Cook Book for Christmas

As a Christmas present Liam received a Children’s Cookbook. I hadn’t really planned anything for the day’s lesson and grabbed the book for a possible cooking project. Well, it turned out to be a whole day’s activity! The book entails many great recipes and a bonus introduction with a How to eat Healthy page. We read together about Protein, Carbs, Fiber, Fat and Vitamins and Minerals. Liam asked do I get all those things with what I eat?  So we headed to the kitchen to read labels and see if he in fact has a balanced diet.  With that I suggested he make us a balanced family dinner. He liked that idea.  He chose a meal, and dessert. I had him look through the kitchen to see if we had all the ingredients and make a grocery list of what we needed to pick up at the store.

He chose to make Cheese and potato pockets for the meal, with broccoli, and brownies for dessert.

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He prepared the whole meal, with little assistance.  Luke ended up making the brownies with me once Liam discovered how much work the pockets entailed!

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Everything came out great, lessons learned in nutrition, preparation, measuring, team work and reading and making adjustments to the directions!

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This is why I visit Pinterest so often!

We’ve been busy trying out ideas I’ve found on Pinterest. These were all a success! One experiment led to another and as I type this they’ve got a whole new experiment going on with items from the kitchen cabinet! They have been showing a lot of brotherly co-operation!! All the projects were basic, but they really worked well with each other and came up with some great solutions and worked as a team- just one more reason to love homeschooling…the bonding and time spent together is fantastic! We’ve done some formal learning at the table too, but I’m really trying to branch out and give some self-guided games/activities for them to work together and just sit and observe…letting them use their imagination and creativity.

Constructing roads with paper plates and blocks!

Marble Races!

Snow Plowing! Shaving cream and a snow plow truck!

Drizzle and Fizzle! Dropping colored vinegar onto baking soda!

Glue, salt and then drop watercolors on to it!

A Moo-ving Project

Earlier this past winter we looked into different organizations to find one we could get involved with.  I knew of Heifer Internation and love what they are all about-ending poverty, hunger and caring for the earth! So, upon researching their site I discovered they offer a free curriculum kit. Yes, it’s totally free!! I will also say it was much more than I had expected.  This is a great global resource  that involves many activities and class subjects.

Part of Heifer International’s Approach is to “pass on the gift” from one family to another.

We decided we could get involved by raising money through a fundraiser and in turn purchase a living gift for families in need.  We set forth on creating a cookbook to sell with the help and support of our family and friends who donated their favorite recipes to add to our book. My son helped to design the cookbook, gave it it’s title “All friends Cookbook”, made a flyer and then began to spread the word! Again, with much support from family, friends and co-workers  it was a success. We were able to purchase more than a few animal gifts!

Yesterday we took a trip to experience hands-on at the Learning Center at Overlook Farm.   We saw animals and took a walk through a global village-Amazing time! Here are the photos from our trip!