Thursday, October 11, 2007
The kids have been doing very well at getting ready and finishing their morning chores on time that I decided to add something new to our schedule. We call it "Kids in the Kitchen." I believe teaching children to cook is an important but overlooked skill. Boys, (notice I say boys) and girls benefit from the math skills, reading practice and nutrition knowledge gained. Today we started with something easy, french toast. Yum! My plan is to have them master the whole process from preparing to clean up. We talked about making sure they wash their hands and use clean sponges and dishtowels. After Austin burnt his finger, we talked about safety! We talked about the basic cooking methods:frying, steaming, sautéing, boiling, etc.
How to measure. I showed them the difference between dry measures and wet. Let them practice then went over math of measurements, that there are four cups in a quart, 16 ounces in a pound, and three teaspoons in a tablespoon. Most important I told them how important it is to clean up. The job is not done until the kitchen is clean. I am expecting breakfast in bed with a clean kitchen on Saturday!