How Cooking Can Support Your Child's Education
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How Cooking Can Support Your Child's Education

There are many things that a parent can do to support their child's education. One such thing is involving their child in cooking. This will teach their child many skills that will benefit them in their future life as well as supporting their education. There are also many curriculum subjects that can be supported when cooking at home, such as mathematics, literacy, science, technology and art. This article outlines the different ways that cooking can support a child's education.

Cooking is not only an essential part of day to day life, it may also be an enjoyable activity. Getting children involved in cooking can keep them entertained, develop a personal interest and teach them necessary skills. It can be a fantastic way to support their education as many of the skills involved can be directly related to topics that they will be learning in school. Here are some of the ways that cooking can support your child’s education.

Life Skills

Even if you are not the best cook in the world, cooking will be a necessary part of life to survive. Therefore, teaching your child to cook will prepare them for adult life.

Mathematics

There are many mathematic processes in cooking. Topics that ca be covered when cooking might be temperatures, ratios, weights, metric to imperial conversions, time and cost. Being able to relate mathematics to real life situations can really help some children to grasp the different concepts.

Literacy

Being able to read and follow instructions is an important literacy skill. Allow your child to read out the instructions and help them when they struggle. If there are word that they do not understand, take the time to explain them. This will increase their vocabulary.

Technology

Understanding how the different tools and machinery used in cooking work will support the technology curriculum. Also, food technology is a subject that is covered in many countries curriculums. In some it is optional. Topics such as health and safety, food hygiene, the design process and product testing can all be subjects that are discussed when cooking with your child.

Science

Essentially, cooking is a science. Ingredients are combined to make something that is entirely different to the individual ingredients and many procedures support this transformation. It can often help children to understand topics such as chemical reactions and what happens when heat is applied to different substances.

Art

Although cooking can be technical and scientific, it is also a creative procedure. This is an opportunity to let your child’s creative juices flow. Making a plate of food look attractive or decorating a cake can be really satisfying when you see the finished product and know that it is your creation.

There are also a number of other skills that can be developed when cooking that can be beneficial in education, life and the workplace.

Communication

If there is more than person cooking and each person is undertaking different tasks, there will be a necessity for communication. This will be a key life skill that will be needed both in social and work place situations.

Teamwork

In the majority of careers, and throughout their education, your child will need to learn how to work as part of a team. The kitchen is the ideal place for them to learn how to work as a part of a team. Having specifics tasks delegated to them and communication are both a key part of their development inthis area.

Independent Thinking

The ability to work alone and think independently can be greatly beneficial to success in life. This is a skill that can be learnt in the kitchen. For example, the instructions may say that a cake needs to be cooked for thirty minutes, but if the cake is starting to look overdone, it is important that a person can think independently of what the instructions say and realize what action needs to be taken.

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