Meal Planning for Kids

Homeschooling has a way of tripling the amount of meals needed to prepare in a home. Having 3 growing boys and 1 princess also increases the amount of food!

Each child is assigned breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are then responsible to plan, cook and clean that mealtime. About every year, I rotate the kids around to a new meal slot.

Now meal planning has been my nemesis, the kids really struggle with coming up with ideas. Here is how a 3-ring binder, stickers, Google images and recipes solved my problem.

After gathering my supplies, I first decided on a theme for each day of the week. For example: Monday breakfast would be something with syrup, and lunch would be something with hamburger. Once I had the themes I gathered about 4 or 5 recipes that would match each theme.

On the first page I typed up the scheduled theme.

Monday is something with hamburger

Tuesday is salad something

Wednesday is cold sandwiches

Thursday is hot sandwiches

Friday is fun meals

Then using card stock as dividers; I labeled the dividers with each theme and decorated with stickers. The recipes were placed in page protectors and little notes were added on how to make things either dairy free or gluten free to handle the food allergies in our family. Using Google for some chef images, I decorated the front cover of the cookbooks.

Now when it is time to plan meals, my kids look at the theme for that day and pick one of the recipes.


My Project Life

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Derek enjoying school. (daily)                      Kyle’s first time behind the wheel! (memorable)

I am so excited to have “Take a Photo a Day” on my calendar! I am trying to pace my self, cause really I could take 365 photos in one day!

The best part about this project is not just to focus on photographing those memorable moments, but also to document the daily moments. The bonus, I am doing this online and I just have to upload and drop my photos into a pre-made album. On Sundays this year I plan to note the scripture verse from my church service and add a great photo of God’s creation to it.

So when you see me next and I say “Cheese” you will know what I am up to!!

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalms 37:1