I’m always looking for fun ways to supplement our studies. And any time I can add some baking yumminess to that mix??!!! Oh yeah!! Ann McCallum Books provides a way to add that fun. You can add fun to math, science and history. We decided to receive and review Eat Your US History Homework.
About the Product
Let’s get the details out of the way, shall we?
Title: Eat Your US History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds
Author: Ann McCallum
Illustrator: Leeza Hernandez
Format: Hardback (but also available as an Ebook)
Ages: 7-10 (but c’mon, I KNOW teens love to eat so…)
This book covers the time period from 1607 to 1789.
Some of the events covered are:
- Original Thirteen Colonies
- French-Indian War
- Plantations and Slavery
- Boston Tea Party
- Revolutionary War
- Declaration of Independence
With each of the units, there is a brief history summary. The stories are informative and then there’s a yummy recipe to go along with it. There are relevant vocabulary words that are printed in bold and an index is included in the back of the book with definitions.
None of the recipes include crazy ingredients – you probably have every you need already in your refrigerator or pantry. I especially liked that there was a balance of side dishes and sweets. The instructions are simple enough that my eight year old son followed them and did most of them by himself. Of course, I helped with the stove was needed.
I’ll share one of his favorites. Of course, it’s a sweet.
Did you know that the first ice cream shop opened up in America around the same time that America gained its independence from Britain? The recipe given is made the hard way – hand-shaken!! (I really wanted Jeremiah to do this one because I remember making homemade butter with the other kids when they were younger.)
But wait…this cute book is not all that you get. Did you know that you can download a free teacher’s guide from the website?
The teacher’s guide includes an additional activity to go with each unit. The activities range from mapping, charts to complete, games to play and more. For the Revolutionary Ice Cream recipe that I shared, the corresponding activity asks the student to do a simply survey of people, asking their favorite main dish and favorite dessert. Then that information is charted on a bar graph. Everything that you need for any of the activities (playing cards, the graph outline, etc.) is included. Since this is a digital download, it is very easy to print off whatever is needed.
I would definitely recommend this book to add a little spice (or sweetness) to your studies. If you have a student that easily gets bored doing textbook work, you will soon be nominated as coolest homeschool mom ever once you introduce this book. But of course, don’t let it sit on the shelf, allow your student to actually delve into our delicious history.
Be sure to click on the graphic below to see how my fellow Crew members enjoyed the various supplements that they received.