Kayla’s interest is in culinary. As of the now, she says she wants to be a chef someday. One Sunday, I told the girls it was going to be a baking day. Being the kinesthetic learner, Kayla was the more excited one. She pulled out a boxed cake mix from the shelf (We usually bake from scratch) and the rest of the ingredients and tools we would be needing. Well, she ended up doing everything by herself from measuring the ingredients, mixing them, cleaning up (This is still a work-in-progress), lining the cupcake pans, and pouring the batter into each hole in the pan. She also did the frosting all by herself: measuring, mixing, and preparing the piping bag and decorating tip, and decorating the cupcakes. The only thing that she can’t do yet is turn on our gas-fired oven, put the pans in and pull them out when the cake or cupcakes is done. That’s still my role.
I congratulated her for doing a better job this time and really showing that she can bake by herself with less supervision.
On another occasion, she again baked cupcakes but from scratch. She chose the recipe from her own recipe book and came up with her own combination of a chocolate kind of cupcake and frosting which she hasn’t tried doing before. And VOILA! This is her cupcake creation! I was kinda uncertain at first as to how her cupcakes would taste like because it didn’t make use of butter, which I think is THE ingredient that always makes cakes, cupcakes or cookies flavorful. But when Arielle and I tried what she made (actually, not tried but ate! I avoid white sugar and bad carbs these days but I just couldn’t resist!), we were really surprised to taste a VERY YUMMY FROSTED CUPCAKE! I’m not kiddin’! It was the frosting that did the magic! JUST PERFECT for the chocolate cupcake! We gave Kayla a two thumbs up!
There are a number of other skills and lessons learned from simple baking. These are:
- Reading recipes
- Following instructions or procedures
- Math concepts: measurements, fractions
- Hygiene, cleanliness
- Chemistry (although we didn’t dig deeper into this last Sunday)
- Workflow efficiency
- Home economics: food handling and storage
- Sharing with others 🙂 – A remark we would always hear from Kayla is that she’ll bake cookies or pack food items and give them to the poor or those in the streets. That’s her. That’s her heart ❤.
- Entrepreneural spirit – She’s been wanting to make this a full-blown business but I just haven’t found the extra time to do it with her. We’ve however touched on the topics of product development, packaging, purchasing, suppliers, costing and pricing, marketing, etc. and still continue to discuss the processes involved to set up and operate one.
Baking. Another life skill to teach our girls. What else? Cooking. Knife skills. Basic hygiene in the kitchen. Food preparation. Marketing. Budgeting. A lot more! (No wonder the kitchen is usually the place where homeschooling families gather ’round!) This is another way we make LEARNING REAL and BETTER for our girls.
Have you baked with your kids lately? It’s fun (and yummy, too!)