Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hugin's Lantern Puppet Show

Our morning began with a puppet show about a little gnome named Hugin and wildlife preparing for the long winter ahead. Hugins Lantern comes from my favourite Waldorf Seasonal Tales, 'Tell Me a Story".

Holiday Train


It was a long wait for our city's turn to celebrate the Holiday Train,
We set off down to the tracks to find empty bleachers, that were packed full within an hour.

Train's a Comin'

Monday, November 28, 2016

Brought to you by the Letter C

During Open Activity, I chanced upon this scene with Ms. C seated in the center.
She somehow sensed I was off on a search for my camera and subsequently disappeared!

Vegan Bites: Coconut Cashew Bars

With some revisions, we customized this delish dessert, including turning it into breakfast!

We added 2 tablespoons of cashew butter to the base, to help form more solid bars. We also used our Avocado Carob Icing, making it sticky, messy and smooth on top!

Math Monday: Birchbark Chain

With some beauty birch bark stumps, courtesy of Grandpa, we went to work peeling, slicing and linking into chains.

Anticipation & Innovation: Snowless Sledding


How to go, when there's no snow.

Zen Garden

There's something soothing about the feeling of sand (or salt) sifting through your hands.
We've done this activity multiple times, but it's always met with enthusiasm.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Chestnut Creatures

After reading Oddfellows Orphanage, we stuck with our wee chestnut theme and developed chestnut characters.

Before we began drawing, we studied the shape of a chestnut. While Ms. O was convinced they're triangular, Ms.C argued they're circular. Essentially, they're a mix of both; very much like a stout little teardrop.

Chestnut Tree: Japanese Childrens Song

One of our most beloved musicians, Elizabeth Mitchell, features a few Japanese childrens songs and amoung them, Chestnut Tree has been easily memorized.
Today we learned she has actions included!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_NWaCBrgsc 

More versions, same diddy

Vegan Bites: Roast Carrot & Cashew Hummus

Ridiculously fresh take on a classic vegetarian staple: hummus!
Sans chickpea's?!

Roasted Carrot & Cashew Hummus 
~1c carrots, 2" pieces
~turmeric, cumin, salt
~1/2c red lentils
~2c water
~1 clove garlic
~1/4c cashews
~2T tahini
~fresh lemon juice
~1/4c cilantro. chopped
~olive oil
Coat carrots, garlic and cashews in oil and spices. 
Roast in 400 degrees for 20 mins.
Boil lentils in water and drain excess once tender.
Blend all ingredients until desired consistency, adjusting spices as necessary.

Daily Doodle: Chalkboard Surprises

By far, my favourite development in children (if I could only choose one) is their ability to draw.
Ms.C has embarked on the great, uninhibited world of childrens art and leaves her mark on our chalkboards.

Story Dice. I love these little blocks, and Ms.O is honoured that I burned her work into wood! http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2015/03/story-dice-preserving-art.html
Gallery Wall. Loads of lovely idea's out there for Childrens Gallery Walls 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Math Monday: Roasting Chestnuts

How to Roast Chestnuts
1) Wash & pierce an 'x' on each with a knife
2) Roast at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, depending on size

Before roasting our math manipulatives, we used them for work and story.

We wrote out numbers in chalk and used chestnuts for tracing...

...and brought out mini muffin tins & extra large dice for math equations.

We then read from the Autumn Flower Fairies about Horse Chestnuts.
This is a fantastic read if you love wee folklore, but also includes facts about seasonal flowers and foliage, all in poetry form.

Rosemary Roasted. Just in time for the holidays! http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/dan-romans-buttery-roasted-chestnuts-foil
Parachute People. This is my main memory of chestnuts! My father drilled a hole to thread yarn and attach a square of fabric. Great science lesson! http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2015/11/chestnut-parachute.html 
Game of Conkers. Banned in school. Fortunately for us, we don't have to follow those rules! http://www.redtedart.com/play-conkers-horse-chestnuts/

Math Monday: Mommy Math Jacket Extender

MR.A may be our third little bundle, but it's our first (real) winter with a wee one!
Though there are loads of lovely commercial coat covers and extensions for baby wearer's,
I scoured several tutorials (poncho's, carrier covers, jacket extensions, husbands hand-me-downs!) before making up a design that could be sewn at home.
The total came to a mere $10 (material plus zipper) and only several small headache's.

I started by measuring the length and width of MR.A in the carrier with my coat wrapped around him as far as possible.
Since I was inserting elastic in the bottom under his bum, I made it slightly wider than the top, where his neck would come to. I also sketched a hood, from the fleece one-piece he wears courtesy of Coz.
The hood would allow me to attach a zipper the length of my jacket zipper, as his neck and head only come 3/4 of the way up.

Once I mapped out measurements in chalk, I left a little seam allowance before snipping and sewing, starting with the elastic base, hood, attaching the hood and lastly the zippers.

In hindsight, I should have made a liner, sized to the original design before sewing, but the fleece is very forgiving and it doesn't look too shabby on the interior.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Word Wednesday: Annette's Bagette's

Love us some Mo Willems!
In his latest masterpiece, he takes little Annette to the bakery shop and turns it into a massive rhyming disaster!

After a few rounds of this story, we took to our own bakery and made Mini Bagette's!

Mushroom Spore Prints

Mushroom Spore Prints are an amazingly beautiful and easy.
We purchased the lovely and gigantic portabello for our first prints, so we could really get a good look.
Simply de-stem, place gill side down on a piece of paper and cover with a bowl. In a very short time, you can remove the cap and witness the masterpiece a mushroom can create!

I pasted the prints into our Nature Journal's, along with our other Autumn Artwork (Pumpkin Still Life  http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2016/10/pumpkin-still-life.html, Ms.O's  'Sunrise', and the Phenology Wheel's http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2016/11/life-is-like-circle-phenology-wheel.html)

Nature Journal's

A multitude of idea's and links for further study. http://familystyleschooling.com/2016/05/04/nature-journals/ 
Photo's, Note's & Sketches. http://blueyonderranch.com/our-nature-journals/

Vegan Bites: Portabello Sushi Burger

Bunless burgers sushi-style!!

Slow Dessert

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Artist Study: Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit and his mischievous garden pals are well known in our house, so we did a little background study on the author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter.
We started with a wee bio about her nature studies and pets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYPkH8gPDps
We also looked at her home and it's influence in her illustrations.

Then I asked O to choose an animal to research.
Since we don't own any pigs, we scoured our home library for sources.

Vegan Bites: Bean & Kale Soup

Bean & Kale Soup
~large clove garlic, minced
~1 bay leaf
~sprig of rosemary
~2 cups navy beans
~2 cups chopped kale
~5 cups broth
Saute garlic, bay leaf, rosemary and kale lightly.
Add 1 cup beans, mashed.
Add broth and remaining beans.
Simmer until veg is soft.

Tea & Poetry: Peter Rabbit

The lovely Miss J, suggested Tea & Poetry.
Following our Beatrix Potter study, we read a poem about Peter Rabbit, by Dennis Lee, while sipping chamomile tea.