Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cooking With Kids

I absolutely love my cooking classes I do with my kids. Seriously, I pretend I have my own cooking show and millions of special ed kids are sitting at home watching me, lol. Might be my second calling now that I think about it. So, I have a couple of kids in my class who love cooking.They help at home making meals and spend their free time looking through my cooking magazines while at school. 

After continuous conversations about them cooking, I decided I was being unfair and it was time to pass the baton and let them teach a class. During a morning meeting I mentioned it to the kids and sure enough about half of them were eager to sign up. Here's what the kids want to cook....chilaquiles, grilled cheese sandwiches, peach cobbler (in a ziplock bag), "famous" quesadillas, and pizza. 

Yesterday was our first class. One of my boys made chilaquiles and they were amazing. He was absolutely adorable telling us each step along the way! One of my aides acted as his sous chef and did the actually cooking but he cut the tortillas, added them with the oil to the pan. Opened the cans, cracked the eggs, seasoned everything, added everything, topped it with the cheese and served his classmates! We taped him on the iPad, and he was so proud of himself. I wished I would have saved the grocery list he gave me to show you. He included a picture of each item next to the name. Why didn't I think of that before I used to send my ex-husband to the store, lol.

I can't wait for my other kids to get a chance to have their own cooking show soon. It's well worth stepping down and watching them shine.

6 comments:

  1. Cooking with kids! This sounds great. I have also been looking for such fun activities for my Phoenix pre-k students. I ran out of all ideas and imagination so started searching online. Thanks for the inspiration and I hope I am able to execute it well.

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    1. It's been working out great! All my freshman have been having their 2nd IEP's the last couple weeks so I've had the opportunity to get the parents involved in helping their students pick their recipe and sending it to me.

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  3. One year I had each student bring in a simple recipe from home. I would turn it into a picture recipe. Each student got a chance to be chef for a week. As the other students watched they "wrote" the recipe (choosing the correct strip of the picture recipe onto a template) so they would have their own copy. We put all the copies in a binder and sent the cookbook home as a mothers day gift. This also expanded my collection of picture recipes. Of course the chef of the week loved leading the class while wearing an apron and chef hat.

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    1. This is a great idea! I always struggle to keep my kids engaged during cooking because each kid does one step of the recipe but then it doesn't feel very cohesive. This is a much better way to organize it. Thanks for the idea!!

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    2. This is a great idea! I always struggle to keep my kids engaged during cooking because each kid does one step of the recipe but then it doesn't feel very cohesive. This is a much better way to organize it. Thanks for the idea!!

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