So we got to work! One thing I love about cooking together is all of the hidden opportunities to teach. While he was putting the yogurt on the bread, we talked about moving the yogurt all over the bread’s surface which is called, “spreading”. This is a new vocabulary word that I know he’ll start to use after hearing it being used in context. We talked about transitional words such as, “First, Second, Next, Then, Finally, etc.” This is a little more complex to teach out of context so when doing an activity that has steps or a particular order to follow, it is much easier to teach young children how to use these words in conversation. For instance,
First, we spread the yogurt onto the bread.
Second, you are choosing to add the pears.
Then you want to add the banana.
Before you can add the banana, you will need to cut up the banana. Once the banana is cut, then you can add it to the pizza.
Next, you want to add the orange. Again, before you can add the orange you need to do one more thing. Please peel the orange into smaller pieces, then you can add to the pizza.
Last we need to top it off with “crunchy stuff”.
Now we are finished! Let’s eat!