Our curriculum is so neat, because it provides not just lessons, but hands on experiences across the subject areas. When we learned about the pioneers making bread, we learned in science about yeast and did experiments with the yeast learning about the release of carbon dioxide. Then we took a field trip to a bread shop/bakery, Breadsmith. Our friends from church own the branch here and Mr. Mark graciously took the kids on a tour of the bakery. He showed them all of the different grains that bread can be made from. He taught them about yeast and short breads that do not have yeast. He let them taste test lots of different kinds of breads. He showed them the equipment and the ovens. It was really fascinating and fun! And our Bible lessons all week were about bread- manna in the desert, Elijah an the widow, Jesus the Bread of Life, the feeding of the 5,000, and the Last Supper and Communion. How cool is that?!?
Then the next week, we actually churned our own butter! When we learned about the dutch cows, our curriculum had instructions on how to make your own butter from cream. It was really fun and shockingly actually worked! We made about 3 tablespoons of butter and put it on our biscuits and bread. Caleb loved it! And frankly, so did I!
This is one of the reasons I love homeschooling. After having been in the classroom for 4 years, I know there is no way a classroom teacher could do the things that we are able to do to make the lessons come alive. So much of what we do is hands-on, real life, conversational learning that is so authentic. I love educating in this way. And I love being the one who gets to watch my children learning and growing in their knowledge and understanding. It's certainly not easy, rarely convenient, and many days are not nearly that much fun, but it is so worth it.
We love bread!!
Thanks, Mr Mark!
Freshly churned butter!