Photo Cookbooks and Life Skills

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Cooking! Using Cooking to Teach Everything! Life Skills, Social Skills, Maths, Science, English and more!

(See my Cook Books page for Books and CD’s available)

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 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:

  1. Sequencing: Cut up recipes and get the child to put in the correct order.
  2. Writing: Write out recipe, record observations, etc.
  3. Reading: Read recipes, comprehension of instructions, etc.
  4. Social Skills: Turn taking, waiting for a turn, requesting help, request a taste, etc.
  5. Maths: Counting, fractions, volume.
  6. Motor Skills: Cutting, opening containers, stirring, etc.
  7. Sensory: Tasting, smelling, texture of ingredients.
  8. Conversation Skills: Talking about foods, likes and dislikes.
  9. Categories: Where items go in kitchen – fridge, pantry, etc.
  10. Hygiene: Hand washing, cleaning dishes, etc.

Cooking is a great way to develop communication for children who have limited verbal skills. Here are some examples how to provide opportunities to communicate:

  • Give container with lid on too tight. Student 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 (“Everybody mixing” etc.)
  • Give bowl to mix without spoon. Student needs to ask for spoon.
  • Give fry-pan with no cord. Student 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 want of help, etc.)

For more ideas on how to develop communication skills see Practical Communication Programmes by Jo Adkins and Sue Larkey.


Download a FREE recipe in the tip sheet section on this website.


What is in it for me?

COOKBOOK

  • 340 photos of the key stages of each recipe (ingredients, utensils, equipment and recipe).
  • PROVEN recipes that kids love.
  • 50 full colour pages – full colour, step by step recipes.
  • Easy activities to incorporate into school day/home.
  • DURABLE: Spiral bind, gloss art paper.

TEACHING MANUAL

  • 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 activities.
  • Heaps of time-savers and ideas.

 

From the Cookbook Manual:


CURRICULUM GUIDELINES OUTCOMES FROM COOKING PROGRAMME


Together We Cook ‘n’ Learn

English

READING

WRITING

LISTENING

AUGMENATATIVE COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION: EXPRESSIVE (Speaking) RECEPTIVE (Listening)

Mathematics

NUMBER

MEASUREMENT

PROBLEM SOLVING

MATCHING

SEQUENCING

CATEGORISING CLASSIFICATION

MONEY

Science

PROBLEM SOLVING

COOKING

SAFETY AWARENESS

TECHNOLOGY

DOMESTIC APPLIANCES

BODY AWARENES

STUDIES OF SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT

SOCIAL SKILLS

GROUP LEARNING

WORK TASKS

COMMUNITY ACCESS

SHOPPING

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

MOTOR SKILLS

SELF HELP INDEPENDENT LIVING

PEOPLE & FOOD HYGIENE

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

SAFETY

SENSORY INTEGRATION

The Arts

PLAY DEVELOPMENT

ART/CRAFT

MUSIC

Technology

DOMESTIC APPLIANCES

VISUALS & Augmentative Communication Systems

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