Our Family Motto

We, the Peterson Family:

Promise to be honest in all we do and say,

Stand tall and righteous throughout each day.

Serve around the world and in our home,

Give thanks for blessings we’ve been shown.

We’ll work as a team with joy and love,

And honor our Heavenly Father above.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week 5

Valentine’s Day!

*Suggested Reading*

You and Me by Martine Kindermans (Illustrator)

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat (Illustrator) (Illustrator)

Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses: The Story of the Valentine Symbols by Edna Barth

I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

Items needed this week:

Wax paper



Iron (Adult Only)


Poster Board


Candy Heart



Safety pin

Various animal or bug patterns (ie. bug, elephant, monkey, etc)

Heart patterns

Permanent marker

Red craft foam or cardstock

Tan craft foam or cardstock

Brown craft foam or cardstock

Pink craft foam or cardstock

Black craft foam or cardstock

Snack Suggestion: Valentine’s Day Chex Mix


9cups Rice Chex® cereal

1cup white vanilla baking chips

1/2cup peanut butter

1/4cup butter or margarine

3/4cup powdered sugar

1/2cup red, white and pink candy-coated chocolate candies

1/4cup red or pink jimmies sprinkles


1. In large bowl, place cereal. In small microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

2. Place 1/2 of the cereal mixture in 1-gallon food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, stir candies and sprinkles into remaining cereal mixture. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15 minutes.

4. In serving bowl, mix both cereal mixtures. Store in airtight container.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Visit your Local Fire Station

Visit your local fire station, and dont forget a sweet treat- they love that kind of stuff! Oh! And dont forget the camera!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Flame Paints with Marbles


Yellow and red tempera paint in small cups or bowls


Box lid

Manila paper or folders


Let children lay a piece of Manila paper in the box lid. Spoon out one to three small blobs of paint on the paper and place one or more marbles in the lid. We didn't have any paint so we used catchup and mustard! By tilting the lid slightly the marbles will roll around through the paint and make "flame" designs. Add more spoonfuls of paint if desired to increase the color blending.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Basic 72 Hour Kit

The government's Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has lists of items they suggest all residents pack into an emergency bag. Begin with those items. The quantities must last for at least 3 days, per person. They are:

  • Food: 3 days of non-perishable food items per person
  • Water: One gallon of water per person, per day for drinking and sanitation purposes
  • Dust masks and poncho
  • Flashlight and batteries: While one flashlight is good, one per person is best. Use small penlights with LED bulbs for longest lasting light
  • Whistle: Every person in your family should have a whistle to help signal location, distress or for help. Putting the whistle on a lanyard helps keep track of it
  • Sanitation-Moist towelettes, hand purifying gel, paper towels, trash bags in several sizes and plastic ties
  • Blankets or emergency "space" blankets for warmth
  • A heavy duty backpack or duffel bag with a shoulder strap to carry kit items

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fire Drills

Fire Drill
Even though you are expected to do fire drills on a regular basis, have your children do a fire drill during the theme.

Smoke Crawl
Explain to the children that if there is a lot of smoke that they should crawl instead of walk. Have the children practice crawling.

Stop, Drop and Roll
Have the children stop, drop and roll.

I Know My Name, Address and Phone
Work with the older children to memorize their full name, address and phone number. Also, teach children about calling 911 in an emergency.