history and baking
I love the Story of the World program we use for history. We have been using this since last year and we love the many different suggestions they give to help further learning for each chapter. We did these masks for Ancient Egypt, in which the project was taken from the book, and sometimes they even have recipes. This particular chapter we just finished had us making some pita bread! We did a little bit of school, started making the dough, got dressed and went to the farmer’s market (while we let the dough rise), then came home, baked the bread, had it for lunch, and then continued on with school. At the market, we picked up some hummus and eating it with the pita bread made a very good lunch. We were a happy bunch that afternoon. Well, probably until the kids started fighting and then I started yelling, and so on and so forth, but I think you get the gist.
Every time I make bread, I am in awe because it is so easy and I always wonder why I don’t do it more often. I would love to if they were just a teensy bit more time in the day, but sometimes it’s easier to just buy it than make it. Don’t you agree?
Anyhow, even if you don’t homeschool, but want to do some at-home history learning with your child, I highly recommend that book. There are stories (and a cd for listening to the stories), suggested books for further learning, along with crafts and (sometimes) recipes in all the chapters. I never really enjoyed history when I was a child, which may be due to the fact that we were just reading straight out of text books and were never really doing anything fun with it. Nowadays though, I am definitely loving it as I am learning and teaching it to my own children.
This had nothing to do with our curriculum, but I was so excited to watch The Dust Bowl documentaries on PBS and had them watch a little bit with me. I always wondered what those “Congress created the Dust Bowl” signs meant when we went on road trips and now I finally know! I finished episode 1 and now I can’t wait to watch episode 2! Yeah, I’m pretty nerdy about history stuff.