I’ve enjoyed cooking ever since my sister showed me how to make gumbo. And my daughter Teagie loves to help me in the kitchen. Like most of our activities, the primary focus of our cooking together is the enjoyment of being together and the fun of making a tasty dinner. But, there is educational material to be found in the kitchen just like anywhere else.
Of course cooking is a great entry to chemistry and mathematics and while we’ve explored those connections we’ll probably do more with them when she gets a little older. Right now, we enjoy connecting cooking with geography.
Our living room/dining room/kitchen is one open area so we have easy access to our globe and wall map of the world right next to our bookshelf of cookbooks. One of my favorite cookbooks is 500 Curries. In addition to the excellent recipes it also provides us with an opportunity to connect what we eat with where it came from. Just the other day we cooked Cambodian Chicken Curry. So, as we’re preparing the meal, we can run over to the globe and find Cambodia. When we cook Thai food we can find Thailand on the globe.
I suspect these are fairly obvious connections but I continue to be struck by several things in regard to young children and their learning.