Betsy Ross (Ch 11)



Character Lessons:

Jordan continued reading through the FIAR Bible and character lessons. We split up any remaining scripture verses over the rest of the week. I try to give him a “daily Bible bite” to accompany his assigned scripture verses.

Memory Verse:

Jordan memorized Psalm 119:15 while rowing this chapter.


Life Skill – Seize the Day:

I would assume “Carpe Diem” means “seizing the day and making the most of it” to Jordan. He’s a “go big or go home”, “leave it all on the field” kind of kid. It’s what drives me crazy sometimes, but it’s also what makes my day.


Writing & Discussion Question:

Bub and I discussed what he might bring to the fair. At first, he suggested entering a “Cos-Play” item, but we discussed the usual entries and he said he would probably enter something he cooked/baked.

I thought it might be helpful to read Country Fair to get a better idea of what Betsy was entering.

Baking Bread:

Honestly, Bub has a knack for cooking and baking. He loves this type of Fine Arts activity more than sketching or painting.

Traditional Loaf:

First, Bub made oat bread in our bread machine.

It came out a bit misshapen, but it was absolutely delicious.

Artisan Mini-Loaf:

He created a mini batch of dough that he hand-shaped into a loaf. This was just the beginning of our bread-making weekend.


Next, I thought we would try an artisan loaf of crusty sourdough.

Bub helped me measure out the starter and create a shaggy dough.

After a series of stretches, folds, and rests, our dough went into the fridge for a long chill.

I brought out our dough, scored it and let it rest on the counter while I preheated the oven.

We baked it in the Dutch oven until it was golden brown.

It was beautiful, but I wasn’t happy with the crumb. It should have been airy and light. I realized that I started scooping self-rising flour then switch to bread flour. I think it added more density yo the dough. I’ll have to try it again soon!

Banana Bread:

Lastly, I wanted to bake some banana bread for a friend and to welcome our new neighbor.


Appreciating the Simple & Ornate:

After reading about appreciating both simple and ornate projects, I had Jordan go through the house paying attention to different pieces of furniture. He captured both a simple cabinet and an ornate table.

Sewing a Sampler:

Bub is a great DIYer, so it’s important that he learns how to use various tools and work with many mediums (i.e. foam, felt, cardboard and more).

His current DIY project is making foam heads for a Disney cos-play night with his friends from youth group. He can weald a glue gun and basic woodworking tools, but I also want him to learn certain stitches when working with fabric projects.

I found a sewing sampler that teaches him some basic stitches.


From Tree to Table:

While learning about simple and ornate projects, I took a slight deep dive into a woodworking science unit.

Since we were discussing woodworking and appreciating simple and ornate craftsmanship, I figured Bub could read From Tree to Table. This is a very simple book, but it shows the entire process.

I also added some woodworking clips to our Betsy Ross playlist.

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