Bringing the classroom into the kitchen: lessons learned at home.The National Education Goals Report (1993) recently questioned if children could apply what they learn in school to the everyday world. Children themselves may wonder why they have to memorize mem·o·rize
tr.v. mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing, mem·o·riz·es
1. To commit to memory; learn by heart.
2. Computer Science To store in memory: multiplication tables or spelling lists. Fortunately, something as practical as preparing meals or snacks can provide ample opportunities to bring math, reading, science, social studies, art and music into the real world.
Educators strive to teach children skills that involve listening, following directions, putting things in sequence and finding the main idea. Since the home is the child's first teacher, why not turn the kitchen into a "classroom" where you can introduce or reinforce the above skills that your children will find useful throughout life?
Education should emphasize active and meaningful family participation. The report First Impressions/Primeras Impreciones (Texas Education Agency, 1994) identifies principles of developmentally appropriate education that could link cooking-related activities at home to school activities. The adult who supervises the activity should make certain that the lesson is appropriate for the child's age, interest and understanding, and that it values cultural diversity.
Teachers could meet with parents to discuss the relationship between such home lessons and classroom goals of working together, developing listening skills and following directions. Think of ways that children can become actively involved in planning dinner for the family. Children will benefit from learning to make choices and deciding which steps to take to complete the task. Cooking is a natural way for children to learn certain skills. Even better, at home children learn without feeling they are in a lesson.
An adult preparing a meal may do so hurriedly and automatically. Try to take the time to team with a preschooler pre·school·er
1. A child who is not old enough to attend kindergarten.
2. A child who is enrolled in a preschool.
Noun 1. or elementary child and allow for some thought and conversation as you work. While making soup, for instance, casually name the vegetables and describe their shapes and colors. Or ask older children to write down the recipe, complete with ingredients and measures. Making applesauce can be a science experiment if you point out how heat affects food, among other things. Without even knowing it, your child will be learning.
Children can enjoy cooking foods that have long been family favorites. They will also enjoy following recipes in a cookbook. Some adult cookbooks may be suitable for children, but many cookbooks are written specifically for young cooks. Getting Ready To Cook (DeVilliers & van der Berg, 1985), for example, is clearly illustrated and shows how easy it is to cook and have a good time while doing so. The authors include food facts, measuring information, equipment lists, vocabulary, helpful hints and recipes.
Working in the kitchen with youngsters is really an opportunity to open their eyes to the world around them and to teach them about good nutrition habits. The Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS (1990) notes that educating school-age children about nutrition is critical in establishing proper lifelong eating habits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (1989) publishes materials that can help families develop healthy eating habits. Other information can be found from agencies such as the Red Cross or the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society,
n.pr established in 1913, this national volunteer-based health organization is committed to the elimination of cancer through prevention and treatment and to diminishing cancer suffering through advocacy, scholarship, research, . You can also find appropriate books for all ages at the public library.
Your "classroom in the kitchen" can offer up lessons about geography and other cultures. In What's Cooking? Recipes from Around the World (Warner & Hayward, 1981), U.S. teenagers contributed favorite family recipes brought to America from all over the world. Easy-to-follow recipes are enhanced by personal stories. This book combines social studies, geography and history, while giving children a chance to prepare and enjoy delicious meals.
Your original goal might have been to recruit your child into helping put together a meal. I think you will find that you can expand the activity into one to enjoy now and for years to come. Cookbooks and family recipes take on new meaning when you use them with a child and share the satisfaction of completing a cooking project.
Take the time to explore the books below and see how home/school or kitchen/classroom learning melds together. What a delicious way this is to get a very realistic and meaningful education right at home!
Cooking Up with Cookbooks
Bayley, M. (1981). The wonderful world of Oz cookbook. NewYork: Macmillan.
Berry, J. W. (1984). What to do when your mom She goes to the gym. or dad says ..." Make your breakfast and lunch!" Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
Henry, E. We-cha-pi-tu-wen, Blue Star Woman. (1983). Native American cookbook. New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of : Julian Messner.
Kandorian, E. (1989). Is anybody up? New York: G. P. Putnam.
Moore, E. (1983). The great banana cookbook for boys and girls boys and girls
mercurialisannua. . New York: Clarion.
Nguyen, C., & Monroe, J. (1985). Cooking the Vietnamese way. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner.
Perl, L. (1974). The hamburger book. New York: Clarion.
Supraner, R. (1981). Quick and easy cookbook. Rahway, NJ: Troll Associates.
Zweifel, F. (1979). Pickle in the middle and other easy snacks. New York: Harper & Row.
Cooking Up Good Health
Burns, M. (1978). Good for me! All about food in 32 bites. Covelo, CA: Yolla Bolly Press.
Gantos, J. (1979). Greedy greeny. New York: Doubleday.
Seixas, J. (1984). Junk food junk food
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.
junk food : What it is, what it does. New York: Greenwillow.
Smith, R. (1981). Jelly belly For the disease informally called jelly belly, see .
The Jelly Belly Candy Company is a prominent maker of gourmet jelly beans and other candy. It was formerly known as The Herman Goelitz Candy Company . New York: Dell.
Thompson, P. (1981). Nutrition. New York: Franklin Watts.
Cooking Up with Basic Appetizers
Banks, K. (1988). Alphabet soup. New York: Knopf.
Fleming, D. (1992). Lunch. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
McMillan, B. (1988). Growing colors. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.
Pearson, T. (1986). An apple pie apple pie
typical, wholesome American dessert. [Am. Culture: Flexner, 68]
See : America . New York: Dial.
Pluckrose, H. (1986). Tasting. Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts.
Cooking Up Stories
Brown, M. (1947). Stone soup
Carle, E. (1990). Pancakes! Pancakes! New York: Scholastic.
de Paola, T. (1978). The popcorn book. New York: Holiday House.
Douglas, R. (1985). The chocolate chip Chocolate chips are small chunks of chocolate. They are often sold in a round, flat-bottomed teardrop shape (similar to a Hershey's Kiss). They are available in numerous sizes, from large to miniature, but are usually around 1 cm in diameter. cookie contest. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.
Hale, L. (1989). The lady who put salt in her coffee. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. McCloskey, R. (1948). Blueberries for Sal. New York: Viking.
Perl, L. (1975). Slumps, grunts and snicker doodles Doodles can mean the following:
Sendak, M. (1962). Chicken soup chicken soup Chicken broth Folk medicine Jewish penicillin A fowl broth with a long tradition as a home remedy for URIs, which may be a nasal decongestant, inhibit growth of pneumococci in vitro, and stimulate immune responsiveness in WBCs Mainstream medicine A with rice. New York: Harper & Row.
Zemach, H. (1964). Nail soup: A Swedish folk tale. Chicago, IL: Follett.
Cooking Up with Poetry
Adoff, A. (1979). Eats. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.
Agree, R. (Compiler). (1967). How to eat a poem and other morsels: Food poems for children. New York: Pantheon.
Cole, W. (Compiler). (1981). Poem stew. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott.
Degen, B. (1983). Jamberry. New York: Harper & Row.
Hopkins, L. B. (Compiler). (1985). Munching munching - Exploration of security holes of someone else's computer for thrills, notoriety or to annoy the system manager. Compare cracker. See also hacked off. poems about eating. Boston, MA: Little, Brown.
Shaw, N. (1992). Sheep out to eat. New York: Houghton Mifflin Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. The company's headquarters is located in Boston's Back Bay. It publishes textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers .
Cooking Up Celebrations
Adler, D. (1989). Malke's secret recipes: A Chanukah story. Rockville, MD: Kar-Ben Copies.
Devlin, W., & Devlin, H. (1982). Cranberry Halloween. New York: Four Winds Press/Scholastic.
Hautzig, E. (1983). Holiday treats. New York: Macmillan.
Hoban, L. (1972). Arthur's Christmas cookies Christmas cookies are traditionally sugar cookies (though other flavors may be used based on family traditions and individual preferences) cut into various shapes related to Christmas. . New York: Harper & Row.
Prelutsky, J. (1982). It's Thanksgiving. New York: Greenwillow.
References and Resources
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Cooper, H. (1991). Kid fitness: A complete shape-up shape·up or shape-up
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DeVilliers, S. J. A., & van der Berg, E. (1985). Getting ready to cook. Milwaukee, WI: Gareth Stevens.
Dodar, E. (Ed.). (1994). Delightful den dining. Scouting: A Family Magazine, 82(5), 32-33, 51.
National Education Goals Panel. (1993). The national education goals report summary guide. Building the best. Washington, DC: Author.
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Texas Education Agency, Task Force on Early Childhood and Elementary Education elementary education
or primary education
Traditionally, the first stage of formal education, beginning at age 5–7 and ending at age 11–13. . (1994). First impressions/primeras impreciones. Austin, TX: Author.
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Human Nutrition Information Service. (1989). Making bag lunches, snacks and desserts using dietary guidelines dietary guidelines Cardiology A series of dietary recommendations from the Nutrition Committee of the Am Heart Assn, that promote cardiovascular health. See Caloric restriction, food pyramid, French paradox. . Home and Garden Bulletin No. 232-9. Washington, DC: Author.
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Warner, M., & Hayward, R. (1981). What's cooking? Recipes from around the world. Boston, MA: Little, Brown.
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