Monday, November 8, 2010

How to Advance Children's Learning Capabilities - You will be Suprised!

Did you know that parents who don't give their children chores at home may be slowing their development? Research has shown that children who participated in household tasks starting at age three or four are more likely to succeed in adulthood.

Cooking and kitchen activities is such a powerful household activity.
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As they kneed, mix, beat, snip, read, and converse with us, children are learning, developing physicaly, mentally and socialy.

How and Why – It is encouraged that parents know and understood this because it helps with applying the cooking activity accordingly

Mirror neurons. Mirror neuron in our brains, allows us to duplicate actions and emotions that we see, which means that we’re continually participating in what we observe.

A baby benefits from time in the kitchen. What is the baby observing – our actions, our talk, and if you notice babies and get facinited with what you’re doing. Your baby’s mirror neurons allow her to experience what you’re doing i.e. allowing her to practice in advance.
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Try doing something different – like cut a different carrot with waving roots – notice the change – there is increased attention. If your knife slips and cut yourself, she’ll react to your surprise and pain, making her understanding of sharp implements more real than any warning might accomplish.

Meaning. Cooking gives purpose and a clear goal. Providing recognition for the effort in preparing a dish will help him eat his veges!

Responsibility. Research has shown that children who participated in household tasks starting at age three or four were more likely to succeed in adulthood.

Waiting until children were older can backfire. My father used to tell us, show them responsibility and they will be able to take of themselves as they grow older.

Higher-level learning. Kitchen-related tasks allow our children to learn more than just prepare a dish. They are learning scientific principles, develop personal qualities such as patience, confidence and challenge. . They are motivated to apply what they’re learning to more challenging endeavors.

Sensory learning. Full sensory learning has staying power. Apart from nature, it’s hard to find a more sensory-rich environment than the kitchen. We humans must see, hear, smell, touch, and, yes, taste to form the complex associations that make up true comprehension.

Active learning.

Childhood is a period when learning actually changes the brain’s functional anatomy. Hands-on experiences are particularly vital at this time.

The child who spends plenty of time with manipulatives (arranging cookies on a platter, sifting flour, washing silverware) and using real-world math (measuring ingredients, counting celery stalks, following recipes) has a strong foundation of representational experience, which in turn enables better understanding of abstract mathematical concepts.

These hands-on experiences also contribute to reading readiness. Another benefit of kitchen learning?

Cooking and tasting the results a short time later provides wonderful lessons in cause and effect.


Happy Cooking and Teaching! Power to the Kitchen!

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