Monday, January 20, 2014

Homeschooling Essentials - Potato Latkes

This week, January 20-24, TheTravelingclassroom will be participating along with 89 other bloggers in a Homeschooling Essentials blog hop.  Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew will be sharing what they view as "Homeschooling Essentials".  I hope you are able to join us everyday and be encouraged:)

Today I am sharing what I find essential for homeschooling - food:)  Everyone loves food and needs it too, so why not take it seriously? I compiled a list of ten reasons why food is important in our homeschooling:

1.  Nutrition:
 It keeps everyone feeling happy and healthy.  We avoid sicknesses, build our immune systems, and sleep better.  No sleepless nights because of painful earaches.

2.  Energy: 
Good food with minimal white sugar will keep insulin blood levels stable and avoid emotional ups and downs.  No fighting, whining, crying, or melt downs.

3.  Motivation:  
 Yummy healthy foods are motivation to get ready for the day or finish up the end of the day chores.   Nothing like a banana milkshake reward for finishing up the morning chores and schoolwork.

4.  Building Memories:   
All of my favorite memories are around some sort of food experience.   Food is a great way to build good memories or bad ones.  (Like the time the oil caught on fire in the kitchen and dad screamed, "oh no!".  Then mom threw baking soda on it - what a mess, but a funny family memory.)

5.  Family Bonding: 
 Sitting around the table talking, joking, shooting the breeze, and sharing life.  Learning how to make paper snakes from straw wrappers or the cat sipping someone's milk while their head was turned.  Those are just a  few of the memorable moments you might see at our house.

6.  Family Talks:

A perfect opportunity to have every one's undivided attention; while they are eating.  It's a good time to let everyone know what the day or even week's plan will be; shopping trips, field trips, special guests, etc.

7.  Math:

 Measuring ingredients for cookies, counting the table settings for guests, multiplying serving sizes, meal planning for a special day, and budget for the month; are just a few ways math can be involved with food.

8.  Home Ecc Skills:  
Teaching kids how to cook and prepare meals.  Most of the kids are pretty independent in the kitchen; they can make their own breakfast, smoothies, eggs, mashed potatoes, desserts, and jellies.  This gives me an extra break and helps them to become more independent.

9.  Science:  
Learning about chemistry, states of matter, mixtures, biology - why the eggs have feathers stuck to them, etc. 

10.  Making Learning Fun:  
Sometimes we use food during schoolwork whether it is eating a snack after we are done with math problems, putting together chemistry bonds with pretzels, or feeding cheezits goldfish to a penguin while counting.

 Here is one of our family's favorite - Potatoe Latkes.  We typically start eating them around Hanukkah (Nov./Dec.)  and since they are soooo good they become a meal every week until we get sick of them.  (About a month or 2 later:)

Do you have a  favorite family food?  What else do you use food for in your classroom?  Did I miss anything?

If  you would  like to see what other homeschoolers think is essential for homeschooling just click on any of the blogs below...

 Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
 Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs
 Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life
 Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
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  1. I've been working my way down the Crew list, and I have to say, I think this is my favorite post so far. I've been wanting to try making latkes ever since our friends shared with us about Hanukkah, but now I may just actually have to do it :-)

  2. I am suddenly starving! LOL We actually have a similar story on the grease fire. In our house, every time I turned on the oven for the next week, my daughter asked, "Are we going to have another fire?!" Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I am not sure if my last comment went through or not, but just wanted to say I too feel that food is an essential in homeschooling, though I didn't post about it this past week and I wouldn't have included all these reasons for it being essential. Love all the aspects you looked at. We love food for learning, especially math.
    Thank you so much for the Potato Latkes recipe. Have been wanting to make them for quite a while.
    Would love for you to stop by and share this recipe on my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky, if you get a chance

  4. Thanks for stopping by and sharing on Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen. I hope to see you back again. My linky goes live every Friday!


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