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Holiday Baking as Homeschool Curriculum

Posted by on Dec. 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM
BJ
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For almost every homeschool family, the holidays make for copious amounts of time spent in the kitchen whipping up holiday treats and goodies for the festive functions this time of year brings.  Homeschooling during the holidays can feel incredibly overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  With a little creativity and patience, you can relax and let the homeschool lessons be taught by gingerbread men and candy canes.  This year, let your holiday baking be the homeschool curriculum!

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hwblyf
by Bronze Member on Dec. 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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It totally is for us.  We're measuring, talking fractions, seeing equivalent measurements, etc.  It really backfires on you, though, if you forget to buy the ingredients.  :)  Just a heads up.  :)

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2013 at 3:01 AM
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Yep!  We are taking December "off" and baking, crafting, decorating, and wrapping.  It's a lot of fun and they did the research to decide what crafts we would make, what cookies to bake, how they wanted to do our advent calendar, the whole nine yards.  I think they spent more time researching and reading internet and magazine articles than I've see in a long while!

romacox
by Silver Member on Dec. 3, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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Thank you for the link usmom3.  It is excellent....it is hands on learning too.  bump

TidewaterClan
by Kate on Dec. 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Thank you BJ!  These are wonderful ideas to add to our baking and the gift jars we make (this year will be an oatmeal pancake mix).

usmom3
by BJ on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

 Yes we had that problem yesterday when my daughter wanted to cook something & everything she wanted to make we didn't have everything she needed.

Quoting hwblyf:

It totally is for us.  We're measuring, talking fractions, seeing equivalent measurements, etc.  It really backfires on you, though, if you forget to buy the ingredients.  :)  Just a heads up.  :)

 

usmom3
by BJ on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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 Sounds like they where really getting into it & that is a great thing!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Yep!  We are taking December "off" and baking, crafting, decorating, and wrapping.  It's a lot of fun and they did the research to decide what crafts we would make, what cookies to bake, how they wanted to do our advent calendar, the whole nine yards.  I think they spent more time researching and reading internet and magazine articles than I've see in a long while!

 

usmom3
by BJ on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

 Your welcome!

Quoting romacox:

Thank you for the link usmom3.  It is excellent....it is hands on learning too.  bump

 

usmom3
by BJ on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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 Sounds yummy & fun!

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Thank you BJ!  These are wonderful ideas to add to our baking and the gift jars we make (this year will be an oatmeal pancake mix).

 

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Dec. 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

That's my plan right there!

Chasing3
by Bronze Member on Dec. 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

thanks for the link!

Another little known but interesting holiday this time of year is St Lucia Day: 

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2010/12/december-celebration-santa-lucia-day

there is a better book on the holiday, but might be too obscure for most libraries:

http://www.amazon.com/Lucia-Morning-Sweden-Ewa-Rydåker/dp/9163117304/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386117065&sr=1-3&keywords=santa+lucia+day

and if you want a really easy for kids recipe, this one is no bake, kids have to use their hands, and is surprisingly not that messy. Make sure they wash their hands really well first - and after!

Chokladbollar (Swedish for chocolate balls)

4 cups regular rolled oats 

1 1/4 cups white sugar 

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 tablespoons strong coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

1/3 cup coconut flakes 

Directions

Mix the oats, sugar, and cocoa together in a bowl. Add the butter, and use your hands to mix the ingredients together to make a thick dough. Mix in the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate until thoroughly blended. 

Place the coconut flakes in a small bowl. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll between your hands to make small balls, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in the coconut flakes. Balls are ready to eat, or may be refrigerated a few hours to become firmer. Storing in the fridge works best.

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