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2019 Meal Plans

These are some of our most recent meal plans after converting some of our favorite recipes to be healthier with inspiration from Trim Healthy Mama. I find it easier to plan out my meals so I can make fewer trips to the grocery store. I always hate it when it’s almost dinner time and I have no idea what I should make. A little planning goes a long way to help me keep my sanity… well what’s left of it that is.

I also find it easier to go ahead and plan a day or time to prep some of the items ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute. I will boil eggs, cook chicken and ground beef, prep veggies and all ahead of time so that when it comes time to make dinner it seems to go so much easier.

When I have time I also try to make a couple of extra batches of our favorites so I can put some in the freezer for emergency or quick meals. I’ll try to include some tips and tricks along with the menu plans to make your life a little easier too.

Meal Plan: May 26 – June 1, 2019

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Sensible Scrambled Eggs

I love eggs whether it be fried, boiled, deviled, egg salad, omelets, or even a scrambled egg sandwich. They are so easy to make and so good for you. Here is a quick and healthier version of the scrambled eggs that we eat on a regular basis.

I just made a couple of sandwiches for Mr. Awesome and myself yesterday when we were feeling a bit hangry in between meals and they certainly hit the spot. These would also be really good for a quick breakfast with some sausage or bacon and a side of Super Simple Sauteed Spinach.

Sensible Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients:

Directions:

Whisk together all of the ingredients except the butter.

Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.

Pour in the eggs and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Give them a little stir and flip to make sure everything is cooking.

Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Serve.

For a sandwich:

You can cook them as directed above or flip instead of stirring so you have a firmer egg.

I like to use a little mayonnaise on my wheat bread and some people like to add a slice of cheese and or tomato.

You could probably get away with some cooked bacon too for a BET instead of a BLT? Lol… anyway you eat them will be fine.

Enjoy!


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 –Thank you!

Cover Image by Markéta Machová from Pixabay

Protein Power Pancakes (3 variations)

This is a variation from our regular pancake recipe that adds a little extra protein and good stuff to get your day started off on the right foot! You can add other yummies like blueberries, chocolate chips, or even some pureed pumpkin to make these even better. The variations are countless.

Below the first recipe is a recipe for sourdough pancakes and a ‘hybrid recipe’ too that we use on occasion when time is crunched. These can also be used to make waffles as well. We usually make these for breakfast and have enough left over for lunch. Sometimes I will also make a couple batches and freeze them too.

Why don’t you give them a try with our favorite Blueberry Syrup (with healthier options) or Homemade Chocolate Syrup (with healthier options) and a little bit of whipped cream? Just because we are on a journey to healthier eating doesn’t mean we can’t still indulge in some of our favorites. We just need to look at them a little differently and change them a tad to make them work with our new way of eating.

Note: Don’t worry if you can’t find the ‘special’ ingredients as these will taste fine either way. I like to search Amazon for the ingredients or add them to my Walmart Grocery Pickup orders so I’m not spending the whole day looking for them! The links will take you to the products that we are currently using which may change from time to time as we are still on a learning curve here.

Protein Power Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 T. honey, optional
  • 1 1/2-2 cups milk, add a little more if it seems too thick
  • 2 eggs, beaten (for fluffier waffles separate the eggs and beat the whites in a separate bowl. Gently fold into the batter and cook as directed.)
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour (You could try using whole wheat flour or oat flour too.)
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. baking powder
  • 2  t. mineral salt
  • 2-4 T. sugar (I have been using Stevia in place of the sugar)
  • 1 scoop protein powder, optional (We like to use the vanilla flavor)
  • 1 T. MCT oil powder, optional

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk together the honey, eggs, butter, and milk.

In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until well moistened.

 (The finished product will be tough if it is over stirred.)

Cooking instructions:

For pancakes:
Heat a greased griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle.

Flip when the top is bubbly. Don’t mash down!

Cook just until the other side is browned.

For waffles:
Preheat your waffle iron.

Spray iron with cooking spray and then pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto the iron.

Cook as directed or until the steaming stops.

These can also be frozen a reheated in the microwave or toaster.


Protein Power Sourdough Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 T. honey, optional
  • 1 1/2-2 cups milk, add a little more if it seems too thick
  • 1 egg, beaten (for fluffier waffles separate the eggs and beat the whites in a separate bowl. Gently fold into the batter and cook as directed.)
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 1 c. sourdough starter
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour (You could try using whole wheat flour or oat flour too.)
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 2  t. mineral salt
  • 2-4 T. sugar (I have been using Stevia in place of the sugar)
  • 1 scoop protein powder, optional (We like to use the vanilla flavor)
  • 1 T. MCT oil powder, optional

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk together the honey, eggs, butter, and milk.

Gently stir in the sourdough starter.

In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until well moistened.

 (The finished product will be tough if it is over stirred.)

Cooking instructions:

For pancakes:
Heat a greased griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle.

Flip when the top is bubbly. Don’t mash down!

Cook just until the other side is browned.

For waffles:
Preheat your waffle iron.

Spray iron with cooking spray and then pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto the iron.

Cook as directed or until the steaming stops.

These can also be frozen a reheated in the microwave or toaster.


Protein Power Hybrid Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 T. honey, optional
  • 1 1/2-2 cups water, add a little more if it seems too thick
  • 1 c. sourdough starter
  • 2 c. ready-made pancake mix (We like the Krusteaz brand from Walmart)
  • 1 scoop protein powder, optional (We like to use the vanilla flavor)
  • 1 T. MCT oil powder, optional

Directions:

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients.

Gently stir in the sourdough starter and honey, add the water a little at a time to get the right consistency.

 (The finished product will be tough if it is over stirred.)

Cooking instructions:

For pancakes:
Heat a greased griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle.

Flip when the top is bubbly. Don’t mash down!

Cook just until the other side is browned.

For waffles:
Preheat your waffle iron.

Spray iron with cooking spray and then pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto the iron.

Cook as directed or until the steaming stops.

These can also be frozen a reheated in the microwave or toaster.


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 –Thank you!

Stuffed Mushroom Omelet

This is such a yummy way to start your day and we love this with mushrooms but you could really use any kind of vegetable you like and maybe even add some bacon or sausage to make it a little bit heartier. Some of us like to eat this with a side of Super Simple Sauteed Spinach.

This could work for lunches and dinner too for those crazy days when you just don’t feel like cooking much or when you haven’t been to the grocery store in a while.

Stuffed Mushroom Omelet

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (or use 1 egg and 1 egg white)
  • 1-2 T. milk or cream
  • 1/3 c. parmesan cheese, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste (we like to use mineral salt or Lawry’s garlic salt)
  • 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 2-4 T. butter
  • 1-2 c. shredded cheese
  • 1 t. nutritional yeast, optional
  • bacon bits, optional
  • chives, optional

Directions:

Beat eggs in a small bowl. Mix in the milk, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until blended.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat more butter in the pan, if needed.

Pour in the egg mixture; as the eggs set gently lift the edges, letting the uncooked mixture flow underneath.

Once the eggs are mostly cooked sprinkle with shredded cheese and add the cooked mushrooms.

Carefully fold the omelet in half, cook 1-2 minutes and then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.

Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and garnish with bacon bits and/or chives as desired.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy-weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

Super Simple Sauteed Spinach

This is such an easy and delicious way to get some greens into your diet. They are good served with any meal as well. I know I always wanted to eat my spinach so I could be strong like Popeye but most kids nowadays don’t know who Popeye is and they don’t want anything to do with green veggies. My kiddos love this stuff though!

Super Simple Sauteed Spinach

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat the oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the spinach to the skillet and cover; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle in the seasonings and cover again for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and/or nutritional yeast, if desired.

Serve immediately.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy-weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

Super Yummy Caulitaters

When Mr. Awesome made the decision to give up some of his favorite foods I knew I had to get creative with some alternatives to the potato dishes that we eat so frequently. I had tried to make some ‘fake taters’ before without success but this time we finally had a winner.

This version is close to what they have in the Trim Healthy Mama books but may not be entirely on the plan as I have added a few extra ingredients which takes them to a whole nother level! If your crew isn’t entirely sold on the idea of cauliflower taters then try using half potatoes and half cauliflower, to begin with. These are really good on top of Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet as well! (You can sneak some extra veggies and/or spinach into that recipe as well!)

Super Yummy Caulitaters

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 c. cauliflower florets (can be fresh or frozen)
  • 4 T. butter
  • 2-3 T. sour cream
  • 1/3 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1 t. nutritional yeast, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste (we like to use mineral salt or Lawry’s garlic salt)
  • bacon bits, optional
  • chives, optional

Directions:

Steam or boil the cauliflower until tender.

Drain well, pressing down a bit to get out as much water as possible.

Place into the food processor and add the remaining ingredients except for bacon bits and chives.

Blend until smooth and season to taste.

Garnish with bacon bits and/or chives, if desired.

Serve with any meal where you normally serve mashed potatoes.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy-weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

Manly Meatloaf

This recipe just happened to come about as Mr. Awesome decided he wanted to start eating healthier. I had already done my grocery shopping for the week so I just decided to tweak a few recipes to make them a bit healthier. I needed a name for this and he said it was a ‘manly meatloaf’ so that’s what we’ll call it from now on. It has also earned a repeating spot on our meal planning calendar.

I have been scouring the Trim Healthy Mama books for some inspiration as well and will be posting many more recipes soon! This one was adapted from my recipe for Upside-Down Meatloaf.

Manly Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb ground beef, ground turkey, or a mixture of ground beef and turkey/pork
  • 3 1/2 c. oatmeal (or 14 packs of the instant oatmeal)
  • 1-1/2 c. buttermilk (or add 1 T. vinegar to regular milk)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 c. veggies, chopped (I used the California blend veggies and some baby spinach from Walmart this time but you could use just about anything you like.)
  • 1-2 c. shredded cheese, optional
  • nutritional yeast, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly grease a 13 x 9 pan or 2-5×9 inch loaf pans.

Mix remaining ingredients and put into the pan(s).

Top with shredded cheese, if desired.

Sprinkle with nutritional yeast before or after baking, if desired.

Bake 45 minutes or until juices run clear.

We served this with some caulitaters (Mr. Awesome says he actually likes them better than real potatoes) and a salad.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy-weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

Badgers, Butterflies, and Sourdough Bread

It seems that every week is a crazy week around here lately and I know that part of that is probably my fault for trying to squeeze so much into my days. It’s definitely a juggling act around here with the kids, homeschooling, square dancing, blogging and the list of things that need to be done to keep up house and I then I add in things like trying to revamp some of our favorite recipes to make them healthier, working a couple of part-time jobs from home to earn a little extra income and trying to start up my own notary business. Yeah, no wonders things are so crazy right? Not to mention I’ve signed up for a multitude of online classes like the Positive Parenting Solutions which has really helped out when I remember to use the tips and tools I’ve been learning about.

Sigh… parenting is hard. When you add the special challenges of raising two special needs children (ODD, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome and a few others) to the mix it can be even harder on some days. It may be because I am making some progress with our class that I am seeing a little bit more rebellion or ‘testing of the waters’ but whatever the reason it has been quite the challenge here lately. It is enough on some days to make a Momma wanna through up her hands in defeat but I know that God is here and He is going to help us all get through this.

The kids have had a blast with this week with our newest Academic Adventure using the Little House on the Prairie book series. We’ve learned about dugout homes, even a whole town that lives underground in Australia, and some other interesting facts about the strange animal that Laura encountered on one of her adventures.

They’ve also learned some important lessons about obeying rules and right now I have a couple of little girls who have lost some privileges and are under constant supervision similar to what Laura experienced at the beginning of our On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 1 Lesson Plans.

The boys also enjoyed learning with Ziggy as they started their All About Reading Level Pre-reading lessons. They also enjoyed reading  The Very Hungry Caterpillar which I thought was a good book to go along with our lessons this week.

 

Another book they are really enjoying is Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature which are reading through as part of our science lessons. It is full of facts and illustrations that they love. The jacket also unfolds to make a huge poster for them to look at. The next best part of their science lessons was looking at bugs with their Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Bugnoculars(pictured above)

We haven’t finished all of this week’s lessons as this week has been a bit busy and it was hard for some people to get back on the school routine. We still have a few like skills lessons which include our new Herb Fairies books and some dog training lessons from Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days. These might not be things you’d normally expect to find in your school lessons but the kids asked for them so I have included them to keep them interested in learning. Plus we can all benefit from these lessons and I find them pretty enjoying myself.

The best part of our homeschool experience this week is at the bottom of the post so you can keep reading or scroll through to find out what it was.

Getting back the week we’ve had, we had an amazing day at the zoo last weekend followed by a birthday party at my sister’s house. The kids had a lot of fun and a bit too much sugar that day. We had to deal with the after effects for a few days afterward. No fun!

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On Monday we had our usual square dance and then back home. Tuesday I decided to make a grocery run with my favorite Walmart Grocery Pickup service. Mr. Awesome had announced that he was starting a new diet after I had already made up my grocery list so that meant we needed to run into the store for a couple of last minute items. I already had the menu planned out as well so I just decided to tweak a few of the recipes to make them a little more diet-friendly and healthier for everyone. Be on the lookout for some upcoming recipes that we have been trying out.

I remembered that I had bought a couple of Trim Healthy Mama books (Trim Healthy Mama Plan and Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook) before so I dug them out and started skimming over them a bit. I also bought the last book, Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table, as I kept finding references to some recipes that weren’t available in the original book. There are several recipes that I want to try and I have been adding some things like collagen, acv, psyllium husk flakes, sunflower lecithin, nutritional yeast to some of my recipes for a little extra health benefit.

I know we can’t undo all these years of unhealthy eating in a day but we can make one change at a time to become a little healthier every day. I also know that my kids will be learning how to eat healthier and hopefully, they will pass some of these habits down to their kids. I’ve added some healthier options to our breakfast menus like omelets with mushrooms and a side of sauteed spinach. While Mr. Awesome passed on the spinach at breakfast I did manage to sneak in some greens and A TON of veggies at dinner time. That’s not potatoes on that plate but you wouldn’t know it if I hadn’t told you.

I’ve also done a lot of food prep so that we would have some healthier choices when we needed a quick meal or snack. We made a few boiled eggs and our own bagged salads for the week. I made one bag special for Mr. Awesome as he said he wasn’t ‘Popeye’  and he didn’t want spinach in his salad.

We cut all the lettuces, a mixture of iceberg and romaine, into bite-size pieces. Then we washed everything and spun it dry in the salad spinner. (You want to make sure it is as dry as possible before bagging it.) We layered a couple of big baggies with a paper towel and carefully placed our lettuce and spinach inside. Then we squeezed out all the air and sealed them. They have been in the fridge all week and still look pretty. (You will also want to change out the paper towel frequently.) The kids really enjoyed practicing some of the kitchen skills they’ve learned and it seems to make them more interested in trying out new things when they are involved in the process.

I also decided to try my hand at making some sourdough bread again. My first starter died when I neglected it a few months ago when I was sick. I wasn’t really feeling like attempting my own so I ordered some San Francisco Sourdough Starter from Amazon. It was quite easy to get the activation started by using the instructions provided. We’ve named our starter ‘Fran’ and she seems to be doing well. We’ve got some dough rising right now so maybe we’ll have a bit of sourdough bread to go with dinner tonight.

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The kids are really excited about our new ‘sourdough baby’ and they keep checking up on her to make sure she isn’t hungry … lol. They even wanted to try out a new recipe for muffins using some of the leftover sponge we had from the bread dough. Here’s a couple of pictures of the batter and the finished product:

This recipe still needs a little bit of tweaking but I did manage to use some whole wheat flour with these muffins and I snuck some greens in there as well! The kids said they liked them but personally, I think they need a little something more before I want to share the recipe.

I was also excited to get my Grove order this week as I ordered several items I’ve never tried before. I did get the room spray for FREE and I love that it comes in a reusable glass bottle. You can even order the concentrated sprays to refill it. 

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The body wash smells amazing and the brushes have helped out a lot with some of the cleaning we’ve been doing around the house. I bought the washing machine cleaner to help get rid of the mildew on the refrigerator seals … yuck. It has helped somewhat but it may need to be used several times to get rid of it completely. I may cave and get some bleach to get rid of it because I just really hate seeing it.

And now for the best part of our week! We had gotten the Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Garden with 2 Live Cups of Caterpillars & Feeding Kit at Easter and the kids have really enjoyed watching their little caterpillars grow up. I don’t know if you can see in the first picture but they were small enough to fit on my pinky nail but boy did they grow quickly.

The kids have been excited to observe the whole process but they were also very excited to let them go. This was easier said than done as a couple of them didn’t want to leave their little home. A couple of them have been spotted hanging out near the pond so we still get to see them just not as often as we did before. The kids are begging to this again.

Well, I guess I better finish up here as the boys are begging me to ‘let the dough out of the bowl’ so they can work with it. They already have some plans for bread and jelly when it gets finished!

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We just want to wish everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day and we hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Remember that sometimes motherhood, or even parenthood, is not the way we had it pictured that it would be and we can get overwhelmed and stressed but it is so much more rewarding than we could ever hope that it would have been!

Here’s a picture of our finished bread:

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

 

Cover image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay 

On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure Weekly Guide Links

Click Here for On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure Weekly Lesson Plan Links Only.

How we use these lesson plans:

Our school week is usually completed in 4 days. We use a Loop Schedule where we work for a designated amount of time on each subject before moving on to the next. After their work is completed for the day the kids are allowed to have independent studies were they can study whatever their little hearts desired.

Our 5th day is an optional day that we use to complete unfinished work or for other activities as we choose.


Please click HERE for a list of resources that we have purchased from Amazon and other suppliers.

Click on the links below for the series you would like to view/use. I will update these links as we get them finished.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


1. On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 1 Lesson Plans

Continue reading On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure Weekly Guide Links

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 9 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 9: Finishing Up

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Finish up any reading. 

Optional: Read Chapter 3 from Laura Ingalls Wilder Country ‘Kansas Prairie Country’.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:**

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

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Younger Kids:

Writing:

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a one-page report about Noah Webster.

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:

Bonus Activity:


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

MÖBI Kids-The Numerical Tile Game for Kids in a Whale Pouch with Included Activity Booklet

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • Review the states we learned about and choose a state to research more.
  • Write a report about your favorite state or add some new facts to your previous report.

2. Landforms and Mapping

Maps:

Did you know that there are different types of maps? (continued)

Landforms:

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

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There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Tests

Make sure to print out the results from online quizzes.

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

Earth Science by Rock 'N Learn

  • Learn about hurricanes as we have a lot of them here.

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 18: Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
    • Verse 19: Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.
  • Work on saying everything you have memorized.

2. Character

  • Have you ever heard of the Golden Rule?
  • What are some examples of how the Golden Rule was shown in the story?
  • What are some ways that you can use the Golden Rule?

3. Manners

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.

Skill Trek

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Free choice reading
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Continue working with your puppy and giving her plenty of attention!

Now let’s have some fun. Pick a couple of tricks to teach your puppy!

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Continue working with your puppy and giving her plenty of attention!

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play your favorite game for at least 30 minutes.

Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:**

The Nine-Patch quilt block is one of the best blocks to start with if you're a beginning quilter. The 9-patch block changes when paired with other blocks.

Art:

Geometry Activity for Kids: 9-square template

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 8 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

(The Third Day, The Fourth Day, and Christmas Eve)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Read Chapters 39, 40 & 41

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirty-Nine (The Third Day):

  • Why do you think the day was so miserable?

Chapter Forty (The Fourth Day):

  • What did Laura think she saw? What was it actually?
  • What did Ma fix for Pa?
  • Why was Pa excited about the cold weather?
  • What did Pa buy in town? How much was it?
  • How did Pa stay safe? How far away had he been?
  • How long had he been gone? What day was it?
  • Why did Pa apologize to the girls? How did the girls react?
  • What did he bring for Christmas dinner?

Chapter Forty-One (Christmas Eve):

  • What did they do on Christmas Eve?
  • How did Pa assign the chores? Who did what?
  • Was Laura upset about the fact that there would be no presents or candy? Why or why not?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Eight List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive book report about the story we’ve read. Click HERE for book report forms.
  • Write a descriptive story about how you would feel if you had no presents on Christmas day.

Watch this video about point of view:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:

 


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Connecticut.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Landforms & Mapping

Maps:

Did you know that there are different types of maps?

Landforms:

  • Dunes

  • Oasis

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

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There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Go back and review previous topics you may have skipped or want to learn more about.

Watch this video:

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Clouds

 

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 16: For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
    • Verse 17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Pa knew that he had to keep walking and not give up, why do you think he didn’t give up?
  • What does perseverance mean?

3. Manners

  • What are some manners you learned?
  • Review Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss any manners you might need help with.
  • Continue planning and working on your special meal.
  • Try a test run.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Smart Sweets

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 92-96
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Frostbite Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What could have happened to Pa when he was stuck in the blizzard?
  • How can you prevent this from happening?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:**

Art:

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 7 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

(Keeping House, Prairie Winter, The Long Blizzard, and The Day of Games)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Read Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirty-Five (Keeping House):

  • What did Pa keep busy with?
  • Why did Pa not want to trap the beaver?
  • Where did Pa want to go?
  • What did the girls do while they were gone?
  • What scary thing happened while Pa and Ma were gone?
  • How did the girls handle themselves? How did each help?
  • What rule had the girls broken? Did they get punished? Why or why not?

Chapter Thirty-Six (Prairie Winter):

  • What did Pa do to help find his way back and forth from the stable to the house?
  • What did Pa get in town?
  • What did Pa say was strange? What suggestion did Ma have?
  • How did they keep busy?

Chapter Thirty-Seven (The Long Blizzard):

  • Why did Pa say he needed to go to town? What did Ma say?
  • What chores did everyone do?
  • What chores did Ma do when Pa didn’t come home?
  • Why did Ma put the lamp in the window?
  • What strange thing happened?

Chapter Thirty-Eight (The Day of Games):

  • How did the girls help out while Ma was doing chores?
  • Why was Laura crying?
  • What did Ma suggest instead of lessons?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Seven List

Older Kids:

  • Day One: Write your words three times each.
  • Day Two: Write your words in ABC order.
  • Day Three: Look up definitions and use five of your words in a sentence.
  • Day Four: Test (optional) or Worksheet:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about how Ma might have felt while Pa was away.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph about how Pa might have felt while leaving for work.

Write this video about writing perspectives:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • Research and estimate how many gallons of water your family uses, compare this to the Ingalls’ family.

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Nevada .
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Landforms & Mapping

Maps:

Landforms:

  • Ponds & Lakes

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

People Long Ago Resource Box&nbsp;- Gr.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: nowrap;">1-3</span>

There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Beavers

  • Winter Coats

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Winter

  • Blizzards

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

Weathers & Seasons - Interactive Science Activities


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 14: Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
    • Verse 15: O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Why is it important to take care of ourselves?
  • What bad habits did Douglas have?
  • What bad habits do you have?
  • What bad habit did Pa have?

  • What did Laura think would happen when they grew up?
  • How do you feel about this?
  • Why is it so important for children to obey their parents?

3. Manners

– Read pages 85 through 93 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • What are the things you need to decide before hosting a party?
  • What should you consider when choosing the date?
  • How do you decide the guest list?
  • How should you decide on the menu?
  • Why should you do a test run?
  • How can you choose activities?
  • How can you make sure you get to enjoy the party?
  • What happens after the party?
  • Why are parties special and important?
  • Practice using these manners as you host a party or special dinner.
  • Check out these tips HERE for a tea party.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Brothday

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 85-91
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Tobacco Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • It is mentioned that Pa smoked a pipe. Do you think this was a health risk?
  • How will you keep yourself safe?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:

Art:

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!