Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spring 2015 - Circle Time/Morning Basket

SPRING Circle Time/Morning Basket
This is what I do to start Morning Circle Time with our children:
Stock a large basket with everything needed for the day’s circle-time activities. To signal little ones to join you in the circle-time area, grab your basket and sing the following song.

Gathering Verse:
(sung to the tune of “A Tisket, a Tasket”)
A tisket, a tasket,
Mummy has her basket.
It’s time for all my little ones
To join me on the carpet.

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.

Candle Lighting Verse:
Trying this for candle lighting  using the first and last with the two lines for each month and of course I have changed the  months to reflect our Southern Hemiphere seasons J
The Crowning of the Year Poem by Juliet Compton-Burnett

The months weave a garland to crown the year,
Its jewels are the leaves and the flower
The golden sun and twinkling stars
The wind and the snow and the showers
Colour and beauty from far and near
Weaving a garland to crown the year

July brings the snow
But hark, the root begin to grow

August brings flowers of light
Petals three of snowdrops white

September’s blossoms- purple, gold
Six petals to the sun unfold

October’s here, gold trumpets sound
And star of white bedeck the ground

November is the month of pink and white
Apple, may, and Parsley light

December brings flowers of rainbow hue
Crimson, gold and heavenly blue

Flowers gay we still may see
Though dark the green on January’s tree

Yellow turn the field of grain
In February sun and February rain

March’s fruit grow good to see
On pear and plum and apple tree

April’s leaves come fluttering down
In shades of gold and red and brown

May’s gift is rich and rare
The beauty of the branches bare

June’s joy in each heart glows
For then we trim the beautiful rose (variation here for SH)

Colour and beauty from far and near
Weaving a garland to crown the year

Opening Verse:
We are truthful and helpful, And loving in trust.
For our heart's inner sun, Glows brightly in us.
We will open our hearts, To the sunbeams so bright,
And we'll fill all the world, With our heart's inner light.

Seasonal Verse:
In the Springtime by Clifford Monks
In the springtime bunny rabbits go hop hop
In the sunshine little birdies go chirp chirp
Daisies nod to daffodils
Little children run up hills
and fall down in the springtime

Little Brown Seeds-
Little brown seeds so small and round,
Are sleeping quietly under ground.
Down come the raindrops
sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle.
Out comes the rainbow,
twinkle, twinkle, twinkle.
Little brown seeds way down below,
Up through the earth they grow, grow, grow.
Little green leaves come one by one.
They hold up their heads and look at the sun.

Wee garden plot-
This is my wee garden plot.
I'll rake it with care and it will grow a lot!
Peas and carrots and salad from seeds.
I'll plant and water and pull out the weeds.
The sun will shine and bathe my garden in light,
all the plants will be happy and taste just right.
Here, try some, have a bite!

Wake little leaves-
Wake, little leaves,
For the Springtime is calling you;
Soft blow the breezes
And warm is the sun;
Wake, little leaves,
For the Springtime has come at last;
Wake, little leaves,
For the Springtime has come!

Seasonal Songs:
Little Maiden-
I am coming, little maiden,
With the pleasant sunshine laden;
With the honey for the bee,
With the blossom for the tree,
With the flower and with the leaf;
Till I come the time is brief.

I am coming, I am coming,
Hark! The little bee is humming;
See, the lark is soaring high
In the bright and sunny sky;
And the gnats are on the wing;
Little maiden, now is spring.

Little Bird-
I can see a mama bird flying to her nest
Feeding all her little ones then they take a rest
She spreads her wings to keep them warm,
And to guard them from all harm
Wings to shelter from the sun
Even the wriggly littlest one!
Wings to dry them from the rain
Yes, little birds. it's Spring again

Spring is Coming-
Spring is coming, Spring is coming,
Birdies build your nests.
Weave together twig and feather,
Each on doing their best.

Spring is coming, Spring is coming,
Flowers are waking too,
Daisies, lilies, daffodillies,
Now are coming through.

Spring is coming, Spring is coming,
All around is fair,
Shimmer, glimmer on the meadow,
Joy is everywhere.

Action Verses/Songs:
A house for Robin-
This is a house for a robin
(make a nest with hands)
This is a hive for a bee
(two fists together to make a hive)
This is a hole for a bunny
(thumbs and pointers on both hands to make hole)
And this is a house for me!
(Arms and hands form roof overhead)

Here is a Bunny-
Here is a bunny with ears so funny (hold one hand face up and with other hand have fingers hop up and down)
Here is his hole in the ground (join thumb and index finger to make O)
At the first sound he hears
He pricks up his ears (hold up index finger and middle finger to make V)
And jumps to his hole in the ground. (V jumps into O)

Little Chickadees-
(use fingers for each chick)
Five little chicadees,
Peeping at the door;
One flew away,
And then there were four.
Chickadee, Chickadee, happy and gay,
Chickadee, Chickadee, fly away!

Four little chickadees,
Sittting on a tree;
One flew away,
And then there were three.
Chickadee, Chickadee, happy and gay,
Chickadee, Chickadee, fly away!
Three little chickadees,
Looking at you;
One flew away,
And then there were two.
Chickadee, Chickadee, happy and gay,
Chickadee, Chickadee, fly away!

Two little chickadees,
Sitting in the sun;
One flew away,
And then there was one.
Chickadee, Chickadee, happy and gay,
Chickadee, Chickadee, fly away!

One little chickadee,
Left all alone;
He flew away,
And then there were none.
Chickadee, Chickadee, happy and gay,
Chickadee, Chickadee, fly away!

Use our home Hymn Book for selections this season

Spring Rain - M. T. Schunemann from Sing a Song of Seasons
Pitter patter, pitter patter, listen to the rain
Knocking on the window sill and on the window pane
Slowly creeping snail, the grass the flowers the grain
The birds up in the treetops
The frogs upon his lilly pad
Gree-dip gree-dip, gree-dip
And the children love the rain
Splashing in puddles
Splashy, splashy, wet
Splashing in the puddles
How wet can we get
All the earth loves the rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Listen to the rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Pitter patter, pitter patter
The sun comes out again

Twitter Twitter-
Now we know that winter’s done,
For a troop of swallows come,
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

Oh, they are sweet pretty things!
Flying round with rapid wings,
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.
The swallow knows no other tune,
But always sings to May and June,

Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.
In the barn she builds her nest,
In the corner she likes best,
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

See! She took a hair just now,
From the back of Moolly cow.
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

If the sheep should drop some wool,
She will give it many a pull;
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

From the hen she gets a feather,
And she weaves the whole together;
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

But when her little ones can fly,
They bid us all a kind good-bye;
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere,

Swallows come with the first spring day,
And with summer they go away;
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

Poor little swallows have to go;
They do not like the frost and snow;
They could not twitter in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

But when spring comes with sun and rain,
The swallows will come back again;
Twitter, twitter, in the air,
Twitter, twitter, everywhere.

The Sun is shining-
The sun is shining brightly;
The birds begin to sing;
And everything is ready
For the coming of the Spring.

The trees’ brown buds are swelling;
They soon will burst their sheath,
In tender green excelling
Even the grass beneath.

The sky is blue, and birdies
Fly swiftly to and fro;
The farmer, in his cornfields,
Begins his seed to sow.

And then the flowers say softly,
“Wake up! We shall be late!
The cows are in the pasture,
And Baby’s at the gate.

For Baby’s rosy fingers
Do love the flowers so!
Dear Earth, you must not keep us,
For it is time to blow.”

Scripture Verse:
The Weekly 24 Family Ways Verse (repeated from Breakfast)
Daily readings from iBrievary

My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories – one chapter
For Heavens Sake 
Treasure and Tradition- The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass (Lisa Bergman)
Stepping Stones to bigger faith for little Children

Enchanters End Game
Big-Stamp Two-Toes the Barefoot Giant (Spring Tales of Tiptoes Lightly)
Any seasonal or liturgical stories that may fit in with the day- as in the Spring Basket books or Liturgical month book lists

Closing Verse:
Our time for now has ended
And we have done our best
What we have learned will rest
Wisdom, love, and freedom will grow
And we will bless all those we know
Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.--

'Ticka Tacky
Nicky Nacky Nu
Dear little sultana where are you?'

Quiet Time (or bedtime)Verse:
Now the sun has gone to bed,
The stars are shining overhead.
In their nests the birds all sleep,
Into their homes the snails will creep.
Children now no more will roam,
It’s rest time now and we’re safe in our home.
Come to bed my little lamb,
The time for play is gone,
The Sleep Night Queen beckons us to bed
So put your jammies on I can hear her gentle voice,
Come on now sleepy-head,
I've some happy dreams for you,
When you're safe in bed
(Child’s Name) A star for you to wish on,
A sun so warm and bright,
A moon for you to sleep on,
Happy dreams, A kiss goodnight.
The lady moon up yonder
Is like a silver boat
Upon the dark blue ocean
All silently afloat
And when the fairies waken
They climb the moonbeams white
And far across the heavens go
Sailing in the night

When I go to sleep at night
An angel watches over me
And fills me with a golden light
And takes me to the stars so bright
And blesses me each morning

Four corners to my bead
Four angels around my head
One to watch and two to pray
And one to keep all fear away
                 -Jenny Den
Blessings to you and your homes,

Monday, September 7, 2015

Spring - it is finally here!!

September (March) bustles in on windy feet
And sweeps my doorstep and my street.
She washes and cleans with pounding rains,
Scrubbing the earth of winter stains.
She shakes the grime from carpet green
Till naught but fresh new blades are seen.
Then, house in order, all neat as a pin,
She ushers gentle springtime in."

- Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning

And of course one of our favourite composers Vivaldi's Spring

Blessings to you and your homes,

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fermented Lemonade - nutritious and yummy too!!

We have been enjoying a lovely fermented homemade lemonade lately..
It has a slight fizz and a refreshing lemon taste.

Here is the recipe we use :)
 300ml Lemon Juice
1 Liter sugar
6 Liter water

Put all ingredients including the skins into a lidded bucket and leave for 24-48 hours. (in this batch I used the glass containers for the whole project)
Don't stress if you don't get to it in the first 24 hours
Strain and bottle into bottles or large glass containers.
Leave for a about a week.
Check as the week goes along to check for correct taste.

Blessings to you and your homes,

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Crock Pot Bacon Baked Beans

Crock Pot Bacon Baked Beans 
Soak the beans  (1 kilo) overnight
In the morning rinse the beans and put them into the crockpot.
1 large can of tomatoes (800 grams I think)
1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups of water
2 tsp of dry mustard
1/2 cup of sugar free BBQ sauce
2 cups of onions

Cook on high for 2-3 hours then turn to low and let simmer most of the day
When it is closer to serving up (say 2-3 hours to go) add the following ingredients.
The lady who gave me the original recipe, which I have addapted, told me that once you add the salt and sugar that the beans don't get any softer. So for a softer bean add it later.
6 tablespoons of sweeter (I used Xyliyol)
2 teaspoons salt
6 Tablespoons of molasses (this I feel is optional and can be reduced or left out altogether)
1 kilo of shortcut bacon diced up
Stir through out the day.
However it is very forgiving. I left mine unattended for 7 hours while out today and it was fine.

You can add a little more water as needed if you think it is too thick.
Eat with a slice of Rye and Oat Bread that you made earlier and enjoy!!

Blessings to you and your homes,
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Home Made Games - Horse Shoes

Outdoor play is a big part of our children's lives.
I encourage lots of outdoor time as I believe it helps the children both physically, mentally and emotionally.

Just the other day the children found a heap of horse shoes and one of the games they started to play was of course that old game of Horse Shoes.
This was suggested by Autumn as she was outside with the little ones and they were looking for something to play, something different to what they had been playing
A simple stick found laying around and shoved into the damp earth provided the required catching part of the game.
 Trahaearn  was the first to have a turn........
followed by Arwen of course.
Well technically they played together for a while.
 The game was such a great success that the older children wanted to play as well.
The dividing up of the horse shoes was a bit of a trick as there seemed to be some better choices than others ☺
 Yep one of the advantages of lots of family around is that we can have a good competition.
Someone prefers to try things by her self and so waited till the others had moved on to other pursuits.

And that is a typical type of day in our home with the improvisation of whatever can be found just lying around!!

Blessings to you and your homes,
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Beatrix Potter Day

We had a most enjoyable day the other day  as we celebrated the life of Beatrix Potter on what would have been her birthday Monday 27th July.
As per usual we wrote up a plan of what we wanted to  achieve on this day and then proceeded on with those plans.
Our plans usually start with any books we have and setting up any displays to be visually stimulating
As Beatrix Potter was a brilliant artist we got out our some of our Art books and had planned on doing some watercolour painting and drawing outside but the weather was really horrible.
Did I say we love books?????
Arwen loves her little  Hunca Munca music box and has had it since she was a baby. One of our little Peter Rabbit's lost his jacket and I had to make him a little felt one.
Then we sat down at the table to work on the printed sheets I photo copied out of our activity books.
As we work some of us at least need to have a nice cup of tea.
I'm sure Miss Potter would approve!
I had mine in one of the few remaining Beatrix Potter mugs we have left while I read aloud.
Table decorations are very important to us and freshly picked wattle to draw and admire was brought in by a sweet little bunny
These will become the little display in the first picture
These are the worksheets I had already in my books which is just as well, as the Internet was down and we would not have been able to print anything out.
Did I mention the children wore their Easter Bunny ears for at least some of the day as they coloured in and played Peter Rabbit.
Naturally the children had to get out ALL the bunnies we own and Trahaearn sat himself up with a few of them as he watched the DVDs we own.
Our collection we have loved over the years. We had these on video originally 18 years ago.
Naturally we went outside to handle our bunnies and other animals before the day was over.
Eden made currant buns for tea for everyone, just like Mrs Rabbit went to buy when Peter was so naughty.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how we  celebrate one of our favourite author illustrators.

Blessings to you and your homes,
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Making Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Home Use

We use a lot of Apple Cider Vinegar in our home on a daily basis.
I use it for additives to drinks during the day, for anyone who is feeling a bit sick with a cold or sore throat and in cooking or making dressings.

I like to use Braggs Raw Apple cider Vinegar and at $12 a 750 ml bottle it can add up very quickly.

So I have been making my own for the cost of 2 cups of sugar and apple scraps. My last batch which is pictured for this post produced about 6 1/2 Liters.
The most expensive part of this process is TIME! As it takes about 3 months give or take a couple of weeks.

I have not managed to keep us supplied continuously yet, but that will come I am sure as I commit to the process more steadily.

Now onto the process!!
I use a 3 liter honey container and collect all my apple scraps in this until it is filled up. As the children finish eating an apple or peel it I get the container out of the freezer and put the scraps in and then place back in the freezer. 
I usually fill 2 of these containers before I am ready to start.
Then I tip the contents into a  plastic bucket I bought from Masters (above)
Then I add 30 cups of water and 2 cups of white sugar ( this and for my Kombucha are the only times I use white sugar)
 and stir it in to dissolve the sugar.
You want to make sure there is enough water to submerge the apple scraps and more water is more vinegar. Do not exceed 2 parts water to 1 part scraps which will leave you with a diluted, low acidity vinegar.
Then I cover the bucket and leave it under our baking bench in the kitchen for about three weeks.
In the first few days I  give it a stir and then periodically over the three weeks, checking on it daily.
Here it is just before I am about to decant it into bottles. This is  three weeks later.
Notice the bubbles! They have been there through out the process and is part of the fermenting process You will notice the sharp smell. Using a wooden spoon to push down the scraps into the liquid, gently mixing the scraps that rise to the top.
Now it is time to strain the apple scraps out.
I use a large colander with a piece of light cloth in side the colander placed over a very large bowl.
Pour the mixture into the colander and strain.
Make sure you don't overflow your container and waste all that goodness..
I then squeeze the scraps with a spoon until I cannot get any more more out of them.
Next use a funnel and pour your apple liquid into sterilized bottles. Use small pieces of muslin and secure it on top with a rubber band.
Now place your apple ferment in a warm, dark place for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Check by tasting after about 4 weeks  and see if it is to your liking.
If your ferment still has a little alcoholic smell or flavor or if the potency of the acid just doesn't quite pack the punch of vinegar you may simply cover and return it to a warm, dark place for another 2 weeks or so. Just check it every week you continue to ferment it, tasting to see if you have reached the proper acidity.
If ready put a lid on your bottle  and start to use.

And now you have  your very own, homemade RAW apple cider vinegar with all of the flavor and natural health benefits. 

Important measures-
2 frozen buckets of apple scraps  equals approximately 7 1/2 cups
30 cups of water 
2 cups of sugar
not more than double water to apples 

Sorry about the line spacing my template just kept changing on me 
Blessings to you and your homes,
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