As a change of pace in our homeschool, we've added a unit study from Homeschool Legacy, a Once-A-Week Micro-Studies Many Nations. We got to review the Once-a-Week Micro-Studies Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents which is was helpful to getting the kids interested in the election process.
First, let me tell you a bit about the Once-a-Week Unit Studies concept. This style of learning is ideal for grades 1-8. The overall concept behind using these studies to encourage the concept of making learning a fun family event.The quickest way to get kids to learn something is to not even let them know we're teaching them something. #homeschooling Click To Tweet
In the Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents Once-a-Week Unit Study, we learned about four presidents and their spouses (except for Thomas Jefferson who was single.) We also learned a bit about what made each president so unique in their time of history. Plus, we also learn about their favorite foods. In turn, we also gained the recipes for making the president's favorite foods.
The Once-a-Week Unit Study was rather interesting to do with my kids. I thought I was only going to be doing it with Delbert, but this program quickly ended up including the rest of the family too. My husband is the cook of the house, and we had to get his expertise involved when we made John Adam's beloved Apple Pan Dowdy AKA apple pie. Both of my boys aspire to be good cooks, so they were fingers deep into to cooking the pie as well.
A hilarious part of this study was when I mentioned the Midnight Appointments, XYZ Affair, and the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. I had my kids guess what these things were about. They thought that the Midnight Appointments was when the president would meet secretly with his counsel to devise secret missions. They were sure the XYZ Affair was the result of the president having an affair with someone else. They were quick to want to know about the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 because they were CONFIDENT it was about sci-fi aliens invading our country and the president had to defend our country from them. Needless to say, they were disappointed when all of their theories were thrown out the window with the true definitions of them. I believe that because they were so far off track with their definitions of these events that they'll remember them for years to come.
Overall, we gained many memories while going through this four-week micro-study. It was fun to learn about George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James and Dolley Madison. These lessons are designed so that it only took 30-minutes each week of our time to do them. Making the apple pie took quite a bit longer, but it was fun cooking as a family and covering the facts about John Adams while we did it. This study guide only costs $12.00 too.
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You can learn more about Homeschool Legacy by visiting their website. I also recommend you consider trying out their holiday Once-a-Week Micro-Study of either Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims or the Once-a-Week Unit Study Christmas Comes to America. You can connect with them on Facebook too. Click here if you'd like to check a great meal plan to go along with this study.
Which of these presidents from this study guide do you find the most interesting?
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