Have I ever told you have much we just love science in this house? My oldest son decided he wanted to learn both chemistry and physics this year (he is ten by the way). I thought that was awesome and was hopeful that we would find some great resources to help him along. Encouraging learning! Enter in, Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds from Ann McCallum Books. Its great how God works in or lives; as simple as a fun material for my boys to use in their learning. 🙂
Have you ever heard of Ann McCallum? I was not familiar with her before this review opportunity came our way. She has tons of amazing books to help inspire our kids as they learn. She grew up in British Columbia, Canada where she taught in one of those one room schoolhouses we think of when reading Little House books. Her first book was: The Secret Life of Math. Her most recent book is: Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds. She has a number of other books, all very much living books, and Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds was named a Junior Library Guild Selection!
Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds encourages our kids to learn using the kitchen as their own personal science lab. This book is full of recipes (or experiments” using all kinds of yummy foods. What’s more fun than being able to eat your science? lol
Immediately when this one arrived my boys were off! From the super fun and colorful cover on the book, to how exciting the “recipes” within these pages are.
My youngest son was thrilled with how there was a “bite” taken out of one of the very first pages in the book! He sure did imagine the crazy science creation come to life, that tried to eat this book! haha
If your kids are not familiar with the in’s and out’s of science and labs, this book will ease them into it quickly. It all begins wit safety in the lab right? In a short and simple, but very exact manner, kids are introduced to both the method of science and also some tricks of the trade. Kids are directed to a glossary in the back, to assist them in better understanding some of those bold words they are reading.
It all begins with Atomic Popcorn Balls! But its so much more than that: microscopic, elements, molecules, the Periodic Table of Elements. How exciting! Something that I myself always found so very intimidating is introduced in such a fun way that even my youngest son (who is 6) really got it. In a very friendly manner it is all laid out for them, from what to do before you even begin, a list of equipment needed, and ingredients too. Each experiment is followed up with a Science Sampler which encourages them to exercise what they just learned. From finding elements within your own house, to whether or not fingerprints are an inherited trait, to density dilemmas the learning goes on long after the yummy experiments have been consumed.
None of the lessons are too long, none are too involved. These are all such a perfect length, all created in a way that is exciting to all ages in my house (thats 4, 6, and 10) and can be done again and again! The learning never ends. And we are, in fact, off to get a couple more of these wonderful books, because my kids are really thrilled with how delicious homework can be.
You should really think about giving it a try!! Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds and all of her other yummy and fun books are available on her website: Ann McCallum Books. I promise you will not only enjoy learning but will have full and happy tummy too 🙂