Posted in chickens, country life, farm animals, gardening, homeschooling, horseback riding, horses, tagged chickens, chicks, country life, education, gardening, homeschooling, horsebacking, horses on June 13, 2010|
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As a homeschooler, this “end of school” time of year feels stranger each year the children get older. What is it we are ending? Are we going to stop learning and reading for the summer? Of course not. We will put aside formal math lessons, history lessons and other curricula that is more “schoolish.” We are all hooked on reading aloud (almost done with Tolkein’s four books, I hope they remember it because I’m not doing it again!) so we’ll keep that up. So much of what we do is related to learning (just like in all educated families – homeschooling or not) that the line called “school” is getting more fuzzy for us. We don’t have the dramatic transition that school families do. Most of our friends are not homeschoolers (there aren’t many around here), and most of my kid’s friends go to school. My friends who send their children to school have shared that they are relieved school is over, now they can relax from the schlepping, homework and busyness that surround it.
Since we school at home, what is defined as “schoolwork” and what is a really fun project (like my daughter learning to design and sew 18th century costumes for her doll) is something we are sorting out. If I call it “school” I get groans, if I say, let’s learn about the stars this summer and go to a planetarium – I get excitement. For us, I guess summer is more of a fading of some formal studies in favor of projects and spending more time outside with the animals, farm and garden chores, an occasional camp for the kids and a family vacation trip thrown in somewhere.
Still, my kids want some of the same rituals school kids have. Since the school kids around here all have a “last day of school” party, I bought a box of Lucky Charms cereal (probably the 2nd time that sugar “breakfast” aka dessert has been in our house) to celebrate. For our school party, the kids inhaled the evil cereal, we picked more snow peas, played with chicks and gave Flynn (my much fawned over horse baby) a bath.
He's white! It will last about 15 minutes.
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Posted in chickens, country life, gardening, homeschooling, Recipes, Uncategorized, tagged crepes, education, gardening, homeschooling, learning, Recipes on April 16, 2010|
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The peas and tomatoes are sprouting! We put the same seeds in the same soil and give them the same conditions but some come up sooner than others. I began wondering about that and then noticed that within a few days they all catch up with each other and the seedlings are generally the same height. It reminded me of some advice a school headmaster gave me years ago when I worried that my children weren’t reading much at the ages of 6, 7 and 8. He said that if all the right reading conditions were in place (parents modeling reading, plenty of good books in the home, continued support and instruction) children will catch up and be reading fluently later on. I still worried and bought every phonics/reading program known to man. Now, it has happened. All that worry for naught, they are reading beautifully now, they just got there with time and the right conditions.
The peas are up and smiling!
When you home school you feel totally responsible for every success and failure in your children’s learning. As the children get older (now 9 and 12) though, we am working to increasingly shift the responsibility for their education to them. I realized that until I decided to “own” my education, I didn’t really learn much or retain it. We have conversations with the kids now about what is an education, who is it for, why have one? It has awakened in all of us the fact that we are all responsible for our own learning, that seems obvious as I write it but I don’t think I previously owned my education the way I do now. I have discovered a great resource and inspiration for this in the Thomas Jefferson Education Consortium, www.tjed.org.
So while my children are happily reading, I have more time to try new recipes with all the eggs we find in the hen house everyday. One of our recent favorites is simple crepes filled with just about anything.
Put a large saute pan on your burner on medium low to heat up. Put the following in a blender or vitamix:
4 eggs (you can substitute 2 egg whites for each egg to cut down on yolks)
1 cup lowfat milk
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
Blend all the ingredients and then spray your warmed up pan with cooking spray and pour a little less than 1/3 cup mix on the pan. This is the tricky part, immediately swirl the pan to spread out the mix in a thin layer all over the bottom of the pan. In about 40 seconds or when the top looks dry, flip it and you are done it about 20 more seconds. We have them plain or with maple syrup or Nutella or jam or whatever you’d like to try.
Yummy crepes, enjoy!
Great to take to someone’s house with bananas and Nutella in them!
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