Friday, October 29, 2010

Colonial American Cooking

I have discovered that I really enjoy cooking foods and dishes from other countries and different eras. We have been cooking some colonial dishes, some gross but most really good. We get most of our recipes from Hasty Pudding, Johnny Cakes. We also are using Colonial Days by David C. King. Otherwise I will note.

So far we have made New England Clam Chowder, candied orange peels, colonial apples, maple wheaton bread, and maple cream candy. Most all of these took a rather extraordinary amount of time, and all I had to do was pick up a couple of ingredients at the supermarket. Imagine making your own butter, tapping your own sap, making who knows how many loaves of bread.

The candied orange peels I won't even include the recipe for, as they were, ahem, disgusting. The clam chowder was good, colonial apples were strange but good. The maple wheaton bread had a strange, unfamiliar texture, but we ate it. It took such a long time of kneading, I don't know why I didn't dig out the bread maker, even if just to knead it! And the most delicious was the maple cream candy. It was rich, but so very good.

I got most of them out of the above books, which our library had, but I can share the recipe for colonial apples.

Easy ingredients, which I had all on hand.

Simmer thinly sliced apples with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup honey until apples are transparent.� When done, top with half and half.� It was strangely delicious!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

And More Sorting Still

So we've been counting, counting, counting, and now sorting, sorting, sorting.  I think we've got this down!  Here are some more sorting ideas for 2 to 3-year-olds or whoever likes it.  Actually, our 1st and 2nd graders are often asking me to sort some of the stuff in our orange crate!  :)

This is more of a scooping and pouring activity.

The next 2 are sorting little tiny rubber bands I found at Dollar Tree.  They are for hair.

She had to manipulate them to get them over the marker.  Perfect for strengthening those hand muscles!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Math Fun with Play-Doh

Play-Doh is so good for preschool math, as we all know.  Here are some examples of what we did, and it only took about 10 minutes of our homeschool day, and she was so happy to be included in school.

This next one was just shape matching, making sure to mention which shape is what.

Did it spark any ideas of your own?  I would love for you to share with me!  :)


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Owl Pellet Dissection

For our Sonlight Science, there were owls in our animal books, so we ordered owl pellets from OBD.  We used the lapbook components from Lapbook Lessons.  If the real thing grosses you out as much as it did me, you can virtually dissect an owl pellet here!  Here are some highlights of the actual dissection.  I was such a wreck during this even though the pellets are evidently sterilized, we moved our little project outside.  ;)

Dreamer was in heaven.  She loved this, and didn't mind the grossness of the whole thing, unlike her sister and I!

She looks so disgusted in this picture!  I was too!

Have fun!


Saturday, October 16, 2010


Finally after many months of silence, here are some of the things we've been doing with our 3-year-old.  I have all the pom poms, muffin tins, egg cartons, etc., in separate ziplock bags in a bin so I can just grab something quickly when she's in the mood to do something.  The first one here are just different colored pom poms sorted into a muffin tin.  She loved it!

For this activity, I bought several different types of pasta, took a handful out of each box (used the rest for lunches!) and let her sort them all in an egg carton.

She was proud of her work, having fun, and working on fine motor skills!!