Harvest

Making bread

You will need:
500g of bread flour (plus some for dusting),
300mls of warm water,
2tsp salt,
3tbsp of oil,
1tsp of sugar,
1 7g pk of yeast.

Add the flour to the bowl adding the yeast and salt to opposite sides of the bowl, add the sugar. Make a well and add the oil in the centre then add the water. Then mix and kneed. Leave to rise for an hour, then knock the air out. Line a tray with parchment. Make the bread into a ball and bake for half an hour. 

Button did the whole thing herself with a little help from Mummy. Mummy used the time to talk about the time of year and harvest. We also talked a little about yeast and while waiting for it to rise we watched a video on how yeast works in bread. We learnt that yeast needs food and warmth to grow (which is the sugar and water) then it produces a gas called carbon dioxide and that makes the bread fluffy as it gets trapped in the flour and helps its rise. 
   This was such an easy activity and an enjoyable one that Mummy thinks Button should make bread weekly.

Acrostic HARVEST poem

We decided to do an acrostic poem of the word HARVEST with Button. At this stage Button liked poetry but had a very rigid opinion of what constituted a poem. 

With this in mind, Mummy spent some time in the week leading up to this, introducing the concept of an acrostic poem using her name and the twins' names. This was a success but Mummy discovered that some word ideas for Button to choose from made the process more productive.

Daddy wanted Button to have a grasp of the different elements of harvest before we started the poem and so set up a playlist on Youtube:
 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLphywC9LOUVlX2AUae7ccqPAjNMc8sQSg

The last and most informative video looked a bit dry for a kinesthetic learner like Button so I found a farming game (  Https:/www.playr.org/play/harvest_moon/996#play )  for her to play on the laptop while she listened to it and I highlighted and reinforced interesting bits.

We now moved onto the poem. I had written a list of some words I thought might be useful, but Button was inspired by what she had watched and by us starting to get vegetable deliveries from Riverford again. So she only needed a few extra ideas. So other than a few rephrasing suggestions, it was pretty much all Button's work:

Harvesting crops of every kind,
Apples and pears are yummy.
Riverford food is so delicious,
Vegetables and fruit are super good for you.
Enjoy Riverford's superb food,
Sharing with the community is so important.
Thanks to all the farmers of the world and thanks to God for making them.

Harvest and the community

Button showed a lot of interest in the giving to the community angle of Harvest festival. So when Daddy's work began to start collecting food donations to be passed on to those in need, it seemed a great opportunity. 

Daddy took Button to the local supermarket to choose some items. Button was keen, where possible, to choose items with a link to being harvested. In this instance, due to the time scales involved, Daddy had to guide Button away from perishable items such as fruit and vegetables. Instead, Button was keen to get pasta as it is wheat based and then some bolognese sauce as she had chosen spaghetti. Daddy then suggested tinned sweetcorn and potatoes, as they are harvested, and Button went for the sweetcorn. We then looked at some good staples and Button chose  baked beans, soup (including a tin for herself) and tinned tuna. Button has a generous heart and loves doing things for charity as she is very aware that there are a lot of people in need.

Above and below ground

You will need: 

A seed,
Glue,
Paper,
Pencils.

Draw a line across your page as if it's the ground. Place your seed where you want. (We didn't glue til the end as it's hard to draw on glue.)
Then get your child to draw the flower or vegetable above the ground and the roots under the seed. 
  We used a sunflower seed and a pea seed. We looked up pictures of roots and each plant to copy. We spoke about the water coming up the roots and the sun through the leaves. Button liked this activity, it really made her think and ask questions, like how long do roots grow? Why does the pea seed look like a pea not a seed? How did they get the pea so dry? 
  After she had finished her drawings we glued the seeds on.

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