Signing Time

One cool thing about Washington Online for the girls’ school is that they have great optional classes.  This year we chose sign language.  Now, Singing Time isn’t just a foreign language class, it is a GREAT program.  I highly recommend any parent of a toddler learn some sign language, the benefits of accelerating communication to avoid temper tantrums is amazing!

I look forward to the girls learning more about sign language this year.  We just started the first unit.  It’s filled with music to dance to, information about the deaf community, and the science behind how our ears work.

Take a look at the program when you can.

For babies there is Baby Signing Time, then for toddlers 3 and up there is the Signing Time Series.  Now we got the Signing Time Classroom Edition.  It has 8 DVDs, 2 music CDs, and a binder of lesson materials (16 units).

The units are

  • At School
  • In My Classroom
  • Colors
  • Feelings
  • The Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Getting Along
  • Family
  • Outside
  • Seasons
  • Eat & Drink
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Days of the Week
  • Pets
  • Farm Animals
  • Zoo Animals

They even have kid’s sized t-shirts that are very cute!

Science Day with Washington Online (k12.com)

It does seem odd that a group of kids in Salt Lake City would be in the Washington School District.  But that didn’t matter to these kids as they learned some hands-on science.

“k” follows the instructions to make a giant air tube

With Washington Online, their school district pays for all the supplies for each child.  But since the school district doesn’t have to pay utilities or building maintance, I find the materials to be higher quality than the traditional schools get.  This project today was sponsored by the school district, run by the teachers, and had plenty of parent volunteers.

“y” also had a turn at the giant air tube.  We brought home a big red tube to play with. 

End of summer review

Our summer was quite varied in it’s day-to-day activities.  I love that my job is so flexible!

Curtis, with big help from Lynn, Christopher, and the girls, made a castle playhouse in the back yard.  Here are some shots from it

We also took two camping trips, one to Yellowstone, another to Diamond (up Spanish Fork Canyon).

Yllandra took a big trip up to Trefoil Ranch for a camp called Horse Frenzy.  She made a few good friends

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

This is a recipe we came up with as a very mild version of Chile Rellenos.  I happen to be a big fan of a good Chile Relleno, but my girls don’t care for spicy food.  As with any new recipe it took a little practice to get the flavor exactly where we wanted it, especially the texture of the peppers themselves.  This recipe takes about 40 minutes total to cook, but about 10 minutes is actually spent in the kitchen preparing.  Cooking time of the peppers will vary depending on your desired texture.  Modify as needed to fit your family’s needs.

Ingredients:

1 lb beef or chicken
1 10oz can of enchilada sauce
4 bell peppers (red and/or green, depending on your preference)
Red Onion (if desired) for taste
Shredded Cheese (we prefer cheddar, but you can use any cheese)
Sliced Olives (if desired) for taste
Sour Cream (if desired ) for taste
Salsa (if desired) for taste.

Tools Needed:

Frying Pan
Cookie Sheet
Aluminum Foil (optional, but makes clean up easy)

Directions:

Slice meat into either cubes or slices.

Gringo peppers stage 2
Chicken and Onion in enchalada sauce
Gringo peppers stage 1
Our green & red peppers ready to be filled

Thoroughly cook meat and saute red onion.
After meat is cooked, add enchilada sauce and reduce heat to simmer, stirring so that sauce is mixed evenly.
Wash and remove seeds from peppers.  Slice in half vertically, leaving plenty of open space within the pepper halves to fill later.
If you are using aluminum foil, line your cookie sheet with one sheet of aluminum foil.
Evenly space pepper halves on cookie sheet.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Fill each pepper half with meat-onion-sauce mixture.
Bake peppers on cookie sheet for about 30 minutes (depending on desired texture).
Remove peppers from oven, cover with cheese, olives, sour cream,  salsa or other desired additions.

Serve and Enjoy!

Gringo peppers final stage
Out of the oven, adding cheese. Melt cheese if desired.

Variations:

If you like hot peppers, feel free to use a different kind to stuff.  Christi suggests, if you don’t like enchilada sauce, feel free to experiment with other flavors.  Salsa or pico perhaps? Stay tuned for a tin-foil wrapped version of this for camping!

Enjoy the journey