Today was one of those days where at 4 o'clock your still not ready to think about dinner.
Confident me thought that surely there would be plenty of vege in the fridge to whip up an awesome meal .... Confident me was obviously Wrong.
Following this epiphany I searched for some kind of meat that would gel the dinner - ba bow... that'd be a negatory.
It's cheap Tuesday - the thought crossed my mind, I pushed it away in favour of health and budget, instead I pulled the measly vege out of the pantry and fridge - 4 potatoes, 2.5 carrots, a stem of broccoli, a few stems of challots, spinach leaves.
One does not typically put such veggies in a pan and cook on an ordinary night- but when one cannot find a fancy alternative, one bends the traditional culinary rules.
The vege were strewn into baking trays, no mercy shown. A little vegetable oil, a little salt and pepper, some (dried) rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, parsley. Topped off with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan. It was an unforgivable mix.
Chuck her in the awesome Westinghouse wall oven (which I'm convinced can do no wrong)- 180•c, 45-60ish mins. The house is quickly filled with a homely smell- the herb and green vege have created the most intensely mouth watering smell.
I take it out when done was well past- The produce somewhat resembles hearty chook food- but give it a little grace, it's just been crispified to perfection.
To accompany this concoction, I purchased a gloriously underwhelming hot chook and some seriously fancy 90 second gravy (because yes tonight would be the night we had no gravox either- and time did not permit to make an awesome homemade version).
see... i told you we were fancy.
This dinner had some serious sha - zam, a crazy texture with a lushous taste. Totally worth the nervous glances from everyone as they had watched me throw it together with uncertainty.
This girl looks way hotter than me sick. Far out. How do people do that!?
I've been sick
Wait, I work with kids - when am I NOT sick!?
Seriously. One cold leads to the next.
But colds I can deal with, a little cough is fine.
But FLU’S! AGH FLU'S!
Fever, migraines, silly achy body- all mixed with cold symptoms.
A week of flu conks me out unworkable for a week.
So. Not. Fun.
I'm not a very fun sick person, I winge. ALOT,
But hey, until I'm a Mumma and I’ve just got to get over it, it's all
To be honest though, i live in a share house, with just me and one
We aren't too often home together.
So i get NO sympathy votes, or extra love on that front.
Actually she did put my washing out and make me dinner on
I've been a little spoilt this time.
My bedside/ Coffee table/ handbag somewhat resemble a pharmacy
My pillow and blankie are my besties... I'm like a wandering toddler.
That and a box of tissues, in my hands at all times;
Ready for the apocalypse of phlegmageddon.
Wait- too much info?
Just count your lucky stars you haven't had to hang with me this week.
Last week in Sunday school We started our new theme of Super Heroes.
The idea is that children learn all about each bible characters Super powers as we make our way through the bible. Super Powers are actually Character Qualities. Basically we want to teach our children to not just talk the talk but also walk the walk. This weeks Super Powers were: Believing, Obeying and Patience.
It was a very wet week as water play, shaving cream and paint found a way into our shuffle groups. But the children were more engaged and connected to the content than they have been for a while. One of our youngest chickadees (3 years old) went home and couldn't stop talking about "painting the big boat with all his kid's" as well as the "2 lions, 2 giraffes and water all around the boat". Cuteness factor is high!
I decided on reading a story book again, to allow those young ones an extra week of gentle breaking in. I wasn't exactly keen on the way the story was written and paraphrased and added things in a lot. But none the less it has good visuals and fun lift-the-flaps for the children. We then moved on to shuffle groups.
During our 'Shuffle' groups children move between three spaces
encouraging an engagement of all brain areas to reinforce the weeks
concept. These are entitled: Create (craft activity), Imagine (Role
play/hands on imaginative activity) and Explore(sensory activity).
Create today started with a white hand drawn template made by me. A little tacky but i knew it wasn't the main focus so i was not concerned. The children then pasted on an ark i cut roughly from paper bags (I've provided a template for you in this weeks PDF) and sponged blue paint over top for the water followed by a little man stamp made from left over craft foam and a milk bottle top (hot glued together). The Kid's loved this and it was particularly good for those younger children. The older children also chose to draw/colour a little on it with texta.
Imagine was a lot of fun and super popular. Children colored
purchased ($3 from crazy clarks- similar ones also available at K-mart for the same price) animal masks and then acted out the story of Noah in the big
cardboard cut out i had made the day before. I had also provided a
little tool bench with toy tools and blue cellophane for the children to
use as water. This activity was very well received and children spent
alot of time here.
Explore was messy to say the least, the squeals of delight and gushing flow of water off the end of the table was enough for me to judge that the kids really loved it. I started this activity with big tubs of soapy water with containers animals and laminate pictures of noah, the ark and a rainbow. I got my pictures from the hyperlinked sites. About halfway through the first group rotation i noticed it was enjoyed, but a little dull... so i added shaving cream... which upped the enthusiasm times 1000000.I'm just glad i had wonderful helpers who were very dedicated in the clean up ! I'm amazed how sparkling they got the room after the big flood.
Although Noah is a beautiful classically told bible story I've been amazed how little i teach it to the chickadees, i have so much resource for it and there are a lot of create ideas available. Sometimes getting back to basics is so essential in realising God's love and sacrifice for us.
This year I want to try and share with you a little of what I
do on a Sunday morning.
Two weeks ago I did my firstlesson of the year – which is usually a get to know you kind of lesson,
super easy, super basic, usually just about Gods amazing love.
The first lesson of the year is when older crèche kids move
up. Basically, 3 and 4 year olds [who’ve never sat in on any type of lesson in
their life] join the [was settled at the end of the previous year] group. I’d call it a party week; you never know what’s
going to happen.
Our lesson this year included an interactive reading of “God
knows all about me” – the children love this book I get them to do all the
actions including shouting and jumping.
If you don’t have this in your collection – Go buy it – NOW!
It’s heaps affordable at $9.99 from Koorong.
I recommend for creche (0-3years) up to Year 1 (3-7 years).
Similarly in the past I've also read "One special me" which i have an incredible soft spot for- as do the kids.
It's a wee bit more expensive at $17.99 from Koorong, but totally worth the investment. This book is also recommended birth to 8 years and could fit easily into a primary curriculum.
During our 'Shuffle' groups children move between three spaces encouraging an engagement of all brain areas to reinforce the weeks concept. These are entitled: Create (craft activity), Imagine (Role play/hands on imaginative activity) and Explore(sensory activity).
This particular week i made things VERY simple. I didn't want to overwhelm the new little dears.
SO Create involved making a collage craft of themselves on Pre-cut body cut-outs. Aren't they just the cutest!
The children pasted these onto a piece of paper with the bible verse 1 John 3:1 on them.
I have provided a downloadable PDF document with five different variations for you.
Children were able to use small fabric cuts, texta's, wiggly eyes and buttons to make the craft.
Imagine was not a structured activity today, i allowed children to have free play in the play corner for there turn at this station. This was for a nice transition for the creche kids who are used to playing the entire time.
Explore was also a very simple activity today with just play dough, rollers and cutters and a laminated body cut out for children to make themselves in play dough. This simple play dough activity i do a variation of quite frequently and children love having the body laminate as a guide.
You can use page 3 on the available pdf to use as your play dough laminate, otherwise i just cut up some of those "family" people cutouts, stuck it to a small square of coloured paper and laminated - no printing necessary.
We ran out of time for a song at the end of this particular Sunday but i would've probably only sung a beautiful classic with the young ones: "Jesus loves me this i know".
I loved this lesson! Children were excited and engaged, they loved the story, the opportunity to play, spent a long time at play dough and all wanted to make sure they got to make a craft of themselves. They left knowing that they were children of the most high God, and he loved them eternally no matter what.