Welcome back to Day 2 of 5 Days of Teaching Creatively with the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Today our topic is Schooling in the Kitchen.
Today, my friend, Kelli, is sharing her thoughts on this topic.Kelli spends a lot of time in the kitchen with her boys, even writing a weekly meme, called Kids in the Kitchen. I thought she would be the perfect person to share with my readers today. Be sure to stop by and visit her blog -- Adventurez in Childrearing.
Kitchen time is the perfect time to teach your children. For one thing, you have them trapped in a relatively confined area where they pretty much have to listen to you. But seriously, it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning together. Children gain a sense of pride in their accomplishment, by contributing to the family meal, and there are plenty of teaching moments in the process.
Kitchen time can be the chance you’ve been looking for to teach financial responsibility. Consider using the local grocery flyer to have your children plan meals around the sales. Be sure they total up the cost of feeding the family that week. Other math opportunities include measurements and doubling recipes for the freezer.
Another great teaching moment with kitchen time is teaching your children about the foods they need to eat in order to fuel their bodies. God expects us to take care of the bodies He gave us. Learning how to eat healthy is an important part of that. Again, using the local flyer, the kids can be sure to plan the healthiest meals possible for a certain amount of money, younger kids can simply circle foods they believe are healthy.
Consider having the family put together a binder full of recipes broken down into categories which suit your family and homeschool. Having a section for extra healthy recipes is important and they can be the backbone of your recipe planning each week. They can also make room for recipes that interest them, or for super affordable recipes to keep on hand when budgeting is critical.
We love to use cooking in our geography study. As we virtually travel around the globe in our family homeschool, we enjoy cooking meals from the places we are learning about. One easy way to do that is to use the Eat your way around the World cook book by Jamie Aramini from Geo Matters. There is also an Eat your way across the USA. We also Google recipes we need for a little bit of computer time, and learning to surf the net responsibly.
There are many ways to use kitchen time in your family homeschool. No matter how you choose to use it, it’s time you won’t regret spending with the family. The sense of accomplishment you will see in your children as they serve meals they cooked or participated in cooking, is well worth the effort. The life lessons they learn in the process will enrich their experience for years to come.
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