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Beef Stroganoff

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We're trying out something new!  Today, we're inviting you into our kitchen.  I mean, really, with a name like "Wolfe Stew" it was only a matter of time before we did.  And we’re excited to have you here!   So, come on in, pour yourself a beverage, and feel free to either sit back and relax, or jump up and join in.   For our first food blog, we’re bringing out an old favorite – Beef Stroganoff.   As it’s a throwback to childhood for both of us, it’s also a comfort food.   While it’s not our mother’s stroganoff, we do serve it the same way: on top of egg noodles with a side of green beans.   The Inspiration If you follow us on social media, you’ve likely already seen this picture: There’s actually a story behind it, which much to your delight, you get to hear now.   Prior to the Mr. posting this, I had posted the following pic: Call it an experiment, the Mr. wanted to know which one would engage our audience more: food (and more specificall

March - An Idea for Every Day Calendar

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Let's get ready to march into March in 2020 with these engaging learning activities for your learners.  Even if you don't lead littles in any capacity, I bet you'll find one (or two) ways to celebrate on this calendar. If you're ready to download and move on to planning March activities, don't let us stop you.  We're here to help!  Please, click here now . Above is merely a graphic.  Please click here for your very own calendar. If, however, you're a little more cautious and need more information before committing to a click, I hear you!  Read on, dear friends, read on! What is this Idea for Every Day Calendar anyway?   It's exactly that, leaders: we've come up with a reason to celebrate every day with your learners and paired each one with academic activities.  We've even taken the liberty to suggest some weekend activities, because leaders deserve to have fun too!  So, get out your planner and write in one (or two) of these c

Lent Challenge

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Lent is coming up; it’s right around the corner (February 26th).    Have you decided what you’re giving up for Lent?   Should you even give something up for Lent?   Normally, I don’t.   The first time I even honored Lent was a few years ago as a challenge issued by my pastor.   His explanation of Lent was that we sacrifice something to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us.   It wasn’t easy for me to choose what to give up that Lent, but this Lent the choice presented itself to me.   Quite honestly, I had no intention of participating until it was thrust into my lap.   And, as a fellow stone in the wall , I intend to do the same to you.   Today, I want to challenge you to give up something for Lent that will bring good to others.   God wants us to be good to others.   Do to others as you would have them do to you.   Luke 6:31 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.   Matthew 5:45 Be devoted to one another in love.   Honor one another above yourselves.   Roman

Don't Eat That!

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I love picture books and so am thrilled to review one today.   Picture books are every Leader of Littles' dream.   I don’t care how old you are, if you’re willing, you can always learn something from a picture book.   They are little gems full of knowledge, art and entertainment.   You have a short amount of time to get the message across, and creativity must shine through.   For picture book reviews, the format will remain much the same as the chapter book format with one addition: Artwork Description.   Review format as follows: Target Audience Simple Summary Artwork Description Setting Main Characters Point of View *Conflicts* Themes *Our Favorites* About the Author Academic Activities Websites to Explore I’ll alert you to potential spoilers with *asterisks* surrounding the header.   Target Audience If you enjoy humor, puns, and persistence,  Don’t Eat That! is a must-read for you.   This enjoyable

Two-Step Decision Making

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Raise your hand if you just love making decisions.  Yeah, don’t worry, me neither. I abhor making decisions.  If you gave me 24 hours to make a decision, I would take every single moment and still not be confident in my decision.  I’m trying to make progress in this area.  I think I have, but it’s still a struggle.  I’d love to share some ideas that have helped me with this task, in the hopes that maybe they will help you too.  Also, let’s be honest, in writing them out, perhaps it will become clearer to me.  I don’t know.  I’ll decide later… The Logical Approach So, first, let’s talk about a couple methods out there for decision making.  A few tried and true methods; or ones I’ve tried and blew.  The place I always start out: The Pros and Cons List.  You know this one.  You’ve been making pros and cons lists since grade school.  It’s classic.  It’s how you think through things.  It’s logical.  It works every time.  Trust me on this.  All you have to do is: Fold a piece of paper