Saturday, January 18, 2020

Homemade Pasta Photos

Thank you to my dear friend Seaona for donating the pasta machine! It was such a great addition to our homeschooling adventures.

On Monday, the littlest children read From Wheat to Pasta: A Photo Essay by Robert Egan and looked at many different pasta shapes which could be strung on a necklace, then created and strung patterns.

On Tuesday, we all read this book again and made Homemade Pasta using a food processor, a pasta machine and this Homemade Pasta recipe from Gimme Some Oven. I used Bob's Red Mill Semolina Flour from the Co-op.

Bob's Red Mill Semolina Pasta Flour

Imperia Pasta Maker

choosing the shapes for their pattern necklaces

threading is such a great fine motor skill

wrap tape around the end of the yarn to stiffen it
if you would prefer not to use a needle


the textures make for great sensory play for all ages

the first group takes a turn kneading the dough

wrapped in plastic wrap, the dough rests for 30 minutes

setting up the pasta machine

we cranked it through 10 times at setting #1
then once each at settings #2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

then we moved the cutting board to the other side of the table,
moved the handle to the cutting setting, and cranked it through


we coiled the noodles into little nests and set them to dry for
30 minutes, then cooked them and ate them hot with the 
homemade butter from last week and some Italian seasoning


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Friday, January 17, 2020

Norse Mythology I: Week Two

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Monday, January 13

Tuesday, January 14

  • glue dot in finished and dry paintings
  • rough draft, edit, add to MLB "The Creation of Man"
  • read Thérèse Makes a Tapestry by Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs
  • warp our loom for this year's new collaborative tapestry topic: Yggdrasil and the Nine Norse Worlds
  • crockpot dye wool yarn with onion skins and with beets

Thursday, January 16

  • rough draft, edit, add to MLB "Yggdrasil, the World Tree"
  • do page one of Writing in Runes worksheet (PDF)
  • add The Futhark to MLB
  • read "Asgard and the Aesir Gods" and "Odin, the All-father"
  • check on results of crockpot dyed wool yarn
  • add two-page colored pencil drawing of Yggdrasil and the Nine Norse Worlds to MLB

Friday, January 17

A great follow-up to this at home would be playing chess! The Aesir were famous for sitting in Asgard playing chess with beautiful golden pieces. If your child doesn't know how, we will be working on learning this in school.

We've also been continuing with our January read-aloud, Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In addition to this we have had the first Class Meeting from The No-Fault Classroom: Tools to Resolve Conflict & Foster Relationship Intelligence, which involves working as a group to set a Vision Statement.

Little Bluestem Vision Statement
2019 - 2020

Our vision is a welcoming, calm & productive learning environment
where people feel safe & happy.
Everyone can communicate respectfully.
Each person’s needs are met in a way that is kind & fair.

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