…to see children as citizens with rights and support them as they engage in conversations about their shared future in our public schools, the city of Portland, and the world more broadly? And then act for positive social change?
Stephen interviewed Becky and Autumn (from the Iris class) about our field trip to the Red for Ed protest in May and how it connects to a foundation of anti-bias education. Even if your child didn’t go, it might have some interesting teacher-thoughts in there for you!
On Friday we took to the kitchen studio to learn about some of the spices the kitchen uses in cooking. The kitchen studio has its own dedicated set of spices identical to the kitchen collection. The spice we worked mostly with today, fennel seed, is from our own garden and is the seed of our bronze fennel plant.
I presented long stalks of dried fennel, with crunchy leaves still clinging to the stems. The seeds were propped atop the stems like little umbrellas. Children used touch and smell to investigate these aromatic seeds, and some chose to have a taste. I introduced the morter and pestle and once they started crushing the seeds, the aroma got even stronger. Crushing and crushing, they found their rhythm, with some using the pestle in a traditional way, and some turning it on its side to use two hands in more of a rolling fashion.
We tasted the crushed fennel on apple slices, and some liked it, some did not.
Max in Poppy was inspired to find another crushing tool and came across a rolling pin on the baking shelf to use. He rolled the pin over the little fennel umbrella and the seeds flecked off the stems in every direction.
I love putting whole fennel seeds on roasted potatoes or crushing some up into a unique spice blend with other seeds. We will be using some of this fennel to top loaves of beet bread, the first of many bread recipes we will be making for Harvest Faire, coming up on Saturday, October 20th.
Wild Lilac regularly hosts trainings organized by Showing Up for Racial Justice PDX, “a Portland based group focused on educating, organizing and mobilizing white people to work for racial justice.” On Sunday, October 7, from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm SURJ-Families Action Group will facilitate a workshop where parents will learn skills and have time to practice talking to our kids/kids in our lives about race and racism. I’ll share more information about registration for the event as it’s released; parents and teachers from Wild Lilac will have priority to reserve spaces.