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Rolling Lumpia

Posted by fasd101 on September 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Part of our schooling is teaching the boys life skills.

Last week we made homemade flour tortillas

Daniel and Evan eating their delicious tortillas with some melted butter and dusted with sugar.

Flour Tortillas

Makes about 10-12

3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil
1 cup warm water

Combine all ingredients until it forms a dough. Roll into a big ball and divide into 10-12 equal pieces.  Pat flat with your hands or use a rolling pin and roll thin as it will puff up a little. Put on a griddle on the stove and let the sides cook until there are lil brown specks. I like to use a little butter in my panWal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Today I taught the boys how to roll Lumpia.

Cooking together is a great way to use those fine motor skills

Concentrating on geting the technique down.

Done. Good job boys. You will eat your creation soon.

Big boys cook with us too, but I missed getting pictures of them this time.

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Sensory Bucket: Water & Sand

Posted by fasd101 on July 22, 2013 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (1)

It is summer time

And what better way to spend  those HOT summer days

than with WATER & SAND play?

Water and sand play appeals to most children, but some of our sensory defensive kids might not be so keen to join in on the fun.

Make the water and sand buckets or Water and Sand Table available for your child to play. Encourage them to interact with you as you play.  Even if you can only get them to try it out for a few minutes at a time, it will help them become less sensitive to the materials.

I particularly like this water and sand table

because the water and sand sections are divided and it has the fun water tower and spinners to pour water through.

As much as I like those water & sand tables above

and if you purchased anything from my links I make a little commission

I understand that not everyone has the money for such luxuries.

A more cost effective way to play in the water and sand

is to use Rubbermaid Dish Pans

Buy two and set on a table side by side.

One with Sand and the other with Water.

Then gather some toys to promote play. Use spoons

cups, platic pitchers of water

you could even color some water in a pitcher

so when the child pours it in the water in the tub it will change the color.

Other Developemental Benefits

Social/emotional development.
Sand and water inspire children to work together in pretend play.
It has been well documented that playing with water & sand
can calm a child who is agitated or upset.
When children play with sand and water they often express
their thoughts and feelings.

Physical development
Children strengthen their small muscles as they mold wet sand and scoop water. They develop fine motor skills and eye-hand
coordination working with props as they pour water through a
funnel, sift sand through a sieve, and squeeze
a baster full of water. They build gross motor skills as they carry buckets of sand or water outdoors.

Cognitive development.
Sand and water are natural companions in scientificexplorations
and engage children in making careful observations and in classification, comparison, measurement, and problem-solving activities.
Children discover that as a liquid, water can be splashed, poured,
and frozen. As a dry solid, sand can be sifted, raked, and shoveled. When children combine the two, the properties of both change:
the dry sand becomes firm and the water becomes cloudy.
The texture of sand changes, too. Wet sand can be molded.
It also feels cooler to the touch than dry sand.
Children learn about volume and capacity as they fill empty containers.
They explore cause and effect when they observe which objects
sink and which float. And they discover that the amount of sand or water
remains the same whether the container is thin and tall or short and wide.

Language development
While playing with sand and water, children expand their vocabularies  as they learn words like grainy, rough, sprinkle, shallow, and funnel.
They build emerging literacy skills as they write letters in the sand or
use alphabet molds. Equally important, as children perform experiments at the sand and water table, they routinely ask
and answer questions.

Want to boost your WATER fun?
How about adding a music element.

The following video is yet another way to add
sensory stimulation to your water play.

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Can you see the benefits for our sensory challenged kids?

Now get outside and enjoy some fun with Water and Sand.

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Stopmotion For Education

Posted by fasd101 on July 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Look at these cool products I purchased for my big boys


Yes, I said school

It doesn't matter what method of homeschooling you use


work best for most FASDers.

They will have so much fun using the

they wont realize how much they are learning.

(Click on the links below to add some fun to any kids day)

Stopmotion Explosion: Complete Stop Motion Animation Kit with Camera (Windows & OS X)

The Klutz Book of Animation: Make Your Own Stop Motion Movies

Tricky Video: The Complete Guide to Making Movie Magic (Klutz)

I had two main reasons for purchasing this kit.

#1. One of my boys is really into computers and how it works, and how movies are made 

#2. The other one hates writing, lacks imagination, loves all things computer related.

But after getting the Stopmotion Explosion Kit and the extra books, I realized that this activity can function both as a method and a reward for learning an enormous range of topics.

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The Stopmotion Explosion Kit

is a complete introduction to stop-motion and filmmaking.

With over 290 pages of step-by-step tutorials and hundreds of illustrations, your child will learn how to write screenplays and draw storyboards; how to make a character walk, run, or talk; and finally how to edit scenes and add voices and sound effects.

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Research and Animate Just About Anything

With the Stopmotion Explosion Kit your children could research and animate just about anything. The guys in your family will be eager to learn how to animate intense battle sequences to reenact famous historical acts of heroism. The child who leans toward the superhero genre will be thrilled to learn how to make his characters fly and how to incorporate laser blasters and light sabers. I am sure the boys will be making many Star Wars movies using our kit.

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A fun and memorable way to teach Bible stories.

The boys could use the white boards to do fun math tricks, history lessons, science...

almost endless


I Can't wait to give this to the boys and see what they are going to do with it.

But they may have to wait

as I am thinking this is going to be a Christmas gift.

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