Calendula-Sage Infusion

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A few weeks ago we had someone in the family with a mucus issue… so we whipped up an infusion with some known drying herbs we grow… Sage (salvia officinalis) & Calendula .  It made a beautiful tisane and was tasty enough that the recipient had no issue sipping on it through the next two days.  The dried  Calendula blossoms grow so large and make such a lovely looking infusion.  It is nice to still have some jars filled with dried herbs from the garden as we come to the end of Winter.

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Herban Homeschool: Week 15

With week 15 we found ourselves with three more Word Families, including AT and AY.

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I love her little whimsical houses.

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In math we studied “mental math” and those fun “plus nines”.  I remember learning the trick about adding nines as a kid and how cool I thought it was.  It has been fun listening to “nine wants to be ten” with each new math problem.

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Herban Homeschool: Week 13 & 14

We got back into the weekly lessons in January and I believe it was a success mostly due to the fact that we began our Word Families booklet (yay reading!) and Winter study.  We also started solving for the unknown in Math.  Going to the library once a week for a club meeting started as well.

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We still continued to practice our lowercase letters.

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And attempted to make new Minecraft creations with video templates.

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Now to start another week by enjoying this abnormally warm weather for January!

Give The Gift Of Tea

A few months ago I woke up in a funk.  I am sure it has happened many times since then, but I remember this day specifically because my husband had that look on his face as he left for work.  The look was one of slight concern and mostly pity.  He was leaving and I was about the start the day with four little kids plus a funky mood that lingered through breakfast.

Luckily I did start feeling better. I could say it was because the kids were listening, or the baby took a good nap, or maybe it was because I got all the dishes out of the sink.  But I do remember something that clinched it.  Our mail comes after lunch, usually right as my youngest two are napping, and something was waiting for me.

In the mail on that particular day was a little note card from a far away friend.  Some kind words were written, “thinking of you” and the such… and tucked into the little note card was a delicious new tea blend to try.

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I held onto the tea for a few weeks, waiting for the perfect time to try this special blend of green tea and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).  It was especially nice to think on the fact that someone sent it to me for a specific purpose, and it arrived on that specific day.  Since then I have attempted to leave a tea packet “calling card” whenever I bring back something I lent or decide to send a little note.  It is a simple way to share a relaxing moment miles away.  I am very thankful for that thoughtful friend and her action days before I knew I would need it.

You can purchase this specific calming blend of Green Melissa on Amazon.

Herban Homeschool: Week 12

We finished out the year with week 12.  Instead of having a few weeks of break we just stretched the last few weekly lessons for the month of December.  It really worked well with our schedule and it made sense considering our goal is to always be open to learning opportunities.

Week twelve was the final alphabet lesson (X,Y, and Z) as well as the end of the Fall season science study.  We had been blending fall with winter past the Winter Solstice so the transition went fine.  It also helped that snow finally arrived in time for our transition.

I don’t have a lot of school activity pictures of this time, but can share a growing interest for Lego robotics.  The girls found some videos about making candy dispensers and tried to recreate them for fun.

This one housed a candy cane treat. There was also a cookie dispenser for Santa.

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A review of the first semester can be found HERE

 

Herban Homeschool: Week 10 & 11

Weeks 10 and 11  were situated after Thanksgiving and during St Nicholas Day and a birthday. We finished S, T, and U in our MLB and continued to practice recognizing lowercase letters between all the celebrations.

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We drew tree T pictures.  It was fun to work as we watched the squirrels prepare for winter.

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We played with our toys that Saint Nicholas brought us as well.

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Around our birthday celebration we got lots of snow and ice.  It was the perfect time to play with our new indoor toys. We got to use our new terrarium gift where we planted chia seeds.

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That led us up to a week of winter break and a time to enjoy family, friends, and our new toys and activities.