September 2009


This month, Herbal Roots Zine features the all enchanting Elderberry as the herb of the month! We’ve got lots of things to do this month too!

Read my adaptation of the Spirit of the Elder Tree; do word searches, scrambles and decipher the codes; make yummy treats and delicious medicine using the elderberries; dye silks, wool roving or cotton; make a quill and ink to write like the pioneers and indians of yesteryear; learn all about elderberries enchanting healing powers and more!

This month’s pdf is 24 pages long and has all the usual games, recipes, crafts and internet link that each issue always has. Plus, lots of chances to win some cool things to bring elderberry into the world of your child such as a pendant, wooden toy and a summertime herbal curriculum! Check back each day to see what’s on the calendar and have a great month learning all about elderberry.

Table of Contents:

Note to Parents – Gives you ideas on how to use Herbal Roots Zine plus a supply list for all the crafts and recipes.

Calendar – Keep on track with your daily herbal learning by following our suggested activities for the day. This is great for homeschoolers trying to incorporate Herbal Roots Zine into their daily lessons as well as schoolers trying to get a little herbal learning squeezed into their hectic schedules.

All About…Elderberry – Tells you all about Elderberry, uses, folklore, botanical names and more!

Scramble, Search and More – It’s game time! Make learning fun. Repetitive activities help to reinforce formal learning. Decipher the code to learn facts about Elderberry and to find the hidden message, unscramble the words and then use the unscrambled words as clues for the word search!

Songs and Poems – Songs are a great way to get information stuck in your head! Learn the Elderberry song today and you’ll be singing it all month long while you learn! Plus a few playful poems to put your mind on elderberry.

Herbal Recipes – This month, you’ll be making a glycerite (non-acoholic version of a tincture), Elderberry Syrup, Elderberry Soda and Elderberry Dumplings! Why not make them to celebrate the first day of fall!

Coloring Page – Great for reinforcing what the plant looks like!

Herbal Crafts and More – Elderberry is generally too large to place a small sample into the craft section so i left that off this month, although I highly recommend pressing some and taping it to the last page of this month’s edition. However, lots of great crafts in store! Make a quill and ink (check out the bonus tip for making ‘parchment paper’ in this month’s newsletter), Dying with Elderberry and a bit challenging but worth it: Make a Flute!

Maze – Help the mouse swim across the river to get to the elderberry patch.

Herbal Journal – As always, a great place to record all your thoughts and trials with elderberry.

Crossword Puzzle – A final game to play to test your knowledge of elderberry

Resource Page – Gotta know where to find everything! Plus, a few suggestions for learning more about herbs in general: books, games and cards that are all excellent learning tools. And, if you want to know more about elderberry, I’ve included links for further information.

25 pages cover to resource page. $7.99

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