Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bringing History to Life Through Tasteless Food

We have spent our first few weeks of school learning about early explorers. Social Studies/History is one of our favorite subjects. The boys also love Science. Unfortunately, it seems like lately we've been so busy with the other subjects that these two have received the least amount of time. So, I decided that this week we would just concentrate on History and Science.

At the start of the year I purchased History Pockets: Explorers of North America to supplement the other curriculum I was using. One of the activities mentioned was to make hardtack, a dry, hard, tasteless cracker that had a long shelf life and therefore made an ideal food for explorers to take along on journeys. I love bringing history to life so we went ahead and made our own hardtack. Here is the boys' reaction to it:

~ Hardtack ~

1 cup of wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the water. Stir and form into a ball. Roll out onto a floured surface until 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2" X 2" squares, poke holes into each with a toothpick, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 8 minutes, turn biscuits over, and then bake for another 8 minutes. Let cool.

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  1. Hi Carissa! Wow, you're really making learning an adventure for the boys! I really admire you for devoting so much time and energy into your homeschool program. Tell the boys Miss Kathy said "HI!"

  2. Hardtack...its was a Sailor's food ration in the 1700's along with Rum.

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