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Best Cookbooks for Kids in the Kitchen

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, July 27, 2007

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 8 No 59 July 27, 2007
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2007 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Kids, Food and Learning

Last summer a good friend (who also has boys) faithfully
'kidnapped' my boys several Fridays in a row and brought them
to her house for cooking and baking fun. She'd sit them down
for an Alton Brown "Good Eats" video and then they'd hit the
kitchen! My boys still talk about how much fun they had --
and how much about the 'chemistry of cooking' they learned
along the way.

Recently one of our HomeschoolingBoys.com email members wrote
in asking for other family's suggestions for great cookbooks to
use with children -- and ideas for a 'cooking unit study'. You
can read all the great suggestions she received in our "Helpful
Tips" section of this issue.

Go to your library and check-out some of the cookbooks suggested
-- and maybe a video or two -- and have some fun in the kitchen!

Bon Appetit!
Heather in Michigan

-- Wife to Jim and mom to 5 boys -- Ben (17), Carman (15),
Angelo (11.5), Gabriel (9.5), Valentine (almost 7) and...
a *new* blessing due April 2008. Will it be a girl? :-)


Do you have comments to share? Please do!

Send your emails to: heather @ familyclassroom.net



Helpful Tip

Cookbooks and Cooking Units

Michelle B. from our HomeschoolingBoys.com group wrote:

"What are your favorite cookbooks for kids? Have any of you
put together a unit study for cooking?"

Here are excerpts from some of the 'tips' she received...


"I used 'Pretend Soup' when my kids were younger. The author
is Mollie Katzen. She has done several cookbooks, including the
Moosewood (restaurant) Cookbook. I like both a lot!"


"One of my favorite ways to incorporate cooking is by using
themes. When we read 'The Boxcar Children' we used the Boxcar
Children Cookbook and fixed things that were in the books we read.
We did the same using the 'Little House on the Prairie' cookbook.
I also have done cooking from the time period we were looking at
in history or the country or culture we were reading about. I
found most of my recipes at the library."


"I just love Emeril's 'There's a Chef in My Soup! - Recipes for
the Kid in Everyone'. I especially like the first part of the
book, because he teaches you the nuts and bolts of kitchen tools
and what they are -- also things about peeling and cutting vege=
tables, meats, etc. It's a great book!"


"I just purchased (and recommend) 'Kids in the Kitchen' by Micah
Pulleyn and Sarah Bracken. It's a cookbook (hardback, with spiral
edge so it lays flat when it's opened) with healthy, yummy fare
for kids to make. It has loads of color photographs. Each recipe
has a brief intro (have them read it aloud!), a clear list of
'what you'll need' -- ingredients -- and numbered steps for the
preparation/cooking part. Sticker price was $7.95."


"I found a book at the library called 'The United States Cookbook'
by Joan D'Amico and Karen Eich Drummond. Included are recipes
and facts about every U.S. state, broken down into location (like
New England states, The West, etc). Recipes are ones that are
native to each state. We like Florida (Key Lime Pie) and Illinois
(Deep-Dish pizza)! Lots of fun!"


"I found the Children's World Cookbook from Usborne great for this.
It has a bit of history, as well as geography on each page. It has
food, preparation, and health tips. It also includes where the
food comes from, and the different varieties; it is Internet-linked
so you can expand as much as you like.

Besides having some great recipes from many countries, simple but
elegant, it can become a unit on:
Health, safety, history, geography, meal preparation, shopping,
budget, and so on.

Go to http://www.usborne-quicklinks.com -- enter the key words
'world cookbook' to see some of the websites.

We ordered the book through Scholastic for $5.95."


"There's a book called 'Barron's Cooking Wizardry for Kids'. It
combines different subjects like science, art, historical informa-
tion, holidays, etc."


Do you have an idea, experience, or tip to share? Please write!
Send to: HN-ideas @ familyclassroom.net

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Wholesome Words

This site contains a variety of interesting articles, wholesome
stories, Christian biographies and more - perfect for devotions
or for reading to supplement your history studies. I especially
like the "God’s Creation Articles".

-- Cindy - www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

"We are at this point doing Abeka 1st grade language, letters
and sounds, math and writing; but it's a lot of worksheets!
Many of them we only do bits and pieces of or do them orally,
but I don't want to just say 'Good job... now throw it away!'
I've been saving it all, but it's a lot of paperwork. Any tips?"
-- Beth in NC

Our Readers' Responses

"My daughter in going into 7th grade and we will continue using
the Abeka program. Yes, there are a lot of worksheets. This is
how I handle them. At the beginning of each year I give my
daughter 3-ring notebooks for each subject. She labels them and
we pull out the pages and 3-hole punch them. I keep a divider
that is labeled 'HERE' and we keep that at the right place. When
she is done with the worksheet I correct them with her, so she can
make the adjustments necessary for thorough understanding, and then
she puts them back. Because ABeka is also used in the classroom
setting I often will tell her that today's date is 'even' so only
do the even problems; same for odd days. The program is so
thorough that doing it this way gives me a second option to add
some problems if she needs additional practice. I then remove the
contents of the 3-ring book at the end of the school year, wrap a
rubber-band around them and put them all in a book labeled for
that school year. I understand in my state we don't have to keep
all that, but my daughter sees how I am handling her work with
respect and treats it well also." -- Susan in Minnesota


"I also did the Abeka curriculum, and it IS a lot of paperwork.
I would usually keep all of the paperwork for that year in folders
divided by type -- language folder, letters and sounds folder, etc.

At the end of the year or semester, if it got to be too much, I
would go through it and save out some for 'posterity' -- and toss
the rest." -- Joy B.


"A few tips for Beth:

Spread a sheet protector open, or cut it in two. Place the sheet
over the workbook page and allow the child to work the page with
wipe-off marker. You can then wipe it off and use the same page
with other children, or resell the book when you're finished with it.

Allow the child to save one page per subject each week; at the end
of the month, choose one of the four he has chosen; then at the end
of the year choose one or two favorites to save in a scrapbook or
file folder. One scrapbook will hold several years' work.

Send a few pages now and then to Grandparents so they can see them,
and make sure they know that they are expected to dispose of them.

Give the child a file box or accordion file and allow him to put
whatever he wants in it, but when it gets full, he'll have to take
something out before he can put anything else in." -- Mary Beth

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time completing assignments because he can't seem to focus. It's
not uncommon for 1 page of math to take 1 hour and 45 minutes! I
can't ever seem to move on with my other children because of his
problem. Does anyone have any tips for me? Does anyone else have
an easily distractible child?" -- Kim in NJ


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