Cooking is the experience of being fully present in the moment, an appreciation and gratitude for the food made by loving hands; a moment of self-awareness and joyful spirituality. Young children love to cook. Cooking embraces balanced learning as it engages all brain domains, but most importantly, social-emotional joy. Cooking allows for important Spanish and Chinese vocabulary building as young learners discuss what they are doing and counting, while watching materials change color, texture, and medium.
Additionally, cooking provides opportunities for children to understand and apply their knowledge of measuring, one-to-one correspondence, counting, and numbers. As they follow a recipe, children organize ingredients, and carry out multiple steps in a process.