Monday, November 9, 2015

Ann McCallum Books Eat Your Science Homework Cookbook Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Eat Your Science Homework cookbook by Ann McCallum Books from the Eat Your Homework Book Series for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Ann McCallum is a teacher and writer of educational books for kids. She has written a number of books about math like: Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Sequence, The Secret Life of Math, Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant, and Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds. In the Eat Your Homework Book Series she has written three books: Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes For Hungry Minds, Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes For Inquiring Minds, and Eat Your US History Homework: Recipes For Revolutionary Minds. These three books are all Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez.

Have you ever tried doing homework on an empty stomach? The growling and rumbling of your tummy and hunger pains are very distracting. They sure don't help you focus on the task at hand.

The Eat Your Science Homework cookbook helps turn your kitchen into a laboratory, recipes into experiments, and food into science. It is a 48 page paperback book that teaches bits and pieces of science while making stuff to eat. The book starts off with an introduction with a page on safety in the kitchen. Then it goes into six science themed recipes for children ages 7-10 to make with adults. Recipes range from popcorn balls to lasagna that has pizza ingredients. Each recipe has a page about the science, what ingredients and equipment you will need and the directions on how to make it, and lastly a page or two of science facts and a science sampler which gives more activities and experiments to do. After the recipes there is a section in the book that is a review of the science learned, a glossary, and an index. On the website you can also download an Educators Guide to expand upon the science concepts even more and give the student extra activities to do. Not only do you get to do fun science experiments, but you get to eat them too! This edible science will get your student thinking and make their tummies less grumbly.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

My girls who are 5 and 7 years old made the Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna recipe from this book with me for one of our dinners. We had fun tuning our kitchen into a science lab, making this meal for our family, and learning about the science behind rocks while we baked it. My kids love helping in the kitchen and researching all things scientific, so this was the best of both worlds. We learned about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock properties, what a mineral is, and the Mohs Scale of hardness while making this delicious food. The recipe turned out perfect and it was super yummy as well.

Making Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna from the Eat Your Science Homework cookbook.

Eat Your Science Homework is well written and the illustrations are adorable. The approach is easy to understand, even for my 5 year old. With help from parents or other care giving adults kids can have fun in the kitchen while learning key scientific ideas.

With Eat Your Science Homework I found that my girls understood the scientific concepts better than just telling them because it is makes the learning very hands-on. Besides the science it teaches, it also shows the student how to read and decipher recipes and how to use the equipment properly in the kitchen. I believe that all children should be able to know their way around the kitchen and recipes. My girls got to mix, stir, measure, layer, pour, spread, etc. The skills involved in preparing food, cooking and baking are skills that all children should acquire so they can grow up eating homemade, healthy well-balanced meals. This is the reason I involve my kids in the kitchen as much as possible.

Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna...look at the layers!

I highly recommend the Eat Your Science Homework cookbook for anyone who wants to help teach science in a fun, positive way with something more than just a science experiment in the end. We absolutely love this book by Ann McCallum and we are planning on purchasing the rest of the series.

You can purchase Eat Your Science Homework for $16.95 on the Charlesbridge books website.

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