Do you want to find a creative and fun way to teach your child about U.S. History? Check out Eat Your U.S. History Homework, Recipes for Revolutionary Minds by Ann McCallum and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez. This book can be utilized as both a cookbook and history book in the way the information is presented by the author. Ann is also a teacher so the information is presented in a way that can be useful both in a classroom and within the home. Leeza has illustrated several other children’s books including Eat Your Math Homework and Eat Your Science Homework and is also an author and graphic designer.
This book is about making “edible connections to American History”. Each section shares historical facts about America from 1620-1789. All of the recipes are connected to specific events that occurred from the arrival of the Pilgrims to George Washington becoming the first president. For example, one of the recipes named, Southern Plantation Hoe Cakes includes information about the history of the hoe cake with additional information about slavery and the way of life at that time. The description goes into detail about plantations, specific factual information about slavery (e.g. the author describes the rising number of slaves over time that arouse in our country), and how the 13th amendment in 1865 ended slavery. Each section highlights specific target words related to that specific topic.
For children learning history, this book can helpful because it can help them connect facts in American History to something multi-sensory such as cooking and eating together. As an adult, it was refreshing to read this book as I recalled facts about history that I learned as a child. I enjoyed this book because I appreciate any way to make learning more concrete and multisensory. All of our children are different types of learners and it is important as parents to give our children multiple ways of learning information. We don’t need to only learn in a classroom. Make your kitchen your classroom! Eat Your U.S. History Homework can help a child expand their mind, be more creative and interact with others while learning information.
The recipes included in this book include: Thanksgiving Succotash, Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunt, Lost Bread, Southern Plantation Hoe Cakes, Revolutionary Honey-Jumble Cookies and Independence Ice cream. There are also kitchen tips for the reader as well as a history review, glossary and index. Although this book is ideal for children ages 8 and up, the recipes and historical facts can be useful for younger children. I am an advocate of taking information and making modifications for varying ages and disabilities. For example, with the hoe cakes, I might focus on learning new specific vocabulary such as “plantation”, “hoe”, “Constitution”, “amendment”, etc. When making the recipe with a younger child, work on sequencing with the steps of the recipes and recalling information.
Do you want to learn more about this book? I will be having a follow up guest post by Ann McCullum highlighting her recipe, Lost Bread later in the week!
Pre-order your book here! Eat Your U.S. History Homework will be available on October 13th.
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