I liked it so much I decided to buy a few copies as gifts for a few of my friends. Just before school was out I ordered four books and made batches of starter. I know just about everyone has had the Amish Friendship Bread starter at one time or another, and you either love it or hate it. But I thought my friends would forgive me if I added a great book to read in the gift.
The last week of school I placed the book and starter in a gift bag along with a note about what their friendship means, and directions for the bread. I also added that as they passed on their batches of starter I hoped they would pass on the book as well for another friend to enjoy. I haven’t heard if the bread was a success or a flop (except for one; her dog had ate it while she was gone, I promised her a new batch, and hope the dog is ok J), or if they enjoyed the book, but maybe by the start of school they will have stories to share.
The book has still been on my mind as I think about the beginning of school. The Friendship Bread has a facebook page and I am a fan, so it is still fresh in my mind. I usually start my school year with stories about friendship and friends, and we either make “friendship salad” or “friendship mix” to share in class. But I think this year I will do something different.
This year I am going to make the friendship bread starter with my kiddos and give each of them a bag to take care of and monitor. This will not only integrate science, math, and writing standards it will also give us a sense of community and friendship to start our year with. When our starters are ready we’ll make our bread, divide the starter, and then find friends outside of our classroom to deliver our project to.