Monday, May 12, 2014

Cookie Week

We are so settled into our new house that I really have no more excuses for my homeschooling laziness. We are back to official theme weeks with memory verses and pre-planned activities and such! This week is cookie week - not very hard to get Peter enthusiastic about this one.

OK, he doesn't look excited, but he is. Trust me. :-)

Our big project will be making cutout cookies on Friday - forecast to be 30 degrees cooler than today, so a good day for baking. We will be using this recipe, which uses honey instead of refined sugar. Getting ready for the big day affords lots of learning opportunities!

Memory verse: Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and invigorating to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

Reading: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (Felicia Bond) and I Eat My Peas With Honey (Ogden Nash). We'll also read the recipe together.

Writing/Art: Copy the recipe from the website onto a recipe card. We'll write and decorate cards to give when we share with our cookies with neighbors.

Math: Baking measurements. It's a good way to use fractions! He has a box of dried beans for scooping and dumping; he usually uses the 1/4, 1/2 and 1 cup measures for that. We'll do those during the week to prep for the big day.

Science: Honeybees and how baking changes food.

Social Studies: Discuss the symbols in our collection of cookie cutters.

Life Skills: Baking, grocery shopping, connecting with our (very) local community.

Theology: Learning how pleasant words and good manners make people as happy as cookies do. This is something that needs reinforcement at our house right now.

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