Thursday, March 14, 2013

3.14 (a.k.a. Pi Day)

One of the joys of homeschooling is being able to create lessons that are meaningful to where we are, what is around us, and structure lessons around our lives.

Well, today being March 14 (3.14), we celebrated Pi Day with our kids. How did we celebrate? Well, the kids made a pie, of course!

Some of the lessons that we learned, aside from what pi is and how it is used to find the circumference of a circle included:
  • states of matter and how solids melt to become liquids
  • solid and liquid measurement of ingredients in our recipe
  • chemical reactions and how individual ingredients changed as they were mixed together and then also how they changed when exposed to the heat of the oven
  • division and fractions to serve equal parts of the whole pie to each member of the family

Caroline, Lydia and Ian observe the ingredients before mixing them all together.

Eliza takes her turn to mix the pie filling.

The finished product. A Toll House Cookie pie.
The kids made (with a little help from Mama) a Toll House Cookie pie. This is one of my (Stephanie's) signature desserts and I'm always asked for the recipe whenever I share this pie. It's incredibly simple and oh, so good. You might want to double the recipe and make two pies. Yes, it's really that good.

Toll House Cookie Pie

2 eggs
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 C. butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat the oven to 325F. In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Add flour, sugar and brown sugar; beat until well blended. Blend in butter. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 325F for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


1 comment:

  1. Yum! I love punctuating lessons with a treat. We also had pie today but it was devoured before any pictures could be taken.