Natural learning and natural living
I want to share with you this recipe I got from my mom years ago- it is easy to make and I really like the spicy flavor.
When I make this casserole, I make LOTS! I love having ready-made food in my freezer, for busy days.
You will find the recipe below, but im sure you can replace some of the ingredients if you want to. It is always a good feeling to be able to use what you can find @ home, or you can experiment with different types of vegetables or meat.
Cut potatoes and carrots into equal size-pieces and boil them tender.
While you boil the vegetables- cut the leek and roast the meat in a frying pan.
Pour out about half of the water used for boiling the vegetables, in the zink and then add meat, leek and the five bottles of pastasauce to the pot .
Mix it carefully- and you are all done!
Det største mysterium er ikke mer enn det at en ørliten kropp er våknet til jorden. Den nyfødte ser. To luker i himmelen går opp. Selv fem-trinns-raketter og kjernefysikk blir puslingers puslespill når det nyfødte barn med et eneste blikk beviser at Gud er til.
Our first homeschool-supervisory meeting was last Tuesday. It was nice to meet and talk to the two ladies who are going to follow us throughout the school-year. The meeting took place in our home. To us, our home was the most natural place to be having this meeting, since this is our learning-base. This way it made it easier for us to show them our work these past 2 months. During the visit and conversations both parties got the opportunity to share ideas and tips for the continuing learning. The good cooperation between us makes it easier to focus on the learning to come.
Little ones and big ones are having a good time making delicious scones!
The finished result. More fun to eat when they are shaped as cute, little hearts ♥
The kids even made their own personal-designed scones. My daughter made this one and as we all can see, it's a tiny crocodile!
..and she sure wasn't :)
Barn er så fantastiske. Deres evne til å se positivt på tilværelsen, være glade og til å se det gode i hvert menneske, er noe jeg beundrer. Når jeg er sammen med ungene mine og ser hvordan de, på barnlig vis, er tvers igjennom gode, skjønner jeg at vi må bli som dem for å komme inn i Guds rike. Vår Himmelske far møter oss med kjærlighet- selv når vi ikke fortjener det. han vil at slik skal også vi møte våre barn. Guds kjærlighet til mine barn gjenspeiles gjennom min kjærlighet til dem. Det har blitt så klart for meg at jeg må være bevisst den gleden det er å få være sammen med mine barn og være med dem på reisen fra barn til undom og voksen.
Hva er det som er viktig for oss mødre og fedre? Hva er det som opptar oss i hverdagen? Hva er det vi bruker energi på? Det er så lett å bli opptatt av andre syssler, som stjeler den tiden vi trenger sammen med våre små. Jeg snakker av egen erfaring. I dagens hektiske samfunn, hvor vi faktisk blir oppmuntret til å tilbringe mye tid borte fra våre egne barn, er det mer enn noen gang viktig at vi kjenner på våre instinkter som foreldre.
Vi hører ofte om småbarnsmødre som rett og slett er utslitte. Det er ikke rart. Haste-hit-og haste-dit-samfunnet kan ta pusten fra enhver. Dårlig samvittighet preger mange kvinner idag, fordi de ikke føler de får nok tid sammen med sine små. Sannheten er at det får de ofte heller ikke, slik er det dessverre lagt opp fra myndighetene sin side. For å lette på den dårlige samvittigheten, begynner vi å tro at det er slik det må være, at vi ikke har noe valg.
Barna våre trenger oss mer. De trenger vår veiledning, vår forsikring om at de er elsket betingelsesløst, vår trygghet og vår tid. Sannheten er også, at det kan vi ikke gi dem dersom vi ikke er bevisst våre valg. Det er ingen fokus på barns virkelige verdi idag. Det er få som ser at barna er det viktigste vi har og at det ikke nytter å angre når de er blitt store, på den tiden vi ikke gav dem.
Kvinner har så mange "krav" fra samfunnet ellers idag, som driver oss bort ifra den fantastiske oppgaven Gud har gitt oss. For barn er virkelig en Guds gave. Om man lar kjærligheten til sine barn få råde den man er og de valg man tar, kan det ikke slå feil. Morskjærlighet er en kjærlighet så sterk og drivende at den kan la oss bli den mamma Gud hadde tenkt- om vi lar den.
Nydelig hjemmelaget knekkebrød..
..blir søte gaver!
4 dl. havregryn
4 dl. grov sammalt rug
2 dl. solsikkefrø
1 dl. sesamfrø
1 ts. salt
7 dl. lunkent vann
Sett ovnen på 180 grader.
Bruker du varmluft, kan to brett stekes samtidig.
Bland alle ingrediensene i en bakebolle og la det svelle i 5 minutter før du fordeler og smører røren ut på to brett dekket med bakepapir.
Sett brettene i ovnen og stek i 10 minutter.
Ta brettene ut og bruk en pizza-rulle til å rute opp knekkebrødene.
Sett brettene inn igjen og stek i ca 40 minutter til.
Brekk knekkebrødene fra hverandre og avkjøl på rist.
Deilig lukt i huset!
2.5 dl. smoothie-mix or berries of your own choice
2 dl. Vanilla yoghurt
2 dl. Juice of your choice
A couple of tablespoons of oatmeal
Mix in a blender or a smoothiemaker... and you've got a tasty start of a beautiful day!
"Mamma, æ låy uy. Snile mamma"
I love you too, my precious five year old!
Lord, Help me remember, when I feel it's a chore
the time will come when I'll hold her no more
asleep on my chest, the crib refused
the blanket, the pacifier, gone unused.
What better place is there to lay her head
than against my heart, my arms her bed?
For infants grow up and leave us behind
with only memories left to remind
us of midnight walking and predawn rocking,
of soft, helpless babies unable to sleep.
So, Lord, make me patient and keep me awake
while I cradle this child, and don't let me take
for granted the moments I spend in the night
with this ~ Your gift, my joy, my delight.
A snack you dont have to feel bad about eating!
Cut different kinds of fruit and berries into pieces (they shrink alot in the oven), and dry them on low heat, 50-80 C'. The more water the specific fruit contains- the more heat it needs for the moisture to come out. Keep the over-door open just an inch, to let the moisture out.
Test the fruits by squeezing them, to see if most of the moisture is gone.
Cool it and store it in tight containers in a dark place....
...to find them again on a chilly fall-evening to enjoy!
We cut large potatoes into thin slices with a cheese -grater..
..and fried them in sunflower-oil. Put on some salt and ...Voila!
Make lots while you are at it- they tend to disappear fast.. ;)
Some of the things we have been up to this month, for inspiration :)
1. Time commitment - Homeschooling tends to take up a lot of time in your day. It is not sitting down with books for a couple of hours. There are experiments and projects to be done, lessons to prepare, field trips, park days and the list goes on. Planning is a part of homeschooling - but the childrens natural inquiring is of great help.
2. Personal sacrifice - The homeschool parent has little personal time or time alone. If care is not taken to set aside time for yourself, it is easy to never have time alone.
3. Financial strain - Homeschooling can be accomplished very inexpensively; however, it usually requires that the teaching parent will not be working out of the home. Some sacrifices will need to be made if the family is used to two incomes.
4. Socialization - By giving attention to your child, he will feel secure- and a child that feels safe will socialize good.
5. Household organization - Housework and laundry still have to be done, but it probably won't get done first thing in the morning. If you are a stickler for a spotless house (me!), you might be in for a surprise. Not only does housework need to be let go at times, but homeschooling creates messes and clutter in itself.
6. Both parents in agreement - It is important that both parents agree to try homeschooling. It is very difficult to homeschool if one parent is against it. If your spouse is against it at this time, try doing more research and talking to people that are/ have been homeschooling, to hear about their experiences.
7. Is your child willing? - A willing student is always helpful. Ultimately, the decision is the parents to make, but if your child is against it, you might have a hard time of it. There is not one answer for this, that fits all.
8. One year at a time - It isn't a lifetime commitment - most families take one year at a time.
9. Intimidated by the teaching? - If you can read, write and have good common knowledge, you should be able to teach your children. Curriculums or teacher materials will help through the planning and teaching. Get help from others if you get stuck or hire tutors for certain subjects. However true commitment and a belief that this is good for your child, is alpha omega.
10. Why others began - It might be helpful to hear why other families chose homeschooling. Can you relate with some of them?
Are you willing to make the personal and financial sacrifices that homeschooling requires? Hard work- great rewards <3
Say "Hello" to our family-pet. A very friendly little buddy, that needs no more taking care of than a little cleaning now and then. Not to mention a VERY helpful little guy! About a year ago we got him from my dad. We have used him frequently, on a daily or weekly basis. People who visit us are facinated by Mr. Roger (after my dad) and wonder if he really does his work. He does. We tested his skills by cleaning the top floor with a regular vakuum-cleaner first, and then we set Mr. Roger loose...he found dust when we thought we had clean floors!
This is how Mr. Roger works; After being fed, or loaded, in his own little corner, we push his start-botton and he starts to clean the floor. Back, forth, back, to the side... it doesnt look like he has got a plan, but somehow the floor is clean when he returns to his corner (by himself) to get energized for more work. For us, this little pet means less work and more time to spend with the family. I love it.
We have reached October and are well adjusted with exploring,inquiering and learning. The progress is good in my daughters reading, writing and math. By now I can certainly see the value of natural learning, and the fact that learning driven by the child itself really pays off. This is one of the things I really like about what home-schooling gives- the oppourtunity to follow your childs development closely. This again gives me the facts I need to facilitate a base,suited her, at the stage she is in.
My daughter has been using workbooks, but the real tresure lies in us discovering together. My children thrives when I take genuinely interest in their exploring. I find that what really "sticks" are the things we have fun learning. Examples could be; counting the reflex-sticks by the road while biking together, reading labels in the supermarket or multiplying while play-pretending grocery-store at home with friends. These are just a few examples, but the idea is the same. I might not notice anything right there and then, but later on, in other contexts, I find her using what she learned.
In our country both public schools and home-schoolers follow certain guidelines when it comes to what the children are to learn. For us these guidelines are helpful. The great thing about them is that these goals can be reached not only by using curriculum, but by childrens inquiering as well :) I have the last month been in contact with other home-schooling-families, and the thing that strikes me with all of them, is the commitment they have. This commitment is driven by the joy of seeing how their children are benefiting. One mom said, "There is no doubt that the children become both socialized and full of knowledge". Seeing how my children flourish makes it worth the hard, but rewarding work I do. ♥