Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Mom School!

During the holidays when our studies where a little lighter and I wanted to share something interesting with the kids we did a couple weeks of learning about Julia Childs! I love to cook and I have a couple kids who enjoy cooking and well we all LOVE to eat good food so this turned out to be tons of fun! 
We watched a few episodes of her original black and white show, and some of the newer ones. PBS has some available and there a lots on youtube too!
This was such a treasure...so much so I *almost* was a bad library lover and did not return it. It was an original first edition! The Potato-Leek soup was VERY tasty and very yummy!
This was a fun comic style book all about her life, Bon Appetit! ~ the kids enjoyed it.
They also though she was wildly hysterical!!
This was the kids favorite book we read about her, Minette's Feast ~ its all about her cat!
And then we fell in love with her a little more when we turned to this picture at the back of the book...Minette was a tortie! It takes a special person to love and be loved by a tortie!!

Riley was so gung-ho to make crepes but being knowing their reputation I was a little nervous so I kept putting him off...so he just jumped right in not knowing that they can be tricky and made GREAT crepes! He even followed her directions and was flipping them in the air! It was awesome!
Another great resource is that her kitchen is in the Smithsonian and you can take a virtual tour.
Not to share as a family but on my own I read My Life in France and Julie and Julia, (and watched the movie) which is what started this whole interest in Julia Childs! They were both interesting reads in their own ways. 
Do you have a favorite Julia Childs recipe?
Bon App├ętit! 

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Snippets!

Just a couple little snippets of schooling to share today!
Our fall nature table is always one of my most favorite!
We had the most amazing science class right out our front door. A monarch butterfly came out of it's chrysalis on our front porch in one of my plants. The kids named it Dotty!
Homeschool co-op went well, Fern my artist loved her second ceramics class.
Leili and I have been going through the capital letters, we are having a lot of fun (some of it sentimental as I think this is the last time I will do this)!!
My knitting class at our homeschool co-op finished up my dyeing yarn with kool-aid! 
Some friends and I started a littles outdoor school once a week for our 5 year olds, it is so nice to have a whole morning outside with these fun kids.

Fern and I did a little research on our foraging and Fern made it into a bar graph. Rose hips for us!





And a little peek at our table, we don't always work at the table but sometimes it works well for us. I am thinking it will soon be time to spend a day a week doing our school work in the downtown library where it is full of plants, all warm and green!