Week In The Life (Cookies and A Movie)

(Well, really movies.) Does anyone else remember the television show Dinner and A Movie?

You sure can tell it’s cold outside because we have been busy baking away inside. Like most of the states we had our first accumulation of snow along with bitter cold temperatures. Blankets have become an added necessity to our school habitat. Nothing like a fire, snuggles, and audiobooks (and hot chocolate).

Sticking to experimenting with oat flour we tried two new recipes this week, both very successful. I loved my oat waffle and pancake recipes but disliked the 4 TBSPs of coconut oil. The new recipe called for vegetable oil, I used canola, and apple sauce. However did it taste the same? Yes, says the family!

http://www.simplisticallysassy.com/2014/01/13/healthy-oatmeal-pancakes-and-waffles/

I also used maple syrup instead of honey. I can’t wait to try them as pancakes. The only thing I still want to experiment with is the 2 TBSPs of baking powder as I am trying to keep our sodium consumption in check.

Since going gluten free I have been enjoying using oat waffles in place of bread for egg sandwiches (splitting 1 Belgium waffle size in half). Much more filling than bread.

Our second recipe was gluten free chocolate chip oatmeal cookies using oat flour as well.

http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2014/01/11/gluten-free-cookies/

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They too turned out great!

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These however must stay a once in a while treat for myself with the recipe calling for 1 cup butter and 3 eggs (and sugar). I love my oat flour banana bread recipe, that is eggless and that now calls for canola oil (especially with blueberries),  and have been wanting to try baking cookies with oat flour so I am glad to have tried these. I am thinking of experimenting baking with Egg Beaters, especially with the waffle and pancake recipe.

The movies? The Arts:  Persepolis is an animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel and I highly recommend it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

Like The Diary of Anne Frank this is Marjane’s story growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. So many conversations from this movie. You can watch it as the original French version with English subtitles or in English. It is PG-13 due to language and some intense scenes so it may not be suitable for young children but was perfect for the girls and the books are being added to our home library.

We watched DreamWorks version of Sinbad, Sky really enjoyed the combination of 2D and 3D animation, and we watched Disney’s Pocahontas 1 and 2.

A small tangent, why are people SO surprised with a Disney version of Pocahontas or dislike these movies SO much? I mean, The Little Mermaid!? I personally really like them and think they are a perfect jumping off point to learning about the true founding of Jamestown, Pocahontas, and John Rolfe (lung cancer and slavery). I for one am glad they left the learning of cannibalism, that happened during the starving time, to me.

Social Studies, American History : This lead us to watching Dear America’s episode of A Journey to a New World (Netflix) and episode 1 of America Experience We Shall Remain, After the Mayflower (YouTube). If you have not seen the We Shall Remain series it is from the Native Americans point of view not just the Pilgrims. Then we watched a short film on explaining the Mayflower Compact.

Of course I can’t forget a family favorite, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving which contains The Mayflower Voyagers.

The girls added their notes to their timeline. I printed out a blank map of the United States to use as a divider between world and American history.

http://luluthebaker.com/2014/08/endless-summer-projects-printable-maps-with-bing.html

Language Arts: Little Sis finished reading Magic Tree House, Thanksgiving on Thursday out loud and we listened to The Courtship of Miles Standish and An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving on audio.

https://librivox.org/an-old-fashioned-thanksgiving-by-louisa-may-alcott/

http://www.loyalbooks.com/book/Courtship-of-Miles-Standish

I had never heard Longfellow’s poem before and we very much enjoyed it.

They copied the Thanksgiving poem in cursive,

 

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their word of the week was woo, and their journal entry was imagine you are on the Mayflower.

http://www.writeshop.com/blog/printable-writing-prompt-november/#_a5y_p=1076067

Mathematics: This week Sky practiced prime factorization, GCF, and LCM at KA.  She had no problems getting 5 in a row and for sure is ready to move on. I am going to wait until the new year to learn anything new though. The holidays just doesn’t work for her to try learning a new concept. Little Sis had worksheets from Math is fun.com reviewing 3 digit addition and subtraction and single digit multiplication and division.

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P.E. Walk Away the Pounds.

We will be taking next week off so wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

Peace for the journey.

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