The Old Schoolhouse magazine has asked me to
write a new column for their publication called the International
Schoolhouse. In the article, I get the chance to share with you
about the landscape, the history and the culture of the highlighted
country, in this case Scotland. However, there is so much to
tell that simply overflows a 1500 word article that I have decided to
compile the remainder of the information as a unit study for you.
If you do not subscribe to the Old Schoolhouse,
you can read a sample issue here -
http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com. Or better yet, subscribe
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - and get the Spring issue this
month with the Scotland article, plus many, many more wonderful
articles of encouragement. It is their best issue yet. Oh,
and did I mention that you get 19 free gifts with your subscription.
Okay, so now that you have read the article, it's
time to dive in for some hands-on learning to cement your student's
growing knowledge of this small but fascinating country.
READING SELECTIONS -
Let's start with some extra reading. You can find some wonderful
history books, travel books and picture books about Scotland at your
local library. Check out several. Also, I would like to introduce you to a fictional
series titled the Crown and Covenant, which I believe is a must-read
set of books. The links below will take you to Amazon.com for more information, but you can find these at your local
library as well. These books are perfect for your family read-aloud
My husband and
children wrote a book review on the first book,
Duncan's War, and you can read it here to
get some more information about the series.
HISTORY & TIMELINES - Learn more about Scotland by compiling
historical facts and events from Scotland's exciting history and
adding them to your timeline. If you do not have a timeline on
the go, you can construct one by following these directions -
How to Make a Timeline
is a link to a wonderful and exhaustive resource for timeline entries about
Scotland (click on a time period) -
A unit study would not be
complete without taking a good look at the lay of the land.
Click here for both a labeled and unlabeled
map of Scotland. Have your students mark some
of the major cities, the larger islands and the seas, at the
least. For older students, have them use your teacher's map and
fill in the rest!
This is my favorite part - the
food from the land! If you do the above activities on Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday, then take some time on either Thursday or Friday to whip up
some authentic Scottish cuisine in the kitchen.
Scottish cuisine has much in common with food
from other parts of the British isles, but has some distinctive
attributes and recipes all its own. There are certain foods that
automatically come to mind when we think about the cuisine of the
Scots - for example, Angus Beef, Scottish Oatcakes (or Bannocks),
Scotch Broth and Haggis. Haggis, you ask? Never heard of
them? Well, its time to find out about this uniquely Scottish
Haggis is one of those national dishes of
Scotland that is both beloved and reviled by natives, and sometimes
horrifies people who hear it described for the first time.
Haggis are made from the inner parts of a sheep - the lungs, stomach,
liver and heart - parts that are unavailable by FDA ruling here in the
States. If you would like to read more about this unique dish,
do a google search on Scottish cuisine or Haggis and many recipes will
turn up, but I will not describe it in detail here.
It may be difficult to pull off the above, but
here are three more recipes of local Scottish food that can be
attempted in your own kitchen. Enjoy!
1/2 C scottish oats (same as steel-cut oats)
1/2 C all purpose flour
3/4 t sugar
1/4 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 C melted butter (1/2 stick)
1/3 C hot water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease
a baking sheet. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder
and oats. Stir until combined. Add butter until evenly
distributed. Fork in hot water until
evenly moistened. Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick. Cut
with round cutter 2 1/2 or 3 inches in diameter. Bake 25
minutes until golden brown. Cool on rack. Store at
room temperature in air tight container for two days.
One of the great aspects about this recipe is that there are no
eggs in the batter, so if our little girls snitched the dough,
there was no harm done. Our children enjoyed rolling out the
dough and using cookie cutters to make fun shapes.We love these served with butter and jam. Also wonderful
with cream cheese! Yum! Give them a try.
Scotch broth is a filling soup, originating in Scotland but
now obtainable world wide. Its principal ingredients are usually
barley, a cut of beef or lamb, and vegetables such as carrots, cabbage
and leeks. The proportions and ingredients can vary according to the
recipe. Dried peas, split peas, and lentils are often added.
- 3 pounds Breast of
w/bone, or whole chicken
- 8 cups Cold water
- 1/2 cup Pearl barley
- 2 Carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 White turnip, peeled and diced
- 2 Ribs celery, diced
- 1 Onion, diced
& pepper to taste
In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, cover the
lamb with cold water; bring to a boil. Add the
partially cover the pot, and simmer until the meat and barley is
tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add more water to adjust for any
evaporation; skim the surface of the
Remove meat from broth; cut meat from bone
and cut in small pieces. Discard the bones and return the meat to the
soup. Continue simmering.
melt the butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, turnip, celery, and
onion and cook stirring often for 10 minutes.
to the soup. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are
tender. Season with
Finish your delicious meal of Scotch Broth and Oatcakes with some
Scottish Shortbread. This is the easiest recipe in the
world to make and I started making these after school when I was a
pre-teen. They are not good for you, but they are delicious.
Simple classic shortbread cookies with butter
and sugar and flour.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
5. CRAFTS - Finally, it's craft time!
Thoroughly cream sugar and butter. Add 2 1/2
cups of the flour and mix thoroughly. Turn out onto a surface
floured with remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Knead dough until it
cracks on surface. Roll out 1/4-inch thick and cut out with
This craft was chosen as a quick
and simple one that represents Scotland, its people and
environment. The polar fleece scarf can be made easily without
any sewing. Make sure to choose a plaid "tartan" print fabric to
achieve the Scottish look.
click on this link to
"weave" your own tartan fabric and then purchase something similar at
your local fabric store or online..
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