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.
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.
Great to take to someone’s house with bananas and Nutella in them!