On Being an MJDS Parent: Bring the MJDS Experience Home
|Casa children are enthralled by the process of weighing the ingredients|
This week your Casa child brought home a very precious gift containing a bar of handmade lotion. For Chanukah this year our main topic of study is oil, and this is one of the activities that the children will take part in during this holiday season. Last week the children learned how olives are harvested and processed into oil and other products, and this week's lesson brings that idea to life.
One of the many beautiful aspects of the Montessori program is that learning is interconnected. The children explore many curriculum areas at once through activities such as creating a bar of lotion, while also adding new meaning to the Chanukah season. Together with the history and the story of Chanukah and the related spiritual aspects, Science, Botany, Math, Language, Sensorial and Practical Life lessons were all involved. The children participated in the process, and finished with the Grace and Courtesy lesson of sharing the beautifully gift wrapped final product with loved ones.
Orange Honey Lotion Bars
We invite families with children of all ages to bring the MJDS experience into your own home with this recipe for Orange Honey Lotion Bars.
"Chanukah" Lotion Bars:
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
2 ounces organic beeswax
2 ounces organic shea butter
2 ounces organic cocnut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
6 drops of organic sweet orange essential oil
Packaging Completed by Casa Students
In a double-boiler, melt together the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil until they become a smooth, uniform liquid.
Turn the heat off and add the olive oil, honey and essential oil.
In a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners add the mix evenly.
Allow to set on the counter for 7 to 8 hours, or speed up the process in the refrigerator.
Makes 5 regular size bars or 10 mini size bars. Store in a cool place.