Wednesday, September 7, 2011

'Turkey Wafflewiches' and The Ugly Duckling

Another day done!  Today's work took longer than yesterday, but we managed to get a nice break in over at the playground.  Here are some photos:

In preparation for our field trip Friday to see The Ugly Duckling in Atlanta, we had our buddies, Lucy, Ms. Anna, and Leah, over for a reading of the book and some swan crafts.  Here, we're making a swan out of our hand and footprints!  
 Showing off their swans ... :)
 His pipe cleaner neck makes it easy to bend him.
 Then, coloring her ugly duckling paper model (she wanted her ugly duckling and swan to be blue) ...
 Mommy swan and baby cygnet!  
 Ms. Anna brought us a fun snack ... little duckling jigglers!  They were a real hit!  (I think Mags had three!)  THANK YOU, ANNA!  :)
 Later, Mags and I put together our dinner for the crockpot ... pork chops with apples, in honor of our study of apples all month.  Here, Mags, is putting our chops on the counter.
 Peeling the garlic ...
And adding the apples ...
Today's journal entry!  (I loved Maggie's picture of a waffle with a cherry on top!)
 Later, for lunch, in honor of National Waffle Week, we had 'Turkey Wafflewiches.'  For the filling, we beat together 1/2 package softened cream cheese, 1/8 cup whole cranberry sauce, 1/2 tablespoon pancake syrup, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  We spread it over four slices of bread, added sliced deli turkey, then closed them to make two full sandwiches.  We then buttered the bread, like we would a grilled cheese sandwich, and put it in our waffle iron to cook for about 2-3 minutes.
 Happy National Waffle Week, everyone!
 After lunch, it was time for a break!
 On our way back inside, we noticed we had a visitor!  'LITTLE FELLA!'  Maggie was so excited that 'Little Fella' came to see our new house!  It was very cool to see her so excited!
 For our afternoon snack, we made 'Fudge Puppies,' another tribute to National Waffle Week.  We toasted two frozen waffles, then cut each in half, and skewered them onto a wooden skewer.  Then, we melted chocolate chips over medium-low heat to roll our waffles in.
 After we laid them onto wax paper to cool, we decorated them with sprinkles!
 Then, we popped them into the freezer for a few minutes to harden!
 While the 'Fudge Puppies' cooled in the freezer, we got to work on our other snack ... apple strips in the shapes of this week's letter Aa!  Letters never tasted so good!
 But, those 'Fudge Puppies' were a bigger hit!  :)

Today, we:
Daily (Calendar/Weather):
1.  We completed our calendar activities (using our laminated Velcro posters), putting today's date up on the calendar, and discussing the month, what day of the week it is, what date, what season, and what kind of weather we're having.
Bible Study:
1.  We completed the daily devotion out of our God and Me book, for today's date -- 'People to Care For Us,' about all the people in our lives that care for us.  Then, we read Matthew 1:18-25 together.
National Waffle Week:
1.  For lunch, we had the 'Turkey Wafflewiches' as seen in our Fun Food 2011 magazine, page 78.
2.  For our afternoon snack, we made the 'Fudge Puppies with Chocolate and Toppings' recipe out of our Yum Food & Fun for Kids magazine, Spring 2011, page 85.
3.  For today's journal entry, I asked her: 'What one thing would you like to eat on a waffle that you've never had on a waffle before?'  Her answer?  'A cherry.'
1.  We read Apples: Life Cycles by Julie Murray.
2.  We read Apples of Your Eye by Allan Fowler.
3.  We made the 'Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples and Mustard Sauce' recipe as seen in the Yum for Kids magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, page 91, for dinner.
4.  We completed the 'Find the Twins' worksheet, which required her to find the two apples in the group of five that are exactly alike.
Children's Good Manners Month:
1.  We read Please Say Please! Penguin's Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler.
2.  We read Monster Manners by Bethany Roberts.
3.  We watched the Look Mom! I Have Good Manners DVD that we borrowed from the library.
Field Trip Prep:
1.  We read Walt Disney's The Ugly Duckling adapted by Monique Peterson (original tale by Hans Christian Anderson) with Leah and Lucy.
2.  We watched the 1939 Disney cartoon version of The Ugly Duckling at
3.  We made the handprint swans as seen at
4.  We made the ugly duckling and swan paper models as seen at
Letter Aa Review:
1.  We read A is for Art by Stephen T. Johnson.
2.  We made an uppercase A and lowercase a with strips of apple.
3.  We practiced writing lowercase a on page 2 of our Learn with Dick and Jane: lowercase letters workbook.
Math Concepts (Counting):
1.  We got out our number magnets and placed them on the fridge, and I had her identify the correct numbers that I was calling out.
2.  We completed page 10 of our Winnie-the-Pooh's 1-2-3 Sticker Storybook, which required her to place stickers, each of a different number of objects, in a number chart after counting the same.
3.  We played with our Crayola: Numbers, Fisher-Price: Numbers, and Sesame Street: Numbers 1-20 flash cards and discussed the same.
4.  We played Candy Land together.

Come back tomorrow to see our 'Watermelon Waffles' and a whole lot of Johnny Appleseed!


  1. Looks like some super fun! LOVING the fudge puppies!!!

    Great to see y'all today!