National Homemade Bread Day is celebrated in the United States. Nothing beats the fragrance of a freshly baked loaf of bread! However, that does not mean yeast breads. Quick breads, depending on baking soda and baking powder for leavening, are easy to make and delicious. Flat breads and corn cakes qualify as well.
Anne Hutchinson was exiled from Massachusetts in 1637 for speaking against the religious leaders. She, her husband, and others traveled to join Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island. Anne Hutchinson’s Way, written by Jeannine Atkins and illustrated by Michael Dooling, accurately portrays Hutchinson’s life and the problems she faced.
Congress met in session for the first time in the Capitol Building in 1800. Interesting fact – the Capitol Building on Sundays was used as a house of worship until the Civil War. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison attended services there. Children could visit the government website. The site offers some virtual tours and excellent links: Capitol Building.
Suez Canal began operating in 1869. Construction began on April 25, 1859. The canal, which took ten years to construct, connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Today the canal is 120 miles long and about 80 feet deep. It has no locks. Children can find interesting facts and great photographs at: Suez Canal.
August Ferdinand Moebius (born Schulpforte, Germany, 1790; died Leipzig, Germany, September 26, 1868) was a mathematician. He was especially interested in topology, a branch of mathematics that involves space and surfaces. Children can participate in an interesting topology problem by seeing if they can peel an orange so that the peel stays in one piece. They can also learn about a Moebius Strip at: Moebius Strip.
Christopher Paolini (born New York, 1983) writes fantasy for young adults. He is best known for his Inheritance Cycle. His website is filled with information and activities: Christopher Paolini.