This is my last catch-up post before I get to our vacation. I wanted to finish up our time with George Washington Carver too before moving on to our next Beyond FIAR title which will happen later this week. :-)
We started our morning with a devotion. Its a nice way to put our focus on God and what He has done that relates to what we will be learning about.
Some of the statements included the following:
Yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing. (False. They are two distinct vegetables which are often confused. The yam is a starchy tuber generally imported from the Caribbean. It differs greatly in taste, texture and appearance. The sweet potato belongs to the Morning Glory family.)
Sweet potatoes were brought to American by the Africans. (False. Native Americans were growing sweet potatoes when Columbus arrived in 1492.)
North Carolina is the top producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. (True, but you already knew that. NC has ranked No. 1 since 1971. Its hot, moist climate and rich, fertile soil are ideal for cultivating sweet potatoes.)
There are more than 6500 varieties of sweet potato. True.
You can eat all of the sweet potato. True.
NC sweet potatoes are grown in summer and fall. False. They are grown year round.
The next game we played was to highlight some of the discoveries that George Washington Carver made about the sweet potato and peanut. Did you know that he developed over 100 uses for sweet potatoes?! Isn't that amazing? God gave him such a gift and he did use it fully! He held only 3 patents for all of these discoveries as he believed that food products came from God and that it should not be a source of profit but rather available to all. He also discovered over 300 uses for peanuts!
Each child was given a card with a peanut on it and another with a sweet potato on it. I read an item and the children tried to decide if it was something made from a sweet potato or peanuts. A few of they were from both.
Here are the items with a (P) for peanut and a (SP) for sweet potato.
shaving cream (P)
Flour (SP) ***
wood stain (P)
leather and cloth dye (P)
wood stain (SP)
hair tonic (P)
*** During the wheat shortage of 1918, Carver experimented with making flour from dried sweet potatoes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture brought him to Washington, D.C., to discuss the feasibility of producing large quantities of sweet potato flour, and plans were put in place to conduct some large-scale experiments. But when the war ended, so did the wheat shortage, and demand for alternative sources of flour faded
instant coffee (P) & (SP)
salad oil (P)
postage stamp glue (SP)
Next, we headed outside to try to grow our own sweet potatoes. We suspended sweet potatoes in a jar to be filled with water.
We have had ours now for a couple of weeks and this experiment did not work for us. :-( I remember doing this as a child and getting a great plant. Not sure why it didn't work this time.
Here's what we ate from left to right.
*Traditional sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and marshmallows
*Roasted sweet potatoes
*Sweet potato chips (bought from store and not part of our count of 7)
*Sweet potato slaw
*Sweet potato muffins
*Sweet potato cheese straws.
I found the recipes on this wonderful site. NC Sweet Potatoes There is also a lot of great info on sweet potatoes here.
It is both informative and visually appealing which I find to be a great quality in a book!
As always, a fun time learning with our friends. I'm thankful for this time and this group and for the sweet memories we are making here and at home as we study our Beyond Five in a Row books!
Blessings to you as you learn new things today!