readilearn – early childhood teaching resources designed to lighten your workload!
readilearn materials are designed to engage children in activities that are both fun and purposeful, with opportunities for learning across the curriculum in a meaningful context.
Cooking, including food preparation that doesn’t involve any heating, is a great way to teach life skills and integrate learning in a meaningful and enjoyable way across curriculum areas. When children are involved in food preparation they may be developing:
Social skills of cooperation, turn taking, sharing, patience
Literacy skills – reading and following the recipe, selecting ingredients, writing a menu and invitations, writing a recount, writing a shopping list
Mathematics – counting e.g. the number of eggs, measuring with spoons and cups, measuring time, sharing (e.g. the number of cookies, how many slices)
Science – mixing, adding or removing heat
Safety – with knives, peelers, hot implements, and ingredients
Social Studies: Culture – when preparing ethnic food