Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I am delighted to join up the May edition of Poppins Book Nook where the topic of the month was Folktales. Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog!

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

In early May we completed our Mexico mini-unit. We learned that Mexico is the birthplace of chocolate, and we read two very different books about the history of chocolate.
10 Plants that Shook the World
10 Plants that Shook the World is an excellent non-fiction book about the history of several well known plants and how their discovery affected our lives and even the world events. One of the chapters was about the discovery of cocoa beans, and how they were transformed by European scientists from a bitter drink of Mayan and Aztec Gods into delicious smooth chocolate we know today. It’s certainly a book for upper elementary and middle school readers, and I highly recommend it to that target age.
The Chocolate Tree
The Chocolate Tree by Linda Lowery and Keep Richard is a very different book. The authors have adapted a Mayan folktale to explain the origin of chocolate. In this legend, he Mayan king Kukulkán has sacrificed his place in Heaven to bring an amazing gift to his people. This book is more suitable for lower elementary school grades and can be read to preschoolers as well.

Exploring the Magic of Chocolate

Melting Chocolate
Smarty loves everything with chocolate, so she loved the activities for this theme. We did an experiment on melting chocolate that she wanted to do for a long time and made “chocolate corn flakes” with that melted chocolate – something that my German husband did in his own childhood. The recipe couldn’t be simpler – frosted flakes are rolled in melted chocolate and then put in the fridge. They were gone very fast!
Chocolate Oats
We also made one of our favorite desserts – Mexican Brownies. It worked perfectly with our study of Mexico and allowed us to taste another plant that originated in the region – a chili pepper (hot! hot! hot!). I love this recipe, because my 7 year old can do almost all parts of it on her own with minimal supervision.
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I am delighted to join many fantastic kid bloggers in this May edition of Poppins Book Nook. I am sharing the joy of books with fantastic co-hosts:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new story book or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the E.H.M. curriculum Journey into the World of Folktales (PDF) and one copy of the book that is required to teach it called Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta to further their learning about folktales
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook, in partnership with the Fort Magic. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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12 comments:

Leah Courtney said...

I love chocolate, so this sounds like a really good book for me. :-)

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

I'd be with Smarty on this one - I'd love books that involved eating chocolate at the end! ;)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I need to try that Mexican Brownies recipe. We love all things chocolate in our house!

Laura Flaute said...

Such a Yummy post! We love chocolate around here!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My children have been asking for the chocolate science kit again - it looks like that first book would go nicely with it. Mexican brownies sound very good.

min said...

We'll have to try the chocolate cornflakes!

Ticia said...

Chocolate, why yes, I'd love some!

Susan F Williams said...

Chocolate -- well that will always get my attention! Featuring this fun post on the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop - thanks for sharing!

Jill R. said...

Chocolate is certainly magical! What a delicious lesson for Smarty.

Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

Carrie said...

Oh, what a fun lesson!! I'll have to investigate those books. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

yogamama said...

I have the Chocolate Tree book! I absolutely love milk chocolate with chili in it so I bet I'd love those brownies. Don't forget to link-up with Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop - http://toddlefast.blogspot.com/search/label/Creative%20Kids%20Culture%20Blog%20Hop - we've got one more day on this one and the next opens up on the 15th.

Jill R. said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds like a yummy book. Chocolate Cornflakes sound amazing!

Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!