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Cooking with PK & K- SOL

After last week’s trial-by-fire in my Pre-K & Kinder Cooking class, I felt a little defeated. As I walked around school this week, I was uplifted by the smiling faces and waves I received all week from my new little buddies. Several teachers even commented on how much the students loved cooking class! One little girl said, “I wish everyday was Tuesday so I could go to cooking class!” I was mentally ready and willing to give it another go, however, I needed to rethink my strategy. Instead of “cooking” which means I’m doing a lot of the work (they are too little to cook with heat- not safe!), we needed more of “assembly” type recipes. With this new game plan, I was prepared and the results were happy, engaged students and a non-stressed teacher. I’d say today was a most pleasant day!

Today’s menu included spiders, mini fruit kebabs, and trail mix. They loved it!!! I couldn’t believe how attentive and careful they were. They were super cute when they were “cooking” and they loved the tasty treats they made. Here are two of our recipes:

“Spiders”

Ingredients: crackers, cream cheese, pretzels, and raisins

Directions: Spread cream cheese on one side of 2 crackers. Place 8 pretzel “legs” into the cream cheese on one cracker. Place the other cracker (cream cheese side down) on top of the first cracker. Put a small bit of cream cheese on the top cracker. Place 2 raisin “eyes” on the cream cheese. Enjoy!

Trail Mix

Ingredients: Cheerios, Trix cereal, pretzels, chocolate chips, raisins, and sunflower seeds

Directions: Add desired amount of each ingredient to a bowl or plastic bag. Mix with a spoon. Enjoy!

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?!?- SOL

Has this ever happened to you? You plan for something to turn out one way, but it turns out completely different than you had planned. Well, I have!

I teach upper elementary for a reason. I love their independence, the ability they possess to follow directions, their common sense…the list goes on and on. Why then did I volunteer to teach a cooking class to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children? I’m not entirely sure.

Yesterday was my very first cooking class. We made scrambled eggs and French toast. With the class scheduled for an hour and a half, I wondered what I was going to do with ALL that time…boy was I wrong…we barely finished by the time they had to be picked up! Some of the highlights of my afternoon included LOTS of questions, raw eggs splattered in their hair, pureed bananas instead of sliced ones because it  was so much fun to chop, one little girl who cried the whole time because she wanted her mommy, LOTS of hugs, oh, and the best one…When my back was turned, a 4 year old boy decided it would be a great idea to crush the egg shells and dump them into the egg mixture that we were using to dip our bread into for the French toast! Seriously! I asked him why he did that, but he just smiled and said, “I don’t know!” Of course you don’t. All in all it was an adventure, but I am definitely rethinking next week’s game plan!

Don’t get me wrong, they are seriously adorable kids, but I’m pretty sure my patience would run out if I taught that age group all the time. Kudos to any teacher who teaches first grade and younger!