Enjoy Spring Break!
Every classroom in the Little School cooks once a week. The focus varies from group to group but cooking is always an important and much loved part of the curriculum. This year, in every class, the children also love to eat, even those who claim not to! A child in the Yellow Room remarked, “I have to get away from the smell of vegetables.” But this same child asked for thirds of kale smoothie and polished off every morsel of carrot in the tomato sauce the class has been making.
The teachers choose recipes, consider how many children can cook at once, how long their group can wait for turns, what foods will be most popular and what learning is most important for a particular class. Sometimes, cooking functions as way of building community. Sometimes, cooking is a path into structured academics, a natural way to expose children to reading, counting, measuring and more. And cooking always involves taking turns, listening, tasting, smelling and observing how ingredients change when they are stirred, chopped, chilled, boiled or baked!
First steps, slicing bananas in the Red Room and the Blue Room:
Cooking with families in the Yellow Room:
Following a recipe without a teacher in the Purple Room: