Today we made soup! The theme of the day with Mother Goose Time was Peace Keepers. I thought it was awesome because we discussed being nice with our friends and helping. So, I added to the curriculum and we watched the video by scholastic with the story Stone Soup.
Today was science day. I like for the specials for each day to roll into the theme of the day. Cooking is super science like. Maybe not the way I do it….my husband likes to make fun of the fact that I can’t tell you the measurements for any of the spices I add to my food. I don’t need that silliness tho! I mean I was taught to cook by a southern person. A dash of this and a pinch of that is how good cooking is accomplished. Or so I tell myself as I do the opposite of what I tell my students.
Today we made soup. Now cooking with children can be very……gross. Mostly because they do not care if their food taste like boogers because the decided to treasure hunt while cutting up ingredients. I usually end up making something with the children and then I have a backup that has not been infected with the boogers of small children.
We proceed to make the soup. I get them all dressed up in their chef outfits and we went over the rules.
We wash our hands
Keep our hands out of faces
Cough and sneeze into their elbow
You know pretty much all the things they don’t do on a normal basis lol. Everyone sits and gets to work preparing their sides and Ms. Tessie turns to work with children at the table and I hear a loud…..uncovered…sneeze. I turn as one of my little people is wiping their noses with their hand and going back to cutting their food. Everything is contaminated. Lol. I am super glad I have tomato soup on hand as a backup. Well Imma be real here. I wasn’t sure the children would like their soup, making tomato soup seemed to be a good way to ensure that they had a proper lunch.
Cooking with children is something we must do. It is an important life skill and making it fun at an early age will ensure that it does not seem like a total chore when they get older. Having a backup meal ready for them is not a bad thing. And if you invite parents for meals made by children I am sure they are totally thankful that this is the plan.
Cooking is a good science day project. Which is why Mother Goose Time has science cards and sometimes they have cooking projects to go with the theme of the day. Measuring, cooking times and learning how to cut up or add ingredients are the basis of science. Cooking can even be the way that children become interested in science.
Prior to using this curriculum, I wouldn’t have thought to use cooking as part of our science day. Thinking about all the things that cooking involves it could cover many skill domains for the children. For example, motor skills, because of cutting, and adding in spices. Math domain because of weighing ingredients and reading because of reading recipes.
Teaching is a complicated animal and sometimes thinking outside the box can be fun for the children and help them to stay involved.
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