De Dietrich Academy
Dedicated Kids Cookery Classes on a Saturday morning. Girls only (boys can attend up until the age of 9 years.
TELEPHONE: 050 550 1612
Cooking classes teach academic and life skills that benefit children. Lessons about food, nutrition and cooking give children practice in addition, measuring, comparison and fractions. Children also get to practice reading, and learn valuable information about healthy food choices, where their food comes from and kitchen safety. Best of all, children who cook gain a sense of accomplishment that comes from having completed a great-tasting project.
Reading and Math Skills Children can practice addition and subtraction by weighing ingredients. When children read food labels and recipes, they are learning to gather information in a new format and are acquiring new vocabulary. They must be able to read measurements in recipes, on food packages and on measuring utensils. Children can also practice addition, subtraction and division of fractions when they are challenged to double a recipe or cut it in half. Older children can practice equivalencies -- three teaspoons equals one tablespoon, four quarts equals one gallon, and so on -- and write new recipes.
Food and Nutrition Children get to work with fresh, unprocessed foods. Children learn where their food comes from when they are enrolled in a cooking class. They have the chance to hold a head of broccoli or a freshly baked loaf of bread, rather than seeing it sliced, processed and packaged. Rather than merely grabbing a pre-packaged snack from the shelf, they have the opportunity to learn which fruits and vegetables are seasonal, their nutritional properties, how to store them and how they react to freezing, chopping, boiling and mixing.
Motor Skills and Safety Children learn about hygiene and safety in cooking classes. Very young children learn and practice fine motor skills when they learn to cook. They can slice hard-boiled eggs in a child-friendly egg slicer, grate carrots or cheese on a grater, stir pancake or cookie batter, spread peanut butter, scoop ingredients with measuring cups, wrap foil around a potato and roll pizza dough in their tiny hands. This is a perfect time for children to learn about kitchen safety and hygiene. Lessons about germs, hand washing, water hazards and fire hazards are part of learning to cook.
Problem Solving and Life Skills Children practice problem-solving skills when they are following a recipe. Cooking can be both methodical and artful. It gives children practice at following step-by-step directions and gives them a chance to make adjustments and modifications as needed. Recipes provide a clearly stated process and expected outcome. When children experiment with variables, they are creating something new. When the result is a flop, they learn about failure and persistence. When the result is a success, they gain a self-esteem boost.