Another Look Inside My Classroom {Video}


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Today concludes the last day of the Back to School series.   I hope you've found something useful this week.   As promised, I have finished the little video of my classroom tour.  Since making this video, I have rearranged my desks to accommodate more students.  Now I have enough space for 29 students to sit in groups of 4 or 5.

The video is short.  Thank you for watching and have a great long weekend to those who have Labor Day on Monday.  After the holidays, my role as "teacher" will officially start.  Here's to a great year!


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Time to Eat: Quick and Easy Food Ideas for the Back-to-School Crowd


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Now that it's time for school to begin again, I find myself in the situation of restocking my refrigerator and pantry with items that make meal preparation quick and easy.

Breakfast

How many times do we hear that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day?  And how many people do you know who still don't eat breakfast?  Lots.  Including students.  Somehow my mom was able to cook breakfast and get us all off to school on her way to work.  We had cereal available but I mostly remember hot breakfasts.  Maybe that's why I still crave hot breakfasts now, but as I refuse to get up any earlier than I do, preparing those dishes isn't feasible for me.

Some of my go-to breakfast items are fresh-fruit smoothies, muffins, fruit, and my favorite hot cereal - oatmeal!  I do love oatmeal.  Click the picture below to link to one of my oatmeal recipes.

Here's another oatmeal recipe that I can't wait to try.  Strawberries and almonds...oh, my!
{Jen's Strawberry Almond Oatmeal}
It helps when I make certain dishes ahead of time and have them where I can heat them up in the morning.  Frittatas is one of those type dishes.  Check out Katherine's Veggie Tart.  I've already pinned this and can't wait to try it.  Doesn't it look delicious?
{Katherine's Veggie Tart}

Lunch

Let's face it.  School lunch schedules are kind of short.  The actual eating time that is.  So, I think the best lunches are those that provide the adequate nutrients needed to get through the rest of the day, but that are also quick to prepare.  I usually bring my lunch to school and I notice a lot of students do too.  So, what are some easy lunch choices?  For me, I tend to choose things like chicken wraps made from leftover roasted chicken and veggies.  I notice most students who bring their lunches from home have Lunchables, sandwiches and chips.  Some may have string cheese and fruit as well. 
{Italian Chicken Wraps}

{California Sandwich}

Snacks

You have to have snacks, right?  Some classrooms schedule a snack-time.  While others may not, having appropriate snacks is key.  I think no matter what age, the problems occur when we don't plan adequately for snack time and we end up grabbing anything in-between meals and calling it a snack.  I'm always on the lookout for good snack food.  Here are a couple of ones I found interest in.
{Apple Sandwiches with granola and peanut butter - source unknown}
{No Bake Energy Bites}

{Brie and Apple Tarts}


Now it's your turn.  Do you have any quick and easy food ideas for students as well as for adults working on a school schedule?


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Designed with the Homeschool Teacher in Mind: Helpful Tips 101


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Although I am a product of the public school system and have chosen to teach there as well, I am very aware of the increasing popularity of homeschooling.  Parents have their personal reasons for choosing this route of education.  I believe that there are different advantages and challenges that face homeschooling families.  My goal today is to share some resources that I've found that may be beneficial to parent-readers who homeschool.  Let's get started!

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Notice I didn't include links about specific curriculum ideas and that's because I feel that if parents choose the homeschool option, then they have a rationale that best suits their family needs.  Choosing the curriculum is extremely personal, and I respect that.
...and now a little homeschool comic:



I know I have a lot of homeschooling parent-readers.  Any specific suggestions on how homeschooling works in your home?  Tips or suggestions for new homeschooling parents?  Feel free to share in the comment section below.

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