It’s so funny to me how often homeschoolers will pick a whole other curriculum for summer and their kids are so excited! Mine worked hard all year and finished two weeks ago. Now, they are already asking me about the summer school ideas they had. Months ago, they all – even my 16 year old – said they wanted to cook more this summer. Specifically, they all want to be able to do more for themselves and to be of some actual assistance lol. The girls also said they wanted to do more sewing, and to learn new skills.
That’s when I thought it would be fun to put together a fun little 8 week summer home ec program. I have been really inspired by the Great British Baking Show, I love the way they do three challenges (signature, showstopper and technical) in each catagory. I can’t do it that way in a short summer course, but I think that’s how I’m going to deal with cooking and baking for the next school year.
I went through all my kids sewing books and all my kids cookbooks, then I turned to my bookmarks. Then I laid out a timeline and edited it about 15,000 times.
Obviously, you can do this right along with us from June 5 – July 28, or you can do a week here and there, you can mix up the weeks if you feel so inclined. I just thought it would be fun to share a program I put together for the kids, and I’m sure a lot of you will find it useful. I have broken each week down into two sewing lessons and two kitchen lessons for a total of four a week. Depending on your schedule it may work better for you to do home ec weekends or just weekdays. It’s as flexible as you need it to be, but we will be doing our sewing projects on Mondays and Fridays and our kitchen projects on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Every weekend for the next 8 weeks, I’ll share with you my specific ideas for upcoming week. Of course you can substitute your own projects or recipes instead if you like. It’s all a jumping off point to getting inspired. For sewing, I have two kids at the same beginner level, and three kids at two different skill levels in the kitchen. So all the recipes have two options. I will also update as we do these projects to share our progress and I’d love to see if you join us by tagging #summerhomeec on Instagram, or sharing your photos in the comments.
Week One – Sewing Basics and Cookies
Monday (sewing) – Just the Basics: threading a needle, running stitch and whipstitch
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: chocolate chip cookies / intermediate: gingersnaps
Friday – (sewing) – Adding On: sewing on a button and trim
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: oatmeal cookies / intermediate: soft sugar cookies with frosting
Week Two – Finishing in Sewing and Making Breakfast
Monday (sewing) – Finishing Part One: making a hem
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: pancakes / intermediate: french toast
Friday – (sewing) – Finishing Part Two: Making casings
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: boiled eggs / intermediate: fried eggs
Week Three – Pattern Making and Lunch
Monday (sewing) – Making it Your Own: Making a simple pattern
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: grilled cheese sandwiches / intermediate: mini pizzas
Friday – (sewing) – Bringing it to Life: Stuffing and stitching closed
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: chicken noodle soup / intermediate: beef barley soup
Week Four – First Projects and First Pies
Monday (sewing) – Project One: Stuffie
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: blueberry pie / intermediate: lemon meringue pie
Friday – (sewing) – Project Two: Tote Bag
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: tourtiere / intermediate: chicken pie
Week Five – Drawstrings and Cakes
Monday (sewing) – Project Three: Drawstring Tote, Part One
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: simple chocolate cake / intermediate: two layer vanilla cake
Friday – (sewing) – Project Three: Drawstring Tote, Part Two
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: strawberry cake / intermediate: oreo pudding poke cake
Week Six – Sewing Machine Intros and Bread
Monday (sewing) – Sewing Machine 101: The Basics
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: basic white bread / intermediate: dinner rolls
Friday – (sewing) – Sewing Machine 101: Pot Holder
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: pretzel bites / intermediate: cinnamon buns
Week Seven – Sewing Machine Projects and Donuts
Monday (sewing) – Sewing Machine Project One: Simple Toy Skirt
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: basic chocolate cake donuts / intermediate: basic yeast donuts
Friday – (sewing) – Sewing Machine Project Two: Custom Pouch
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: cinnamon sugar donuts / intermediate: baked vanilla donuts
Week Eight – Final Projects
Monday (sewing) – Sewing Machine Final Project: Apron, Part One
Wednesday (kitchen) – beginner: blueberry cobbler / intermediate: meringues
Friday – (sewing) – Sewing Machine Final Project: Apron, Part Two
Saturday – (kitchen)- beginner: fudge / intermediate: baked Alaska
Here are the specific details on what we are doing this week!
On Monday, we’ll be threading a needle, which I think is pretty self explanatory. We’ll also be learning the running stitch and the whipstitch. For this, I’m just using basic needles and colorful thread on felt.
On Friday, we’ll be learning how to add buttons and trim to pieces of felt! We’ll learn how to add buttons with four holes, buttons with two holes and buttons with the little nub on the back. We’ll add lace, rick rack and other fun trims to felt as well. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, just some kind of trim for practice.
The children and I are so excited to get started and I can’t wait to see and share with you what they accomplish with this project this summer!