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Bread, Butter and Pioneers

We’ve been using Adventures in My Father’s World this year. The curriculum presents American history from a Biblical point of view. For the last couple of weeks, we have been reading about the Pioneers. We’ve learned about the early settlements of Jamestown, Plymouth, and New Amsterdam. To celebrate all we’ve been learning, we had a bread and butter making day and did a science experiment with yeast.

First we made our bread…honey wheat:


1 1/8 cup water

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup honey

1 1/2 Tbs oil

1 package of yeast

Put the ingredients in order into your bread machine and follow your directions on the bread machine. I put mine on the light setting…it took about 2 1/2 hours to bake.

Next Up… Science in the kitchen:

Mix 1 package of yeast with 1 cup of warm water and 1 Tbs of sugar, pour into a glass soda jar ( I didn’t have glass… plastic seemed to work well) and cover the opening with a balloon. Put in a warm, dark place and observe every 10 minutes or so… Have the kids record observations in a journal.

Big Brother recorded the results after 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes. Just a side note, I did have to shake the bottle a bit to get the yeast moving. We repeated the experiment with just yeast and water… no sugar and noted the differences. We talked about how yeast needs sugar to be effective.

Moving on… to homemade butter:

Pour heavy whipping cream into a glass jar… fill it about half way up. Add a little salt for taste if you’d like.

Put the lid on the jar… make sure it’s sealed tight! SHAKE! Shake for about 15 minutes or so… the butter will begin to form… be patient… I promise it will come.

Separate the butter from the rest of the liquid in the jar.

Spread your homemade butter on your homemade bread (or crackers, etc.) and enjoy!!!

Now I’m going to head over to the Hip Homeschool Hop and see what other homeschoolers are up to this week!


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Eggs + Salt + Water =

Science Experiment Day at our House…

 This book is one that came with Adventures in My Father’s World. We are alternating between this and Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day. Today, we talked about what scientists do. We talked about forming theories and then conducting experiments to see if our theories are correct. The book suggested a very simple experiment to see if an egg would float or sink in salt/ fresh water. I was pretty impressed with big brother. He pulled his knowledge from what he’d learned from his Apologia book yesterday about currents. He said the egg in the salt water would float because salt is heavy and sinks and pushes things up.

 We filled two glasses half way up and put ten heaping teaspoons of salt in one of them. Then we dropped eggs into each cup.

 Big brother was right. The egg in the salt water floated. I had the kids record their findings in their journals.

 Big Brother was straight to the point, “The egg floted in salt.”

Little Sis dictated, “The egg floated in salt water. The egg didn’t float in not salt water.”

For some reason I shied away from science experiments last year. I am hoping to get past that this year. My kids really enjoy the hands on stuff and Big Brother didn’t complain at all when I told him to write about this in his journal. Normally, getting him to write is a nightmare.

And that concludes our homeschool week. A good ending to a week that started off pretty rough.

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