Hi there, I am Meeghan from SightsAnd Sound Reading. Our blog helps to teach children to read for free. We also help struggling readers learn to read better and learn to like reading. Lastly we offer tips and ideas to help parents, teachers and caregivers make learning to read fun. Today I thought it would be fun to make noodle letters and cream sauce. First – make your noodles. I used angel hair pasta, but spaghetti or fettuccine may work better or just as well. When I cooked my noodles, I added some olive oil to the water so that they did not stick together.
After cooking and draining the noodles, I rinsed a handful of them with cool water so that the children did not burn their hands. I then gave each child a cutting board (or plate would work well), and we started making our letters! My son started making the letter K, and I told my daughter to make a sight word. They got right to work!
This was a great activity to help reinforce the letters for my 4 year old son. It was also a great fine motor activity…picking up and stretching little noodles can be a little tricky. My 8 year old daughter had fun helping by writing the sight word ‘and’. If we had done this activity during the school year, I would have asked her to write her spelling words.
After making our noodle letters, we had a delicious meal with the remaining noodles we did not use … below is our favorite recipe for cream sauce… It is a must try! Also, please note: Do not double this recipe. If you want to make more of it, you need to make 2 batches.
1 stick of butter
1 pint whipping cream (1/2 a quart of whipping cream)
1 small can tomato paste
3 cloves garlic (chopped up)
1 small onion (chopped up)
salt and pepper to taste
In a double broiler, cook all ingredients for 1.5 hours. This recipe can be frozen or made the day before.
This recipe is a family favorite, and the directions I have are that simple. Basically you chop up the onions and garlic and place in a pot with the butter. Cook that until they brown a little. Then add the whipping ream and the tomato paste and cook for 1.5 hours over a double broiler. (Submerge your pot with all the ingredients in a pot of boiling water and leave boiling/cooking for 1.5 hours).
Meeghan (Karle) Mousaw has her Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She also has her Masters in Special Education from Assumption College. She re-discovered her mother’s reading program when trying to teach her daughter to read. She was amazed at how easy it was to teach her, and she loved that her daughter asked to practice reading every day. Immediately she knew it would be great for ALL children, especially those who struggle to learn to read. She was inspired to help her mother reach more children with her program. Meeghan is married and has five children. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves supporting her alma mater by attending the University of Notre Dame athletic events.