Baking and Literacy
Date posted: September 11, 2018
Today’s tip on the 2018 Fostering Literacy Calendar is Bake something. Are you surprised that this is an activity that supports literacy?
Food can be a very effective vehicle for learning. It is familiar and relevant for everyone. Baking, and any other food preparation, is a great activity for reinforcing literacy and numeracy skills. Preparing food together can spark interesting conversations. And, producing something delicious is rewarding.
Read How one cooking program created a recipe to transform lives to see how this can work in an adult class.
Baking something with your family can be a fun learning experience. Explore the links below to learn more about what children can learn from cooking with adults:
- 6 Ways Cooking With Kids Can Boost Literacy Skills
- “C” is for Cooking: Encouraging Reading Skills in the Family Kitchen
- Kitchen Magic: Teaching Science & Math Through Cooking
- Literacy In The Kitchen: Opportunities To Learn While Cooking
- What’s on my Plate: Talk – Taste – Count
And, if you’re concerned about sugar consumption, remember that not all baking is sweet. Bread is a collection of short films from the NFB highlighting six Canadian women from different backgrounds and their recipes for bread. These films could be used as a conversation starter. Here’s the trailer:
Find a sample of teaching aids using food, baking or cooking in:
- Cooking Verbs ESL Printable Worksheets and Exercises
- Food Glorious Food – Board Game
- Free Cooking Worksheets
- Janis’s ESL Links: Recipes
There are more resources for embedding literacy in food and cooking in the Decoda Library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions.