Pancakes, Pancakes……Waffles!

By Holly Giles | homeschooling


Yesterday, Labor Day, and apparently pancake day. It was also a school day for us.  My husband had to work, so we might
 as well keep up with our studies.  It wasn’t a bad day, but sometimes, 24/7 with two boys  can wear you out!  By the end of the night, I was curled up in my bed eating a petrified bag of Skittles (I discovered in the back of the pantry while searching for chocolate)
 and reading emails on my tablet.


I came across a post from  Homescshool Share Blog . They have a great calendar of all the crazy national holidays that are going on.  This week is National Waffle Week.  Who knew?  I thought we could start off the next day in better spirits by making waffles or pancakes together.  I had already declared it Eric Carle book week. Mainly, because my boys are almost too old to read his books, and I wanted to get a good snuggle up with them all before they get shoved in the back of the bookshelf.

Pancakes, Pancakes is a great book about a boy who wakes up wanting his mother to make him a pancake for breakfast.  She agrees, but he has to help with the ingredients.  He must cut and thresh the wheat, milk the cow, churn the butter, gather the egg and go to the cellar for the strawberry jam. So, we tried to re-create the process in our modern times!


Grayson cut up jute to make a fake wheat stalk for the sensory bin. We are fortunate to be able to get an egg from our backyard. We also canned strawberry jam last year for our Prairie Primer lessons.

 The book is actually a great SIMPLE lesson about life long ago.  It really was much harder to make a pancake than to just grab a mix like I did this morning. It shows the basics of all those things in a sweet and simple book that we all enjoyed!  We also read “Walter the Baker”, which is a great story about pretzels and making a dough.



After those two books, Grant wanted to keep going with the Eric Carle books, and so we made a menagerie of all that we own and read about 5 of them. Whew!  By the time we were ready to make our waffles, it was lunchtime!  We figured the boy in the book didn’t
 get his until lunchtime either because of all the work it took to gather the ingredients!
We did carry on with our core lessons for the day, but for us, following a side trail seems to be a common theme.  The thing is, those are the most fun and relaxed days in our house.  I do believe you can make a lesson out of just about anything.  If you know me, you know I will!

We even did some not so terrific collage art of Mr. Seahorse…..

So, head over to the library and pick up Pancakes, Pancakes for National Waffle Week and have some fun.  These are the subjects we loosely covered just from those two books:
History and Science:  how to make flour and butter, the tough life of long ago, what happens to dough with different ingredients.
Math:  measurements of all ingredients for our waffles
Language Arts:  Reading aloud to the children encompasses it all!
Character:  Something worth having is worth working for…
Art:  Collage-style
Sensory and hand-eye coordination:  Grayson helped to put together items to put in Grant’s sensory bin.

You could probably squeeze quite a bit more out of it if you wanted to, but I am satisfied with our day. Besides, I am still buzzing from the food dye and unknown chemicals of the Skittles!!

Tonight, I will go to bed with a thankful prayer for a good day at home, waffles, and pancakes!

I also don’t think those “younger” books will make it to the back of the bookshelves just yet…….


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