During the holiday week, we had a visit from Lori Babineaux of City Girl’s Farm. She taught the kids all about microgreens from their nutritional value and uses to how they grow. The kids were even able to sample some, like broccoli and sunflower. The kids each planted their own microgreen seeds in a container and brought them home to grow. Our own sprouts are growing strong and almost ready to eat. We are talking about using them in a sandwich or garnishing one of our dinner meals with them when they’re ready. Lori can usually be found on Saturdays at the Hub City Farmers Market or contacted through her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CityGirlsFarmLA. Aside from classes, she also offers a membership to receive microgreens for your home every month.
This week, my son joined our homeschool group for a class on making hot cocoa bombs with Rachel Noel Sugar Art Classes and he had so much fun! The kids learned how to work with chocolate using molds to paint on melted chocolate for the shells and filled them with cocoa mix and marshmallows. After sealing them with more melted chocolate, they decorated them with several delicious toppings and brought them home to enjoy. Rachel Noel Sugar Art can found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelnoelsugarart or contacted through her website: https://www.rachelnoelsugarartclasses.com/?fbclid=IwAR1SROj-dj8rMMRyUB_uBUvMAWMZ3N-kRPMeU7HqS_NPPPYEv3UPcsQoGlo.
My kids and I have been focusing a lot on bees lately and since we don’t see them outside much these days, we’ve taken to reading about them nearly everyday. I picked up this big, beautifully illustrated book titled Bees: A Honeyed History. Each day we read a page, explore the pictures and talk about what we learned. There is so much interesting information in this book including different species of bees, the structure of their families, their different behaviors and what they mean, and lots of history about how honey is used and what the first beekeepers were like. One page included a recipe for Honey and Ginger Sandwich Cookies which we promptly prepared for our tea time snack. We hope to find a local beekeeper and set up a field trip in the spring.
I’m a homeschool mom of two, ages 11 and 5. We’ve been homeschooling from the beginning for 6 years and our preferred method is unschooling with a Charlotte Mason twist. I love homeschooling for the freedom it gives us and because I enjoy learning alongside my kids. Our favorite ways to indulge our interests are by exploring the world around us, doing experiments and activities, talking to people who are passionate about their fields, and reading well written books. I believe so much in what we do, I’ve kept it through divorce and now working full time from home. It’s my hope to continue our journey until college or whatever next step my kids choose to take.
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