The kids really started to get the hang of letter M this week! I was so proud! At one point this week Ruby brought me a monkey doll and said, "Mommy, Monkey letter M?" It was an exciting moment for me both as her teacher and her mother. There is nothing like seeing the light bulb go off when a child makes a connection on something they have been learning.
Trying to keep things fresh and sensory driven, the kids helped me make muffins. M is for Muffin was a huge hit! (Please excuse my crazy socks as you look through the pictures.) I made sure that I pre-measured some ingredients, so that the process wouldn't take too terribly long and loose the attention of my young audience.
We were making Oatmeal and Applesauce Muffins. I found the recipe on the Quaker Oats website. I exchanged the flour for wheat flour hoping to make these muffins a healthy treat. The kids helped me add the main ingredients from the bowls I had put them in.
For some of the smaller ingredients, the kids helped me count the spoon fulls as we added them into the bowl.
The children took tuns stirring the muffin batter. I had keep reminding them not to eat the batter because we still had to cook it. But, secretly I wanted to eat the batter too. Mmmm batter!
I added the batter to the muffin tin and cooked the muffins. They smelled delicious. Every few minutes, one of the kids would come in and ask me if they could eat the muffins yet. Finally, It was tasting time. I added a little bit of butter to the muffins and ...
I'd love to say that this face was because the muffins were so yummie, but that would be a lie. They were really, really, bland. This face was shear pride over having helped make the muffins. Which, despite the bland taste of the muffins, was totally worth it!
Bell's face pretty much sums up the true story of the muffins. YUCK! We needed to add cream cheese to make them edible. The funny thing is, the kids asked for more muffins the next day. I'm pretty sure it was the cream cheese they really wanted. That pretty much negated the health factor of the whole wheat flour. Oh Well! But they ate it and that sometimes can be a challenge, so I'll take it!
M is for muffin...Not a success. Not a failure. Let's call it a draw!