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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Eat Your Science Homework - TOS Review

Science is one of those subjects that must be taught but that many of us feel inadequate to teach. That is why a new product that can make the subject fun and easier to teach is always welcome. Well, this is what you have with Eat your Science Homework, a book put out by Ann McCallum Books.

Ann McCallum books is a company that carries books written by Ann McCallum, a Canadian, living in Maryland, turned children book author, that loves to write books that teach, picks and enlarge the mind of children.

What is Eat Your Science Homework? It is a book that contain science experiments that you can eat. It is a hands-on science book, filled with 6 recipes, that will allow you to connect science and food, and therefore demonstrate to the kids how science is in everything.

Eat Your Science Homework is a 48 pages book suitable for 7-10 year old kids. That said, you can certainly use it with older or younger kids. It contains the following experiments:
  • Atomic Popcorn Balls
  • Density Dressing and Veggie Sticks
  • Invisible Ink Snack Pockets
  • Loop, Whorl and Arch Cookies
  • Sedimentary Pizza Lasagna 
  • Black Hole Swallow-Ups

The structure for each experiment/recipe goes like this:
  • An introduction to the concept being displayed
  • Ingredient list
  • Recipe steps
  • Explanation of science involved

The book is very colourful and appealing. The recipes are pretty easy to follow. The list of ingredients is also pretty straightforward and easy to obtain, though I wish that the list of the ingredients needed to complete all of the experiments in the book was listed in one place within the book, either at the beginning or the end. I had to look at each recipe and make my grocery list accordingly. For each recipe I had one or two things that I needed to get. 

On the website you can find a downloadable teacher's guide that will allow you to make the most out of the book. It contains extra experiments, printables to fill in, and more scientific explanation and information. Eat Your Science Homework is really a great introduction to science concepts, and a great way to feed those inquiring young minds, and pick their interests in understanding and knowing more, but that is about it. That said, with the teacher's guide you can really expand on the different topics.

The boys enjoyed making the couple of recipes we ended up making. They were able to do them rather independently of me, and we were able to talk about the science.

What I like about this book is that it is very easy to implement. It can come as a breather in any science curriculum you are using, and complement your science studies. It is a nice break from the textbook for your upper elementary, and a nice way to introduce science to your younger ones.

Ann McCallum Books carries not only an Eat Your Science Homework book, but Eat Your US History Homework and Eat Your Math Homework. These, along some other story books for children that Ann McCallum wrote, were also reviewed by the crew so make sure to check the other crew members' reviews.

Ann McCallum Books Review

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