Food is something necessary for our survival but can also be delicious and fun. When you incorporate food into your lessons, you add the sense of taste and often also smell, sight, sound, and touch as well. The more senses are involved, the better your child retains the information. There are so many ways to use food to enhance your homeschool adventures. Here are just a few:
Periods in History
When teaching about the Tang Dynasty, serve Chinese food and teach your kids to eat with chopsticks or to reinforce another history lesson, serve a Medieval feast where everyone has to eat with their hands. Our kids really enjoyed a Titanic dinner party that we put on last year. There are all kinds of ways to incorporate food into your history lessons!
Countries and Cultures
There is much that can be learned about another culture by its culinary history. In our house, we usually use the Usborne Children’s World Cookbook but also often look recipes up online as well. When studying a particular country, you may consider putting on a family dinner party or perhaps invite friends over to sample dishes from that country.
Food Crafts and Activities
Get Your Kids in the Kitchen
The more hands-on your kids can be in the kitchen, the better! There is a lot of life skill learning that takes place there as well as building on relationships.
In many homes, the kitchen becomes the gathering place, the hub of family life. Welcome your children to be a part of it!
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