Saturday, October 20, 2012
The colors did not disappoint. We don't have a lot of red here or at least not in the higher elevations so those trees really stand out. The yellow leaves shimmered as the wind blew. Remnants of old stone fences were hidden away for hikers to find. A beautiful morning for discoveries.
Friday, October 19, 2012
One of my favorite recipes, this one never fails to please. Paired with sprouted grain bread it makes for a great meal.
Just a note about the recipe. It has what I consider a lot of sugar in it. I drastically cut it down for this meal but sometimes I don't. Depends on who is coming for dinner.
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup commercial barbecue sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili pwdr
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can butter beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can pork and beans, undrained.
Cook and drain ground beef and onion.
Stir in remaining ingredients into mixture
Spoon into 2 1/2 quart baking dish
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour stirring once.
8 - 10 servings.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
With that out of the way, this week we studied the letter F. What better time to discover if an item floats or sinks?! I found several inspiration pages on the internet and decided to combine them with ideas of my own. On the green tray were placed items that we see regularly in class like blocks, toy cars, a toy turtle, cotton balls, buttons and feathers. Did you know that wooden blocks can float? Science is full of surprises.
On the yellow tray I put a clear bowl. In that I poured water. I had two children at a time come over to the table and we discussed what we thought would float and what would sink. And we tried it out. That cotton balls would absorb water and sink surprised some.
The second part of the experiment was a little different. I brought 2 pint jars, lots of salt and some raw eggs out. I filled both jars with water. I had one child put a raw egg in the first jar and it sunk to the bottom. Into the second jar I had each child put a few tablespoons of salt into the pint jar. I put some in also. I asked them where they would find salt water and most everyone knew that it was in the ocean. Then I had child #2 put in the egg. It didn't sink to the bottom but didn't float like it was supposed to. So we poured in more salt, waited for a moment and the egg floated to the top! Very cool. We talked about how scientists write down what they see (observations) and filled out the top half of the work sheet which I will put up on my next post for anyone to use who wants to. Then I took the eggs out of the pint jars.
But we were not done yet. Next we put in green food coloring into the plain water. The color swirled through the water and turned everything green. We put some in the salt water. And the color laid on the top of the jar. We recorded these observations also. The children put their observation sheet into their cubbies and I cleaned up the mess to get ready for the next pair of children.