Following Where My Children Lead… A New Series or Plant Based Enchillada’s

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I like to think of our homeschool almost as a living thing of it’s own.  It is constantly growing and changing, shifting and evolving.  What our homeschool looks like this year probably doesn’t look much like it did last year or what it will look like perhaps even next month.  I don’t want you to get the impression that we are not consistent or even unintentional in our learning.  We very much are.  There are some anchors that will never change.  For example, we will always study the Bible.  However, how we study the Bible this year will probably look different than the way we will do it next year.

On the one hand this drives me a bit nuts.  I agonize over things sometimes. With each and every change I weigh the pros and cons, pray, hem.. haw… wring my hands.  Yep, I’m a bit narcotic.  But I take this homeschooling stuff seriously.  Plus, if a change requires the spending of the family’s money, I have to be extra careful.  Every dollar can only go so far.  On the other hand, I recognize that the fluidness of our homeschool is a blessing.  It can change and evolve as our family changes and evolves.  It can be bent to meet each child’s individual needs in a way that just can’t be done in nearly any other learning setting.  The best part of all of this is we can take each child’s individual interests or passions and use them as a vehicle toward truly meaningful, engaging, and memorable learning.

Lately it’s that last part that I’ve been contemplating A LOT!  I REALLY want learning to be adventurous… and so far… there is some but not ENOUGH adventure in our homeschool.  At least not in my opinion.  I recently started reading Project Based Learning: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori McWilliam Pickert and I’ve been reading a series of blog posts all over the web by some great homeschooling Momma’s on something called Delight Directed Learning. For just a little peak click here and here.  Or simply Google ‘Delight Directed Learning’ and you’ll have enough links to keep you reading for a month! Generally, I’ve had my eyes opened to the idea that I have not been doing as much as I really can to encourage my children to learn through their passions.  Yes, I want to instill in my children strong reading, math, and writing skills.  I want them to experience great literature.  I want them to dive into fantastic science concepts.  I want a lot for them.  But really, what I want more than anything is for them to LOVE life and LOVE learning.  I know that will be most easily accomplished if I follow THEIR lead and roam where THEY want to go in THEIR learning.  It is their education after all.

We are headed into this path slowly but surely.  We began when I discovered a great company that produces some fantastic Lapbooks.  It is called A Journey Through Learning.  You can click on the link to learn more about them and what a lapbook is.  This company is so fantastic because they have SO MANY lapbooks ready to download, print, and dive into.  So… I asked my children… what do YOU want to learn about.  You should have seen the looks on their faces!  They were THRILLED!  THEY got to choose.

Ezra choose an express lapbook on cooking.  I wasn’t surprised at all.  Ezra has already shown a passion for cooking.  We call it an express lapbook because it can be completed in just one day.  After I reviewed the material I spoke to my husband as he is the real chef in our household.  I asked him if he might want to get involved.  Being the awesome Daddy that he is… he said yes of course!  This lapbook wasn’t going to be complete without a true cooking experience.  So that night, Ezra and Daddy completed the lapbook and cooked a great dinner…. Plant Based Enchillada’s.

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Ezra helped Daddy read the recipe, gather materials, measure ingredients, mix, stir, scoop, set the oven and everything else need.

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And then while it cooked the two of them completed the lapbook and Ezra wrote in detail about his experience cooking with Daddy.

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I never saw a more proud and happy boy than when that food came out of the oven and everyone gathered around the table to eat.

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Now we are on the hunt for a cooking class for Ezra.  I’d like to see him experience more cooking experiences both at home and with friends.  I think this is just the first step on a great adventure for him.  It was amazing to see him come alive for this project.  He poured his heart into the cooking and the lapbook.  He was careful with his reading, writing, spelling, and math.  He talked about it for days.  And once in a while Daddy invites him up to lend a hand with another dish.  Wonderful memories and wonderful learning.

Ok… so how about the recipe!

For our family of 5…

Ingredients:

  • 10 Whole Wheat tortillas
  • 15oz can of black beans
  • 2 cups of Daiya shredded cheese (non dairy – found at Whole Foods and some Stop & Shop Grocery Stores)
  • 1 Tablesppon of garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of chili powder (add more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 6 oz firm tofu

Mix all of the ingredients except the choose and spoon it into the tortillas.  Roll the tortillas and place into a pan lined with enchilada sauce.  Top with enchilada sauce and remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

The Enchilada Sauce comes from one of my favorite plant based chefs… The Happy Herbivore/

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 tsp Cocoa – Unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Garlic Powder, granulated
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • (8 ounces) tomato sauce

There you have it!  Plant Based Enchilada’s!

Lapbooks are the first step toward a homeschool that is more centered on my children’s interests.  In the next post in this series I hope to continue this conversation and discuss with you how I’m changing our home to give my children the space they need to dig into their passions.  Until then Happy Cooking and Homeschooling!

ps.  If you’ve gone down this road ahead of me please share with me your experience.  If you are struggling to do this in your homeschool.. I want to hear about it.  If you have any great resources for me… PLEASE share! I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

 

 

Comments

  1. Jubilee Reviews says:

    Love delight driven learning!! Such a sweet study and time for your son and hubby!

  2. We love this learning style – have you checked out Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett yet? Her studies transformed our school!! http://www.unitstudy.com

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