I 3 tesori della mia vita!

Always exploring.  Here they are watching a large bird taking flight.  Andrew  has developed a great passion for births and loves to share his knoweldge.

Andrew has been learning a lot about birds.  We have several books from the library and we have started to watch a few documentaries by David Attenborough.  We feel very fortunate to have found this guy!  His are the only documentaries Andrew (and Massimo sometimes) would watch, because the Disney ones, or others documentaries, feel too intense and they create to much suspence.  The children do not watch television and they have wathed only one cartoon so far, and on very few occasions: “Kipper the dog”. They are thus very sensitive to any stimuli created by anything they may see on a screen.  Andrew is very grounded on what he would watch and there were a few cartoons that had passed my scritining that Andrew would still choose not to watch; and he was right because to see things by his point of view, they were intesnse (it is difficult something to learn to discern but I am always very impressed by the confidence and groundness of Andrew).  So we are very careful in choosing what to show our kids in the few occasion we show them something; but documentaries are something we thought to start and were very glad to find Allenborough; Andrew is learning a great deal from him, listening and remembering almost everything (with an attention to details that surprises me – hey I am the mom, I can talk this well about my kids).

And the other two… they just follow their leader and are full of confidence and something clever to say or some important question to ask.

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Exploring and enjoying beautiful Iowa, in the woods.

At the magic forest.
This is the magic forest near Andrew’s Waldorf preschool that he graduated from not long ago.  He knows it well and knows where the best lianas are, and there are lots of them, to try beautiful flights, even across a little creek.  Today we built with sticks, leaves, berries.  We stopped for a break in a nice clearing with sits, probably used by the schoolchidren; here we hanged our coats and backbacks to the branches of the trees and the place felt like a home.  To us the woods have such a important value in our daily routine, they seem to call us, it is our place of freedom and joy. That is why almost every day we venture in the woods, one here one there, and we discover, we learn, we touch and feel, we smell and listen, we watch and sing, we play.  Being here it reminds me of the joys of my childwood.  Below are some pictures of one moment in our day, by the lake.  The water too always seem to be calling us.  Here they explored, send out a few boats, obeserved them, got excited, watched birds and asked Andrew for their names because he knows them, and gathered more material for building.  Being a mother is sensational, it is the best think I have ever done and sharing these moments with my adorable ones fills my heart with infinite love.

Nella foresta magica. Questa è la foresta vicino alla scuola materna Waldorf che frequentava Andrew.  Lui la conosce bene e soprattutto conosce dove ci sono le migliori liane per fare dei bellissimi voli, anche per attraversare un piccolo ruscello.  Abbiamo scoperto un sacco di cose, ranocchi, animaletti, insetti, qualche impronta.  Abbiamo costruito con legnetti, foglie, bacche.  Abbiamo fatto una sosta ed usato i rami degli alberi come attaccapanni per appendere giacche e zaini, così che quasi quel luogo dove ci siamo fermati a fare la nostra merenda è diventato casa.  Il momento era ottimo anche per raccontare una favola (da me inventata, perché sono le loro preferite).  Il bosco per noi ha tutto un suo valore particolare, è come un richiamo, semplicemente vogliamo essere qui. E quasi tutti i giorni ci avventuriamo in un bosco o in un altro, a scoprire, a conoscere, a toccare, a sentire, ad annusare, ad ascoltare, ad osservare, a cantare, a giocare.  Mi fa ricordare le gioie di quando ero bambina. Ecco alcune foto di uno dei momenti della nostra giornata, vicino al lago.  Ecco, l’acqua ha un alro richiamo, fortissimo.  Qui hanno esplorato, hanno lanciato barchette, le hanno osservate, hanno osservato diversi uccelli di cui Andrew conosce i nomi (conoscere gli uccelli è una sua passione del momento) e raccolto materiali per continuare a costruire. Fare la mamma è una delle cose più belle che abbia mai fatto e condividere questi momenti con i miei cuccioli mi riempie il cuore di una gioia infinita.

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Walk at Lamson Woods and mapping.

Starting our studies with Nature in Nature.

Iniziamo i nostri studi nel più bel modo possibile, con la Natura e nella Natura. Di certo non  devo convincerli a ‘studiare’: sono tutti interessatissimi e molto, ma molto seri a riguardo.  Ci troviamo in uno dei nostri luoghi preferiti, e vicino a casa, il Bosco.  Qui oggi impariamo a fare delle mappe, a disegnare il sentiero percorso, a leggere la bussola, a conoscere i punti cardinali e a scriverne le iniziali (solo 4 lettere, ma molto importanti), ed impariamo soprattutto a lavorare insieme, alla pari, come collaboratori, ognuno con qualcosa importante da dire, valorizzato ed ascoltato; impariamo a comunicare, a progettare e a decidere insieme il come, quando, cosa, dove, perché e chissà. Un’esperienza questa che riempie questi ragazzi di obiettivi, progetti, fiducia in sè stessi, voglia di collaborare e tanta voglia di conoscere.

(stasera mi dovrò studiare diversi nomi di piante 😉 per riconoscerle, a richiesta)

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Dec. 1 – Homecooked bread!

Dec. 1 – Homecooked bread! This recipe is great and very easy. I strongly recommend it.

Recipe: No-Knead Bread

Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery

Time: About 1oe hours plus 14 to 20 hours rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 + 1/4 teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack. Yield: One 1oe-pound loaf.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?ref=dining

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