Herbalists in Training

I wrote in this post “One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can make sure your kids get an education in the things that really matter.” In that instance, I was talking food. This time, I am talking health. I think it’s important for the boys to learn ways of safeguarding their health, and the ability to treat minor ailments themselves without needing pharmaceuticals as a first line of treatment. To that end, we have been working through Lesley Tierra’s book “Kids Herb Book: For Children of All Ages”. The boys have enjoyed making various herbal teas and potions (lemon balm tea was the favourite). They also had a go at some “natural root beer”:

root beer (3)

Unfortunately the verdict was a unanimous “yuck!!”

The “real marshmallows” were more of a success – edible, if a little weird 😉

marshmallow instructionsreal marshmallows

To consolidate their learning, both Gman and Waif have created lapbooks detailing the different herbs. They sat outside in the sunshine this week assembling their books. Here’s Gman working on his:

g assembles lapbookg enjoys stickingg sticks in garlic

And Waif:

r colours herbsr pleased with herbsr enjoys sticking

And the obligatory “pose with your latest lapbooks” photo 🙂 :

boys show off lapbook

I think they did a great job, and hopefully they will refer to what they have learnt in years to come too!

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4 thoughts on “Herbalists in Training

  1. Allie says:

    What a smart mama you are – this is great!

  2. Annie B says:

    We are looking for a lapbook on herbs and not having much luck. This looks wonderful! Was this a lapbook that you acquired elsewhere or was it homemade? Thanks

    • vivjm says:

      Hi Annie
      We just freestyle our own lapbooks :-). The books we studied from was this one: Kids Herb Book: For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra & it’s really great. There’s information on each herb, plus recipes and even songs!

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