If you give a Homeschooling Mom a Cookie
by Sher Birmingham
based on “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
If you give a Homeschooling Mom a cookie, she’ll want the recipe.
She will plan a complete unit study on the History of Cookies.
The family will take field to a farm and see where we get eggs, milk and grain.
At home they will make butter out of milk.
The children will want to start grinding their own grain.
Mom will purchase a Bosch Universal Kitchen System.
She will remember she will need a new list of cookbooks, so she will order “An Introduction To Whole Grain Baking w/ CD”, “Desserts”, “The Cooking With Children CD”, and “Lunches & Snacks Cookbook” by Sue Gregg, also “Whole Foods for Kids to Cook”.
Mom orders a 100 lb bag of wheat berries.
Now she will grind her own wheat grain into flour.
The children remember the farm field trip and knowing they can’t possibly get a cow, so they beg for a few chickens.
So to a trip to the library to research how to build a chicken coop and to how to care for chickens.
On the way out the door Mom sees the book, “Chicken Tractor” by Andy Lee & Pat Foreman.
They stop by the Feed and Seed to pick up materials and ask where to purchase the chicks.
There the clerk tells them about egg that can be incubated.
He sells them a book on hatching eggs, eggs, and incubator.
At home Mom and the younger children set up the incubator while Dad and the older children build the chicken tractor.
Back to the library to pick up gardening books and more books on chickens.
The oldest daughter now starts a business grinding flour for the her friend’s families.
While her younger sisters are selling homemade cookies to their neighbors.
The boys have started building a new chicken tractor because they want more eggs for breakfast.
That cookie that started this all…the homeschooling mom’s three year old ate it.
If You Give A Mom A Muffin
If you give a mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
So she'll pour herself a cup.
The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.
So, she'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she'll find some dirty socks.
She'll remember she had to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over some snow boots and bump into the
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to
plan supper for tonight.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook. (101 Things to Make With
a Pound of Hamburger)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.
So she will look for the checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out
by her two year old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two year old.
While she is changing the two year old, the phone will
ring (Of Course!)
Her five year old will answer it and hang up.
She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come
over for coffee on Friday.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going
to have a cup.
She will pour herself some.
And chances are, if she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.