Yesterday we had our third KinderBoy class at the house. We have yet to get our whole class together. This is a nasty time of year for illness! But we had a great time discussing Bakers as community workers.
AS usual, we started with a book called Bakers (Community Helpers)
Side note: I so much prefer the term Community Workers instead of Community Helpers. Maybe I'm about to get all right-wing conservative on you, but I think that Community Workers more accurately portrays the way our economy works on capitalism: You get paid when you WORK and produce. Yes, helping is important, but it's not something we do for money. We help because it's the right thing to do, not because the government is paying for it or for any personal motive. So we work to earn money in our community. We help in our off-time hours because that's just what Christ taught. Yes, sometimes we help while we are working. That's always a bonus.
Then we pulled out the Baker's Hat! Each boy got to wear it for a moment as he remembered something from the book about Bakers.
I knew the boys would want one to take home, based on past experience so we made chef hats. Not quite as cute as baker hats, but the best I could do with construction paper and tape.
I explained to the boys that baking is very exact. Bakers have to measure things very carefully. So to introduce the concept of measuring/weighing, I decided to use a food scale and teach them about grams. I know that in the US we don't usually use grams as we cook, unless it's a foreign recipe. But my son loves to play with the food scale, so I went this route. I could have (Should have?) let them practice measuring blue or green water with measuring cups. Or shown them a set of measuring spoons and let them practice filling and leveling the spoon with flour.
Anyway, here's the chart I made on our white board
Then we weighed each food and graphed the results on the chart to see if they were right. They weren't. But it was a good lesson in "Looks can be deceiving."
My food scale doesn't sense things lighter than 5 grams. So our lightest item, the tea bag, didn't register. So that's when I pulled out the Right STart balance
Ok, at that point the boys were more than anxious to move upstairs for some real baking!
I had risen some soft pretzel dough in the fridge overnight.
I divided the dough into 16 pieces according to recipe and showed the boys how to make snakes, and then how to fold them into pretzels. So fun!
As they muched away, I was boiling the pretzels in baking soda water until they floated. Then I let the kids help me put an egg wash on the pretzels and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar. Here's a finished plate of baked goods to take home:
While I teach KinderBoys, my older girls go to another HS mom's house for cooking class. You can follow their adventures at this blog: