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Baking Cookies for School?

 

In our Homeschool4life world, everything can become learning...Even making cookies! We were at my parents house the other day and my mom and our youngest son were going to make some chocolate chip cookies. We started talking about all of the parts of making cookies and how you really are learning while doing that. Here’s what we came up with:

 

  • Science

    • there is a chemical reaction that happens in the oven where you can no longer separate the ingredients

    • heat is the agent in which the chemical reaction occurs

    • talking about temperature

    • why it needs to be at a certain temperature (what would happen if you put it at a different temperature)

 

  • Math

    • counting by 5s to preheat the oven to the correct temperature

    • measuring all of the ingredients

    • knowing the abbreviations for the measurements (tsp, TBL, c)

    • recognizing fractions - 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/2

    • multiplying fractions when you double a recipe

    • sorting all of the ingredients between dry and liquid

    • counting how many cookies you have in the end (this could be counting by 1s, 2s, etc)

    • adding up the different amounts of cookies on each cookie sheet

    • subtracting all of the cookies that Grandpa eats

    • dividing up the cookies evenly to everyone

    • multiplying the hands of everyone trying to “taste test” or “sample”

 

  • PE (ok, maybe we’re stretching this one)

    • someone has to stir in the chocolate chips - by hand!

 

  • Reading

    • reading the ingredients list

    • reading the recipe directions

    • reading the ingredient packages to make sure you have the right items

 

  • Kitchen Safety

    • using the items in the kitchen can be dangerous so knowing how to use them safely is key

    • knowing that an adult needs to use a pot holder to put in and pull out the cookie sheets from the oven

 

  • Kitchen Clean-Up

    • this follow up is important for children to learn - they have to clean up the mess they made

 

  • Listening Skills & Following Verbal Directions

    • listening to Grandma as she walks through the process with you

    • making sure you are following the directions she is giving you (after all - she’s done this about a 1,000,000 times)

 

 

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