese from Scratch (Southern Living Recipe)
2 c. milk
2 T. butter
2 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 (10 oz.) block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.
 *Gradually whisk in warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened.
 *Whisk in salt, black pepper, and 1 cup shredded cheese; stir in pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

For more of what we did this week you can click here.

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