Good Morning Folks,
I hope the weekend is going well for you guys. I am not in as much pain as I was in on Friday but I still have the pesky little bug in my ear. Hopefully “he” goes by tomorrow so that I can have a productive week in the classroom.
So parents, how many of you guys let the little ones assist with the cooking of Sunday lunch? I know the strange looks I must be getting right now. I know that it’s our goal to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible on weekends, Sundays especially. Many have adopted the modern family tradition of “eating out” on Sundays. Plus, who wants their little on in harm’s way, as most of usstill deem the kitchen as the least suitable room in the house for the kiddos. Well Parents, I am here to tell you that the kitchen is one of the most educational places in your home. Lots of mathematical skills that will benefit these little ones for life can be learnt right at home, in the kitchen.
Cooking involves the mathematical skill of measurement. We measure our ingredients, some to precision, some we estimate. There you see, estimation is a concept that can be taught right there in the kitchen as well. The concept of and time can also be taught. Are you guys following me?
So include your little ones in your tasks in the kitchen. Get them to measure the cups of rice, weigh the flour, estimate the quantity of herbs required. Let them practise the language; full, half full, one cup, a pinch, one tablespoon. Set your timer to monitor baking / cooking time (45 minutes for the whole chicken, 30 minutes for the cookies, etc.)
Have fun guys!! Enjoy it now while they are little and they want to help. Not only will you be spending quality time with your child, but you will surely enjoy their assistance and they will be learning loads at the same time.
Back to cooking alone,