Welcome to POPHS!

We begin the school year of 2014 with a blooper video!  If that is an indication of the nature of the year ahead, I say YES...PLEASE!   We lived on hard times last year, so bring on the FUN and goofiness... as much as possible!

Blooper Video

So do you think Dad's three girls have caused him to watch a few tween-type videos? Yeah, I think so too :)

Welcome to the 2014 Summer Fruit Haul - Part 1

Georgia Peaches & Michigan Blueberries

For the second year in a row, we have bought from a fruit company which travels around, delivering fresh fruit to towns and cities around the country.  With this we have been able to try our hand at processing, preserving, freezing, drying and of course, baking with Georgia Peaches and Michigan Blueberries.  Here we are, unboxing everything...

Fruit Haul - Part 2

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. ~ Genesis 1:29

Lesson Ideas

Creating a themed unit lesson is very easy to do with everyday activities, particularly during seasonal & holiday breaks when you are not officially conducting "classes."  You can throw bible verses, literature, poetry, author biographies, music, documentaries, art & cooking projects, nature studies, history lessons and just about anything else into the mix.  I will share just a couple of ideas here...

 

 

#1.  Add a literary selection and learn about the author.

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953), a Swedish children's book author and illustrator is often known as the "Beatrix Potter' of Scandinavia. Her many charmingly written and beautifully illustrated books are available online. Peter in Blueberry Land is pictured above from our personal collection of her lovely works. Biography Link Provided below.

 

 

Peter in Blueberry Land

Author Elsa Beskow

Biography

http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/subjects/elsabeskow

 

 

 

#2.  Highlight a piece of poetry and the poet.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) Who would have thought that this distinguished Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Educator would have written a poem on...the blueberry. It just goes to show, it truly is the simple things in God's creation that spark people to creativity themselves. Biography Links below.

 

 

Blueberries

Author, Robert Frost

(1874-1963)

http://www.biography.com/people/robert-frost-20796091

 

 

 

#3.  Get Your Apron On!  

There is nothing like tasting the fruits of your labor, so my favorite activity idea is getting into the kitchen and making something together!  Infact, double the batch and bless someone you LOVE!  

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." ~ Mathew 5:16

A Box Garden of Blessings

Living in the city, we don't have the advantage of growing our own produce for the most part. Over the years, we have found other options which we have embraced as a part of our lives and our learning.  

We have had a box herb garden in our front yard which has re-seeded itself for the past three years now.  This year my husband and middle daughter got their hands dirty, cleaned things out and added to it a bit.  I encourage anyone to try this!  You'd be surprised how much of a blessing this little garden has been for us!  It's fun just to watch it grow, it smells awesome, and is easy to take care of!  We just pluck off as much as we need, a pot of soup at a time, then dry what's left at the end of the season.  

 

"The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." ~ Genesis 1:29

Eat Local!

We have always been big fans of our local Farmer's Markets and farm stands.  We have a large Hmong Community in our city and many of them actually do hydroponic gardening year round in their homes.  The veggies they produce are so crystal clean and beautiful, because they have never even seen the dirt!  We also love to find local honey, eggs and milk.  

The moral of the story...

I hope you have enjoyed our 2014 Fruit Haul and the Extras!  Teaching our kids to take part in providing for the family, by seeking out the best quality food for reasonable prices, then working together toward preparing and preserving the food for later use is a lesson in itself. Sure, there are times we buy frozen berries from the store and I'm sure we have a can or two of peaches in the cupboard, but using those in no way compares with the times we've spent in our community, meeting people, seeing and appreciating their work and valuing our own.  

Many Blessings of Learning,

Moongarden Mama