One of the things I love about home education is that my children are able to learn skills through life, for life. Practical skills such as learning how to cook is something they will need for life. Here is an example of how many different areas of learning happened when my son engages in cooking.
Cooking lamingtons started with a book called The Lamington Man written by Kel Richards and illustrated by Glen Singleton. After I had read this book to my children, my son asked to make his own lamington man, just like the one in the book. This was my invitation to follow and support his area of interest and to facilitate child-directed learning.
We found a lamington recipe and read through it together. We then searched through our cupboard for the ingredients and wrote a list of ingredients we needed to purchase from the shop.
We took our list to the shop and read different labels (price tags, product names) to select and purchase the items we needed for our cooking. When we arrived home, we read our shopping docket and talked about money and how much we had paid.
We then started following the instructions (reading) on the recipe to make our lamingtons. While making the lamingtons, we learnt about maths and the different units of measurements (grams, time, oven temperature), different ways of measuring (cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, kitchen scales) and basic fractions (of cups). We also learnt about science by observing how liquid turns into gas (boiling water) and how a solid can turn into liquid (melting butter) by being heated.
My son was also building fine motor skills by mixing and stirring the mixture, as well as using a blunt knife to cut the lamingtons into squares (maths). A sensory-rich learning experience was created when my son took the cut lamingtons and rolled them into melted chocolate and then into coconut before putting them in the fridge. Problem solving skills as well as communication skills were being learnt as we discussed different parts of cooking while working out solutions to different problems as we made the lamingtons.
Now, it's your turn. You can download our Lamington Slice recipe from here and have fun making your own lamington man while you learn.