The Sub Sandwich Maker

Recently I shared about passing down responsibilities to younger children.  One area that we have shifted down a job is to give Hannah the job of Making Daddy’s Lunch.  Eddie almost always takes his lunch to work. The meal is easy to put together; sub sandwich, fruit, drink, etc.

Hannah willingly volunteered to make Eddie’s lunch so I walked her through the steps and she was ready to go.  She remembers that he likes a hint of red onion on his sub and prefers spinach over lettuce. No worries on the sub getting smashed. She packs it perfectly every time.

Not only has she learned how to make a yummy sub sandwich but this job has encouraged her love of serving. She delights in making daddy’s lunch. He often finds a note that she slips in his cooler. It is a blessing to others in the home who can move on to a different task instead of lunch making. A servant heart is a beautiful thing.

Hannah has also encouraged within herself the act of diligence. Not only does she gather all the items and assemble the lunch, she also has to put everything back away and clean up the counter when she is done. The lunch has to be packed and ready at a certain time so she has to put aside what she might be doing to focus on this task.

Want a sub sandwich? Come on over! Hannah can whip you up one made to order.

An Apple a Day

Martha took her time in learning to try and enjoy solid foods.  By 10 months all the other children were happily munching on a variety of goodies from my plate. Martha? No, thank you. When she was around 13 months she finally decided that she might be interested in a bit of food here or there.

Martha seems to dislike foods that are of “baby food” consistency (except ice cream, lol). Applesauce? She won’t even take a bite. I don’t blame her. Ew.  I have offered her slices of peeled apples before. Always when I’m with her to see how she handles eating it. At this age, Bekah loved munching on apple slices. Martha? Nope. Pass the banana, please! Or the green beans.

Then peer pressure sucked Martha in the apple eating world.  Hannah came in from riding her bike near the point of starvation. She grabbed a yummy, juicy apple. She made the mistake of offering it to Martha; not thinking Martha would take it. Hannah never saw that apple again.

Yum!  Why eat applesauce when you can enjoy the apple? What nutritious snacks do your kids enjoy?

*My kiddos were hot; not sunburned.  We have no clue why Sam was in a sweatshirt.

Jar of Beads

What do you do when all your official studies are done?  Spell.

spelling

Sarah, 5, had been searching through these wooden alphabet beads for certain letter sounds.  Once Hannah had finished her math, she grabbed the beads and found a quiet spot.

skills

Hannah started out spelling family names and then moved on from there.  She was very focused and engaged during this activity.  How wonderful that she was learning and having fun?  This is a great method for tackling spelling with a hands on learner.  The dollar store cookie sheet keeps the beads contained. A must with a little one running around.

hands on

The only problem? A shortage of frequently used letters.    I also plan to use these beads with Sam to cover letter recognition.  All stages of learning can benefit from a simple pack of alphabet beads. I suppose I need to add more beads to the shopping list.

Any fun learning happening in your home?