Archive for the ‘Movement’ Category

You are in for a picture-rich post.  If you want more information on this Maple Syrup Festival, please visit here.  For homeschool or enrichment communities there seems to be a unit study on this very topic, right on the website.  My kids are not old enough to go into that amount of detail.  Also, click on the pictures that tell a story to enlarge and read.  Enjoy! 


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Here we go nature enthusiasts!  The perfect activity to do this spring with your children, or for yourself.  How can you get in rhythm with the seasons of the year?  By watching nature; the animals and plants that inhabit where you live!  We have already begun our project of watching the Eastern Pine and Juniper (Red Cedar) in its winter phase!  Please see our Trees in Winter post .  I believe we are gonna pick the red-tailed hawk to follow through the year, as well.  It (boy or girl?) has a nest in our back yard.  We have gotten out the telescope to search into its nest.  But, it is going to take more time and patience on our part to discover more.  There are two trees with large nests very close together.  We are unsure who is in this other nest.  We love a great mystery though!  We also have some medicinal herbs we plan to keep a close eye on, in their transformation.

If you are an adult or kid that likes scientific investigation, and wouldn’t mind serving your Community, see the link, Citizen Scientist.  If your child would like to follow a story, and discover more about nature, click BudBurst Buddies!

Citizen Scientists

BudBurst Buddies

“Project BudBurst is a national phenology and climate change field campaign that uses scientifically approved protocols to collect data that is freely available for use by scientists and educators.”


Spring Verse

In the heart of a seed,

Buried ever so deep

A dear little plant,

Lay fast asleep.


“Wake” said the sun

And come to the light.

“Wake” said the voices

Of raindrops so bright.


The little plant heard,

And pushed through the soil to see.

What wonders and beauty,

Of the world might there be.

(Source: Donna Simmons, Christopherus, Joyful Movement)

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I dare you to pick up your baby or child and dance.  I dare you to grab your partner’s hand and swing around the room, chanting I LOVE YOU!
Get your movement on!

(this link will re-direct you to youtube)

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A nest is a home for a robin. (cup hands)

A hive is a home for a bee. (make a round form with both hands)

A hole is a home for a rabbit. (form a hole with both hands)

And a house is a home for me. (form a roof with hands over head)


(Source for verse:  Donna Simmons, Christopherus Joyful Movement)

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One is the sun who shines above (gesture upward)

Two is the prince when he finds his love (cover heart with both hands)

The King, the Queen and their child are three (gesture to three people)

Four are the winds that blow to me (wave arms about)

Five am I with my limbs and head (gesture to each)

Six is the honeycomb I eat with bread (pretend to eat)

Seven are the stars that cross the sky (point out 7 stars)

Eight are the hours asleep I lie (lie down to sleep)

NOTE: I do hope the children are getting more than 8 hours of sleep, as we heal most and best while resting our physical bodies.  If you as an adult can get this much rest, you will be better for it.  Not to mention a small break or two during the day.  It is the practice of in and out breaths that make us flow in the river of life.

(Source for finger play:  Donna Simmons Christopherus Joyful Movement)

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When speaking about wild foods one must do more research on wild crafting.  I am speaking on the herbs available around us, urban and rural.  When you harvest a wild food, you must take into account depleting your resources.  I am not sure one could deplete dandelions.  Do leave some plants for the animals and be gentle and kind to the plant as you harvest.  Thank the little plants for being abundant and healing.  This just may insure a return of the plant next time around. 
Also listen and breathe deep in your time with the plants.  These plants may have a story to tell you.  If you have any ailments, try a simple meditation.  Meditate on what your body tells you.  Then, take a walk.  See where you are drawn.  Is it a patch of red clovers?  Is it a patch of Wild Carrot?  Is it a patch of Yarrow?  What do you think your ailment and that plant have in common.  It could be the need of red clover to purify your blood. 
Please feel free to listen to Susun Weed having a discussion with Linda Conroy about Wild Foods.  This MP3 discusses:
~Urban planning and green space around 23 mintues.
~Increasing animal poplulation while harvesting.
~Urban maple sugar processing.

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We have added bread making to our rhythm.  Finding a good recipe and having good results has always been my hardship.  BUT, I have finally found the best recipe.  We will experiment more in the future, but building this rhythm into our schedule once a week is our goal.  Today we made some bread as well.  Wolfsion and River enjoyed kneading their own dough, watching it rise, punching it down, and baking it after naptime.  I watched the boys as they exercised their little hands, squishing and working the dough.  As we went outside for archery they each got to take their homemade bread snack with them.  The love that was put into the bread boosted their spirits, along with the weather.  Tonight we will have the lovely large loaf you see below with homemade chicken noodle soup.  YUM!  Here is my recipe.  I got it from Mother Earth News, December 2010/January 2011 Edition.  Page 38.  When making the bread in steps, and placing those steps throughout our day, it really wasn’t a big deal at all.  Next time we are gonna make double the recipe and refrigerate, or freeze the other portion for another time.

Ingredients and Supplies:

3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour (We used King Arthur)
1 tbsp softened butter
1 egg, (our own ofcourse)
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp dried yeast
1 1/4 cups of milk at room temperature
1 bread tin, buttered
1 egg, beaten and thinned with water, for brushing (0ptional, we actually brushed melted butter over our loaf straight out of the oven.)

NOTE:  If rehydrating yeast with water, subtract the amount of water you added to the yeast from the 1 3/4 cups of milk.

Put flour in a mixing bowl along with the softened butter.  Use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until no large pieces remain.  Next, add the beaten egg, salt and yeast.  Holding the bowl with one hand, stir in enough warm milk to form a dough.  At this point, the dough should be raggedy and rough.

Turn onto a lightly floured board, wash your hands of dough, and with wet hands knead a few times to be sure the dough is well-mixed, then place in a clean, lightly buttered bowl and let the dough rise, covered, in a warm place.  After it has doubled in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours), turn onto a lightly floured board.  Gently press out the gas and form dough into a rectangle to fit into a buttered bread tin.  Cover, set in as warm a place as you have, and let rise until nearly doubled.  In the meantime, preheat the over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  When the bread is ready, brush the top of the loaf with a beaten egg thinned with a little water (this step is optional).  Bake until crust is golden, about 1 hour (I only baked mine 30 minutes!)  Remove from the oven, turn out of the tin, and let cool on its side for at least 3 hours before cutting.

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