4.16.2012

10 Days of Simple Homeschool-Cooking with Kids




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Today we are talking about using cooking to teach. It is a life skill that teaches so much more than cooking.

Remember when you had a toddler and couldn't wait to get them a little play kitchen? I remember when my first born was two years old and we bought her a darling little wooden kitchen.  Oh how I loved it.  I pictured her spending her days pretending to cook like mommy.
Not long after though, she started clinging to my apron wanting to be in my kitchen.
"Oh no honey...go play in your kitchen."
Looking back I realize how much money would have been saved had I just let her in my kitchen  in the first place.  

Eventually I got her her own child size apron and even a set of cooking utensils that were hers.  When I was in the kitchen cooking there were many tasks she could help with.  First was stirring. Virtually any toddler can do that.  And they love feeling useful.

Next would be helping me scrub veggies, or pour ingredients.  Eventually it would lead to measuring and chopping. Always being part of the process was so important.  Even if the job wasn't done right, she was learning about cooking, science, math, and bonding with mom. Sometimes I let her make a mistake without interfering, so she could see how important it is in cooking to make the recipe exact-it is science in action.  

Now that my little girl is eleven she is capable of doing it all. She can read the recipe and make it by herself. This now leads to planning a meal or even grovery shopping for a week's worth of meals. Currently she makes lunch for us twice per week!

My sons also love to help in the kitchen. They never did use that play kitchen.

Cooking is a real life school learned best in real life-the kitchen.  It incorporates direction following, science, math, and planning.  

So get your kids in the kitchen. It is truly a classroom in itself and a simple way to learn.

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5 comments:

Heather said...

Looking forward to the rest of this series and finishing your book on my Droid Kindle app! Simple is best and makes it easy to maintain!

Crystal @ Serving Joyfully said...

My 4 year old LOVES to help in the kitchen! My 2 year old is less excited about it, but Caeden has always enjoyed it. They aren't so great with the stirring (more like splashing everywhere! lol), but I let him help measure and pour, etc. And, I like it that my 4 year old knows more about baking than a lot of adults these days.

Rebecca said...

Yes, why is it we tend to purchase the play things...rather than give them 'real life'? My two oldest children trade off kitchen duty with me every month and the little guy floats in and out. I love that they are able to help make meals...even some without my help. I can't wait to read the rest of your series!

Lindsay said...

So guilty of not doing a better job with this! I have been letting my soon to be 5 year old do more in the kitchen and he is blowing me away! Flipping pancakes, cracking egg, measuring dry good fairly accurately.. He even cooked breakfast for dinner last week.. He is in love! Now to keep it up!!

Sarah A. said...

I have slowly been letting my kids help more in the kitchen. I need to let them even more! I need to get over my selfishness when it comes to this - I'm in a hurry; I don't want to clean up messes! There is so much they can learn and enjoy in the kitchen. And my kids DO love helping and enjoy it. I need to let them in my kitchen before that desire fades.
Thanks