Good Morning! Grandma is sorry if she offended some people in my lessons. We will have a lot of information given to you in the next week and a half. I am cutting lessons off after the 20th until after the holiday unless anyone wants lessons during that time. They must let me know.
I will start lessons with some paper crafts, games and recipes as well as another story. Tomorrow Grandma will start on some countries in Europe and Russia.
As soon as your tasks are lined up for the day and your duties are done. Do your childrobotics and get ready for dancing. We will be doing lesson 32 from the chart with the subject: sounds; helper: voices. Following is what the author Mary Joyce states: "Think of the sound of the clock. Now make that sound. (make a clicking sound.) That is a rather smal, light sound, but sharp. Now make a small, light, sharp move every time you make that ticking sound. Go.
Make the sound of the alarm on the clock. Who can describe that sound? Long, continuous, piercing, loud, vibrant, high. Okay. Do a long, unending, vibrating, high level move. Go.
Make the sound of a motor starting, any kind of motor. Repeat it in movement. From short, sharp spurts to smooth flowing.
What other sounds can you make and do in movement too? (Answers have been: sirens, water boiling, a kettle hissing, coughing, moaning, sneezing, sighing, screaming, laughing, birds, wind.)
Everyone take a low level. This time you can make any sound you want to --any at all. It doesn't have to be like anything. It can be a sound you never made before or you never heard before. As you make the sound, rise to high level. If your sound is smooth, rise smoothly. If it's jerky, jerk to high level. Make as many sounds as you need to get to high level. Go.
Now make a new sound, a completely different sound, and return to low level. Try it again. Make at least two sounds: one to get you up and one to get you back down. This time make the moves interesting. Add a turn, a hop, or some interesting shapes. The sound and the movements must be exactly together and exactly the same. Body sounds and body movements. Ready, all together, go.
This is crazy, isn't it? Don't worry if it is crazy. Just think how you'll be able to accompany your own dances! Make louder sounds this time, and then change to safter ones. See if you can react with your movements. Go. Let's watch and listen to these. We'll go right around the room. Make your sound, and do your movement. Don't mind if we laugh!
Now we're going to make sound machines! ... dance using at least four sounds. Make the four sounds as different as possible, so that the movements will be as different as possible. Decide how many times you'll do each sound, and how long each sound will last. ...Make your shapes and movements fit together like pieces of one machine. Get your starting shape, sounds and movements, and ending shape. Work for about five minutes, and then we'll watch these unique sound machines!(Sound machines can be done with real or handmade instruments or recorded sound effects as well as live sound effects.)
Goals for evaluation: Look for free use of voice as well as movement.
Some recipes you may be interested in:
Guacamole-made from mashed avocados( this works best in a blender). They are native to Central America. . It is usually used on tortilla chips or tostada. Some like it in salads or on tacos.
Tacos are a form of Mexican sandwich. They can be filled with a variety of things. Soft shell tacos can be folded or rolled. I was told by my husband's brother-in -law that years ago tacos were actually taquittos which are filled with any meat or potatoes and fried in oil and rolled or folded over. Grandma loves tacos done with fried flour tortillas.
Spanish rice is done some variety ways. This is how Grandma likes it.:
I take a desired amount of chopped onion and garlic and brown them in oil or butter. Add 1 cup or more if desired of rice and brown it before you add water or beef broth, chicken broth; whichever. Add 1 small can of tomatoe sauce(some like puree. Cover and steam with a low fire until the rice is tender.
Beans, or frijoles, are as important to the Mexican people as tortillas. Sometimes they can not get meat and beans has the same nutrician. They eat a lot of eggs also. Often the beans are mashed with a potatoe masher and seved as frijoles refritos(refried beans).
To cook cover 1 pound (450 g) of dried pink or pinto beans with 6 cups (.43 l) of water. Grandma just uses half a package unless she bags them herself. Some people soak them overnight. In a Mexican pot I aquired they only take a couple of hours, but normally they take about 5 especially in a slow cooker. Just make sure it keeps plenty of water and does not boil out. Turn your heats low in cooking Mexican food. The recipe I am looking at for the large amount of beans says to cook it 12 hours. When the beans are breaking and they are tender they are done. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt to mine and 1 1/2 to theirs. Add a Tablespoon or so of fat.
Mexican chili is really different than American chili.
It is started with garlic and onion if desired. Grandma can't eat steamed or raw onion, but she can eat it sauteed to a brown all she wants. Add meat(they do not brown it but you can) , they add water and start cooking it on low heat. They add any vegetables they desire in it. Ancho or California red peppers are usually opened up and un seeded. Usually Grandma uses the seeds. Thy can be set aside and added to dishes later. The outer skin is put in boiled water or steamed in water in the Microwave as Grandma does often. Recipes say to soak them an hour. Grandma has never seen any of the ladies or chef's associated with either. They put the hard chilies in a blender and chop them well. They and the water are added to the chili and a small can of tomatoe sauce or larger if a big pot of chili.
Grandma makes her chili con carne with beef bones or roast beef with pork roast. She adds a can of tomatoes sauce to this, small can of green chilie peppers which are milder than our Italian green peppers, They don't make grandma birp them with that bad after taste.
A little hint her about Jalapeno chilis. They can be opened and the seeds taken out so that when the skin is cooked it is really mild but has a really good flavor in things as meatloaf (delicious) and as grandma cooks them and adds eggs. Jalapeno poppers are done with them that way also with cream cheese in them and covered with an egg as chili relenos with Ancho chili's are.
There are other famous soups or sopa as they say it. The recipe says it can either be cooked with lots of liquid, aguada, or dry, sopa seca like a casserole.
One soup they give is Pozole(corn Chowder)
Put onion in it if you wish, maybe just a little
1 small can chopped green chilies, drained
The chili seeds or broth I told you about
This recipe calls for (5 ml) 1 teaspoon of chili powder-Grandma does not like it too well.
Some people do not add chili to Pozole.
1 Tablespoon of oil (15 ml)
3 cups (750 ml) of chicken broth(we have always cooked a whole chicken in it or at least pieces)
1-2 15 1/2 ounce(434 g) or a gallon of white hominy, drained. This depends how many people to feed. My husband and I only like one smaller can 15 1/2 ounce or (434 g)
Most Mexicans also like Menudo which is done with tripe which is the stomach of the cow. It can be cut in bite sizes and most of them do before it is cooked or as Grandma does and cook it first then cut it up. It is really tough before it is cooked. Ox tails are added to that for cooking. Of course cook only a little onion and garlic in it. You can add chili and tomatoe later if you wish. Add the salt toward the end so it does not get tough. Some people do not like it. A lot of people do.
A more expensive soup is Sx tomale but it is called something else on the menu's. My husband says it is normally done with six things Preferably: crab legs, fish pieces, shrimp, small corn cobs, and whatever else; brocalli, potatoes, onions, squid, mussles. Some of us have found a starter packet of small pieces of various sea animals in it or other stuff at the store which makes it cheaper.
As we read Cocoa was from the natives. The Aztecs used it as money and they cooked it in water. A molinillo(remember the two l's as a y) I am assuming is a whisk. They use it to whip the hot chocolate until it foams. As I told you before it can be used in coffee or atole done with corn starch. The recipe says to combine 2 cups (500 ml) milk, 6 tablespoons(90 ml) sugar, 2 oz. (56 g) unsweetened chocolate, cut into small pieces
It says to heat the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Stir with the whisk until chocolate dissolves. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil. Let the mixture bubble to the top of the pan. Remove from heat immediately and beat with whisk. repeat boiling and beating 3 times. Tilt pan and beat well with whisk one more time.
A delicious drink that is nutritious is called a liquado. It is done in a blender of banana slices, strawberry halves, and sliced pineapple. Add orange juice or cranberry grape as we do.
I have some Mexican bread recipes but this one is different. It is called Mexican Wedding Cookies(Polvorones). They are a crumbly cookie.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F(180C). Combine: 2 cups(500 ml)flour; 2/3 cup (160 ml)sifted powdered sugar; 1 cup (250 ml) chopped pecans; 1 dash salt; 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla; 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) softened unsalted butter
Work all ingredients together into a large dough ball. Shape into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a spoon. Bake 30 minutes or until slightly browned. Dust with powdered sugar when cool. Makes about 30 cookies.
A custard pudding they make is called flan. Grandma tasted this and it is very good and Grandma never liked custard her grandma made. Maybe her tastes have changed but she does like flan a lot. You buy packages of it like the other pudding It is eggs, sugar and milk with a caramelized sugar glaze.
I know there are other recipes but these will do. Any meat can be boiled in water. My husband with no teeth likes thin steak steamed with potatoes and tomatoe sauce added. He adds his bottle chili sauce to everything. I made him a sauce last week he liked. I make a lot of chilis.
He also found out charizzo which is a chili sausage packed in skins as other sausages are. He likes it with fried potatoes and eggs.
Homemade fried tortillas with sateed onion, chili like I told you with tomatoe sauce, and chese sprincled on top and this heated a little in the Microwave is called chimachunga. Grandma likes this a lot also.
A lot of people do not like little cooked tomatoes so unless your family likes that do not serve it. Most children do like a salsa though which can be chunky. My granddaughter who has Mexican blood does not like tortillas but she loves corn bread as some do. She also has German, English, Scottch Irish in her also so maybe she gets it from one of those.
Besides the sport loves given to you Patolli is a popular ancient Mexican game. It is played with colored pebbles as markers and beans for dice, this game was very much like Parcheesi. I could not find anything more on this in the book. I will look on You tube and maybe there will be something.Yes here it is.
Tlachtli is like basketball only a hoop(you can use a hula hoop is hung on the side of a pole at about the hieght of a child's head. They must try bouncing the ball through the hoop only using their hips, elbos, or knees.
Pelota is a very fast game to play. The ball is going about 155 miles per hour and is considered the fastest in the world. They use a tennis racket and tennis ball. They take turns hitting the ball against a wall. The person who misses the ball looses the point.
Bullfighting is a game of it only the person it becomes the next bull.
Posadas means Inn or lodging Grandma has found out. This part of book (675 or 1024) says it has been celebrated since introduced by Fray Diego de Soria in 1887. One easy Pinata to make has a paper mache balloon inside and pointed hats on the outside. It can be decorated however, you want to.
Following is a play about Las Posadas in Spanish and English
Peregrinos: or mother Mary and Pilgrims:
En nombre cielo Joseph In the name of heaven,
Os pido posada, I ask you for lodging.
Pues no puede andar, My beloved wife
Mi esposa amada. Can no longer go on.
Aqui no es mesón This is not a hotel.
Sigan adelante, Go on ahead.
Yo no puedro abrir, I can't open the door,
No sea algún tunante You may be bad people.
Posada te pido, Lodging I ask of you,
Amada casero, Friend innkeeper,
Por sólo una noche, For just one night,
La Reina del Cielo. For the Queen of Heaven.
¿Pues si es una reina, Well, if she's a gueen
Quien lo solicita, Who asks for it,
Como es que de noche, How come she travels
Anda tan solita? Alone at night?
Me esposa es María, My wife is Mary,
Es Reina del Cielo, She is Queen of Heaven,
Y madre va a ser, And she is going to be the mother
De Divino Verbo Of the Holy Child.
¿Eres tu José(this is my husband's name) Are you Joseph?
¿Tu esposa es María Is your wife Mary?
Enren peregrinos, Come in pilgrims.
No Lo conocía. I did not know who you were.
Entren santas peregrinos, Come in holy travelers,
Reciban este rincón, Take this corner in the stable.
Que aunque es pobre la morada, Even though this place is poor,
Se la doy de corazón. I give it to you with all of my heart.
Now I finally got the whole story right in book (675 or 1024)
December 12 is considered Guadalupe Day but in the villages my husband is from close to Mexico City where the revolution started and a lot of the farming is done, They celebrate this day from the 1st of December through December 15. It is Mexico's most important religious holiday. On this day people from all over Mexico journey to the chapel on tepeyac Hill in Mexico City, where it is believed that the mother of Jesus appeared to an Indian peasant name Juan Diego. Many people pine milagros(which means miracles) to the wall near the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. These are smallsilver or tin objects shaped as hearts, arms or legs, and symbolize the giver's thanks for a cure. This is the story:
In 1531 Mary, mother of Jesus, appeared to an peasant named Juan Diego. She asked him to go to the bishop and request that a church be built on the hill so she could be close to her people. When the bishop asked for a sign that the woman was indeed the Blessed Virgin, Juan opened his cape to show the roses that had sprung up at the site where roses had never grown before. But the bishop did not look at the roses. He gazed instead at the picture of the woman who had appeared to Juan on the inside of his cape. No one could explain how it got there! Juan's cape, or tilma, still hangs in the church built there.
Los Reyes Magos-Book (675 or 1024)
"Children in Mexico do not usually receive their gifts on Christmas Day. On the evening of January 5th, children set out their shoes with a note to the Wise Men telling them what they want. According to religious belief, it was the Three Wise Men that brought gifts to the baby Jesus on this day about 2,000 years ago.
The next day families share a sweet bread called rosca made in the shape of a large doughnut" (or it shows small school children using cupcakes). Inside one is a tiny porcelain doll made to represent the baby Jesus. The one who finds it is called the padrino, or godfather, and they must donate a statue to the church on February 2nd and host a reception!. The doll can be wrapped in tin foil to keep it from soiling.
I believe we read The Silver Whistle if not read it and discuss giving.
Have a nice day and Grandma will start some other things tomorrow and be able to work in the Bible.