Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Water Pass Game

The Great Flood

Miss O: "Mom, is the Great Flood happening right now?
Me: "Do you mean the story of Noah's Ark. 
Well, it's debatable whether any of the...."
Miss O: "No, the one in the North."

So was born our coming unit on climate change.
A simple Ice Experiment to witness what happens to ice when it's warm...and consequently, the animals who live on the ice.

Ice play is easy, as long as you remember to prep the night before.
There were loads of 'side 'speriments' in action...

Can we balance the blocks?
What will happen if they drop on the concrete? Or the grass?
Why does ice dissolve so quickly in water?

Climate Change is the real deal, but a bit on the heavy side, in terms of talking with toddlers.
We don't ignore the topic though.

I'm the mean mom who sends my kids on a guilt trip every time they express a desire to purchase something.
God forbid their request was made from plastic. The lecture is much longer then.
Even excessively packaged food items get my panties in a bunch.
Gift-giving is a constant struggle with well-meaning relatives.
We're aiming to live a minimal lifestyle for purposeful reasons.
Practical reasons too.
Creative reasons, even.
Ultimately we shouldn't feel guilty for trying to instill conscientious consumerism.
Is it considered deprivation when we're supporting a clean planet and future on Earth?
I'm not being cheap by refusing to fall into the buyers traps, but rather intentional.

Enter climate change discussions.
Be warned these are Fully Loaded Lessons involving politics, business, geography, ethics and most importantly biology and nature.

(listening to music on youtube when an ad pops in)
Miss C: "Go away advertisement! 
We don't need what you're telling us to buy!"

What a fabulous book, full of interesting information and fascinating pictures...from SPACE!

We never pass up an opportunity to peruse a DK published book. They are always chocked full of easy-to-read bits and corresponding pictures.

Bill Nye Solar Segment.  
Supply and demand
Advertising traps & gender stereo-typing (I'm not paying you for a product in which I wear your pitch)
Fair-trade & multi-million corporations
Quality vs. quantity
Less is more and embracing minimalism 
Sustainable development & Lifestyle choices

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Art Gallery & Kid Teacher

Miss O and Miss C were busy turning the house into a 'surprise'.
When they were finished, we were invited to tour the Art Gallery.
Several post cards and original drawings were taped to walls and furniture with a "Do(t) Not Tah (Touch)" signs below.

After wandering around the gallery, we were asked to sign up for Art Class.
When we arrived in class, the teacher had papers laid out with our names written at the top.
We were instructed to draw whatever came to our minds, before passing our paper along and adding to our neighbours drawing.

Mr. M wanted to be involved in class too, so he was provided with a clipboard and chalk.

As a homeschooling mom, I attempt a balance between organizing open-ended projects and giving complete control to the kids, about how their day runs. There isn't a day that goes by, that I'm not in awe of how drawn kids are to natural, interest-led learning, simply due to their massive stores of curiosity. I often question if school quells those stores, that are so abundant in the early years, by the need to micromanage a classroom of minds. 
Miss O and C are 'allotted' many moments of free time, in which they can organize whatever they fancy. They spend hours creating daycares and orphanages, managing vegetable nurseries, concocting chalk paint for potential sale, developing math books, curating art galleries and creating complex story lines. 
In a day, they have owned and operated several businesses, discovered recipes for new foods, published works of art and literature; accomplishments that would put any seemingly "productive" adult in their place. 
Childs play is underestimated, for within their play is a strong desire to work and be included in life.
Not surprisingly, the result of such play is learning.
Learning on various levels, valuable information.
All. the. time.
Carol Black. I discovered the works of Ms. Black through one of the bloggers I follow. Currently, she has a documentary available on her site well worth watching. 
She also has two grown daughters who have never undergone standardized tests. Just saying. 
If you like cheekiness, and you doubt the validity of 'unschooling', she also has a fantastic fill-in-the-blank. 

Daily Doodle: Human Body

Lamma's Bread People

Vegan Bites: Tabbouleh & Garden Greens

Gluten-free goodness!!
Quinoa Tabbouleh
~2c cooked quinoa (rinse quinoa prior to cooking, to remove toxic saponins)
~handful of each flat-leaf parsley, cilantro
~cherry tomatoes, chopped
~red onion, minced
~spring onion, sliced
~juice of lemon
~salt to taste
While cooking quinoa prep veg and herbs.
Toss together with cooled quinoa.
*for variation/increased nutrients, add any of the following: black olives, avocado slices, toasted pine nuts

Miss O & C were busy preparing a hand-picked garden salad, made of mesclun mix, purslane, cilantro, nasturtium flowers and a few shreds of lemon balm! Yum!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vegan Bites: Kale, Beet & Avocado Salad

Toronto houses so many amazing places for herbivores, this one happens to be on the list.
...and happens to have published their secret recipes in a book!

Kale, Beet & Avocado Salad
~3 beets, peeled
~1 bunch kale
~1 spring onion
~handful flatleaf parsley
~Salad Science dressing
Cube and toss beets in olive oil and salt.
Bake until tender.
Lightly steam kale. Cool and toss in dressing.
Add spring onion, parsley and slices of avocado.
Top with toasted pine nuts and drizzle in more dressing.

Sci Fri: Seed Dissection

O: "Mom, are fish meat?"
M: "Anything with eyes is considered meat."
O: 'What about potatoes?"

We've been doing some delving into vegan nutrition, environment and garden.
A seed segment was in order and fit the bill for herbivore dissection.

We learned the classification methods for fruits versus veggies.

Then, of course, we ate our experiment.


Demi is at it again bringing folktale to the international audience with wit and wonder!
Fabulous read with surprise ending.

Not your typical Princess book.
Clever read and requested several times over.

A simple story of the many ways seeds travel.
Including poop!

Todd Winant. Though it's hard to imagine how one person can change the direction of a failing Earth, TOdd Winant suggests the number one way to help the environment is to practice eco food choices. This was a great film with lots a beautiful pictures and facts.

The Fruit Hunters. AMAZING documentary. 
Part 1 
Part 2