It was a rainy day today. Very rainy. My plan for a vibrant outdoor class for the Jr. Herbalists had to be converted to a hopefully vibrant lesson indoors. Although I do spend part of each lesson talking; reviewing the previous week's material and introducing a new concept for exploration; I usually send them outdoors for an important plant mission or just conduct the whole lesson outdoors when the weather is nice. My plan for storytelling and medicine making in the far field (filled with Artemisia, topic of the day) was soiled.
While I was able to tell my story of Artemis, and pass around fragrant sprigs of Mugwort to examine, a teachers charisma, no matter how magnetic, always has a time limit. And so I made these little card helpers, to begin learning about menstrums. They are passed out and then read aloud by the students instead of me, allowing for a little more participation. Making simples was on the agenda as well, but you can't very well put up sopping wet plants. To suffice, we passed around some of my completed potions to smell, feel and taste. Herbal honey is always a winner with kids and adults alike. Next week we can get to work! Well, if the weather cooperates, that is.