Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Keena's Famous Lasagna

My sisters best friend makes some really good Lasagna ... here is her recipe

1 pound of ground beef, lasagna noodles,
1 jar of spaghetti sauce, 
1 and 1/2 cups of cottage cheese,
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, 
2 TBS of grated Parmesan cheese, 
and make as follows:

Brown ground beef and drain, spoon 1 cup of sauce in bottom of a 4 quart crock pot.

Mix remaining sauce with beef. Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot. Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 cups of cottage cheese over meat. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese.


Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese.

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top and cook on low for about 4 hours, but no longer because noodles will be tough! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

President George Washington

Lets learn about 
President George Washington  

photo from https://www.crayola.com


History.com video

scholastic cartoon about George Washinton

Liberty Kids Episode about G.W part 1
Liberty Kids Episode about G.W part 2

Online Resources

George Washington Fact Card

Crayola Coloring Sheet

add some fun into homeschool PE

Let me just say that I hated PE when I was younger but I have to say that my children have much more fun in PE than I did!

Ways to spice up PE ....

1. As I've mentioned in another post Yoga
there are a lot of yoga videos free on youtube

2. Bike Riding

3. Going for a walk around your neighborhood
or walking the dog!

4.  Just Dance (Great for winter)

5. sports

(Bana Bana being Catcher )

6. go for a hike
7. Go for a swim

8. Run

There are so many possiblies to spice up boring PE!

How to keep calm and stay on task during the homeschool day!

I haven't blogged in awhile.
 Life has been busy

Some days aren't easy. I suppose if homeschooling was super easy everyone would do it. Most days are great. We have fun. We explore. We try new things. Some days are stressful. Some days with my girls they just don't want to do their work or they are too hyper to do their work.

I have read some articles about "What to do during a hard school day" when nothing is soaking in and you want to call it quits

. Most things I've read say stop for the day and start fresh tomorrow ... but what if you have two hard days in a row? We can't just drop everything and not do school work.

So what to do if you are having a hard day... or a hard couple of days?

Things that have worked for us...


I googled and found this great youtube channel for kids. Here is the link .
The girls love the videos and they are fun to watch.
Afterwards they feel much calmer and ready to do some work.

Prayer is also a good way to *keep calm* during and the school day. I have found that days we have forgotten to start the day with a prayer are more stressful than days when we have prayed.

I pray...

 Dear Heavenly Father.. 
Let us have a peaceful home-school day..
Let us absorb the knowledge that we hear, read, or see...
Let us not fight or bicker ....
Let us do well ...
Let us remember what we have learned...
Let us stay on task and finish in a timely manor..
Let us not stress and keep calm...
Help us be positive...
Protect us in our home and watch over us
and our family and friends.
In Christs name we pray.

Music ...

one thing I have found that works with my lil Diva as well as Bana Bana is
listening to music. We find a quiet place and turn on some native american music
or some Celtic music and just take a moment to relax.

Read your 
Bible ... it seema like the right verse can just center you and enlighten you