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One of our goals this year is to have the children cooking more independently. They can all scrape by, preparing themselves some sort of food but I’d like them to be able to serve a family meal, and cook a dessert or do some baking.
Each week we rotate the chores and one of the chores is to be my cook’s helper. Mostly this is for the evening meals but if I was to do baking (it happens rarely) they would help me out or if possible, bake whatever was needed.
My plan is that each child will have one meal that they will be “in training” for. This meal will be repeated one night each time they are cooks helper. With each rotation they will be able to do more of the meal independently, working towards them doing it totally by themselves. I expect to show them, help them, and then let them go (though it may take a couple of rotations of ‘helping’ before they have the confidence to do it solo.) So that is my plan.
These are the meals each of the children are working on at the moment:
Daniel: Minestrone Soup, Chocolate slice
Nomi: Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chocolate cake
Jessica: Creamy Chicken with rice and veggies, Lemon Meringue Pie
Joshua: Roast meat and veggies, salad, Muffins