This year we have focused on interest led Science. Instead of working with a curriculum like I have in the past I chose to let the kids ask questions and answer them Scientifically. When I was invited to review Eat Your Science Homework from Ann McCallum Books I knew I had to jump on it. R loves to spend time in the kitchen cooking and she loves it even more when she can cook with me.
How were the lessons set up?
These weren’t your typical sit down and do book work lessons. Instead you start with a basic understanding of the Science concept. It generally ends with an invitation to make something delicious.
On the next page you will find a recipe that will go well with the lesson. Throughout the steps of the recipe there will be questions related to the lesson that your child can answer as they cook.
After the recipe you will find another page that wraps up the lesson. This page will have information that goes a little deeper, pictures of things relevant to the lesson, and fun facts that kids will enjoy.
What did I think of it?
R and I started with the Atomic Popcorn Balls for a sweet treat. She was able to relate well with the lesson on atoms. Because she is 9 we also made time for a Magic School Bus episode that would help her really grasp the concept.
The recipe was very easy for her to help with. I would advise having your popcorn made and separated before starting any cooking though. R really enjoyed building her H2O and looked in to other things she could build using her popcorn balls. I liked that while I had to help her with some of the components of the recipe for the most part she was able to do it.
We also decided to try out the Pizza Lasagna. This lesson focused on sedimentary rocks. We were able to read through the lesson together and then start cooking as a team. R was able to make the entire recipe without any real assistance from me. The only help she needed was making sure she wasn’t reading numbers backwards due to dyslexia. She really seemed to learn a lot both from the book work and the process. While the food was cooking we looked up different types of rocks so that R could have a deeper understanding of the concepts presented.
I won’t lie. One of my favorite parts of this lesson was the fact that I didn’t have to cook dinner. There are few things better than completing a lesson and having dinner cooked all at the same time. I will give this book bonus points for getting my daughter to be the one cooking dinner. R even asked if we could purchase the other books in the series. I think that is the biggest recommendation for the book you will find.
How easy is Eat Your Science Homework to use?
This book is so easy to use. As long as you have the supplies on hand to prepare the meals you are set to have a great time learning. Some of the recipes require adult help for my 9 year old while others she did without any assistance.
Where can I buy it?