Cooking is a skill that we all need to know. It’s something that we use every day! While it may be the last thing that you want to think about, cooking a meal for your family could quickly become a lesson that your child learns from. Sure, learning to cook in itself is extremely beneficial for children to learn, but cooking happens to be loaded with endless educational lessons as well.
If you’re not seeing the connection, don’t worry. We’re going to be talking about a few of the ways that your child could benefit from learning how to cook in today’s blog. Let’s get started!
One of the toughest subjects for children growing up. For some, it comes easy, but many struggle with grasping the concepts taught in class. Cooking is a fun and hands-on way for children to see these lessons first hand. Just about every recipe is going to include portions, and measuring cups are a great way to physically see how portions work.
Your child will get to see the difference between one cup of flour and ¼ a cup of brown sugar. The best part is, they’re learning this concept without even the faintest idea that they are also practicing math.
Again, not one of the first things that come to mind when you think about cooking, but comprehension is another skill that your child will develop when they cook. Recipes incorporate a few different types of comprehension in them. For starters, your child (if they’re at this stage) is going to be reading a recipe and making sense of it. Unlike the storybooks that they’re most often exposed to, recipes require a different type of comprehension. They are structured differently and will introduce them to a new vocabulary, without a doubt.
Secondly, recipes are outlined in a step-by-step format so that directions can easily be followed. The opportunity to read and work through a recipe is a great way to introduce children to this layout and show them how to understand and create directions in the future.
Cooking isn’t always the most vocal, but when done between a few people communication is crucial. Speaking up and explaining what is being done when cooking is one of the only ways to ensure that everyone is on the same page, that steps don’t get skipped, and that mistakes are not made. If you have a child that struggles with communicating, having them help you prepare a recipe could be a great way to slowly encourage them to be more communicative.
Make Learning Fun
A huge portion of life is spent in school, why not make it fun? Here at Child’s World Academy, we believe that learning should be fun, and we live by that motto at our childcare facility in Peekskill. Kitchen Creations is one of the newest additions to our curriculum, but it’s certainly not the only way that we make learning fun at our facility.
We’ve made starting the online registration process easy and are always happy to schedule customized tours of our childcare facility. If there’s anything else that the team at Child’s World Academy in Peekskill can help you with, feel free to reach out to us!