Monday, November 17, 2014

National Homemade Bread Day!!!

Yes, this is an actual day! Today is National Homemade Bread Day. Now, who wouldn't be excited about that? The kids and I thought it would be a great idea to add it into our lessons for today.  We have been planning this day for a couple of weeks, now.  I guess you could say our family likes bread just a tiny bit... :) I didn't want to lose an entire day of lessons so we completed their school work while the bread rose and baked.  It was lots of fun, but man were we busy! The kids made two types of bread: white flour dinner rolls and banana bread.
Learning about yeast and how it is a living organism which makes the bread rise.  We also discussed that if your water is too cold the yeast won't activate and if the water is too hot you may accidentally kill the yeast.  If you want good bread you have to have happy yeast!

Its going to be a good day when you get to operate the Kitchen Aid.

I spent quite a bit of time teaching each of them how to knead the dough properly.  They took the instructions very seriously and did a great job.

I am not sure what this was about.  There was a lot of singing and jumping up in down in a circle...  Although, I have my own happy dance I may or may not do when fresh bread is in the house.  I guess they come by it naturally.

While the bread was rising, we started on the banana bread.  The kids thought the over-ripe bananas were super gross.  So, naturally they needed a picture with those gross bananas.

This picture cracks me up!

Y'all she will be five in four months...How is this possible?

Sampling the second the rolls were cool enough to handle.

Everyone insisted they have a picture taken with the roll in their mouth.  Too funny.

We had tons of fun and did sooooo much math.  I purposely used smaller measuring cups and spoons so they would have to multiply to get the correct measurements.  Also, there are three children so I incorporated division in taking turns.  We needed to make sure everyone had the same amount of certain ingredients (i.e. flour) to add to our recipes.  Plus there were fractions flying all of the place!

I think we will have to observe this day again next year!

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