Sunday, January 31, 2010
Just in time for our winter weekend in N. Charlotte! We spent the weekend with family and to our great delight we got over 4 inches of snow! Some of you may be rolling your eyes reading this, but where we live it only snows every 10 years..so my girls had a real sledding experience!
And, while all that winter fun was happening, I made some hot chocolate and finished this lovely scarf. It is made using hot pink Baby Alpaca, so soft... Here is the pattern and I am so happy to tell you I am a real novice knitter and this was quite an easy pattern and looks impressive. ;)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I was interviewed on Suzy's great "Hip Mountain Mama" blog! Also, we are doing 2 giveaway's for the Waldorf Connection's upcoming series!
..."The Waldorf philosophy has always intrigued me and is something we incorporate into our daily life. When I first heard about Waldorf Education I decided to do some research to learn more. I read books, read information on line, and asked friends about it. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but over time we have learned a lot about it and find it to be a very natural way of life for us.
Donna, from the Waldorf Connection, had a similar situation and decided to make the process of learning much easier for other parents. She has created FREE Tele Seminar Workshops where anyone can learn and ask questions about Waldorf Education...." read the rest HERE
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I saw a post recently about making these wonderful 3-D paper snowflakes.
Here is the tutorial. It was very easy (just read the initial cutting directions ;)
We made 2 huge flakes that are hanging in our school room. We may do a few smaller ones to compliment them. Have fun!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
I was surprised how simple this is! Start to finish it took about 35 minutes, and would be less the next time since I know what to do. The only ingredients are organic whipping cream. I used 1 pint, but 1 quart will make 1 lb of butter.
Finally it breaks down into cottage-cheese looking
blobs. The butter will stiffen and you will see it getting wet. When it clumps and watery milk pools form in the bottom, turn off mixer.
Using a rubber spatula, press butter to squeeze out "butter milk". Carefully pour out as much as possible. It will not be thick like the kind you buy, but can be used to bake or drink. Now "wash" the butter with ice water. Pour 1/2 cup ice water over the butter and keep pressing it against the side of the bowl. Repeat this several times until the water runs fairly clear. This will stop the butter from spoiling and it firms it up .Make sure water is ice cold.
Continue kneading butter and squeezing liquid out. I used my hands in the end and patted it and squeezed.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The girls drew A and a and we discovered several sounds for A (long & short).
Later that morning, on our nature walk I introduced some word families for the short sound A. 3 letters- Map, Car, Cat, Sat, etc.. They spelled each one correctly with no problems! I was running out of words to think of :)
Tuesday we reviewed our story, drew a picture and added the summary sentence.
At the library that afternoon, I talked to our wonderful children's librarian about "word families". She suggested the Bob Books! Of course..I have heard many Waldorf moms talk about these. She gave me two sets, one for each of my girls. They are very small books on a silver ring. Book 1 was perfect for them. Mat. Mat sat. Mat sat on Cat...
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I liked the look of this king here at this wonderful Etsy shop
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Slowing down and having fun is something I have to make a conscious effort with. My crazy mind always has another task for me to accomplish.
It was a seasonably warm afternoon, so I took the girls to the park to meet some friends. It feels so good to be back outdoors after such a cold spell.
Anyway, to everyone else- Have a good weekend and CHEERS!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I made up my own riddle for 8 today after DH and I pondered "What is 8?" last night! It was a fun way to get him involved.
I have 8 legs to carry me around
I live in corners and close to the ground
To eat, I must spin and I can jump
Don't mistake me for a small bump- spider!
Then they drew the 8, VIII and EIGHT in the MLB with a nice picture of a spider.
I read a story from "Among the Meadow People" which I found on the Baldwin Project website and printed out for free! It was all about a little spider family and how the mother spider taught the babies (all 170 of them!) to spin webs.
I also want to share a heartwarming from Jen at Ancient Hearth, since we are doing the same Math Block!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Finally, I noticed a few weeks ago her bottom teeth shifting apart and the two middle ones loosening up. Then last week, it happened! To her great satisfaction, her first tooth came out while biting into an apple.
Now, there is more for me to say here than just about the tooth fairy and the differences in twins.
It has to do with First grade readiness.. I have been amazed at the readiness of my veteran tooth-loser verses the one who had not lost any! We started doing consonants in Fall, but I have been taking slowly, for this reason..over the last month things have sped up and she is really "getting it"!
Check out "Rhythms of Learning" for an excellent explanation from Rudolf Steiner about this and the Early Grades...It is an excellent reference for how to bring the curriculum to your child.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Here is number 4. Fire, water, earth and air
Then the get to draw in their MLB. I divided the paper into 4 sections and they could draw the elements anyway they wanted.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We sang some songs about Babushka and Three Kings (The Christmas Star by Mary T-) and we read the story of Babushka from Food, Festivals and Fun!
As it runs out, Mommy found the carrot! So, I get to chose a "fun" day for us all.
Pictures and links coming soon..sorry, still recovering from a wicked head cold and I am a bit behind :)
Monday, January 4, 2010
Math Gnomes here we come! I will keep you updated.. We will be making some math gnomes to help us "see" the whole-to-parts way numbers are taught in Waldorf Education.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
It is Oatmeal Molasses Bread... yummy! Sweet and even better brushed with melted butter hot out of the oven!
The recipe makes 2 loaves..
1 1/2 c. boiling water 1/2 t. sugar
1 c. long cooking oats 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 T butter 1/4 c. molasses
2 t. salt approx 5 cups all purpose flour
1/4 oz yeast pack (I used 2 small ones)
3/4 c. warm water 1 T. melter butter
In a bowl, combine first 4 ingredients; cool. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Sprinkle with regular sugar. Add oat mixture, brown sugar, molasses, and 3 cups flour; mix well. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead for 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place into greased bowl; tunr once to grease top (I used olive oil) Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. Punch down dough. Divide in half; shape into loaves and place in greased loaf pans (9x5). Cover and let rise until doubled (30-45 min) Bake at 375 for 30 to 35 min or until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Makes 2 loaves. YUM!