Friday, July 25, 2014
Sometimes though, when you are finding food in nature, you have to have the ability to drop everything and focus on picking when you find it ripe! These were so close to being overripe that it couldn't wait for one more day. So, instead of packing or house, the kids and I spent a couple of hours picking these beauties and then freezing them (because I don't have time to can right now).
Two days ago, we spend a couple of hours of picking illusive huckleberries! This is truly a test of your patience, though, because you can walk through most plants and find nothing and then, Bingo! tons! The unique character of huckleberries makes for a long time to pick enough to fill a bucket. We got enough to freeze a cup and a half and treated ourselves to a round of huckleberry shakes.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I have been offline for quite some time because my laptop has crashed and my internet connection is spotty at best. So rather than go through the frustration of getting shut down all the time, I've been avoiding. Sorry, about that, but I'm going to give it a try on a new laptop. Besides that, we have a very exciting unit study that we are working on right now.
We are working on a unit study of all the states in the United States, one-by-one. I've gathered books and information from all over and then to add to that, I've been on Facebook asking people from different states to send a postcard to my kids. I got a blank template to use for each state. I just copied 50 for each of my kids.
I got a lot of ideas off of several websites. The main place I got ideas from were from the 50 States Notebook Website.And then just gathered what I wanted to use. We will use this same template for every state. We are doing the states in order of joining the Union, so this week, we started with Delaware.
I start by reading three different books that have anywhere from a short paragraph about the states to four pages. Then the kids fill out their sheets with the state bird, state flower, state Motto or nickname, state tree, and any other state feature. They draw the state outline and put the state capital in place, as well as other major cities. I have printed off all of the state flags (from a flag online catalog), so they can cut out the flag and glue it on. They will add any postcards they receive from the state in the following pages, as well as the recipe that we make behind that.
Here are the three books that I am using:
Each week, I'll do a search at the library for extra things I can add.
This week for extra activities to reinforce the States Notebook that we are making, we made Knox Blox Jello, since Deleware is the Jello state. Jello was made first in Deleware. We decided on making it blue, since the Blue Hen Chicken is the state bird. The recipe for the Jello that I used is:
- 2 large boxes blue Jello
- 4 packets Clear Knox Gelatin
- 4 Cups boiling water