Adding Cooking to the Curriculum

What subjects do you teach in your homeschool?

I’m willing to bet that Math and Language Arts are on the list, and probably Science and History too. You might even have Art, Music, and Bible included in your plans.

I don’t know about you, but my list of “to-do’s” each day keeps getting longer and longer! And yet I added yet another subject to our homeschool this year — cooking.

Adding Cooking to Your Homeschool Curriculum

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In the midst of all this busyness, why did I add yet another subject? Why bother teaching kids to cook?
  • For Health – involving kids in food preparation helps them learn to make good food choices now, and invests in their future health. How many young adults resort to living on boxed mac & cheese and cereal when they move out on their own? I know I did, and it set some pretty bad habits that have effected me negatively.
  • Independence – I’m always looking for ways to work myself out of a job! If my kids can learn to cook, then that’s one less thing I’ll have to do for them. Hey, maybe they will be able to do it for me!
  • Responsibility – I want to nurture a sense of responsibility in my kids. In our family, we believe that everyone plays a role in the running of the home. That’s why I train my kids from a young age to participate in household duties. Everyone can have a job!
  • It’s fun! – Don’t all kids want to help in the kitchen? I’ve never met a toddler who didn’t want to stir and get right in there! And wouldn’t it be so much better if your kids could actually be a help in the kitchen when they ask “can I help?”
Ok, so teaching kids to cook is important, but why add it to the official curriculum?

We’ve added learning to cook to our official homeschool curriculum simply to make sure it get’s done. We all know what it’s like to have high ideals, and to WANT to do something but not follow through. Or to start something only to find we haven’t been consistent or let it slide entirely. Using a pre made, organized curriculum simply makes it easy to get it done. I’m certainly not saying that you need to purchase any kind of program in order to give your children a solid education in cooking, but for me, it is a huge help and eliminates any possible excuses for neglecting this area.

We are currently using the Kids Cook Real Food e-Course, and I just love how easy it is to use. Video lessons for kids and parents, grocery lists, printables, and even a Facebook group for support! And it includes all my kids, even my two year old!

The Kid's Cook Real Food e-Course includes even my youngest children in our kitchen learning!

She actually peeled that carrot almost perfectly! And I love the look of concentration on her little face! My older kids are working together, helping each other, and learning so many skills that they have actually had the opportunity to use outside of our lesson time.

Including cooking in your homeschool curriculumUsing a prepared curriculum for teaching my kids to cook also helps me make sure that I am teaching them correctly. When I fist watched the  Kids Cook Real Food Knife Skills Video, I discovered that I have been handling my knife wrong my whole life! I’m so glad to have quality resources to help me do a thorough job of teaching my kids.
Knife skills - an essential component of our homeschool cooking curriculum!The curriculum also includes special terminology to help kids remember the techniques! In the picture above, my daughter is keeping her fingers safe with the “up and over, soldier!” position.

I’d like to encourage you, whether you decide to make it a formal course of study or not, to get into the kitchen with your kids — learn together and have fun while investing in their health and yours!

Adding Cooking to Your Homeschool Curriculum

13 Comments

  1. Melanie Thomas October 21, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This has been a subject I plan to add to our regular curriculum as well. My 6 year old always wants to help in the kitchen. I seen an ad for this course and signed up for the newsletter. I plan to check it out more when I get a second.

    1. Learning Mama October 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Definitely check out the Knife Skills video, it’ll give you a feel for the program so you can see if it’s a good fit.

  2. annette @ A net in Time October 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    that’s a smart thing…. to add it as part of the curriculum to make sure it gets done. Good stuff.

    1. Learning Mama October 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      There are just so many things that I want to do and never do — sometimes we need to make it more formal to make sure that we make it happen 🙂

  3. Susan Evans January 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

    My kids love to cook. This looks like so much fun!

  4. Allan James May 17, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Excellent tips!
    The more I cook, the more comfortable I get with my knives. And the more comfortable I am with my kitchen equipment, the more I like cooking. You just have to get in there and start doing it. I absolutely love putting together meals for my family, and would much prefer it to eating out.

  5. KJ June 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I recommend Cooking with Children by Marion Cunningham! My goal is to have each of my children complete the book before they graduate high school!

    1. Learning Mama June 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing KJ, I’ve never heard of that book! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  6. candidiase July 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Very good the post helped me a lot

  7. Gloria Diaz July 20, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Wow. I’m going to try this! Looks great. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Jennifer Strohman December 2, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I am thinking of buying an online cooking class for my two granddaughters. My daughter in !aw home schools and his very busy with three young children. The kids love to help in the kitchen and are really quite good. I really cannot find enough
    Info on your website to tell me about the cooking curriculum.

    Please send me more info?
    Thank you,

    Jennifer

    1. Learning Mama December 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’d be happy to tell you more about the Kids Cook Real Food e-Course!
      Were you wondering about buying it for your grandchildren and doing the course with them, or are you thinking that your daughter in law will do it with them?
      I’m only asking because you mentioned that she is very busy — I think that the course could be a great way of spending time with them while taking something off mom’s plate. I would love that as a homeschool mom! If you were thinking about buying it as a gift but having mom implement the course, that it would probably be best if you consulted with her first. I’d hate to see you spend your money on something they don’t end up using.

      Do you have any particular questions about the curriculum? If so, ask away. In the meantime, this may be helpful to you:
      KCRF Curriculum Map
      KCRF FAQ page
      QUICK STATS ABOUT THE COURSE

      • 8 weeks of class
      • 3 age levels
      • all age levels work to make one meal or snack where everyone contributes
      • over 30 basic skills
      • over 45 videos, including bonus “Foundations 101” videos and PDFs in addition to the 8 classes with 5 videos each
      • over 250 pages of material
      • recipe eBooklet with kid-friendly recipes, written just for kids
      • VIP level with additional bonuses, like a hospitality class, extension recipe eBooklet, exclusive Facebook group for support, full-length recipe eBooks and more. (paid upgrade package)
      • Here’s a list of what’s covered at each level:

        BEGINNER

        Carrying glass dishes to serve
        Spreading
        Peeling vegetables
        Slicing with a dull knife
        Dull knife cross hatch pattern
        Measuring ingredients – spoons and cups
        Blending spice mixes
        Soaking dry beans
        Careful Pouring
        Making a salad
        Working with dough
        Peeling hard-boiled eggs
        INTERMEDIATE

        Setting the table
        Making homemade salad dressings
        Introduction to sharp knives
        Cracking eggs
        Mixing simple recipes independently
        Cooking rice
        Stovetop safety
        Flipping pancakes
        Rolling dough
        Browning ground beef
        ADVANCED

        Sautéing vegetables
        Using a small appliance (food processor taught)
        Sharp knife skills, levels 1-4 (straight vegetables, peppers, onions, melons, apples)
        Crushing garlic
        Making a white sauce/cheese sauce
        Oven safety
        Cooking eggs
        Steaming vegetables
        Cooking dry beans
        Washing the table

        I’m not 100% sure the FREE KNIFE SKILLS VIDEO is still available, but definitely check that out, it was the first lesson we did and sold me on the course.

        I’m a big fan of “experience” and clutter-free gift giving, and I think this is a great idea!
        Let me know if I can help you out any further!

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