Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Works for Me: Teaching Kids to Cook
There's no reason even young children can't start learning to cook simple things. When I was pregnant with Sarah, and Elizabeth was 4, I taught her to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches--so that even if I was busy with the new baby, she could make lunch for her and Silas. They have little stools that enable them to get their own drinks and be independent in other ways.
Now she's six and she's learning to cook real food. The other day she made yeast rolls, with some help. Today she made banana nut muffins with my supervision. She's learning fractions, practicing her reading (I made her read the ingredient list herself, with only minor help from me), and learning how to cook all at the same time. If she does this a dozen more times she will pretty well be able to make them alone. I was able to clean the rest of the kitchen while I directed her efforts. It's really nice for us to be able to work like this as a team, even at a young age. I knew how to cook at an earlier age than most. I started really cooking when I was about 13. Now I see that I could have learned even earlier! Don't underestimate your kids--they're capable of more than you think
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