I love cooking as a part of homeschooling, or just life really. It’s so important that children feel like they can accomplish and do what adults can, this is how they learn. I also like that cooking goes hand in hand with math skills. Just like my previous posts states my son hates workbooks and some days it is just easier to sneak a math lesson in by cooking. I’ve learned that it’s totally okay to count it as math and move along. Pre-K and Kindergartners may not be cooking as a math lesson down at the brick and mortar school but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t count in my homeschool 🙂
Another reason I like to cook with Jack is because he has had texture issues. He doesn’t like to touch certain things. He came by this honestly, his mom didn’t touch hamburger meat until she was in her late 20s, LOL. The child in the picture below hated and I mean HATED the feel of eggs and refused to crack the eggs. Fast forward to a year later and he cracks eggs all by himself. This wasn’t by magic, but by example and practice and lots of patience.
In a year we went from him refusing to crack an egg to writing our own egg recipes. He does everything but cook the egg on the stove. I’ll save this for a later age. I have listed below a few cookbooks we started with. Now we use Pinterest as well as the below books to find easy recipes that kids can follow. You can follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/wildhomeschool.
Here are a few cookbooks we use in our homeschool:
Pretend Soup- I love that it has a section for parents and a section for kids. It’s a true collaboration style recipe book.
This is the first cookbook we bought Jack was this Super Hero cookbook. If you have a superhero lover I highly recommend this book. The drink recipes are a great way to start little ones started
Yes, he is on the floor stirring. No, I wasn’t concerned a floor germ would bounce off the floor and attack our pancakes 🙂
Let us know your favorite recipes to cook with your kids! Below I have our easy pizza night recipe
This feeds exactly 1 dad, 1 mom, and 1 6-year-old.
1 package crescent rolls
1 package mixed cheese
1 package pepperoni
Directions: a flat cookie sheet at least 9×11
Spray or grease a flat cookie sheet at least 9×11. You and your kiddo rollout and press down flat the crescent roll to make a pizza crust. After this is finished let them spread the cheese on the rolled out dough. Add pepperoni’s as wanted. Bake at 400 F for 10-15 minutes until crust is brown and cheese is melted. You can add or change toppings as wanted. Enjoy!