Our Friday Cooking Class was again a SUCCESS! On this particular week, our item for preparing / cooking was Crunchy Muesli Balls; now I could go into detail about every little step we took, but I really want to write about how much the children have learnt in the past three weeks and how proud we are.
I honestly walk out of our cooking classes feeling like I should be hi-fiving everyone in sight, it’s only week 3, and the children remember where to hold the sharp knife, and where their fingers should hold the piece of food they are cutting, they all take on roles / jobs without conflict and if there is conflict of interest, it’s so easily resolved. The children engage in conversation and it’s nice to be a support person and be a part of their learning. I’ve been told by a parent, that since their child began the cooking classes, all they want to do is cook at home 😊. I’ve seen children’s confidence grow and their sense of self-wroth excel.
What makes this so successful?
I believe it is because we instil trust in them, we hand over the responsibility of learning and we are there to support and encourage. I believe it is because children are not made to participate, they choose to come and go and add their mark in any way they choose.
Yes, I won’t lie, at times it can get busy, but we too have learnt something over these past three weeks, ‘just go with it’ . Let them be little, let them explore, let them learn at their own pace and just be there for them.
And when I say I cannot wait for the next class, believe me, I literally cannot wait for the next class.
2-3 x Cups Muesli
2 x Cups Rice Bubbles
Honey – Enough to combine all ingredients.
1x Cup Dried Apricots
1x Cup Dried Cranberries
1x Cup Sultanas
1x Cup Banana Chips – Crush
1x Cup Desiccated Coconut
Preheat your oven at 160
Separate Patty Pans
Roughly chop your dried apricots
In a large mixing bowl add your dried goods
Add your honey and stir (Ensure that there is enough honey to combine all ingredients so it is easily spooned into patty pans).
Place filled patty pans on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they golden.