Monday, August 4, 2008

Off with a Bang

Today was the first day of school. We did a little of this or that over the summer but since hubby was retiring we really took it easy & enjoyed the time with him.

Today son started a new program ... Switched on Schoolhouse otherwise known as (from here on out) SOS. It took a minute or two to get adjusted to the new program but once he got the hang of it, there was no stopping him. He learned a little about the meaning of history, historians, what a jack of all trades is. He did a recap of math from last year. He ended up breezing right through it ... he takes after me in the math department. =D He loves Science, but not when he has to actually study the terms used. I have to get him to understand that while it may not be as fun as experiments, it's just as important to know what the words mean and how to use them correctly in a sentence.

Now daughter is using the same curriculum as last year so she already knew what to expect ... or did she. This year I'm having her write not only with an ink pen but only in cursive. It's taking her a bit longer to write this way but before long she will be zooming through everything.

Final grades for the day ... I'm so proud of them. Daughter ended her day with perfect marks. Son, 100% in math which was a no brainer, 94 in Science ... he missed one answer so he had to go back & redo it, everytime he retries an answer he loses points ... same thing happened with his History. He actually got the definition right but the wording wasn't exactly as the book showed. Language he is very good at; he received perfect marks.

Later in the day we sis home economics. We have already covered measurement, stove safety, & utensils last year so today they will be going right into baking ... what are they baking? Peanut Butter cookies from scratch. This was interesting! Cookies came out a little brown but that didn't keep them from eating them. Of course they had to have milk ...

Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla one at a time. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press each ball once with fork tines.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are lightly browned.

    Freebie ... math worksheet for grade 7. If you would like to print it out you will have to copy it into a source then print it out.

    math grade 7

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