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Showing posts from May, 2012

Learning to Fingerknit/ Aprendiendo Tejer en los Dedos

Fingerknitting is a wonderful little activity for the smallest ones, and can aid in building good finger dexterity, as well as eye-hand coordination.  The added bonus is that they can also make something simple and lovely, and it is easy to extend the activity by including carding and dyeing wool, visiting sheep, and a few lovely stories about sheep, and so forth.  Here is a photo of us learning to finger knit.  We have made some long ropes, which make good horsey reins, and also some flowers, and bracelets.

Preschool Poetry

We enjoyed a little spring poem with a spring theme for our circle time today, by Christina Rosetti.  She wrote quite a number of poems for children, which I am beginning to discover. My preschooler ran and got out his little caterpillar costume, and it was very adorable to say the least.

Brown and furry Caterpillar in a hurry;
Take your walk To the shady leaf, or stalk.

May no toad spy you, May the little birds pass by you;
Spin and die, To live again a butterfly.

A few of her poems are in the Baldwin Collection, early reader.

Curing Nature Deficit Disorder - Getting your Kids Connected to their World

"Mommy, look a feather. Is it a blue jay feather?"

As I turn back to see my little one holding out a feather that he just found on the forest floor, I am a bit surprised.

"Yes, yes that is a blue jay feather.  Isn't it pretty?  Shall we take it home?"

"Yes, yes, let's bring it home."

I am beginning to see the fruitage of all those treks into the woods, swamps, and so forth.  I can smile and feel confident that they are growing with a deep connection to their world and their surroundings.  It has come about by simply making the woods, streams, ponds, shores and meadows a regular, constant feature in their lives, and by taking them in with awe and wonder, pointing out {but not analyzing} the dew on the blades of grass, or the tiniest snowflake on a bush, or the colors of the sunset.  Analyzing kills this awe and joy, and yet, in our fast paced, goal oriented world, it is often hard to not give all the information.  {I know!}  But holding back, and …

The Natural Kitchen Challenge - in Search of Blue

Well, our beautiful purple liquid from our boiled blueberries did NOT turn our cake blue.  Not at all.  But we did do some really nifty experiments with it.  We added baking soda to the purple liquid and it made a thick, rather blue paint.  We also tried some of the liquid with vinegar, but I don't think it had much effect.

Our cake came out like a dark, dense, moist (delicious!) fruitcake, sort of brown...not at all blue.  We will try again.  I would like to find something so as to create both a purple and a blue layer.

We shall try again.

The Natural Kitchen Challenge

Do you know what is in your food color?
Our Natural Kitchen Challenge is to create a rainbow cake, (a gluten-free one) that Little Miss has been asking for.  It is pretty much like the one on the Martha Stewart website, although we saw it in a book called Cakespy.  We will have some friends over for a homeschoolers play date, and would like to have the cake for the occasion.  Now how does one do a rainbow cake without artificial food dye?  This is our big challenge!  The cake needs seven layers, each a different color.  The gluten free part is pretty straight forward these days, with all the mixes on the market, now so readily available.  We LOVE Pamela's Products.
We were mulling over this one together and had a funny little revelation, when wondering how to make the yellow layer.  I suddenly remembered a line from a little German children's song that we sometimes sing, and she chimed in and sang along with me - Saffran macht das Kuchen gelb!  I laughed and said - there you h…

Unlucky Birds

We walked up to see the Killdeer nest each day, to see how they were coming along, and if we might chance to see some newly hatched birds.  But such was not to be.  After about four or five days of visiting, we went back and found an empty nest.  The birds were not to be seen, and the eggs were gone as well.  After a bit of poking around, I did notice a little shell a few yards away, and I picked it up.  I was amazed how light it was, but then of was so tiny.  The children asked a bunch of questions.  Did a raccoon eat them?  or a hawk?  or a cat? I guess we will never know. 

We walked around a bit more, and after a while, my dd got rather excited and said, look!  there are the birds!  Indeed, there they were.  Hopping around, some distance from where their nest had been.  We followed them for a bit, trying to keep our distance, which is not so easy with the little ones.  The birds never went back to the nest, and finally left the park, which we concluded, was probably fo…