Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Russia! - The Homeschool Way

 We "flew" to Russia on Feb. 25th in our homemade plane and got all of our passports stamped with a Russian cathedral.

The first thing we did in Russia, besides read lots of Baba Yaga stories was make Russian Tea Cakes. The girls helped me while wearing their impromptu babushkas.

We made a lot of food while we were in Russia because you can't learn about a country fully until you've tasted it. We ate a lot of meat, potatoes, cabbage and beets (no one was a fan of the Borscht). We made our own pickles, and everyone loved the Sharlotka - Russian Apple Pie.

We tried to make a cathedral design on top with powdered sugar, but we didn't wait long enough for it to cool.

We all tried making Pelmeni, a meat filled dumpling. It was a lot of work, no one ate the dumpling part, just the filling, it tasted just like meat loaf - or as we call it around here, meat cake.  Other things we tried were a Solyanka Soup, Beef Stroganoff, Russian Black Bean Soup, Cabbage and Vegetable Soup and barley, which we'd never had before.

Kivi's watercolor of her own made up cathedral. We toured Russia on Google Earth and saw St. Basil's  up close, technology is cool sometimes.

Eben made Dada a medal like the one Peter the Great wore. He made men pay a beard tax if they wanted to keep their beards! Ha - isn't history great!

Dada ordered us a set of Matryoshka dolls. It has a house and six little animals which we are going to paint to look like all the kids and be a sweet little reminder of our four weeks in Russia!

1 comment:

Momacita said...

What a fun way to learn about our world! As always, such creative ideas. That is so weird about the beard tax - never heard that one before. Isn't learning fun?