Daily Archives: August 1st, 2014

#29 Did you know?

A homeschooling student may receive college credit for a course subject without having taken the AP class in that subject IF they score at least a 3 or higher on the AP test in that subject.

<ANSWER is down below in the comment section>

Word of the Day

eunoia word of the day 8.2.14


Eunoia is the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes.

“Her eunoia is the reason why I enjoy her company immensely.”  🙂

Eunoia can also describe a state of good health. It was once used as a medical term. :p

Food Science Class: Food Safety and Food Preservation

Mark your calendars:

Friday, August 28, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Contact me for location details. Indicate your homeschool support group and accountability association)
Students and Parents of all ages (but probably more geared to 6th grade and up)
Mr. Al Williams, Product Director North American Rollstock/Cyrovac
RSVP with me Angela, uchu.ownermoderator@yahoo.com
This will certainly be an interesting one day class. Homeschoolers aren’t often studying a Food Science Course.
Oh…..What is Food Science you ask
It’s the study of the nature of foods and the changes that occur in them naturally as a result of handling and processing.
Additionally, Food Science is designed to reinforce and enhance the student’s knowledge of scientific principles and processes through the study of foods and nutrition.  An in-depth understanding of science as it applies to foods will assist students with interest in career and technical education, to understand the food industry as well as food preparation in their daily lives.  
Mr. Williams indicated the following, 
 It is quite interesting in the number of misconceptions that exist related to food safety and preservation. I (we) here at Cryovac do this periodically because we are asked to or because we see the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience that we work with on a daily basis as it relates to our food supply.  Cryovac has over 50 Food or Packaging Science employees in North America alone and we have a wealth of information that we can share to better inform consumers about the food we all produce and consume.  I, personally have conducted these kinds of sessions for Dorman HS and at the college level over the years and enjoy doing it. 
Mr. Williams will cover:

Food Safety and Food Preservation

I.                    Introduction

II.                  What causes food to “spoil”?


                     Bacteria, Yeast & Mold


                     Oxidation, Rancidity, “off flavors”



III.                Methods for preserving food or extending  shelf life



                   Moisture level

                   Ph- acidity level

                  Packaging/Environmental control


IV.              Safe Food preparation





If you would like to take this class further into your homeschooling these are some things you could consider or even if your student would like to go on to study food science even further:

  • Food safety – the causes, prevention and communication dealing with foodborne illness
  • Food microbiology – the positive and negative interactions between micro-organisms and foods
  • Food preservation – the causes and prevention of quality degradation
  • Food engineering – the industrial processes used to manufacture food
  • Product development – the invention of new food products
  • Sensory analysis – the study of how food is perceived by the consumer’s senses
  • Food chemistry – the molecular composition of food and the involvement of these molecules in chemical reactions
    • Food physical chemistry– the study of both physical and chemical interactions in foods in terms of physical and chemical principles applied to food systems, as well as the application of physicochemical techniques and instrumentation for the study and analysis of foods
  • Food packaging – the study of how packaging is used to preserve food after it has been processed and contain it through distribution
  • Molecular gastronomy – the scientific investigation of processes in cooking, social & artistic gastronomical phenomena
  • Food technology – the technological aspects
  • Food physics – the physical aspects of foods (such as viscosity, creaminess, and texture)
  • Food physical chemistry– physical and chemical aspects of foods, structure-functionality relationships in foods.

Family and Consumer Sciences Core Courses:

·               Food and Nutrition

·               Lifespan Studies

·               Housing and Environment

·               Clothing and Textiles


Food and Nutrition cluster courses:

·               Food Preparation and Nutrition

·               Nutrition, Health and Fitness

·               Culture and Foods

·               Gourmet Foods

·               Entrepreneurship

·               Commercial Food Program

·               Food Science (may be used for 1 science credit)

NEW SUPPORT GROUP: Homeschooling children with Special needs/Learning Disabilities

The need and desire for support has been the cry of MANY homeschooling Moms that are home educating children with special needs or learning disabilities.
This first meeting will be a time to meet and greet each other;
discuss the path, look and vision of this support group then build from there.
*MT Library’s conference 
*Please contact me for location details. Indicate what homeschool support group you are apart of and accountability association
*Tuesday, August 12, 2014
*6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (arrive promptly please)
*Bring a savory or sweet item for the evening
This meeting is just for moms. 🙂
Please let me know any specific questions you may have. 🙂
R.S.V.P. your attendance to Angela
Thank you.
Angela Perry

RECIPE: This looks delicious!!! (video) Thanks for sharing Karen W.

Recipes for the busy Homeschooling Family now on UCHUpstate.com

If you are like me I often get into a rut when it comes to delicious, creative meals.

First, I must find the ‘want-to’ to cook up such master pieces. Cooking, I admit, isn’t one of my favorite things to do. I do it because I have 10-people that must eat at least four times a day (snack is in that count.) 

Second, since we are an organic eating focused family I have to work hard to develop meals that didn’t come out of a box or a package.

Thirdly, I don’t normally sit down to research and find the meals that I know my family would find delicious and enjoy. 

BUT….. Because I have thought of YOU my homeschool readers I have begun the journey of recipe finding.

Go to the tab up above >>>>>UCHU email support Group >>>> Recipes for the Homeschooling Family.

Please share any of your family favorite, quick and easy meals to share and post them in the comment section.


~Angela P.

Last registration month

August 2014 last month to register

Word of the Day :p





I’m sure it is the desire of each home educator to teach their children to be life-long logophiles.  By doing so it’s an indication of continual learning. 🙂

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