This is SO NOT Montessori... Our dc are taking the SAT test Monday and Tuesday so I *finally* went to Mardel and got them the following Spectrum Test Prep books: Grade 3 and Grade 8. I got the 8th grader and the 9th grader the Grade 8 one simply because the store only carries up to grade 8 for these types of books :( and I wanted her to have some kind of warm-up before test day. Your regard for me could go to either way: Yes, I could've/should've gotten them weeks ago to have less stress; Yes, I could've/should've not given them any test or practice whatsoever. Well, being eclectic, and hoping to keep their options open for college and not hinder them, we test but don't dwell/focus on it [as may be obvious by my getting their practice books 4 days before the test!].
Several years ago I spent HOURS going through all of the different publishers' test prep booklets. I chose this series and have stuck with it ever since for the years that we test. I still like it best of the available options.
Next year I'll have to order something online for the olders (Egad! 2 highschoolers??? When did THAT happen??). Just so I don't have to re-research the one for my soon-to-be-fourth-grader this is for next year: Grade 4. Any recommendations for SAT test prep for 9th and 10th graders for next year are welcome!
Pizza Rolls/Pockets: I made pizza rolls using the yogurt dough in Nourishing Traditions. I love this recipe because it can sit for days in the fridge (how long it usually takes for me to complete a task!) and not go bad. Since I use kefir I don't have to worry about the dairy going bad right away. Anyway... I mixed some pre-cooked ground beef and a bunch of squirts of ketchup ;) and some grated mozzarella that I managed to swipe and hide in the refrigerator. My dc prefer ketchup but you can use pizza sauce if you'd like.
Simply roll out, use a pizza cutter to cut out rectangles, put a heaping teaspoon of the mixture onto half of the rectangle, fold over, and crimp edges together with a fork. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes until lightly golden.
I was going to save them for lunches but dc begged me (literally) to have them right away for dinner that night. Being a big ol' softy...
And Dining with Debbie's What's on the Menu Wednesday at:
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