We are reading (and loving!...but not seeming to find enough time to read as it as much as we want too!!!) To Kill A Mocking Bird and we are going to then go on and read The Grapes Of Wrath. So, I decided why not just do a unit study on the Great Depression! Why not pile on more to the list of school work! That is just what I do people.
I found this adorable lady named Clara, who is 94 years old and obviously lived through the Great Depression.
We watched these videos because we (I and Jake agreed) decided to make some meals that American's would have eaten during this dark time in our history. Jake jumped right in and decided to pick the menu and cook it himself-with a little help and a few lessons learned. Example-when baking, don't measure your ingredients over the bowl of ingredients. Do it to the side so you don't have to start over! Now please don't read this and pick on him about it when you see him. I am documenting memories and lessons for posterity-not fueling anyone's fire to pick. He was pretty bummed out to have to start over and that he "wasted so much!". I reminded him that we are lucky to have an abundance of flour and sugar in our lives and it was no big deal to start over. In the depression they couldn't have done that! We are blessed for the time we are born in-even with the trials and tribulations of our days.
Jake invited Nee (Papa G. couldn't make it) and Aunt Sheila to the meal and we watched part of a documentary about the Great Depression. We are going to do another recipe for lunch some time next week so Nana and Papa be expecting an invitation to try some old and time tested recipes.
Today's menu was Wacky cake (a cake that has no eggs or milk in it. It actually has vinegar in it) and "Poor Man's Meal". Both are recipes that you may have had before but may not have known that they grew out of a need to fill tummy's during the drepression.
We had a loooonnnggg school day today because of this little project-but it was worth it!
We started the day with PE at 7:15 this morning