As I've mentioned, the girls have a half day of school every Wednesday. This is actually really nice for us. We can take the afternoon to do kids activities that are normally to busy during the weekends, when everyone is out of school...like the Discovery Museum, or Denver Zoo. Lately we have been back on a library kick. I have a favorite kids section there as well. It's learning through food.
This section is in the kids section and is geared towards teaching kids about other cultures, historical events, and other educational topics through cooking and food. Last year M1's class was talking about the civil war and Abraham Lincoln. We picked up a couple of books in this section that talked about the two sides of the Civil War. 1) Civil War Cooking - The Union 2) Civil War Cooking - The Confederacy. There is a whole series by this same publisher about Lewis and Clark and the American Indians.
Anyways, the books chronicle the difference in rations given to the soldiers and talks about why the war was fought, and what the differences were between the two sides. You would think that the foods would be the same, but historically the Confederacy had poor rations, and the reason is discussed in the books (this is not a history blog). We made the different recipes and tasted some different foods. Hard tack was really fun for the kids to make, but not to eat! It did teach them a couple of lessons