One of the new things that we are adding to our homeschool this year is cooking. While Tiger has baked on-and-off since he was little, with increased consistency encouraged by our introduction to regular poetry teatime, I'd like him to get beyond baking and to learn the real skills of cooking. Tiger is interested in his food -- both eating and cooking it, so learning how to cook a proper meal is a natural extension to meet his growing need for independence.
After some discussions about what he and I hope to achieve from this, we have come up with the following goals: (1) to be able to cook a decent meal for himself with minimal assistance, and (2) to be able to prepare a family dinner once a week. By a "decent meal", I mean one that is:
- make a meal plan
- find the best source of ingredients
- have a good understanding of the different types of food
- how to combine them to make the meal appealing to the senses
- how the different food types affect the human body individually and in different combinations
Julie at Highhill Homeschool shared a great idea of how she incorporates writing into her son's personal cookbook. I am going to borrow that idea and try it out with Tiger.
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