Kindergarten Sight Words – Dinosaur Matching

Free Kindergarten Sight Word Dinosaur Game Printable // Meagan Musing

We’re busy getting ready for Andrew to start Kindergarten in the fall. I’m actually really excited about it. Not the super early mornings, but the making new friends and learning new things and growing and changing parts. I’m excited to see what he’s going to learn this year. And I’m super excited for him to become a proficient reader.

Growing up, I always had a book in my hand. I read dozens of Nancy Drew and Boxcar Kids and a new Babysitters Club book was heaven for me! But even before those series books, Mom would take us to the library every week to stock up on reading material. It was an activity I always looked forward to, and I so hope Andrew and Caroline will grow to love books the way I did and still do.

But first, we have to get him reading a little better. :) He’s doing really well for a kid who hasn’t even started school yet. He knows a good pile of sight words and can sound most things out. Sight words are so important to reading development, but I’ve had a hard time getting him to put down the LEGOs and work on them.

So I decided to create a dinosaur game. We all know Andrew loves dinosaurs – ha! And he’s loving this little matching game!

Kindergarten Sight Words Printable // Meagan Musing

I think your little new reader will too!

There are three pages of dinosaur words: a stegosaurus, t-rex and a brachiosaurus – and one page of matching word circles. All you’ll need to do to get your dinosaur lover playing is to print the dino pages and cut out the circles and he’ll be ready to learn!

Kindergarten Sight Words Printable // Meagan Musing

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Make sure you sit down with him and have him read the word before he finds the match. That way you’ll be there if he gets stuck.

Happy dinosaur matching! :)

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A Week of Simple Bentos

I’ve managed to pack lots more lunches this summer than I was planning to. We’re on our fourth week of summer already, and I’m currently packing my second week of Andrew lunches. But even those two weeks off have been really nice.

He’s at dinosaur camp this week, and I’ve challenged myself to make a different dino lunch every day. I’m having way too much fun! But he told me on Monday that he had the coolest lunch in the cafeteria. :) Yay!

Here I’m sharing lunches from one of our last few weeks of school, but look out for dinosaur overload soon!

Enjoy! And as always, please let me know if you have any questions!

May 12, 2014

Simple Bentos // Superheroes & #PlanetBox

This was a quick Superhero lunch for Andrew on a Monday morning. I always know he’ll love these sandwiches. I bought these cutters a few years ago at  Williams-Sonoma and I check often to see if they’re back in stock, but all they have now are the Star Wars cutters. You can find this Marvel set on Amazon, but they’re asking $50 – highway robbery! So I looked on Ebay and there’s a set listed for $75. Insanity! If you’re looking for something more reasonable, I think this shop on Etsy looks super cute. I may order the Flash cutter. Andrew would be thrilled!

The rest of the lunch included raspberries, oranges and chocolate Avengers snacks all packed in a crowd favorite, the PlanetBox.

May 13, 2014

Simple Bentos // 4 Up

This little divided box is one of my favorites for busy mornings. Anyone can find something to put into four separate boxes, am I right?  This day I filled Caroline’s with carrots and purple grapes, a heart shaped cup of cinnamon Chex and two stacked mini car ham sandwiches.

Simple Bentos // CuteZcute Cat

Andrew’s lunch was equally simple. I stamped a cat sandwich, and added some Scooby bones, carrots and raspberries. It was all packed in the Lunchbots Duo.

May 15, 2014

Simple Bentos // Superstar

This was the day of Andrew’s preschool performance. He was a little nervous about singing on stage with everyone so I wanted to remind him that he’s my superstar! I made a star shaped turkey sandwich with a shooting star baran, a star shaped fruit strip, strawberries and carrots and spicy corn sticks from our NatureBox.  So cute and his performance was adorable!

Simple Bentos // #Yumbox Flowers

Yumbox for Caroline! She had ham rollups, yogurt, strawberries, crackers and fruit strings. I topped the crackers with cheesy summer flowers! :)

I follow Yumbox on Instagram and it looks like they’re coming out with new shapes and colors this summer! I’m SO excited. I’ve wanted a more girly color box for Caroline but didn’t really want to order another just the same as this green one, but if I can get one with different compartments then sign me up! You can sign up on their website to know as soon as they’re available. They were wait listed at the beginning of school last year so don’t wait too long!

Happy lunch packing!


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May and then June

May // Andrew + Caroline

Looking back over the last two or three years, the blog always goes pretty silent this time of year.

It must be the weather. I’m trying to soak up every last day of warm, comfortable temperatures before the blazing heat rolls in. This time of year also brings the end of school craziness and laziness and I just want to sit on the back patio with a glass of cool white wine and watch the kiddos run around and not hurt each other.

Caroline // May

Well, now that it’s June it’s hotter than hot outside, and I don’t want to go out there for even a minute. So I guess I can come back to the blog. Ha!

What have we been up to?

Andrew graduated from Pre-K and I held back tears for days. I’m just so very proud of him. It sure is a good thing Caroline is still at our little school because otherwise I would have been a sad, sad mama.

These are their last day of school photos.

I LOVE them. The kids and the photos.

May // Andrew

I’ve been really lousy at picking up the camera since I bailed on my 365 Project, but these photos reminded me of why I started in the first place. (I may get back to it after this little break.)

May // Caroline

Here’s a bold statement:

I’ve decided that this is the summer I’m going to teach myself to cook.

Which means I’m spending hours and hours in the kitchen. I’ve been really motivated lately to feed myself and my family wholesome, nutrient filled foods rather than so much of the junk that is readily available to us these days. While it’s a whole lot easier to pop some Tyson chicken nuggets in the oven than it is to dice up my own chicken, dredge it in whole wheat breadcrumbs and olive oil and bake it, I know exactly what I’m cooking when I do that. And it’s delicious!

I’ve found that the key to the cooking is planning (and confidence, but I think that takes time). I’m becoming a meal planner! Finally, after all this time I think it’s going to stick.

I’m also keeping real stock of what’s in my refrigerator. All this produce and meat really eats up the budget, and I’ve been much better than I used to be about making sure we actually eat the foods we buy.

But I have to be realistic too. I’m not going to cook gourmet, healthy meals seven nights a week even as much fun as I’m having learning new recipes. So I’m cutting myself some slack and penciling in one day for leftovers and one day for takeout. I can’t go overboard and burnout!

Also my kids are still picky-ish, especially Caroline, and they just flat out refuse to eat so many things. I can’t get too fancy around here! Ha!

I’ve been inspired by lots of lovely ladies to clean up our meals and do more cooking at home. Instigram is full of foodie accounts, but I really enjoy Andrea at @GwynethMadeMeDoIt. She’s so real and cooks for her family, and isn’t super restrictive or preachy. She just cooks good, healthy foods and encourages us along the way. I also get lots of great tidbits from Madeline at @MadelineNutrition. She’s a certified nutrition consultant and shares helpful tips and recipes on all kinds of products and foods.

So if I’m not around here, you can probably find me in my kitchen, dicing and chopping and sauteing and making vegetables taste really, really good. :)

Caroline // May

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