Homeschooling in the Kitchen

I must admit, as I have many times here on my blog, that I am not a cook. Let me make that clear: I AM NOT A COOK.   But as bad as I am, I can still help my children learn in the kitchen. (And, yes, they learn more than just the fact that I can’t cook!) In fact, there’s quite a bit that kids can learn in the kitchen.

So how can an incompetent cook encourage kids to learn in the kitchen?

Homeschooling in the kitchen

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Teach kids to follow a recipe. 

When following a recipe kids practice reading, math skills, and even a little science. They also learn the importance of following directions. And, occasionally there’s some critical thinking. (Why do you really need that baking powder in the waffles?)

Let them mess up. 

We all still remember the time when Kathryne was about 9 and I left her to entirely follow a recipe and make cookies from scratch all by herself. She accidentally put in (quite a bit) too much salt. The cookies were very…interesting. She learned the importance of paying attention and getting the recipe right.

Divvy up the chores in the kitchen to teach responsibility. 

Kids can help with cooking, cleaning up, washing dishes, and much more. As they get older, allow them to take over more responsibilities. It’s been a big deal in our house when kids have been deemed old enough and competent enough to flip the pancakes when we’re having breakfast for supper.

Let kids experiment with what ingredients fit together. 

Two of my kids are particularly good at coming up with unique meals. When left to make their own meals, these two like to take stock of what we have and come up with creative ways to use our pantry supplies.

When Charles was younger he enjoyed creating original sandwiches. (Maybe he should go to work at Subway?)

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

Their creativity besides being fun for them- and convenient for me-encourages creative thinking and teaches them how different ingredients will go together.

Do science in the kitchen. 

So many kitchen ingredients can be used for science projects. From vinegar and baking soda reactions to Diet Coke and Mentos reactions, kitchens can hold a wealth of supplies for science learning. One year Kathryne did her science project on cookie ingredients. She tested to see what would happen when leaving out certain cookie ingredients.

Kitchen science

Even if the kitchen isn’t your favorite place, it holds lots of potential for homeschoolers. Loosen up- that’s the part that’s hard for me- and let the kids take some responsibility and have some freedom to experiment. Who knows, maybe one of them will love cooking and will relieve you of the task.

Homeschooling in the kitchen

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