Friday, August 20, 2010

grade 2, block I, week 2 (herbalicious!)

monday, august 16th
(heart) no walk today...we had lego club!
(head) main lesson
*read loud with mama, 15 min...more tales of oliver pig
*form drawing, p. 13, fig. 22b
*tell story, "the young rabbit" (p. 63, mullein)
(hands) handwork,
*make play dough
(we used the recipe from childhood magic's blog)

*3 c flour (& a bit more for kneading)
*1/2 c salt
*2 tbsp cream o' tartar
*2 tbsp vegetable oil
*2 c boiling water
*essential oils, optional
*food coloring, optional

1.mix all dry ingredients together.
2. add oil, boiling water & essential oil (if using)
3. mix carefully as it will be quite hot!
4. knead, adding a bit more flour if needed.
aydin & i made mama & baby dragonflies & frogs..:)
ehren's creations...
even evyn got in on the fun!
tuesday, august 17th
(heart) garden day, 1 hr/week spent weeding, mulching, harvesting & exploring w/circle time
(head) main lesson
*read aloud with mama, 15 min...more tales of oliver pig
*make mullein oils...
we used mullein that we have harvested & dried last month...:)
1) massage oil (lavender, chamomile, calendula, & mullein)
2) earache oil (st. john's wort, garlic & mullein)
1. measure out ingredients, having both jars & grapeseed/olive oil at the ready.
we used 1/2c of each herb
2. rub herbs between palms to bruise & release oils.
3. add herbs to jar (we used quart mason jars) & cover with either grapeseed/olive oil.
4. poke herbs down into oil...any not covered in oil could mold, etc.
5. shake for 1 minute.
6. label, then store in cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. shake for 1 minute each day, for the next 2 weeks, then strain.
*if using fresh herbs, strain oil after 2-3 days. the water in the plants will make the oils going rancid much more quickly.
the oils didn't take nearly as long as i thought they would take, so we played legos!
aydin, our resident lego master, built a backhoe...
ehren built (from left to right) a dvd, a tv & a remote...
i built??...the boys have decided it was a rainbow army base...
note the bed hair...a lesser known perk of homeschooling, or is it just me?? ;)
(hands) baking; hummus & pita chips (mmmmm...)
i could not find our hummus recipe, so we winged it. we ended up with our best hummus yet!
*1 can garbanzo beans
*2 heaping tbsp minced garlic
*3 tbsp lemon juice
*salt, pepper & cumin to taste
combine the above ingredients in a food processor until well blended. slowly add olive oil to achieve desired consistency.
pita chips?? (we LOVE these!)
preheat over to 400 degrees.
cut pita in 1/8s, separate halves (so that you end up with 16 triangles per pita)
arrange on baking sheet, brush lightly with olive oil
bake 5 min or so, depending on how crispy you like them.
some of our boys like them a bit soft, and some like them fully crisp.

wednesday, august 18th
*play group @ the library...

thursday, august 19th
(heart) walk/hike with circle
(head) main lesson:
*read aloud with mama, 15 min...more tales of oliver pig
*recall story, draw mullein & plant profile
*tell story, "how fluff cloud gave plantain herb to the earth" (p.81)
(hands) beeswax/play dough molds...
another project inspired by ariella over @ childhood magic
gather modeling beeswax (we used stockmar), play dough (we used ours from monday) & some fun little trinkets/treasures that you think would make cool molds...
press the treasures into the play dough to make the casings...
melt beeswax. you could use a double boiler, but we don't have one. we just put the beeswax in a tin can & put that in an old pot. then we added about 1/2" or so of water.
be super careful pouring the wax into the molds as it is HOT!!
let cool... the beeswax's colors will lighten as it hardens. remove play dough 'shell' & enjoy!
we actually had to wash the last bits of play dough off in the sink...
this was addictive! the boys seriously would have gone on all night if i hadn't nipped it. ;)
friday, august 20th
(heart) walk/hike with circle time
(head) main lesson
*read aloud with mama, 15 min...more tales of oliver pig
*practice plantain poultice
used to remove splinters & pains from both insect bites & bee stings...
*make plantain window hangings (p. 78)
*make plantain leaf rubbings
(hands) painting day
"yellow shines down on blue from above. she is careful not to get too close...she does not want to wake him."

1 comment:

  1. Loving this block mama!
    Also, nominated you for an award... :)