Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Stone Soup July 3, 2011

I have quite a few posts to update on, including Jedi’s week in review, 2 field trips, and some family fun…hopefully I can get them all updated within the next day or two. 🙂  The first post is about our unit on Stone Soup.

During the girls’ school time a couple weeks back, we read the story of Stone Soup, where two hungry travelers go door to door in a village and ask if anyone could spare some food.  After no one offers any to share, the travelers decide to make a healthy soup out of a stone and some water, if the villagers could help with the secret ingredient…

My children were all very interested in the story, and all three of them asked if we could make stone soup ourselves.  And of course, since Stone Soup is actually vegetable soup, it isn’t hard to imagine we said yes. 😉  Besides, it would be a great Montessori activity…deciding on the vegetables to go in it, cutting & peeling vegetables, and all coming together to make one meal.  The kids loved making Stone Soup (although they were nervous about the idea of using a stone from outside, so we used a small whole potato. 🙂 )  And more importantly, they actually ate it…lots and lots of veggies in one shot!

The veggies that were chosen for Stone Soup...carrots, potatoes, peas, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic scapes, celery, onions, mushrooms, corn, green onions, etc. And the best part was that, with the exception of a few things, these were all either grown in our own garden, or locally grown here in central Ohio!

Bug was excited to shell the peas. However, I'm pretty sure most of them ended up in her mouth instead of the bowl. 😉

Jedi cutting cherry tomatoes and Monkey cutting the mushrooms

The soup simmering on the stove. We added a ton of fresh herbs from our garden as well!




We're still here! May 25, 2011

We haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, despite my lack of posting. 🙂  The weather is finally getting nicer here, so we’ve been out of the school room and spending our days outside gardening and enjoying nature.  I’ve also been spending this time getting prepared to start homeschooling Jedi in June.  We got our homeschooling approval letter from our county, and Jedi’s officially excused from school after the end of this school year.

So, while I get prepared for that, Monkey and Bug have been spending less time in the school room.  That’s ok though–like I said, it’s been gorgeous out and that’s what they need to be concentrating on right now. 🙂  That, and the school room is under construction again (about a month and a half ago, we had a flood in our house that destroyed part of our first floor and finished basement, and so the insurance company and contractors have it torn apart so it can be fixed again. 🙂 )  So, my regular montessori and homeschooling posts will be back mid June. 🙂

In the meantime…here are some pictures of our outdoor learning…

A gorgeous post-thunderstorm sunset.

We have a guest living in our garden beds! I went out to pick salad greens, and found this killdeer egg.

Day 2...a 2nd egg showed up!

And here's mama bird! She lets me go over to the garden, but if the kids come over, she does some cool theatrics. Killdeer pretend to have a broken wing if something comes too close to the nest. They hope that the predator will follow the easy prey (hurt bird) and leave the nest alone, but then when you come close to the bird, it up and flies away. The broken wing 'dance' is amazing!

More of the wing dance...

More of the wing dance...

More of the wing dance...

Mama bird watching me harvest.

Day 3! A third egg!

Turkey vulture really close to the house.

Frogs in our little pond

Bigger frog in the pond

The garden beds--where the killdeer nest is has the herbs, next to it has the salad greens, spinach, broccoli, and oregano. There is also red potatoes, cilantro, onions, green onions, cantelope, bush beans, and cucumbers.

The first box is strawberries, the second box has green peppers, banana peppers, hot peppers, and lemon basil. The far box has tomatoes and basil.