Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Botany Study

We have begun our study of Botany this year using the resources:Botany in a Day and Shanleya’s Quest.
This week we read about the mint family and the boys enjoyed collecting samples from the garden.

Both boys were quick to use the characteristics of the mint family to help them identify plants that belonged and to dismiss those that didn’t.

Today we used information on making herbal teas using two different methods, infusion and decoction. Infusion is the way most teas are made, by pouring boiling water over the
top of the herbs and steeping them. The decoction method involves bringing the herbs themselves to a boil and simmering for thirty minutes. Toby experimented with both methods and we sampled both.
The boys both enjoyed drawing their own version of the mint guardian.


mary said...

What was the result of the samplings? I'm definitely an English Breakfast girl!

jugglingpaynes said...

Thanks so much for your comment! I've been missing you! I hope everything is going well for you and your family.

I loved catching up with what you've been doing lately. I must remember to try decoction once our herbs have grown a little. Fresh mint tea sounds lovely!

Peace and Laughter,