The majority of our curriculum is Charlotte Mason, however, when the boys are in need of more hands on stuff we pull our volumes of KONOS off the shelves and jump into a unit. These are the best investment I ever made. They are so full of everything hands-on. They are christian based but they are very do-able with out the religious reference. This year we started out with Grains, Yeasts, Molds, and Bread Making. This turned out to be a royal hoot, especially with the making of the bakers hats.The boys really did gain lots of new knowledge here.
Wheat farming from field to store, drawing the stages of seed growth from their own growing seeds, the parts of the wheat stalk, the mapping of where in the US it is best for wheat to grow, designing and making of their own baker's hat, reading & copying recipes on bread, baking their own loaves of bread, making their own butter (all right, I added this one - what's fresh bread without fresh butter!), mold experiments and notebooking their observations, making vocabulary cards on new words they ran learned. Whew! It was busy.
Needless to say fun was had by all. The following are pictures of the boys bread baking day.