You probably already know I love to cook with children. Yes, it can be messy. Yes, it's a challenge to manage everyone when your hands are in batter, or eggs, or... well, nothing at all. Still, it's a fantastic experience for the kiddos, and can cover a LOT of academics while seeming to be only a prelude to eating. Cooking is fun!
Cooking, by it's very nature, involves reading (the recipe),
environmentalism (recycle those empty cans, compost the peelings)
and self help skills (clean up your messes).
Don't forget cool things like learning to use the can opener,
or watching how a bread machine works.
To take that learning just a little further, we often wrote class experience stories, such as our annual "How To Make a Pumpkin Pie" book. As we enjoyed our cooking experiences, I would take pictures, and when all was said and done, we'd sit down together as a class and brainstorm all the things we had done. Everyone would tell me the things they remembered, and I'd write them on a chart, then we'd put them in order from first to last. I would type up the sequence of events the children had generated, and print photos of each activity along with the words. Slipping everything into page protectors and then a bradded folder made for a quick and sturdy book. I always put those books in our classroom library, because it's fun to go back and revisit the experience, and it's fun to look at pictures of you and your friends doing fun things - so the kiddos were motivated to read these class books over and over again.
Another perk to making our class experience books was looking back on previous years, seeing our big brothers and sisters doing the same activities when they were little, or seeing friends who had graduated to "big kid school".
In case you've never made a pumpkin pie before, here's how it's done:
Wash your hands.
Crack two eggs into a bowl.
Add 3/4 cup sugar,
1 teaspoon cinnamon,
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ginger and 1/4 teaspoon cloves.
home made cooked pumpkin if you are an overachiever.
Yes, it can be messy. Yes, it's a challenge to manage everyone when your hands are in batter, or eggs, or... well, nothing at all.
Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of pie, children and laughter!