How are Micro-Studies different from Once-A-Week Unit Studies?
Cooking Up History with the Founding Presidents is a fun…and TASTY…way to learn about our first four American Presidents and their First Ladies! These extraordinary men and women shaped our nation and set countless precedents for future American Presidents and First Ladies to emulate.
This lively, four-week micro-study will introduce your family to George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, widower Thomas Jefferson, and James and Dolley Madison. In the process, you will get to know each of them while learning about the history and politics of their times. To further whet your appetite, your kids will learn to cook one of each of these four president’s favorite foods!
This is an exceptional study on its own, but would also serve as an outstanding accompaniment to our Revolutionary Ideas and We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution Once-a-Week Unit Studies.
Once-a-Week Micro-Studies (Grades 1-8) offer the same great quality you have come to expect from Once-a-Week Unit Studies, but provide your children with a thorough understanding of the study topics in only three, 30-minute assignments each week!
In keeping with Homeschool Legacy’s mission of making serious learning fun, Once-a-Week Micro-Studies provide students with creative and engaging assignments, each designed to get them excited about learning. Our digital Micro-study format provides the added benefit of linking you to online educational resources to further enhance your micro-study experience.
As with Once-a-Week Unit Studies, Once-a-Week Micro-Studies also typically suggest an enjoyable classic or award-winning family read-aloud that pertains to the study topic.
Originally designed to be done slow-and-easy over a 4-week period of time, Once-a-Week Micro-Studies are also flexible enough to complete in just four days! That makes them the perfect alternative to “school as usual” and a valuable supplement and co-op resource. Once-a-Week Micro-Studies, and their activities included within, also make for a fabulous planning guide for hosting a fun, backyard summer camp! Either way, you’re sure to make serious learning FUN!!
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The following is a blog post my son wrote while taking the study. If it doesn’t say it plain enough…I highly recommend this study for both cooking and history, not to mention the math and science the kids get from cooking.
Note from Dad- As soon as I saw this title pop up in an e-mail newsletter, I sent a note to Sharon Gibson and told her that we wanted to try it for the boys. We’re big on making cooking a big part of our homeschool. It’s a great way to learn practical math and science skills and also teaches the boys a useful craft. I keep telling them that when they get older, a great home-cooked meal from a guy will really impress any prospective wives. Even better, we’ve worked through several of Homeschool Legacy’s Unit Studies in the past and love them. I highly recommend them for your homeschool. In addition to the fun the kids have with them, my wife and I enjoy teaching through them. This one was no different, except for the bonus that we had some really great meals from it.
Alright, enough from me. I’ll turn it over to my son.
Cooking Up History with the Founding Presidents
This unit study tells the history about the first four presidents, their wives, and their favorite desserts. It also shows you the recipe to make those desserts.
Me and my mom read Cooking Up History, and the first lesson was George Washington. George Washington was a very interesting guy, especially since he was the first president and a general in the Revolutionary War. He is awesome, and his favorite desert was cherry pie. So, me and my mom made the pie, and it barely made it past dad. He loved it!! (Note from dad- I ate about 80% of the entire thing.)
Though I do not like cherries, it was pretty fun to make. I got to roll the dough and everything. I also poured in the pie filling. We also learned about Mr. Washington’s wife. They had a fairly confusing relationship because they were seldom together. It was pretty cool to hear that Martha helped the injured at Gen. Washington’s military camp.
The second president we learned about was John Adams. He and his wife were the first presidential family to move into the White House. The funny thing is that they moved into the White House while it was still being built. They stayed in one of the only rooms that was finished, and Mrs. Adams did not have a clothesline so she hung them in one of the unfinished rooms. The most absolute coolest thing is that John Adams had a pet alligator. My dad and I think that he got it because they did not have a Secret Service yet. We do not know for sure yet though.
We are not done with the book yet, but we are looking forward to finishing it, and I can’t wait to make more desserts. I highly recommend this to other homeschoolers. It is very fun and tasty at the same time.
That’s all folks!