02. July 2018 · Comments Off on Blueberries for Sal · Categories: Blessed Virgin Mary, Books, Homeschooling, July

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey was originally published in 1948.  It won the Caldecott Honor Book award in 1949.  This is such a lovely book with a sweet story and beautiful illustrations

When teaching especially preschool-grade 4, this is a great book for many different themes, seasonal studies or unit studies. Children older than 6 might be able to read it on their own, but it is a wonderful read a-loud.  Themes include: blueberries, black bears, summer time, Blessed Virgin Mary (blue is Her color, of course!) and you might throw in a small chat about obeying your mother.  With older children, talk about where you will find blueberries (wild and cultivated), varieties of blueberries (especially high and low) and methods of consuming blueberries (fresh, in a cold or hot recipe, frozen, preserved, dried).  And if you are lucky enough to live in the vicinity of New England, take a drive to Maine in July and buy some fresh blueberries.  There is just something special about Maine blueberries!

If you look on Pinterest, there are art projects, crafts and recipes galore.  Here’s the link to my Pinterest Blueberries for Sal board.

Read the book aloud!

Make blueberry crisp and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.  YUMMY!

We love Betty Crocker’s recipe for apple crisp so I use it as my “go-to fruit crisp recipe”.  I exchange the apples for blueberries and sometimes a variety of berries.

Here is my revised Betty Crocker apple crisp based recipe:

Ingredients:

4 cups of fresh (or frozen) blueberries

3/4 brown sugar (packed)

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)

1/3 cup butter softened

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (you can also use a touch of nutmeg as well, I’m just not a fan)

Heat the oven to 375 degrees, prepare an 8×8 pan with cooking spray or butter.  Spread the blueberries in the bottom of the pan.  Stir the remaining ingredients together and spread evenly over the blueberries.  Bake 30 minutes (or until brown and bubbling).  Serve warm with ice cream!

I highly recommend reading this book every July followed by a bowl of warm blueberry crisp and ice cream.

 

 

05. May 2015 · Comments Off on May Crowning & St. Joseph the Worker · Categories: Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph the Worker

May 1st, 2015 found us in Church at 9AM for our May Blessed Virgin Mary crowning and Mass.  Our parish school children had the privilege of crowning a small statue of Mary.  The 7th grade children held lilies across the aisle as the 3rd grade children carried in the crown.  It was all so beautifully done.

Our parish school is in danger of closing, so these events might be ending soon.  Even though we do not send our young man to the parish school, it is nice to be able to participate in Mass occasionally with the school children.  Our young man at least gets to see the school children attending Mass as a large group.  Unfortunately, our normal Sunday Masses do not have many children attending.  Anyway.. I digress.

May 1st was also St. Joseph the Worker.  To celebrate, after Mass, our young man and I went to the pharmacy to purchase a thank you card and candy bar to give Dave at lunchtime.  We’d called to see if we could meet at lunch and he could.  So we found a cute card that our young man decorated and in which I wrote a nice sentiment about how hard Dave works to keep a roof over our heads.  And how he is our example of St. Joseph the Worker.

All in all a wonderful day!