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Cooking Through Geography Review by Sabrina ScheererMarci Lynn Wolf
My 11-year-old loves to cook, and we work hard to teach our kids to care about people around the world. The Cooking Through Geography unit study seemed to be a great fit with both of those interests. For $14.95, you get the instruction book with reproducible pages and all the recipes. To complete this study, you will need a three-ring binder, a copier and paper or another way to make copies, clear page protectors, colored pencils, and of course cooking ingredients. I would also suggest an atlas, globe, and/or books on different countries and cultures to expand on the study, but you can also use the Internet to look up the required information.
This unit study is very simple to use and includes easy-to-follow instructions for setting up your notebook. Master copies of the pages you need are included; all you have to do is make copies. There are 45 countries represented. For each country, your child will make the recipe, write the recipe on the recipe sheet, and fill in a few facts about the country on the same sheet. Your child will also identify and mark the country on a map. As written, the study is quite simple but would be easy to scale for an older or more advanced student by simply requiring the student to find more information on each country and adding that to the notebook.
My 11-year-old enjoyed this study. She loves learning about new countries and cultures and trying out new recipes. I could have easily used this with my younger students as well by just providing more help in the kitchen. I believe this study can easily be used with students in preschool through junior high by simply adjusting how much parental involvement is provided and adjusting the requirements for researching each country.
The simplicity of this study is wonderful. The recipes are simple to make and use easy-to-find ingredients. They are also easy to adjust to accommodate most common food allergies (a big concern in my own family). I would have loved for the materials provided to have space for more information about each country, but that was easy to add on my own and wouldn’t change my mind about purchasing and using this curriculum if I were shopping for it.
This is a great curriculum for anyone whose kids enjoy cooking and would like a way to bring geography to life!
-Product review by Sabrina Scheerer, The Old Schoolhouse®Magazine, LLC, July 2017