This post is part of my ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. To see all posts in the series, click here.
One of my favorite places to homeschool is in my kitchen.
We have an open floor plan on the main level of our home. This means that our kitchen opens up into our dining room, living room, and front entry way. I love this for it gives our home an open feel. The kitchen is sort of the hub of our home and homeschooling. This is especially true during the holidays.
During the Holidays, we end up doing a lot of Cooking and Crafts (all of which happen in the kitchen.) I love cooking with my children. Yes, it takes more patience on my part. It takes a lot more time with tiny hands helping out. However, the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience.
While I cook with my children I am always talking and explaining things to them. I explain what the various measurements are, why we are using such and such ingredient, why we need to stir or mix in certain ways. In addition to this we talk about other exciting things as well.
I love to make food from different areas of the world and when we do I share about where the recipe came from to my children. We also use the time to talk about other subjects of interest. So in the end, my children are not only learning the skill of cooking from me (which I feel is an important skill) but they also learn math, science, history, geography etc. To top it all of our mother-child bonds are strengthened by our time together.
Last month we had a blast making our own gourmet Butterfinger Caramel Apples together and my kids can’t wait to make Gingerbread Houses (from scratch as always) this year.
The other thing we love doing in the kitchen during the holidays is crafts. We love doing crafts together. The more they get to cut, color, paint and glue the happier they are. We normally have at least one project that is waiting to be worked on and finished. Right now my kids are helping me make a berry wreath to hang on the front door. I will be posting a tutorial on my site as soon as it is finished. Like with cooking, We talk as we work. I explain what we are doing, and answer my children’s questions while we work. And like with cooking we talk about everything of interest.
During this holiday season, I would encourage you to set aside the books for a bit, roll up your sleeves, and have fun together in the kitchen!
Hi, my name is Julia. I am a Christian, Homeschooling, Mother of 3 crazy awesome children. My days are filled with my roles of Wife, Mother, Homemaker, Blogger, and Most Recently Graphic Designer/Etsy Store Owner (At The QuietGrove Designs Etsy Shop I sell Baby Announcements, Invitations, Party Printables, Art Prints and more).
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