november calendar – nov 13

another fun recipe with rosemary is rosemary honey! it can be used as food or medicine just like the vinegar and oil. isn’t it fun to play with herbs? i love when they can be used as my food to keep me well. start a honey infusion today!

2 Responses to “november calendar – nov 13”

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    Mrs Yoder

    Hi there, I love your little magazine! And it's a great, great idea to have an herb magazine for children.

    I homeschool myself, and I'm going to try to convince the local co-op to let me teach an herb class to the children at our local homeschool co-op.

    I have the Tierra's herb book, and I've been looking at another one, too. All the herb books seem to have a Pagan slant to them, which is why I like your magazine (at least the one I've read so far) because it seems to be a fairly neutral magazine.

    Do you have any tips on teaching children about herbs? I've taught adults before, but children can get restless and I want to keep it fun for them. Please let me know. Thanks!

    Mrs. Yoder

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    mrs. yoder – thank you! i started this because of a lack of material to present to kids. materials are far and few between and i'm hoping to help fill that niche. it is truly a joy for me to create!

    i hope you can teach a class through your local coop, that is a great idea! i've done it for a local coop here in the past with great success.

    i love lesley tierra's book! what is the other book you are looking at?

    wildcraft! is a great game to play with kids. as for books, i try to post kids herb books on my sidebar when i find them. one is native american influenced(song of the seven herbs), another is based in peasant days (herbalist of yarrow) and walking the world in wonder: a children's herbal is seasonally based with great photographs of the individual herbs discussed.

    also, i have a couple of customers who purchase herbal roots issues commercially ($6 per every 5 kids) and use the materials for teaching.

    i find the best way to teach kids is to get them involved. there are various approaches to this. for an ongoing class, you could start in the spring and have them help create an herb garden. they could start with sowing the seeds and watching them grow and then as the herbs mature, you can show them how to harvest and make herbal remedies with them. as the herbs are growing, you can talk about each of the herbs you are tending and what each is used for. these mini talks could happen when they are helping to weed, mulch and trim/thin/transplant.

    another approach would be to do herb walks in local parks, woods and back yards, showing them the weedy herbs such as dandelion, chicory, chickweed, plantain or what grows locally for you. encourage them to taste, touch, smell and get to know each plant. have coloring pages of the plants so they can color them and when you are doing herb walks, have them each bring along a small basket or brown paper bag for harvesting a sprig of each herb and then make their own herbarium (see my link on the sidebar for a way to make a pocket sized one). also, linking the herbs to food is fun for kids. serve them salads full of violet leaves and blossoms, dandelion leaves, chicory leaves, chickweed, clover, etc. make pine needle tea and rose hip tea and sumac lemonade for them to drink.

    the key is to not make them sit and listen for long periods of time. the more active and hands-on the session is, the more likely it is that they will participate and look forward to the classes. herb walks, crafts, simple recipes, sampling the herbs and tending a garden are all ways to keep them active.

    good luck on your endeavors! i hope you are able to get the class going. i think you'll find that kids are actually easier to teach than adults once you get the hang of it! i have found that to be true for my own experiences. 🙂

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