Friday, July 20, 2012

Dry Erase Multiplication

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Dry Erase Multiplication

My son is very intelligent but he refuses to memorize his multiplication facts. He plays the math games online and he does well but sometimes I swear he cheats. You put a worksheet in front of him and he looks at me like I am stupid. I know some teachers with children out there know exactly what I am talking about and know that face really well! So … I needed to come up with something different. When I taught 3rd grade math to gifted students, they were so smart but often could not explain what was actually happening for multiplication. The summer before I had attended a workshop and they told us for young children to start with skip counting then to progress to a multiplication chart. Then the AH HA moment came… 

Why not make a dry erase multiplication chart! All I need is cardstock, a sheet protector, dry erase markers, paper towel and my multiplication file. Blow you can find the pictures and you can download the multiplication chart.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

White Beans with ham

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White Beans with Ham 

This is one of the easiest things to make! Someone told me I was making it too complicated the way I do it … but it is still so easy and it is to my liking! We serve the beans with French bread or corn muffins.

16 oz pack of great northern beans
7 cups water
2 tbs of oil
1 large yellow onion
16 oz pack of cubed smoked pork
3 cups par boiled rice salt and pepper to taste (the meat will give a salty taste if you do not want to add salt)

• I have heard some people say they soak the beans over night. You really do not have to do that for these since it is in the slow cooker but it does make them a slight bit softer.

• Peel onion and cut in half. Place the onion in a food processor.

• Place cut onions in skillet to brown. I cook them until they become limp.

• Put all ingredients (beans, water, onions, pork cubes, salt, and pepper) into your slow cooker and stir.

• Put your slow cooker on low and leave it cooking for about 8 hrs.

• When you have about ½ hr left put your rice to cook in a rice cooker.

~Serve beans over rice with French bread or corn muffins and ENJOY!~