Category Archives: Teaching

Cooking with Kids Addresses Multiple Intelligenc...

Cooking with Kids Addresses Multiple Intelligences
I can remember being a student and feeling completely lost in the classroom sometimes - usually when the teacher was talking.  I preferred to move around, touching equipment or "toys" and learning by doing and watching others.  I also loved working with a partner to solve a problem.  I am sure that you might remember something similar.  But for you, maybe you learned best by solving equations or listening to a lecture.  Either way - one thing is clear - students (no matter what their age)...

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F is for Fig Jam - An Easy Recipe for Kids to Ma...

F is for Fig Jam – An Easy Recipe for Kids to Make
I am brand new to Periscope, so it thrills me whenever there is a live audience on the other end of my videos.  It's especially fun when they chime in with comments, ask questions, and tap the screen to give me some hearts! Last week, when I was talking about my Cook the Alphabet cooking curriculum for kids, they helped me to decide the featured ingredient for my Letter F lesson plan.  F is for Figs...so let's make Fig Jam! F is for Fig Jam I wanted to use ingredients that are readily available,...

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Learning Literacy Through Cooking

Learning Literacy Through Cooking
When my kids were little, there was nothing like seeing their excitement when they told me about something new that they had learned in school.  They loved the opportunity to teach me a thing or two - and enjoyed it even more when they could show me their new skills.  Cooking is a perfect example of a teaching tool that can inspire kids to come home and share what they have learned.  Not only does it inspire healthy eating habits, but it can be a foundation to practice new literacy skills. Literacy...

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Cook the Alphabet - Healthy No-Bake Lesson Plans...

Cook the Alphabet – Healthy No-Bake Lesson Plans for Kids
As an educator, I am thrilled by the idea that I can help parents, teachers, homeschoolers and summer camp directors to use healthy cooking as a way to teach kids.  Not only can children learn  how to make good food choices, but my lesson plans will help them practice and reinforce what they are already required to learn:  literacy, math, nutrition, science and social studies! Food is the ultimate canvas for learning.  A huge bonus? If kids are exposed to healthy foods in the classroom,...

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Teaching Math Skills by Cooking – Elapsed Time

Teaching Math Skills by Cooking – Elapsed Time
As parents, our number one goal is to support our children so that they can grow up into confident and capable adults.  That’s no easy task!  There is so much to do – some of which is inspired by our own personal beliefs, some is driven by state guidelines, and some is simply practical.  Come on, they can’t depend on us to pack lunches and make dinner forever, right?  That’s where cooking can come into play.  Cooking, you ask?  No, I am not crazy – and I am not trying to add additional...

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Cooking with Toddlers – No Training Required

Cooking with Toddlers – No Training Required
If you dread cooking because it feels too daunting with toddlers underfoot, I have some suggestions to make your life a little easier.  When you want to be productive in the kitchen and your kids are begging for your attention - call your toddlers and bring them into the kitchen.  Yes, you read that right.  I know that your first impulse is to send them away so that you can have some time alone and get the job done faster, but I promise that cooking with toddlers can kill two birds with one...

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Skewered: Food On a Stick (At Home and In Nature...

Skewered: Food On a Stick (At Home and In Nature)
If you are on Facebook, you have seen the reminders of what you were doing 5 years ago on this day... I loved the reminder of the time I went on a birding adventure with my kids and a student teacher from my daughter's elementary school... It was glorious, and I saw 4 "life birds," which is bird-nerd-speak for "birds I have never seen before."  We saw a Merlin chasing after a Northern Harrier, got a show from a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk, saw a dancing display from the Sandhill Crane, and had...

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Extracting DNA from Strawberries – Food Science

Extracting DNA from Strawberries – Food Science
I originally published this post back in 2011, when I was teaching biology in a nearby town.  Since then, I left that school, went to teach in my hometown, and then promptly found myself unemployed.  Now, I am resuscitating my online presence and am thrilled that I can blend my 16 years of teaching science and cooking with kids into curriculum development. Given the my experience teaching children to cook and eat healthy foods, it should come as no surprise that I liked to include food...

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Valentine's Day: Senses of Love Tasting Activity...

Valentine’s Day: Senses of Love Tasting Activity
Kids love holidays.  Even many adults love them - although these days, I often forget they are even approaching.  Maybe that's a sign that I am nearing my mid 40's.  I mean 20's.  Anyway...as a teacher (and parent), I always found that the holidays were an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the kids' enthusiasm and have a teachable moment.  With Valentine's Day approaching, it's the perfect time to do a science activity to learn about the Senses of Love.  Yep, love.  Of course, you...

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Would You Rather: Food Edition

Would You Rather: Food Edition
I never know what to expect over school vacations.  Will we get to relax and enjoy being together? Or will the kids and I get stir crazy and be at each other's throats?  This year, since we just moved, it was wonderful to stay home and start to feel settled.  We played a few games, which ended up being a wonderful way to reconnect and have a few laughs. Being playful must have triggered something in my brain, because I felt inspired to develop a game that teachers or homeschoolers could use...

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