First of all, you can have fun learning anything; however, cooking is a great way to learn many lessons.
Yes, he said, “cooking!”
Letting your children cook with you is a fantastic way to teach all kinds of lessons including reading, writing, and math – not to mention how to fend for themselves later in life. (Don’t underestimate the value of this. Many adults eat fast food and poor diets because they never learned to boil an egg.)
Yes, boys should be in the kitchen, too. I was a professional cook for fourteen years, so no problem.
You can read recipes together either in books or online. Looking for foods and recipes to try can be exciting for everyone. Having a hand in the process is a great way to get children to try different foods.
As I mentioned with the reading recipe – ah, I mean reading blog done last time, (Fun Summer Learning – Read) you can share the reading in a variety of ways, depending on the child’s age and ability.
Copying recipes from the Internet, a magazine, or other source provides a way to practise printing or writing. Using recipe cards and organizing them by meals and/or alphabetically offers more learning opportunities. Your children can create their own personal binder or box of recipes.
You could start a blog of your own and have the children add photos and text, or they could each do a blog for themselves. They could write about the recipe giving information about how easy (or difficult) it was to make. They could write about the taste and the experience of making the meal, etc. Children are naturally curious, but they also love to teach others, so this can be a gateway into expanding their horizons.
Obviously, there are math lessons to be learned when cooking. Your children can learn about measuring and weighing. You can have fun adjusting a recipe. For example, you might want only half the amount. This gives you the opportunity to work on division and/or fractions. You might want to double or triple a recipe, so multiplication skills are practised. There are lessons around temperature and timing as well.
Related concepts include learning to follow a sequence, following directions, and ordering steps logically.
Additionally, your children will learn to express themselves orally as you discuss food, recipes, how to follow the directions, and so on. This part of learning is just as important as the more recognizable reading, writing, and math skills. Being able to express opinions, ask questions, and orally manipulate information will go a long way to helping them stay engaged and motivated to learn even more.
Yes! Mistakes will be made. Sometimes a recipe won’t work at all. Sometimes the result is edible, but – “let’s not try that one again!” Most of the time, the result won’t match the beautiful (often photo-shopped) picture. That’s fine. You will have more successes than failures, and we learn a lot from mistakes. Teach your children how to laugh, move past the errors, and use the mistake as a learning platform for the next attempt.
Have fun with it! Remember learning should be enjoyable.
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Summer tutoring lessons are a great way to improve as well. Let’s get started on the learning path together.
This weeks video: Cooking!