Review: Homeschool Legacy Cooking Up History

Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}

My homeschooling kiddos are big fans of unit studies.  This homeschooling mom is a big fan of Homeschool Legacy unit studies like the one we recently reviewed called Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents which is a Once-a-Week Micro-Study.  This particularly study happens to be what Homeschool Legacy refers to as a “microstudy” which means you learn a lot, in a short time, with ease.  What on earth could be better?  Oh… and this is cooking… cooking/learning projects/eating all rolled into one? I’m came out looking like a hero in this house!

Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}
Homeschool Legacy is a sweet little company created by veteran homeschooling mom Sharon Gibson.  You can see here that I’ve written about her unit studies before… actually my family has completed quite a few of them.  Did I tell you I was a fan? I once had the pleasure of meeting Sharon when she traveled to the MassHOPE conference near me in Massachusetts a few years back.  We had a fabulous time chatting about her work and how much my children enjoy her studies.   Sharon has been in the trenches, she knows exactly what a homeschooling family needs in a great unit study.

 

What are Micro-Studies?

Micro-studies are the best.  The best way to describe them are… short unit studies.  I know it sounds so complicated! Ha!  No worries though, these studies are jam packed with valuable information about whatever the topic may be.  And you, the homeschooling mom, are free to expand or shorten them in any way you wish.  These studies are PERFECT on their own or you can use them as add-ons to whatever your favorite curriculum happens to be.

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These micro-studies, if done are their own, are perfect to fill out a whole week’s worth of work or they can be completely in just one day a week over a month.  (or twice a week over two weeks) They are so flexible.

Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents was the PERFECT study for my history adoring children.  Oh, and cooking!  If anyone knows anything about my family they know that my 9 year old son is a truly talented and budding chef.  Let’s add American History and cooking together and oh my goodness the heavens have parted.  The most exciting thing? Even though my children have read just about every biography and text on every president they can find… (especially the early ones) they still learned so much.  I mean, First Lady’s are included… come on now!

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This Micro-Study is broken into 4 lessons and with each lesson you learn all about another president.  Then you cook up one of their favorite dishes!  Yahoo!

  • Lesson 1 – George Washington and cherry pie
  • Lesson 2 – John Adams and Apple Pan Dowdy
  • Lesson 3 – Thomas Jefferson and  macaroni and cheese
  • Lesson 4 – James Adams and vanilla flavored ice cream

This study was so simple to do.  We hit the library and took out our favorite books on each of the presidents in order to help us round things out.  We didn’t have to though and don’t feel like you should either.  The beginning of every study covers some great facts about each President and it is really all you need.

There is a complete supplies list provided so you can be super prepared.  The recipes and directions are all provided in easy to follow language.  This is such a no brainer.  You can’t loose.

This study comes as a downloadable PDF which you can print out for your own use (and destroying while cooking).  However, following along on the computer has advantages since you can easily access the links she’s provided.  With just a click you’ll find yourself watching some great videos and digging into some very helpful information about the president you are studying.

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The recipes themselves are simple.  I’m not much a chef myself and I’ve only sort of conquered my fear of the kitchen (sort of) in the last year or two.  Of course with my chef son on my side I wasn’t really needed.  I do want to point out that we didn’t follow the recipes exactly.  My family is dairy, egg, and oil free.  No, we don’t even use butter or margarine, not even the dairy free kinds.  That wasn’t a problem.  We are fairly experienced with recreating recipes or outright swapping things to fit the way we eat.  For example, with the cherry pie (pictured here) we used our own favorite crust recipe and a crumble for the topping.  When we made the vanilla ice cream we used our own favorite frozen banana ice cream.  We know how to make things work!

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Review: Horsing Around Unit Study by Homeschool Legacy

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Anyone who knows my Noah knows what a horse fan he is.  The child just lives for horses.  He loves to ride but he will settle for just the opportunity to be near them.  He is always aching for me to include horses in our homeschooling so when Horsing Around by Homeschool Legacy came up for review I jumped at the chance. 

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Homeschool Legacy is a small company that has created a number of unit studies for homeschool families.  Sharon Gibson, a homeschooling mom herself, took what she was creating for her own children and refined it and packaged it up for all of us to benefit too.  Unit studies by Homeschool Legacy are designed to be completed in just one day per week for the length of the study.  For just one day per week you focus pretty much all of your school time on the unit study while you continue with your regular curriculum or other subjects during the other days.  Of course spacing things out and working on it a bit every day or several times a week works just as well.  You choose what works in your family.  

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We were already familiar with some of the other units as we completed Native America, Forest, and my other son is currently working on a Pirates unit.  These units are just tremendous amounts of fun and they don’t require very much preparation on my part.

Horsing Around is designed for children in grades 2-12 making them a perfect fit for larger families who want a fun study to do together.  How can one unit study cover such a wide range?  The beauty is in the choice of activities or assignments you choose to do or by simply changing ones expectations.  I might expect a paragraph or two of writing from my youngest child while a high schooler could take a topic and write and in depth research paper.  Of course, field trips and videos are meant for everyone.

It came to me as a 29 page PDF download that I uploaded on to my iPad for easy use.  I liked how the pdf included live internet links to sites that we found very helpful.  I could have easily printed it and tucked it in a binder or something similar.  This is a 4 week study that we ended up taking about 5 weeks to complete.  We choose to break up the activities over a couple of days in a week instead of doing everything all in one day.

603789_10205775783415459_5067513985646297191_nIncluded in Horsing Around and all of the Homeschool Legacy units you will find an extensive list of books you reserve at the library.  The books cover a pretty wide range of reading ability. For the younger children you’ll find books like Blaze, and Cow Girl Kate. For older children you can read Black Beauty or King of the Wind.  Some books are perfect children to read alone and others are to serve as the family read aloud.  I was able to hop onto my library’s website and reserve them all ahead of time meaning they were waiting for me when I arrived a few days later.  It isn’t a big for the most part if your library doesn’t have a book on the list because there are so many to choose from others will fill in the gap.

 

Horsing Around and all of the other Homeschool Legacy unit studies are aligned with American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts providing a fun way to work towards those badges.  All of the studies include Bible, great literature suggestions, history, geography, science, arts & crafts, music, field trip ideas, life skills and more.  

Each week has a theme like Horse Breeds, Horse and Tack Care, Equestrian Events, and Cowboys.  My son read about the birth of foal, studied horse anatomy and the parts of saddles and bridals.  We even played Cowboy games.  We watched The Black Stallion too!  But of course the trip to a horse farm and a riding lesson was the cherry on top.  He hasn’t had a chance to ride much for the last year and this unit study got him back up in the saddle.

At the end of the unit my son created a presentation board to display at our Homeschool Co-op Showcase.  He was might proud to share his love of horses and the results of his studies with all of our homeschool friends.

 

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We love Homeschool Legacy unit studies!  They are becoming a steady part of our homeschooling fun.  They offer us an easy and fun way to study topics we are interested in.  They are easy on mom, great with multiple ages, in depth, and lots of fun.  Horsing Around is one of the best.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. 

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