Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We'll be back....

Sorry for the long blog break. I got bogged down in photo editing and didn't feel inspired to post. I'll be putting up back dated stuff as I get it together, and hopefully going forward with current stuff shortly.

Thanks to anyone who stuck around to read this!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Foraging in Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill

Another amazing field trip! We got to go foraging for wild foods and medicinal plants in Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill.

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Here are a few of the plants we learned about:

Poor man's pepper:

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Wood sorrel (looks like clover, tastes like lemon):

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June berries:

juneberries

Oops! Lady bugs!

ladybugs

This is Linden. You can make a relaxing tea from the flowers:

linden

Black raspberries, not ripe (red) and ripe (purple black):

noteripeblackraspberries

ripeblackraspberry

Burdock:

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Common Plantain:

commonplantain

The Wildman has an app (for Apple and for Android), which we are going to check out and hope to review soon. The best recommendation I can give you for his cookbook comes from sharing a bit of his lunch. Roasted grape leaves are amazing, and stick pudding is surprisingly tasty, given the odd name. Check out his cookbook and his book about foraging for kids, and take a tour with him to learn what amazing things to eat you pass by in the park (or your own yard) every day!

Here's what we found in our own yard when we got home: Wood sorrel, lambs quarters, and common plantain (which I knew about and have growing in a pot). We now have planted some poor man's pepper, hoping it will grow here, too.



Coming Soon: Clearwater Festival Posts


But first, I need to get all the homeschool field trips posted, so I can use the blog as my substitute brain and finish my end-of-school-year paperwork for the state...

Colors of the World at the Morgan Library, Part 2

The second part of the Colors of the World program at the Morgan Library involved grinding the dry materials to make powdered pigment, and then combining them with water (and alum in some cases) to make paint. The kids also used a glue made from the swim bladder of a fish to apply gold leaf to their projects. A fun and illuminating experience!

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fishbladder

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Pterosaurs, Redux

After Ancient Americas, Mikro wanted to spend some extra time exploring the AMNH. We looked at some of the vertebrate evolution galleries, and took a second look at the Pterosaurs special exhibit. Fun!

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pteroredux

His prehistoric appetite was only whetted. He read about dinosaurs all the way home.

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Ancient Americas at AMNH



Mikro's history professor did another one day class, this time on the civilizations of the Ancient Americas, at the American Museum of Natural History (Mikro's favorite place!)

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Olmecs:

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Mixtecs/Zapotecs:

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Toltecs:

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Aztecs:

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Maya:

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mayanpyramid

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Moche:

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Nasca:

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Inka:

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