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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cooking Lesson Plans

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If you want to actually teach cooking you just might need a lesson plan, or even lesson plans. I must admit that I'm not much of a lesson plan person, I mean, I do sometimes get as far as creating a plan for something I want to do, but if I even get that far the chances are that the plan will get buried somewhere on my desk and go no further. So, what am I doing writing about cooking lesson plans then? This is where we talk about the power of Google. If you want to find something that isn't junk on Google you gotta know the keywords and if you want information on how to do something with your kids, "lesson plans" are two good keywords for searching with. The great thing is that you don't really have to be a lesson plan type of person to find something useful this way. Still reading? OK, let's talk about cooking with kids.

It seems to me that most homeschoolers are resourceful folk, people who actually know how to cook family meals, or at least are interested in learning. Since our kids most likely see us cooking every day, there seems little need to actually teach cooking in any kind of formal way; if they help out in the kitchen, or even just hang around while we do stuff, they will be learning a great deal. However, we all need a little variety at times and new cooking and food is great for this. I also hear over and over how kids who are very restrictive in what they eat will eat things that look fun or that they cooked themselves. My own kids are past this younger stage and are pretty adventurous eaters: I find I'm looking at helping them to learn what they need to know to be self-sufficient as they plan for independence. My focus is not so much on gourmet recipes as on good, healthy, simple meals that are easy to prepare, can be done with minimum equipment and contain inexpensive, basic ingredients.

With all of the above in mind I did a little, or maybe a lot of, web surfing to see what kind of good resources I could find to share.
As for helping my kids learn what they need for independence... that is a work in progress. One thing we've done, which was a lot of fun, was to meet weekly with another homeschooling family and cook a meal together then eat.

I've seen such great recipes with photos at blogs too - please do let me know your favorites :-)

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Mon said...

Nice set of resources. Thanks for sharing your hard work.

Alison said...

You are welcome Mon :-)

Gudrun Johnston said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...nice indeed to virtually meet a scot also living in the states and also homeschooling!

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