We struggled through Target the Question..which he did a good job at (sans the complaining). We listened to two math teachings and one Q & A with A+Tutorsoft math. The one lesson is just listening to so he can let the concept ruminate in his head for a bit as he's struggling with understanding it. He's better today than he was last Friday so ruminating is good. We easily did The Essentials in Writing lesson. Once again...filled with complaints and I don't want to.. I want to PLAY mom. I just want to PLAY.
That's all he's got on his brain this morning.
Tough luck he has to school eh?
Then we got onto our Canadian studies. We've been learning about the First Nations people and today I had planned we'd work on a longhouse (building) and make some Indian bread. I DON"T WANNA I wanna PLAY!!!! Was the beseechme
Son, this will be fun. You go get some sticks and bark, I'll go get some branches. This will be interesting come on... no playing without getting our schooling done.
Long house - -such as what the Huron's built
But it's winter, one toy sized long house to build.
We used these places as inspiration in our building design but ultimately did our own thing. The Lenage longhouse. F1W Longhouse.
We ended up rejecting the styrofoam as a base as it wasn't strong enough. We went with a cardboard box instead.
The apple branches were used as they are somewhat flexible. We curved them around and hot glued them in place.
1. Sprinkle one package of dry active yeast over 1 cup of lukewarm water. Let sit for five minutes.
2. then add 2 tbsp soft butter, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and then 2.5-3 cups of flour.
3. Knead. you add just as much flour as you need to make a stiff dough. Our recipe used about 2 3/4 cup flour.
4. Let sit for one hour in a warmish place (we turned the oven on for a while then shut it off, letting the bread sit over the oven vent)
5. heat some oil in a saucepan til it's decently hot (about 175 celcius). We used canola oil as that's my preference in cooking.
6. Form the dough into cakes approximately 3 inches across by 2 inches wide and drop into the oil carefully. I DID THIS PART.
7. deep fry for about one minute per side or until golden brown.
As they cooked we discussed what the First Nations people might have eaten with these. Berries! Meat maybe mom?
Hmm.. what about honey? I asked.
The enthusiastic response was "OH YES MOM Honey! They could find honey from bees right"?
Indeed they can lad, was my smiled response. :)
So we enjoyed them with honey. They were DELICIOUS! :)