As you may or may not be aware, I love to bake and cook, and not just around the holidays. One of the many things we like to do on our homeschooling journey is to use the kitchen as a teaching tool. There is always a math lesson to be learned when I am cooking and baking, from the measurements to the time to cook parts of recipes, there is always a hands-on learning experience to be had. When I came across Baker’s Passport I was thrilled to learn that I could also creatively use some of these kitchen real world learning opportunities to teach a foreign language too!
Before I get any further into this review of Baker’s Passport, I would like to say that I was given a free copy of the Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies to assist in this review for my readers. For full details, please read my disclosures found HERE.
What is Baker’s Passport?
Baker’s Passport is a mom-owned small business. You can read her official introduction on her site, but in my opinion, the founder has created a wonderful way to teach a foreign language to children and get them into the kitchen to start learning the skills to bake things for themselves. There are two levels at Baker’s Passport. The levels are called Little Bite and Big Bite. I was given the opportunity to and will be reviewing the Little Bite’s series as my children fall into that category, but for more advanced children with some baking skills already, the Big Bites Passports have something to offer them as well once they are added.
What is a Passport from Baker’s Passport?
I keep mentioning passports, so what is a passport? At Baker’s Passport they use the term passport to mean lesson package. When you select one of the many languages (French, Spanish, Japanese) your child or student will be transported into that language’s land as they are taught one of three unique recipes. While they are creating their tasty treats they are also learning various words and numbers in that language. Each passport focuses on a single recipe, but translates parts of it into the foreign language so that your child or student is slowly immersed into that language by associating words and objects that they already know while they are making, baking, and enjoying their new themed treats.
Who are they for?
The Little Bite Baker’s Passports are suited for children and students that are five to twelve years old, but they must always be supervised by an adult, parent, or teacher as the lessons are taking place in the kitchen. Currently there are three different recipes in each of the three languages of Spanish, French, and Japanese for a total of nine different recipes for you to choose from.
So, what does a passport look like?
When I received my Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies passport I was instantly a fan. The lesson is laid out in a very logical way with step-by-step instructions for your child or student to follow. The passport is set-up so that their teaching mascot Harper can walk your through your recipes and lessons. Your child or student can go through them and create their treats as they learn about the language their treat are representing. There are also fun activities to reinforce their learning and entice them to dive deeper into the language they are learning about. Our Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies passport had a crossword puzzle, memory game, and a lot more fun intertwined in the recipe itself.
What is the process like?
As a sample, here are some of the steps we took in making our Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies while we learned Spanish in the kitchen:
Harper immediately told us to assemble the ingredients. The instructions said we should have everything already in the kitchen. After we looked around the kitchen, we did indeed find that we had all the ingredients, so we assembled them to use like this:
Once we had all of our ingredients, it was time to gather all the kitchen tools from Harper’s list that we would need like this:
Next, Harper had us start making our cookies. Each step ties in with the language you are learning. The recipe even has some of the tools with their names in the foreign language. As an example, during the preparation step for heating the oven, it says to turn the oven to X temperature (you will have to get your Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies to see the real temperature) and then has an arrow and the words ‘el horno’ to mean that stove is el horno in Spanish.
We had to mix ingredients to make our treat like this:
And then split it up like this:
I was even surprised when Harper had us ‘lavarse las manos’ after touching the eggs as a safety precaution. Then it was time to use the ‘la cuchara’ to place our cookies on trays like this:
Then Harper made us wait for the cookies to finish and our timer to sound, but while that was happening she had fun worksheet activities for the children to complete. These activities were fun for the kids because as they learned the Spanish-English equivalencies for items they just used they did not even know they were learning a foreign language. Here is Beck doing his lessons:
While Beck and Elizabeth were doing the lessons I started to clean-up the kitchen. I looked away while washing the kitchen tools and then found this beside me:
Even our Captain Jack wanted in on some of our Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies action! As I was finishing up the dishes, the timer dinged and it was time to check our cookies!
So, as you can see, the Baker’s Passport system is easy to follow, full of information, and fun for the entire family, not matter their skill level in the kitchen. I know that Beck and Elizabeth had fun making their Spanish Little Bite: Chocolate Oat Cookies and enjoying them with a nice glass of milk too!
How much does it cost?
In my opinion, Baker’s Passport is very economical for getting a unique foreign language lesson and recipe. You can see all their prices HERE. Because each language has three different passports, purchasing more means that you save more. Right now, you can purchase one passport for $4.99, two passports for $8.99, or three passports for $11.99. And since they are delivered in PDF format you get them without having to wait for the mail man too.
Important Note: Baker’s Passport Giving Back
As an added bonus, it also touched my heart to learn that each purchase from Baker’s Passport also helps fight against hunger. Each time you make a purchase Baker’s Passport will donate $1 to Action Against Hunger (a global humanitarian organization working to end world hunger). As we did our lesson we discussed world hunger and what we could start to do to help prevent it as a family. You can learn more about this program by clicking the banner above.
Would You Like To Win a Copy For Yourself?
As a bonus for readers of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Baker’s Passport has graciously offered to allow me to host a giveaway for one of my lucky readers to win one passport in the language that they choose! E.H.M. will provide the winner’s information to Baker’s Passport and they will contact the winner to get them their prize. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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