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Monday, September 30, 2013

Michaelmas Part 2

Michaelmas Part 1

Very busy day two of celebrating Michaelmas. We had fun making gf dragon bread. It did not fair well though. The girls painted watercolor dragons and then we made felt dragons. They sewed and stuffed the bodies themselves. Heavenly made bubby's.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Canning Peach Apple Sauce

I love canning. To me it's extending that homemade home cooking love throughout the whole year. Today was round one of applesauce. Peach applesauce is so delicious. In the upcoming days I will also can strawberry and blueberry applesauce. I also used my vitamixer which allows for healthier applesauce that includes the whole fruit except stems, seeds, and stones.

Monday, September 23, 2013

First 3rd Grade Geometry Lesson

I am learning to take it slow as we journey the Waldorf road. There is so much to learn. This is week three and we finally started math. It was fun. We are doing the geometry block. Today we practiced making circles. Circles in circles, overlapping and standing alone. The first graders is on the left and third graders is on the right. 

Weekly Rhythm

The picture is not great so I will explain. Each morning our circle time will be a morning offering prayer, verses and candle lighting. Then faith lessons and reading time. M-Th math as my girls love math. They both play instruments and will practice daily. We will do language and history on M,T & Th. Fridays will be devoted to handwork, form drawing, friends and field trips. We will bake on Monday and Thursday. Science of our choosing is on Wednesday.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Harvesting Sweet Potatoes

Just spent over an hour digging up sweet potatoes with Shane. We had to use those little hand shovels as we are still limited with our gardening tools. I did not wear gloves and, therefore have very blistered palms. Total harvested today 49 lbs. Plenty of sweet potato biscuits, pie, and casseroles for winter will be made.

Fall Garden Deals

This time of year is a great time to buy fruit trees and other garden center items at close out prices. Most of these deals are not advertised. Yesterday I purchased three dwarf lime trees at Lowes for $5. Also, early to mid fall is a perfect time to plant fruit trees. It's a win-win situation. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

This is my favorite sandwich. I love extra chunky dill pickles in it. In a bowl combine cooked slightly mashed chickpeas with the following: vegan mayo, salt, chopped celery, chopped onions, dill pickle, mustard and nutritional yeast. Garlic and onion powder if you like. Enjoy!

First Water Color Lesson

The 3rd grader painted about Kotura, Lord of the Wind. The 1st grader painted about Once Around the Sun. 

Toddler Inclusion

Today we are doing water colors for the first time with our new Earthschooling curriculum. The two year old wanted to paint so he is using tempera paint. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

First Main Lesson Book Entry Grade 3

We have slowly worked at establishing a new rhythm for the school year. We have enrolled in an online distance education Waldorf school called Earth Schooling. We love it. It fits us perfectly and is very affordable. This is my third graders first main lesson book entry for her Native American block. 

Form Drawing Lesson I

The form drawing lesson went well. My hobbit girls love all things art. Since this being our first experience with form drawing I am combining the lessons and modifying for each hobbit. The first grader made a sword, a feather, and a bow and arrow. The third grader drew corn stalks from her Native American block. 

First Lesson With Beeswax Molding Clay

Today was our first lesson with beeswax molding clay. The warming in the hands method did not work fast enough for the hobbits. We tried warming them in baggies in a pan of warm water. It was still a little difficult but we will get the hang of it. The third grader made corn stalks for the story,"How Indian Corn Came Into The World".

Monday, September 2, 2013

Gathering Supper Part II

Gathering Supper Part I

Freezing Raw Cabbage

Did you know you could freeze raw cabbage? It's a quick and easy process. I like making small bags to grab for pots of soup and crockpot days. Just cut and place in a sink of cold water shaking debris to the bottom. Shake or pat excess water from the cabbage. Place in freezer bags and freeze. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

More Sunflowers

Bursting with Sunflowers

Saving the Savoy!

Found cute cabbage worms destroying the Savoy cabbage. So I harvested the survivors to clean and cut for the freezer. Organic gardening can be frustrating.