Tuesday, April 28, 2015

3 Month Water Supply (for meals)

Now that I have my menu and ingredient list together I needed to figure out how much water I needed for cooking and is the break down.  Please note that this post is not complete yet.  I am still working on my math : )

3 Month Water Supply

  1. Pancakes/waffles: 15 1/3 cups
  2. Oatmeal: 80.5 cups
  3. Muffins: 22 cups
          Total: 117 5/6 cups or 7 3/8 gallons

  1. Bread: 22 1/2 cups
  2. Top roman: 90 cups
  3. Macaroni and cheese: 150 cups
          Total: 262 1/2 cups or 16 2/5 gallons

  1. Spaghetti/fettuccine: 150 cups
  2. Soup: 30 cups (if required)
  3. Tortillas: 3 3/4 cups
  4. Rice: 45 cups
          Total: 228 3/4 cups or 14 1/3 gallons

  1. Brownies:
  2. Cake/cupcakes:

  1. Milk:
  2. Water: 
  3. Hot cocoa:

Need to revisit the posts on the menu or ingredient amounts?

Monday, April 27, 2015

3 Month Meal Food Supply

I have put together a list of what my family of 5 will need for our 3 month food supply (90 days) based on the menu I put together.

3 Month Meal Food Supply

90 Breakfasts:
  1. Pancakes/waffles: 23 meals
      a. pancake mix: 1 large bag (Costco)
      b. cooking water*
      c. syrup: 4 large bottles (Costco)
  2. Oatmeal: 23 meals
      a. instant oatmeal packets: 161 packets  (4 boxes @ Costco)
         **Note: this is for 2 packets for each adult and 1 packet for each child
      b. cooking water*
  3. Cereal: 22 meals
      a. cereal: 19 boxes
      b. powdered milk*
      c. (for milk) water*
  4. Muffins: 22 meals
      a. muffin mix: 22 boxes
      b. cooking water*

90 Lunches:
  1. Sandwiches: 30 meals (tuna sandwich for adults and pb&j for children)
      a. bread*
      b. peanut butter: 6 -18 ounce jars
      c. jelly: 3 - 36 ounce jars
      d. tuna: 30 cans
      e. mayonnaise: 1 large jar
      f. relish: 2 jars
      g. mustard: 1 medium jar
  2. Top roman: 30 meals
      a. top roman: 60 packages (2 packages for each meal)
      b. cooking water*
  3. Macaroni and cheese: 30 meals
      a. macaroni and cheese: 60 boxes (2 boxes for each meal)
      b. cooking water*
      c. powdered milk*
      d. (for milk) water*
      e. butter: 4 boxes

90 Dinners:
  1. Spaghetti/fettuccine: 30 meals
      a. pasta: 15 bags (half spaghetti noodles, half fettuccine noodles)
      b. sauce: 15 jars (half spaghetti sauce, half Alfredo sauce)
      c. cooking water*
      d. diced tomatoes: 7 cans
      e. bread (leftover from sandwich lunch)
  2. Chili/soup: 30 meals
      a. soup: 30 cans (two per meal)
      b. chili: 30 cans (two per meal)
      c. cornbread*
  3. Burritos/chimichangas: 30 meals
      a. tortillas*
      b. black beans: 15 cans
      c. re-fried beans: 15 cans
      d. canned chicken: 15 cans
      e. rice: 30 cups
      f. cooking water*
      g. cooking oil: 30 cups

13 Dessert: once a week
  1. Brownies: 7
      a. brownie mix: 7 boxes
      b. cooking water*
  2. Cake/cupcakes: 6
      a. cake mix: 6 boxes
      b. cooking water

2 Side Dishes for lunch & dinner: one can fruit and one can vegetable with meal
  1. Canned peaches: 90 cans
  2. Canned pears: 90 cans
  3. Canned corn: 90 cans
  4. Canned green beans: 90 cans

1 Drink for each meal: 
  1. Milk: 85 meals
      a. powdered milk*
      b. (for milk) water*
  2. Water*: 87 meals
  3. Hot cocoa: 13 meals (once a week for breakfast)
      a. hot cocoa packets: 1 box (Costco)
      b. water*
  4. Juice: 85 meals
      a. apple juice: 60 bottles

*Baking ingredients: for bread, tortillas and cornbread
baking powder: 3 cups +1 Tbsp
corn meal: 15 cups
egg: 15
flour: 195 cups
low-fat dry milk: 7.5 cups
milk: 15 cups
oil: 9 1/4 cups +2 Tbsp
salt: 1 1/4 cup
sugar: 6 1/2 cups +1 Tbsp
water: 26 1/4 cups
yeast: 1/2 cup +3 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp

*see recipes for bread, tortillas, cornbread, and milk.  Also see 3 month supply of water for cooking and drinking and 3 month supply of milk for cooking and drinking.

3 Month Food Supply Menu

  Now that my 72-hour kit is all put together and my basement is ready to full with more food storage I am gathering my 3 month supply.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has encouraged us to store a 3 month supply of food we would normally eat.  To read more about what the church has said on food here.

Our 3 Month Food Supply Menu
  1. Pancakes/waffles
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Cereal
  4. Muffins

  1. Sandwiches
  2. Top roman
  3. Macaroni and cheese

  1. Spaghetti/fettuccine
  2. Chili/soup
  3. Burritos/chimichangas

  1. Brownies
  2. Cake/cupcakes

Side Dishes:
  1. Canned peaches/pears
  2. Canned corn/green beans

  1. Milk
  2. Water
  3. Hot cocoa
  4. Juice

See how much you will need for a family of 5 ( 2 adults and 3 children) by viewing my 3 month food supply post.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All About Me: My Name

Here are some ways that tots and preschoolers can learn to recognize their name, the letters in their name, trace their name, copy their name and write their name.

All About Me
Subcategory: My name
Color: green & blue (my children's favorite colors)
Shape: circle
Number:  6 (the amount of letters in their first name)
Letter: Cc & Ll (what their first names start with)
Opposite words:  first/last

1. Name collage: Write name(s) in big letters on a piece of paper.  Have children glue small circles (weekly shape) on top of the letters.
2. Letter collage: magazines, scissors, glue, paper.  Help child(ren) cut out pictures that start with the first letter in their name. Glue the pictures to the paper.
3. Watercolor name: With a white crayon write child's name on paper.  Have them paint on the paper with watercolor paint and watch their name magically appear!
4. Make Valentines for friends.  Encourage or assist child to write their name on each Valentine.
5. 3D Name: Write name on paper. Have child(ren) glue dry beans, corn, pom poms, googly eyes, cereal, etc. on top of the letters.


Cooking: green & blue jello

Dramatic Play: 
1. School
2. Post office: write letters to family and friends (don't forget to write who it's from)

Fine motor:  
1. Trace name: write name on strip of paper.  Have child place paper on their magnetic drawing board and use the magnetic pencil to trace name.  Take paper off to see their name on the magnetic board.
2. Sticker name: Write name on paper in big letters.  Have child(ren) put stickers on top of their name.
3. Tactile name: Write child's name in Elmer's glue (thick) onto paper.  After it is dry have child place another paper on top of the glue name and rub a crayon on the top paper.  Watch their name magically appear!
4. Rainbow Name: Write name on paper.  Have child(ren) trace name with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Gross motor:  
1. Letter hop: Using chalk write letters in the driveway. Have child jump from letter to letter.
2. Form letters using your body

1. Tracing: Fill zip-loc bag with hair gel and tape shut. Place paper with name under bag.  Have child trace with their finger on top of the bag to write their name.
2. Block name: provide letter blocks for your child to spell out their name

Math: Letter count: count how many letters are in their name 

Music:  "Willoughby walliby" by Raffi :
Willoughby walliby wee
An elephant sat on me
Willoughby walliby woo
An elephant sat on you
Willoughbly Walliby Wusten
An elephant sat on Justin
Willoughby Walliby Wangya
An elephant sat on Tanya
Willoughby Walliby Wenny
An elephant sat on Jenny
Willoughby Walliby Woal
An elephant sat on Joel
Willoughby Walliby Wong
I hope that you sing along
Willoughby Walliby Week
A singa linga longa with me!
A ratatatatat A neenaanananana
A doodaleedoodadoo
A badabadabadada!
Willoughby Walliby Wonny
An elephant sat on Bonny
Willoughby Walliby Warton
An elephant sat on Martin
Willoughby Walliby Woosen
An elephant sat on Susan
Willoughby Walliby Wennis
An elephant sat on Dennis
Willoughby Walliby Wen
An elephant sat on Ken
Willoughby Walliby Waffi
An elephant sat on Raffi
Willoughby Walliby Willoughby
Oooh, look at that elephant sitten there
Willoughby Walliby Willoughby aWallilalalalalala
*Lyrics found here

Outside time: 
1. Sand name: write/trace name in sandbox with finger or stick
2. Write/trace name with chalk 
3. Draw things that start with the letter in their name using chalk
4. Squirt letters: Write letters with chalk.  Have child(ren) find and squirt the letter with a squirt gun.


1. Play-dough name: add letter stamps to play-dough time. Stamp name in play-dough
2. Letter hunt: put foam letters, magnet letters, or block letters, etc. into sensory bin with rice, corn, or beans, etc.
3. Play-dough with letter cookie cutters
4. Make letters with play-dough "snakes"

Feelings theme ideas

There are so many feelings to explore. I believe that this is a very important theme because children need to learn to express how they are feeling with their words. It is okay for everyone to feel every feeling and it is important to learn how to express those feelings.

Weather theme ideas

This has been a great week to learn about weather. I lucked out! We have had beautiful warm sunny weather, rain, 30 mph wind, and snow. Can it get any better than that to teach children about weather?

Here are just a few of the ideas for learning and teaching about weather:

I know somethings are missing and there is so much more detail I could add.  I hope this theme web gets you started on planning your weather theme activities.

Space theme ideas

My children really enjoyed space week, which surprised me. I hope your child(ren) have just as much fun discovering space!

Here are some subcategories for you to explore with your child(ren). If you have more to add leave a comment. I am excited to see what you all come up with for the space theme.

Nursery Rhyme theme ideas

Here are some more Nursery Rhyme theme ideas that you may want to choose from.  Remember to pick a theme your child(ren) will be interested in; it will make learning really fun!

The Three Little Pigs
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Old Woman Who Live in a Shoe
Hickory Dickory Dock
Little Boy Blue
Little Miss Muffet
Jack and Jill
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do You Know the Muffin Man
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
Five Little Speckled Frogs
I'm A Little Teapot
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Old King Cole
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Ba Ba Black Sheep

I am really excited for next years Nursery Rhyme week because I have so many fun ideas for some of these rhymes.  Don't forget to leave a comment and tell us about all the wonderful ideas you come up with for your Nursery Rhyme week.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nursery Rhymes: Mary Had a Little Lamb

This is the last nursery rhyme of the week.  Next year I will do different nursery rhymes.  I hope these nursery rhyme lesson plans have been helpful for you and your child(ren).  I look forward to hearing about the other activities you came up with for your Mary Had a Little Lamb lesson plan.

Nursery Rhymes
Subcategory: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Color: white
Shape: circle
Number:  2
Letter: Ll
Opposite words:  stop/go
Texture:  soft

1. Lamb mask: cut center out of paper plate. Have child(ren) glue cotton balls on to rim of plate. Add construction paper ears.
2. Lamb: trace child's hand, cut out hand, glue popcorn onto hand to make a lamb and googly eyes and paper ears

Books:  Mary Had a Little Lamb, books about lambs, books about sheep, books about sheering, Nursery Rhyme books

Cooking: lamb chops

Dramatic Play: 
1. School
2. Farm

Fine motor:  Cotton balls and tongs: use tongs to put cotton balls into containers and take out of containers

Gross motor:  Follow the leader

Language:  L collection: collect objects that start with the letter "L" around the house

Math:  White collection: collect white objects around the house

1. Sing "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
2. Try learning "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the piano

Outside time: 
1. School playground
2. Farm: visit a farm (FIELD TRIP) 



If you liked this Nursery Rhyme theme check out my others:
Humpty Dumpty
Three Little Kittens

Click here for more theme ideas

Need help getting started? Click here to see how to put together your weekly lesson plan.

Nursery Rhymes: Three Little Kittens

This theme was a blast.  My children love cats...a lot.  So this was a super fun day for everyone.  As always if you have activities or ideas to add to the Three Little Kitten Nursery Rhyme theme please leave me a comment and I will add it; so we can all benefit.

Nursery Rhymes
Subcategory: Three Little Kittens
Color: grey
Shape: heart
Number:  3
Letter: Kk
Opposite words:  sad/happy
Texture:  furry

1. Mitten: have a pre-cut construction paper mitten; have child(ren) cut yarn and glue it onto the mitten
2. Laundry line: glue Popsicle sticks and yarn onto construction paper to make clothes line, glue on 3 pairs of mittens

Books:  The Mitten by Jan Brett, Three Little Kittens books, Nursery Rhyme books, Kitten books, Cat books, books on how yarn is made

Cooking: bake a pie

Dramatic Play: 
1. Cat and Kittens
2. Pet Store
3. House = laundry
4. Bakery

Fine motor:  Lace mittens: cut out two mittens and punch holes in them to make matching lacing cards. Have child(ren) lace the two mittens together to make one wearable paper mitten.

Gross motor:  Animal movement: move around like different animals.  Crawl like a crab, bounce like a kangaroo, fly like a humming bird, hop like a frog, pounce like a cat, run like a dog, stand on one leg like a flamingo, stalk like a tiger, slither like a snake, etc.

Language:  Mitten ABC match: Cut out 52 small construction paper mittens . Write a capital letter and a lower case letter on each mitten.  Have your child(ren) match the capital and lower case letters that go together.

1. Color mitten match file folder *print out a file folder here
2. Perfect pie file folder * print out a file folder here
3. Mitten number match: cut out 20 small construction paper mittens. Write the numbers 1-10 on 10 mittens and put corresponding dots on the other 10 mittens.  Have child(ren) match the correct number to the correct amount of dots.

Music: Yarn streamers: make 1 1/2 foot yarn streams by tying a group of 6-12 strands of yarn together.  Dance around to music with streamers.

Outside time: 
1. Snow: play outside in the snow. Build a snowcat (SEASONAL)
2. Mitten scavenger hunt: hide mittens outside; have children find mittens.
3. Pet store: visit a pet store (FIELD TRIP) How many cats? What color are the cats? How many cats are asleep? How many cats are awake? How many cats are playing with toys? How many cats are eating? 


1. Inside snow: put snow in the sensory bin. Play in the snow without mittens and with mittens.  When are your hands colder? (SEASONAL)
2. Clothesline: Make a clothes line with yarn and chairs.  Fill sensory buckets with warm soapy water.  Give children mittens to wash and hang (with clothes pins) on the clothesline.

If you liked this Nursery Rhyme theme check out my others:
Humpty Dumpty
Mary Had a Little Lamb

Click here for more theme ideas

Need help getting started? Click here to see how to put together your weekly lesson plan.
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