Hi, guys! Hope your Summer has been a blast. I wanted to do a post about what we are planning on covering for our August/September reading. Last year we covered All About Apples and Pumpkins for harvest time in the month of September and the kids liked that. For this harvest month, we are thinking of covering the topic of Wheat and Saskatchewan Farming, which also touches on Social Studies. I thought you all might like to check out the research I have done so far 🙂 Let me know if you check out any of these things:)
Here is my list of learning resources, activities, field trip ideas and books for you to try out in your homeschool.
YouTube Learning: try one or all of these great ones I found, ranging from documentaries to recipes.
- Follow the Shredded Wheat Channel, they have some really nice videos of how they get their wheat for their cereal and how they want to keep it pure and good. I thought this would be a fun way to introduce the learning about wheat in a fun way, plus kids love to see how things they use are made.
- Here is a video from Growing Wheat in Canada interviewing a Saskatchewan farmer named Richard Phillips who responds to the questions he received from a Grade 8 student about how wheat is grown. He talks about how wheat is planted, how he manages insects and weeds with pesticides, and how the wheat is harvested. He explains how important wheat is in Canadian agriculture, what kinds of food it ends up in and how Canadian wheat is exported around the world.
- This is a fun compilation of clips of a Farming Experience in Saskatchewan, with fun upbeat music. The kids will enjoy this one!
- Discovery How Stuff Works: Wheat on youtube has a good documentary about this as well.
- From Seed to Civilization another documentary about wheat from the GeoChannel on youtube.
- Growing Wheat and Using it at Home – this one is a nice how to grow wheat step by step. A 200+ day journey growing wheat at home, and then making flour and bread.
- How to make Bread with Jaime Oliver – My favorite chef of all times, this video is a nice way to learn the techniques he has to offer to make bread, by hand.
- Chef Lola’s Kitchen Making Bread Rolls – Lola’s recipe for making Bread Rolls. I’ve been using this recipe for a long time now and it has never failed. It’s so soft and tasty.
- Gennaro’s Perfect Pizza Recipe -This is another awesome video to learn how to make Italian Pizza! He is making pizza from scratch, in the beautiful Goza near Malta Island. They have a lot more of these great videos on Jamie Oliver Food Channel. Check out our post of us making this recipe for our Saturday Homemade Pizza Day, we are starting to do this twice a month, in our meal planning.
The Little Red Hen – a Great children’s classic book to get started with the kids.
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza – Really cute!
Units, Activities & Recipes
Minecraft: Building a Wheat-Based Economy Activity from TeachersPayTeachers. This is categorized for grades 5+ but we will still do this with our Kinder and grade 1er as they love Minecraft and should be able to understand most of this. Perhaps the multiplication will be a bit over their heads, none the less they should enjoy it.
The little Red Hen Story Sequencing Craft – A nice little simple project for pre-k, k, and grade 1’s together. TeachersPayTeachers download
Visual Recipe for Cooking Whole Wheat Corn Bread by TeachersPayTeachers
Shortest to Tallest Wheat: Sequencing by Size by TeachersPayTeachers. This is a simple math printable page, with the theme of wheat.
Art Lesson: Van Gogh Wheat Field Art History Roll-A-Dice and draw by TeachersPayTeachers
Art project outline for Van Gogh’s Wheat Field and crows by ArtProjectsForKids.org
Little Red Hen & Painting with Wheat by Pre-K Pages.com
Other Sites, Art, History
Wheat Fields, Van Gough Series by Wikipedia
I hope this may inspire you to introduce this theme into your homeschool, I know we will and I am excited about it!