Archive for May, 2012

*BRAT* We all remember this diet!


When I was little and was getting over a stomach flu I remember my mom saying “Okay time to go on the BRAT Diet! Bananas Rice Applesauce and Toast.” It was a sure-fire¬†way to get that tummy back in tip-top shape and us kids back on our feet quick fast and in a hurry! This wasn’t just for our own sakes but for our moms as well. ūüėČ

Let me tell ya that it worked! I am using that knowledge now with my kids. Sugar is a big no-no when it comes to recovering from any sickness. Due to the fact that it breaks down the immune system instead of healing it.

Sure you may get complaints after the third day or so, depending upon how sick they are, but they will thank you later when they are bouncing around off the walls feeling like their good ol’ little¬†selves again.

Kids will always ask for the comfort foods like hot coco, popsicle, or cookies. Trust me this is not the route we want to go. We need to think of it more logically and give them Mint teas with a little honey, fresh banana smoothie, and cinnamon toast.  I loved cinnamon toast when I was little and still do to this day.

So follow your kids guts when it comes to recuperating after a sickness. Bland non sugary foods, as well and non greasy foods are the best. Stay away from things that are hard to digest or will give them gas. And absolutely NO fast food! There is more sugar crammed in fast foods than you could imagine.

I would love to hear your tips on what you do for your little ones when they are sick or getting over a sickness. Your comments tips and advice are always welcome!! And yes they are good tips, we all learn from experience and each other.

To a healthier way of living!

~Ellen~

Hello Summer Vacation! What no more learning??


For all of us out there who have children hopping up and down for summer vacation to begin I say….What are we going to do to make this summer memorable??

The fourth of July is always a hit! Look out Stateline Speedway here we come! Demolition derby’s are the best! There is Bible Camp¬†at the end of¬†July for 4 days for both¬†the¬†kids. A few week long, or weekend,¬†Getaways to Grandmas house out in the woods. A place where the adventures are many and the tree forts are waiting to be claimed as towers of the forest unclimable by the ordinary man!

Between work and play there is much fun to be had. It is a delicate balance of freedom and structure as to not lose all the hard work and scheduling we have kept to all year.

Do you have the same concern as I do? Will they forget all that they learned over the past precious year of learning? The¬†valuable¬†information my son learned has a way of¬†finding that little hole in his¬†ear and flying like a bat outta hell going far away from his little¬†memory bank.¬†This summer I will not be putting him in summer school, unlike last summer,¬†and instead he will have daily sheets of homework to complete and for me to check at the end of the day. Along with reading outloud to earn¬†his very precious “Gaming” time.¬†

I have accumilated a few sites over the past 4 years for my kids and I would love to share them with you!

Some very helpful sites for all ages:

An awesome Math site where you can build your own fact sheets!:   http://www.mathfactcafe.com/home/

All Subjects Grades 1-4, Love this site!: http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/

Fun Games with Math (my kids loves this site): http://www.multiplication.com/games

Times test on Math: http://www.mhschool.com/math/2009/ca/assets/factdash.html

For all ages Learn more about Science: http://www.learningplanet.com/index.asp

Awesome Spelling Word Site! Where you can create your own Spelling Lists: http://www.spellingcity.com/

Vocabulary Builder and More!: http://www.vocabularya-z.com/vocabweb/home.do

To Increase typing skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

National Geographic for Kids is a great interactive site!: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

PreK-6th grade Phonics (math, vocab, spelling, grammar, reading):   http://www.sadlier-oxford.com/phonics/student.cfm#grade1

National Gallery of Art Kids my kids love are and this site is very cool: http://www.nga.gov/kids/

Math and Reading, Now this site has a lot to offer! I forgot about it til now!: http://www.funbrain.com/

Starfall is a fantastic program for Kindergarteners. You can read books take quizes and have alot of fun! (the kids of course) ūüėĬ† http://www.starfall.com/

For 2nd-10th grade Prepping for the Isat tests is hard. This site is a life saver! You have to check it out!: http://www.prepdog.com/

And last but not least a good site if your kid freezes on taking tests like mine does! Here is an article for you and a site with some tips you may find helpful: http://amazingselfesteemkids.com/2011/05/18/happy-kids-dont-score-well-on-math-tests-who-cares/

Thats all I have for now. After looking through all those sites,¬†I am wondering why the heck my kid isn’t on the computer more learning!! That was a great reminder of the information and links out there that will help them both!

So fellow parents this is your chance to share!

I would love to know what you do to keep that hard earned education fresh in your kids mind over the long summer break. I always appreciate advice from those who are in the same shoes or have already treaded these waters.

I more than welcome your feedback!!

Let the countdown to the end of the school year begin!

 

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