When you are first trying to decide how
to start homeschooling and putting your curriculum together,
you are probably thinking about the more formal subjects such as
math or languages.
But there are many useful and valuable lessons that can be learnt
from teaching skills to your children. Giving your kids cooking
lessons as part of your homeschooling program can introduce them to
a wide range of disciplines - and bring math to life!
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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How to incorporate Homeschool Cooking in your Curriculum
There are many ways you could introduce your children to cook - it
is probably something that happens a lot in your household anyway!
Even just getting them to help you prepare a meal now and again is a
As well as day to day tasks, there are lots of opportunities to
introduce food and cooking via other subjects you may be studying.
If you are studying a period of history, why not investigate what
they cooked and ate? This can really bring a topic to life for your
children. Geography offers lots of opportunities for cooking and
recipes. Even science needn't be missed - there are lots of food
experiments you can try.
Take some time to look for opportunities to add homeschool cooking
ideas within your current curriculum as well as making time for it
as a subject on its own.
Planning and Scheduling your
Homeschool Cooking Lessons
Before you start, have a think about exactly what you would like to
achieve in teaching your children how to cook. Are you wanting to
simply give them a useful skill for life? Or do you want to take
things a bit further? Homeschool cooking in the curriculum could
include many related topics such as nutrition, food
safety, the digestive system, or even cultural awareness.
Would you like them to be able to cook for friends, or become
renowned for their sumptuous desserts? Or would you like them to be
confident in the kitchen enough to take any recipe and make it their
Remember to take into account your children's own interests and
skill levels too. My daughter has never been much interested in food
and dislikes working in the kitchen. But she loves her dogs and
stepped up to baking
dog treats with enthusiasm and relish!
Understanding exactly what you want to achieve will help you set
homeschooling goals that you can work towards. Be adventurous. Even
if you can barely boil an egg, you can still work with your children
to study and achieve skills together. But do be realistic in your
expectations. If you are a klutz in the kitchen - or your children
are still small - then it is going to take more than a few weeks to
achieve kitchen competency!
Break your goals into steps. What skills will you need to teach to
help your children? Food preparation? How to roll pastry? The best
way to break an egg? If you don't have those skills yourself then
take some time to research them so you can confidently lead your
children through them. Find specific recipes that will use the
skills you want to teach and work towards your goals. If this all
sounds too much, then why not start with the kids
lessons on this site it is perfect to use in homeschool
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
Getting Organized to Teach
Now you have a break down of your lessons, decide how you would like
to accomplish them on a day to day, week to week basis. We have a
very relaxed homeschool
schedule and tend not to plan out a specific timetable. But I
do try to make time for working in the kitchen at least once a week.
The key to success with this method is to be organized enough to
spontaneously suggest it! As I explain in my free
homeschool planner e-book, I plan and organize everything for
a session first. So once I have decided on a recipe I gather all the
ingredients together and plan out the skills we will cover.
Getting everything together first will be key to your success. You
may THINK you know what you are going to do - but unless you have
fully prepared (by printing out the recipe and pulling together the
ingredients), then you may just stumble at the first hurdle. Once I
am totally prepared then I add that lesson to my 'green for go'
list! And then I can announce 'lets do cooking' whenever we have a
This type of planned spontaneity works very well for us. Not for
you? No problem! Just schedule your cooking lessons in your
homeschool curriculum planner as if they were any other subject.
Reaping the Benefits of Cooking Lessons
I am sure that once you begin to include homeschool cooking lessons
in your curriculum, then you will really reap the rewards.
Children that are confident in the kitchen are often more confident
overall. It can be a very simple thing - once my children could make
themselves a sandwich and pour themselves a glass of milk they felt
they could take care of themselves. My clingy son relaxed and
stopped worrying so much about me not being there all the time.
Cooking is a part of who we are. It is science AND math AND
geography AND culture. Teaching cooking gives a rounded education
that reinforces and affirms so many other subjects - not to mention
all that weighing and measuring! It brings history alive. It gives
you a taste of other cultures.