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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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http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/nttidb/lessons/nh/plantnhw.html

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.”

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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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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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Recently I did a Stirring of the Seeds post.  I thought this verse of spring would be a nice follow up.  By the way, our seeds are sprouting, inward and outward.  How are yours doing?  Are you tending your intentions?

 

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 for Verse:  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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It felt great to sit comfortably outside this afternoon and watch the boys practice archery.  We have come full circle with this activity.  Last year at Maple Syrup Festival, in Southern Indiana, we got a good taste of the traditional long bow.  I bought a beautiful 50 pound long bow from a super nice guy, whom I met at the Festival.  Within a short amount of time we had bows for the boys as well.  Although both boys started out with kiddy-safe bows, meaning they had foam ends.  Now they are both using regular arrows, without broadheads ofcourse.  We are not hunting, just target practice.   We were able to participate in a shoot last Spring, in Southern Indiana, at a Sportsman’s Club.  We all walked around a large lake and shot at targets.  Deers, elks, aligators, bears and all kinds of unique targets.  It was very good exercise and a lot of fun.  An adventure!

The family decided to get some practice in today, because we are heading out to Maple Syrup Festival next weekend!  They will have an archery shoot, cross-cut sawing, hachet throwing and a nature scavenger hunt.  We are SOOO excited.  There will also be demonstations of maple syrup processing in a native american way, pioneering way and modern way.  And in the end we will pick up our maple syrup for the year.  We have been out for a while, and have missed our waffles and pancakes.  What we bought last year only lasted 6 months.  This time we know how much to get.  We will also get to dip candles in the kids activity house, where they have several things for the kids to do.  I also wanted to note how baby-friendly these people are.  They had a baby changing station, in a small building, with a curtain.  I thought that was VERY thoughtful.  Here is a link to the festival site.  I know for homeschoolers they offer unit studies on maple syrup information, coloring pages and a list of books to read.

In the slideshow, River was showing off his Kung-Fu skills.  Yaaa!  Also I wanted to mention we were out of straw bales as targets, so dad set up some boogie board targets, the skull and cross bones, the dragon and the fire target.  This made for an interesting shoot.  Thanks for your ingenuity Dad!

Oy!

http://www.lmsugarbush.com/

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