MAKE LEARNING FUN – USING COOKING TO TEACH AT SCHOOL AND HOME
Using Cooking to Teach
Cooking is a daily activity for everyone. It is a wonderful activity to teach ALL ages and stages. Cooking is an activity families, schools, community groups – indeed anyone can do it – and it provides long term recreation and independent living skills. Through cooking you can teach all curriculum areas (see below). By providing a structured programme with goals/learning outcomes you can develop a cooking programme that addresses the learning style and needs of the individual student. One child may use the programme to learn to read while another may use it to communicate, using visuals.
10 Ways to Use Cooking to Teach
Here are some examples of how cooking can be used to teach a wide range of skills at both school and home:
Sequencing: cut up recipes and get the child to put in the correct order
Writing: write out recipe, record observations, etc.
Reading: read recipes, comprehension of instructions, etc.
Social skills: turn taking, waiting, requesting help, asking for a taste, etc.
Maths: counting, fractions, measuring, etc.
Motor skills: cutting, opening containers, stirring, etc.
Sensory: tasting, smelling, texture of ingredients
Conversation skills: talking about foods, likes and dislikes
Categories: where items go in the kitchen – fridge, pantry, etc.
Hygiene: hand washing, cleaning dishes, etc.
CURRICULUM GUIDELINES – OUTCOMES FROM COOKING PROGRAMME
From the Cookbook manual – download as a pdf HERE
Together We Cook ‘n’ Learn
|Listening||Problem solving||Safety awareness|
|Communication: expressive (speaking) and receptive (listening)||Sequencing||Domestic appliances|
|Categorising / Classification||Body awareness|
|STUDIES OF SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT||HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION||THE ARTS|
|Social skills||Motor skills||Play development|
|Group learning||Self-help / Independent living||Art / Craft|
|Work tasks||People & food||Music|
|Shopping||Recreational activities||Domestic appliances|
|Safety||Visuals & Augmentative communications systems|
|Sensory integration||Digital camera|
First three pages of Pikelet recipe shown below.
Check out my Photo Cookbooks for HEAPS more recipes!!
Cooking is a great way to develop communication for children who have limited verbal skills.
Here are some examples of how to provide opportunities to communicate:
- Give container with lid on too tight. Child needs to ask for help
- Place hands in sticky ingredients and say “yuck”
- Count when stirring, i.e. 1,2,3
- When turning tap on/off, say “ON/OFF”. Wait for them to indicate they want it turned on – request, point, etc.
- Count wherever possible… pikelets in pan, honey joys, etc.
- Look through photo recipe book with student. Discuss things they like and don’t like
- Sing songs when cooking (e.g. “Everybody mixing”)
- Give bowl to mix without soon. Child needs to ask for spoon
- Give electric item with no cord. Child needs to ask for HELP
- Wherever possible don’t anticipate their communication. Wait for them to communicate first rather than guessing their needs (e.g. hands dirty, want to wash, wait for them to look at you and indicate they want help, etc.)
For more ideas on how to develop communication skills see Practical Communication Programmes by Sue Larkey and Jo Adkins
What’s in it for me?
- 340 photos of the key stages fo each recipe (ingredients, utensils, equipment and recipe)
- PROVEN recipes that kids love
- 50 full colour pages with step by step recipes
- Easy activities to incorporate into school day/home
- DURABLE: spiral bind, gloss art paper
- Over 300 skills to teach – from communication, maths, science, social skills and more (ALL curriculum areas)
- Outlines learning outcomes from cooking
- 6 step programme from evaluations to implementation
- Worksheets for follow up activites
- Heaps of time-savers and ideas