Hidden Learning in the Kitchen

June 25, 2014

Aside from how much kids love it, cooking with your children can be a wonderful opportunity to support language learning and development. Here are some basic skills to keep in mind while following recipes & cooking with your child. 

1. Quantity concepts - emphasize teaching words like "all", "half", "full" or "empty"

2. Sequencing - while reading the recipe, talk about what steps come first, next, then, and last

3. Recall - ask your child if they can remember the steps included in the recipes or all the ingredients required. 

4. Brainstorming & Making predictions - let your child make guesses about what the end product with look and taste like. Cue them to use meaningful words such as soft, chewy, crunchy, sweet as opposed to 'good' or 'yummy'. 


If you're looking for more structured cooking crafts, check out the books below. Let your child sequence the visual support cards, create their own recipe books and shopping lists! they make great birthday presents paired with kid friendly measuring cups and spoons! 





Look 'n' Cook - Step-by-Step Recipes for Young Chefs

* Book Cooks - Literature Based Classroom Cooking



*Recipes for Reading


Carly Seibald, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

Carly Seibald the founder of Social Sprouts, SLP - a pediatric speech-language pathology practice with an emphasis on teaching social skill development. Carly is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA as well as a professional certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). In addition to her private practice, Carly works as a full-time speech and language therapist and supervisor at Children’s Academy, an integrated, multidisciplinary K-5th grade school for children with speech and language delays located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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