Monday, March 9, 2015

Using Pizza to Teach Fractions

What better way to teach fractions to a boy than with visual learning and food.

 Food helps distract from the fact that they are learning. Well, not really but it does add a fun attribute.

We were struggling with understanding fractions. I teaching him and them comprehending. When my husband sent me a message asking how my day was going I answered, FRACTIONS.  He said pizza for supper.

Pizza to help teach fractions? YES!

Have the child write down how many pieces of pizza there are.

12 pieces

How many pieces are gone? None.

They write that there are 12/12 pieces of pizza making it a whole pizza.

Then we asked how many pieces they wanted.


So, what's the fraction of how many they wanted? 3/12
Also simplifying would be 1/4 of the pizza.

As each child took pieces we continued with the fractions.
By the end of dinner it clicked and the pizza was gone.

Learning fractions by visually learning and food.  It was fun for them. They didn't get frustrated. They understood and they had full bellies at the end.

What ways have you taught fractions? 

Friday, February 27, 2015

3 Simple Ways To Getting Enough Water

It's Friday.

 I know a lot of people that have made a goal of being healthier in 2015. This is the end of February.  This is the time where people tend to give up on the goals that they have made. 



My week in review


Last week wasn't the best for me workout wise.  I tend to do a lot better when I have others around me. It pushes me.  Last week the weather here was not the best and the schools were closed. When schools are closed the programs I do get cancelled. Even though I want to work out at home I have have hard time being motivated to do so. 

This week was MUCH MUCH better! I didn't get my Zumba in but I did get my lifting in. It felt great to work out.  

Let me just say that when I don't work out I get grumpy. Last week was not a fun week for those around me.  Grumpy and tired.  


My diet is going well.  I am not craving carbs (the bad kind) as much as I was before. 

I struggle with my snacks the most. 
This week I plan on making a list of snacks. I will share the list with you of course. 
I also need to shake up my menu a little. I am eating the same thing pretty much all of the time. Even though I am not tired of what I am eating, I am ready for something new to add into the mix. 


Water is amazing! When I find myself feeling hungry even though I really am not, I drink more water.  My goal is a gallon of water a day.  I use one of my blender bottles as my guide. I have it with me ALL OF THE TIME!  

CamelBak has a great calculator to let you know how much water you should be getting in each day. 

For those who may be struggling with water intake each day, here are a few things that can help. 

Water Log Apps

Water Your Body - Android

Water Log - Android 

Carbodroid - Android

TrackerSavvy Free - Android 

MyWater - Apple

Plant Nanny - Apple

Printable Water Log Pages 

Creative Calendars  ( This has great tips for how much water you should be consuming) 

Accountability - 

As always, having a friend that will hold you accountable helps.  Don't be offended if they ask you how you are doing with your water intake. If you have to stop and think about it that means you are probably not drinking enough. 

Yes, you will be going to the bathroom often.  Which is a good thing. Your body is washing all of the junk out of it the way it is supposed to. And if your pee is clear that is a great thing. Clear pee equals a hydrated body.

Keep up the great work everyone.  

This journey is a tough one, but one that will you can, we can, get through. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homeschooling when you are under the weather

How does one homeschool when the teacher doesn't have a voice?

It's cold and flu season, it's bound to happen.

I don't want the kids to run wild and free just because I can't speak. Wild and free kids equals kids that get into trouble.

This list will also work when mama just doesn't feel well.  School doesn't have to stop when the teacher is down for the count. 

Netflix - I know some may call this the electronic babysitter but Netflix does have some great documentaries or as my kids would say, educational shows.
                    Wild Kratts
                    The Magic School Bus
                    Sid the Science Kid
                    National Geographic

Reading - Have the kids sit and read to you or have them read for read aloud time.
The two books we are reading now are   The Box Car Children and The Sign of the Beaver.

Online Classes - You can find a lot of free online classes. Let someone else do the teaching for you.
                             Compass Classroom
                             PBS Kids
                             Animal Jam
                             Star Fall

Apps - Something that keeps the kids entertained are the learning apps on the Kindle.
             Kids Activities Blog has a huge list  of FREE Educational Apps for Kids for both Android and Ipad.


Independent Work- If you have older children, have them work on their assignments on their own. You'll be able to help them when needed.

Legos- What better way for the kids to use their creativity than to build. Legos can provide hours of fun. Now, just to get the kids to make sure ALL of the Legos are picked up. We all know what it feels like to step on one.
 Educating Laytons has a huge list of Lego Brick Learning Activities

Games-  Most games will have the kids doing math, and critical thinking. The best part about this is that the kids are having fun and not knowing that they are really doing school. Shh we will keep this our secret. 

Snuggle - This can be the most important thing you can do. Kids grow so fast. While they are watching something on Netflix or reading to you enjoy the moment.  Having no voice can mean taking a step back and embracing the gifts that God has given you. To just sit and enjoy the blessings.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Workout Schedule

I have been asked many times how I find time to workout?

When you have something that you want to do you make time for it.   That's anything.  Housework, teaching, working, reading, watching T.V. Everything in your life you have made time.

For me, working out was something that I made a priority.  I pass up time from other things, not important things, to have the time to work out.

Honestly my work outs are between 1- 1 1/2 hours. (Sometimes longer)  That's not a lot compared to the 24 hour day.

The season my family is in is changing. All of the kids are getting older. I don't have an infant anymore.  I know each person's life is different.

There are so many ways to get in a good work out. You don't have to go to the gym. You can do it at home with the little ones around you. That makes for an even harder workout for ya.  (That's another post in itself)

I also have the amazing support from my husband. That has made a huge difference with my working out. He encourages me to go even when I don't want too. And to be honest when I don't work out I get grumpy. Who wants a grumpy wife?  

This is what my workout schedule looks like.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Weights for Tissues

This week I traded the weights for tissues.

We had some throwing up. We had some with sore throats and we had some with both.

Next week is a new slate.

Thankfully everyone is feeling much better.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First workout of 2015

Yesterday was my first workout of 2015. It was also leg day plus we added in some cardio.

I have had some ask what my works outs look like.

Here's what yesterday's torture, I mean work out consisted of ;

Step Up's
Reverse lunge with bar bell
Bosu-ball squats side to side
Have you ever seen a Bosu-ball. Yeah, just trying to balance on the thing is a workout in itself.

Jump squats on Bosu-ball
Double leg dead lifts with bar bell plus 20lbs
Slam Ball (awesome core workout) 10lbs

Leg curls
Leg Extensions
Calf Raises

Each set was a 3 times rotation

Yes, I am sore. My legs are sore, my core is sore. But I know that that means there are changes being made.