Monday, July 28, 2014

The Chore Store

I posted the other day on my Facebook page that my children were fighting over who got to sweep the kitchen. I received lots of comments asking how I made my kids love chores so much. Well, here's my secret. 


The Chore Store

Every few months, I hit the Dollar Tree and stock up on toys, puzzles, snacks, and stationary. I fill a pretty basket with the goodies and display it on the homeschool shelf.




My girls are 5 and almost 4 years old. They don't have the longest attention span when it comes to saving up chore points for a toy. So, the turn around rate is pretty short. They get a new toy every 4 days on average. 15 chores fills their chore card with stickers and gets them one prize from the basket.

Their chores include:

Brushing their hair.
Making their bed first thing in the morning.
Bringing their dishes to the sink after every meal.
Doing their homeschool lesson.
Cleaning the living room and their bedroom at the end of the day.
I sometimes grant an extra chore credit (like I did the day June offered to sweep the kitchen).

It only counts when they offer or do the chore without a reminder from me, so sometimes they don't get credit. I want them to learn to do their chores without constant nagging from me. Waiting until I have to remind them doesn't happen very much anymore with this rule in place.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Post Office Pretend-Play (KID CRAFT)



A fun and easy kid activity!

Post Office Pretend-Play

You will need:

Paper
Markers
Envelopes
Stickers to use as stamps
Address labels or a rubber stamp



Let the kids write letters (or pretend to write letters) and fold and stuff each envelope.

Show them how to address each letter in the middle of the envelope and where to place the return address and stamp.

Once they are done writing letters, they can take turns delivering the mail.

This keeps my kids busy for quite awhile.

What else would you include in the supplies for this post office pretend-play? Packages and scales? Pretend bills and checks? Have fun with it!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Homemade Pita Bread

I love making homemade bread but I've never made pita bread until a few weeks ago. I was totally skeptical that this disc of dough was going to magically puff up with a perfect pocket of air, but it did! This was so neat, my kids really enjoyed it. We served these pitas with every meal until they were gone.

Pita Bread

Ingredients

1 1/8 cups 110 degree water
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp white sugar
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour

Step 1 

Stir together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for about 5 minutes until foamy.

Step 2

Stir in the vegetable oil, flour, and salt. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Put in a greased bowl and cover with saran wrap. Let rise in an unheated oven until double in size, about 1.5 hours.

Step 3 

Punch down dough and form into a 12 inch long rope. Cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball of dough into a 6 inch disc. Set aside the discs and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place 2-3 discs on a wire baking rack. Place baking rack directly on oven rack. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until they begin to brown on top. Continue until they are all baked. For softer pita bread, place a towel over the hot bread, the heat will soften them and they will be perfect for stuffing.