Choices, Choices - Curriculum We Use

Today's Google+ Hangout was all about curriculum choices and what we're both using in our homes this year. We talked about covering the 3 R's, paring down to what's important, and all of the fun we're planning for our home schools for the fall. We kept it short and sweet so that you can grab a moment to watch during your busy summer day.

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Show Notes

We will both be posting this week about the curriculum we're using so be on the lookout for those posts. We'll furnish links and other helpful goodies.

Science For Moms Who Don't Like Science

That Hollandaise Sauce Recipe I Mentioned

Earlier this week, on our epic late-night Google Hangout, I mentioned that we had eaten Eggs Benedict for dinner that night, with homemade hollandaise sauce.

Hollandaise hollandaise hollandaise. Is that supposed to be capitalized?


Kendra said that I needed to post the recipe and a few other people mentioned that they wanted the recipe, too. So, here it is! This is from the Edmonds Cookbook, the quintessential Kiwi cookbook, found in every kitchen in New Zealand.


Hollandaise Sauce, from Edmonds Cookbook

50g butter (I use 1/2 stick of American butter)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup cream (I mentioned that I usually use half and half, because that's what I have. Kendra had an apoplexy because she always has cream in the house. I'd like to mention that I bought a half-gallon of cream at Costco yesterday.)

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (We use Colman's Mustard Powder, which comes in a little yellow tin container. It's English. It's better than American mustard powder. And no, you can't substitute regular yellow mustard.)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a double boiler (which I never do. I usually melt it on low heat in a saucepan.) Add lemon juice, egg yolks, and cream. (I had to add the third comma in that last sentence because I'm a believer in serial commas. I may not know if I'm supposed to capitalize the H in hollandaise, but I'm fussy about commas.) Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Do not boil or sauce will curdle. Remove from heat. Add mustard and salt and beat until smooth. Makes 3/4 cup.

Prepare to enjoy, because this is marvelous!!

Late Night Laughs

Kendra and I almost had too much fun last night at our Google Hangout! It was after 10pm Pacific and we chatted about what we had done that day, gave an impromptu tour of our school room, and clearly showed you that we do not have it all together!!

Watch and enjoy. And laugh. Lots of laughing. If you are reading this in your email, click the link to take you to the YouTube video.

7 Pinterest Boards To Keep Your Preschooler Busy

I have a friend that is preparing to homeschool her oldest child, who is turning four later this year. She's just wanting to do some preschool stuff, get their feet wet with homeschooling and see if it's a lifestyle that they could get into for the future.

Maybe you are the same? You're just getting starting, wondering what you can do to with your little person or people at home.

Or maybe you are like me and have a few school aged kids and a preschooler or two and want to make sure that your little guys aren't left behind.

Below I have listed 7 Pinterest boards that are chock-full of ideas to help your preschoolers learn and explore their world. Have a look through them and find ideas that suit your family. Remember, you don't have to do them all. Maybe just select 3 or 4 ideas to do each week. But don't hung up about being just like another family. Do what works for you.

1. Preschoolers And Peace - You're not surprised that I listed this one, right??

2. Circle Time! - Circle Time is an important part of our homeschool and I always include things that are great for my youngest kids.

3. Preschool Learning  - This board has so many great ideas. Some fun, some more learning focused, all wonderful.

4. Homeschool Toddler Activities - Lots of things for the toddlers to do, too!

5. Toddler Activities -  Sometimes just taking a quick look at these boards, like I'm doing right now, energizes me and gets me excited to get down on the floor and play!

6. ABC Ideas - Carisa over at 1+1+1=1 has been my go-to girl for hands-on learning ideas for years. Her Pinterest boards are lovely and so fun!

7. Before Five In A Row ideas - If you're wanting something a bit more scripted, Before Five In A Row is a wonderful, gentle way to begin homeschooling your pre-k child. This board gives lots of ideas to go along with the lesson plans already provided in the book.

So, go! Explore! Find new ideas! And most importantly, have fun.

Homeschool Planning with Purpose and Peace

On today's Google+ Hangout we were joined by Pam Barnhill of Everyday Snapshots ! I recently reviewed her new e-book, Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning with Purpose and Peace and was so pleased that she was able to me for today's Hangout. We talked about how to get started with homeschool organization. Pam has some wonderful ideas to get a great start to your school year. We kept it short and sweet so that you can grab a moment to watch during your busy summer day.

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Show Notes:

Link to Pam's You Tube video on Loop Scheduling

Here is the link to Pam's book that we talked about during the Hangout: