“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”

~ Julia Child

Cooking with kids is one of my favorite ways to increase literacy.

When I taught in the classroom, I always incorporated cooking with kids into our lessons. (As a mom, I do the same.) We made homemade butter. We read Johnny Appleseed and all kinds of apple books. Then, we made homemade applesauce. I found cooking with kids to be one of the easiest ways to motivate them to read. They don’t even realize they are reading when you read a recipe together and prepare something yummy.

cooking with kids

To top it off, cooking with kids helps raise reading comprehension because they are learning how to apply the sequence of events that they read. Learning to understand steps in a process, sequence of events, is a vital comprehension skill.

cooking with kids

I was fortunate to write an article for Totally The Bomb, a popular and great blog.  Here is a glimpse of what I wrote:

Cooking together is a delicious and fun learning experience for you and your children. Cooking with your kids makes them smarter, because they explore new foods, learn about nutrition, and develop math and reading skills as they measure and read directions. (Click here to continue reading: How Cooking With Kids Makes Them Smarter.) In this article, I include how cooking with kids increases literacy.

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Do you cook with your kids?

Let’s make a positive difference~ one word at a time.


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