I am losing my thoughtful, calm approach to these cooking lessons. Instead, at the last minute, I try to squeeze it into the plan for the day and get impatient when Genevieve wants to help at other times. Piano lessons, truthfully, are faltering and it's not because the student is unwilling but rather the teacher (me) loves the idea in theory but is less willing to invest the time.
That's a little embarrassing to admit.
I am trained as a teacher and I love teaching, but I am having a hard time transferring those skills and plans to my homelife and parenting. I think of myself as a scheduled person with lists and plans and goals, but really, I often just go with the flow of the day and so I can't be bothered to do something formal with the children.
Genevieve is also thirsting to sew. I did recently set up her machine and let her go - showing her oh-so-incidentally how to sew a seam with the right sides together. She was thrilled. She made a little purse for herself of the crudest construction and carried it to church on Sunday. I know this was a good, fun learning experience for her, but I would like to take myself in hand and be patient and instruct my children and teach them the skills and basics in the areas where I am accomplished.
Things are not looking good for homeschooling, ever.
Unless maybe I grow as a parent, as a person. (Pause for meditation)
So, Gingerbread French Toast.
It comes from Mollie Katzen's cookbook for children, Honest Pretzels. Mollie Katzen makes great-tasting food and this was no exception. It was simple French toast (dip bread in egg and milk mixture and fry) with gingerbread spices added to the liquid. Genevieve did a good job handling herself by the stove and the breakfast was delicious.
This French toast lesson actually comes from two weeks ago. We were at the beach last week. We are at home now and maybe we should go to the pool less and cook and sew more. Must meditate on that.