Learning goals for kids who cook with Mom

Cooking and baking with Mom (and Dad and Grandma) is great fun for kids, big or small. But it is also an amazing playful learning opportunity for everyone involved. I’ll show you the goals we are working toward here at the Hungry Moose. I applied the idea-based learning principles, which means I started with the big picture and then I moved towards the detailed learning outcomes. Some are relevant more for older kids, some for every child.

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For each topic, I’ll give you the big picture idea, the enduring understanding or long-term takeaway, and the learning outcomes.

Big idea: Tolerance for mistakes

Long-term take-away

Children should understand, that:

  • Making mistakes is perfectly okay. It is part of the learning process.
  • We learn by trying again and again.

Learning outcomes

Children will be able to:

  • Try again if they made a mistake.
  • Look for reasons what went wrong.
  • Figure it out what they will do differently next time for better results.
  • Decide which ‘mistakes’ are still edible and which are for the compost bin. 😉

Big idea: Kitchen safety and food prep skills

Long-term take-away

Children should understand that:

  • We need to pay attention when working with tools and food in order to stay safe.
  • We must keep clean everything that touches food.

Learning outcomes

Children will be able to:

  • Wash their hands properly.
  • Use caution and oven mitts when being near/working with hot items.
  • Decide which tasks call for an adult’s help.
  • Cut fruits and vegetables with chopper and safety knife.
  • Measure ingredients with measuring cups and kitchen scale.
  • Stir, mix, roll, pour, bone a duck*, etc. 🙂
  • Wash tools properly.

Big idea: Humans are omnivores

Long-term take-away

Children should understand that:

  • We need to eat wide variety of foods, including fruits and veggies to get the nutrients we need to be healthy.
  • Trying all kinds of foods is safe.

Learning outcomes

Children will be able to:

  • Name at least one new food they tried in each class.
  • Differentiate between more nutritious and less nutritious foods.
  • Choose a few veggies and fruits they are willing to eat on a regular basis.

Big idea: Collaboration

Long-term take-away

Children should understand that:

  • We all have to do our part in helping our family to have food and shelter.

Learning outcomes

Children will be able to:

  • Name tasks they are able to help with or do by themselves.
  • Actively participate in food prep and cleanup at home (at their own level, of course).
  • Appreciate the work that goes into making lunch or diner.

Big idea: Cross-cultural awareness

Long-term take-away

Children should understand that:

  • Families in different cultures may eat different kinds of foods.
  • People use a variety of ingredients and spices.

Learning outcomes

Children will be able to:

  • Accept the fact that kids may bring ‘strange’ lunches to school, without comments.
  • Try a foreign dish if offered, i.e. as a guest on play dates.

The End

All right, that’s all so far. It is a bit serious, but I promise the kids will never noticed they are learning all this! They will just get messy and stuff their face with yummy food! 🙂

Take care!

*Okay, if you’ve seen the Julie&Julia movie, you will understand that ‘bone a duck’ comment. 🙂 If you haven’t, then watch it tonight. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Just make sure you eat before, because they eat and cook in every shot in that movie! 🙂