Friday, September 11, 2009

Grade 3/4, Week Three

Culture: Southwest
Resources: Keepers of the Night
A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling Grade Three

"Creation of the Moon" (Navajo/Dine) Keepers of the Night

Southwest Culture (drawing of Hogan)

"The Boy Who Became a God" (Navajo)

The Origin of Summer and Winter"" (Acoma/Laguna) A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling Grade Three
Since we live in the Southwest, this culture is very near and dear to us. We were able to find many resources locally through friends and family. Above you see Elsa picking the seeds out of cotton bolls. We picked the cotton at a nearby farm.
Gramie has tons of experience with southwest cooking, so invited the kids over for a cooking day. She helped them roast chilis and make delicious lamb-stuffed chilis.

Stuffing the chilis.

They were a little spicy for the kids, but Robin and Elsa enjoyed eating the lamb filling with cornmeal pancakes. Yum! Thanks Gramie!!

My sister lives in Gallup, NM and has Southwest Indian culture all around her. She sent me the recipe for Navajo fry bead and beans which we made one night for dinner. So simple, but soooo good! She also sent the recipe for really amazing Zuni bread and a lamb stew. The bread and stew turned out so good!! Thanks, Hanne!!


Tammy said...

Oh yuuuuuuuuuuuum...all of the food looks scrumptious. I just love cooking in a lesson block.

Also...I LOVE how you all made lines in the lesson books with the block crayons to do the writing! VERY clever - I'll have to remember that idea. :)

Anonymous said...

i love the photo of the cotton, how beautiful to see it in its natural state. if you would ever be interested in doing a trade for cotton, i will send you something local from my area. we are also homeschoolers, i would love to show my children what it looks like...

Beth said...

Tammy - I just discovered the colored lines for handwriting. It makes a world of difference! You can tell by looking at Robin's work before and after. The letters sit in the grass, some go down in the earth and some up in the sky...
Gardenmamma - I would love to send you some cotton! I will email you...

Hanne said...

Beth, I love the creativity! How fun! Did you know that John is half Laguna, so our kids are a quarter Laguna. You probaby know more about our background than us now!HaHa