Freeschool

Wild yeast baking experiment

Posted by on May 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Sam’s teacher invited parents in to talk about things they are really passionate about. I offered to talk about baking with wild yeast sourdough starter, so last week I brought in my starter and showed the kids how to get dough going, let it rise, proof overnight, and then bake (and eat!) the bread. We […]

Leaf abscission – so interesting!

Posted by on October 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

So what is leaf abscission? It is when leaves fall from the tree. I thought it was pretty simple – fall arrives, weather gets cooler and leaves fall. But then Ben (age 5) opened “Big Green” the biology book (Campbell & Reece 6th ed.) last night to this page and I was floored. I had […]

Kayaking with salmon!

Posted by on October 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Our salmon kayak trip was awesome! We were almost praying for too much wind (so the trip would be rescheduled) because it was rainy rainy rainy and we (my friend Amy and I) had two kids, and no husbands to go with us. Wow – are we glad we were able to go. The rain […]

Blakely Cemetery – and a science demo right under our feet!

Posted by on October 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

As Ben and I walked the 0.3 mile trail up to Blakely Cemetery, we enjoyed the fall colors and smells all around us. There’s a distinctive scent of decaying leaves in the air when the ground is wet. I uncovered some freshly fallen leaves and showed Ben how they get progressively darker, wetter, flimsier and […]

Great biographies

Posted by on September 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Sam and I have begun to read some fascinating biographies. They are well-written and interesting for both parent and child. I’m keeping a list in case this is of help to others. Something out of Nothing – Marie Curie and Radium The Brooklyn Bridge: They Said it Couldn’t Be Built (Story of the Roeblings) The […]