Cooking=Math, Reading, and Science

I try to do a few activities with my son during the week. They are usually arts and crafts and cooking related. One week we made blueberry bars. It’s the easiest recipe ever. The hard part is making the bar look like the one in the recipe picture. I’m not the best baker, but I try. I learned about this recipe in Against All Grains book. It’s a simple recipe and in the process I learned how to make blueberry jam. It’s easy and I can’t believe I didn’t learn this sooner. My son enjoyed spreading the jam on the almond flour dough. I did a lot of the heavy work, but the point is we do the activity together. He learns about measurement, how to read a recipe, and the importance of portions in Spanish. It’s a fun way to learn new words such as “una cucharra” or “una taza.” He feels very proud of himself for knowing Spanish. Here is the picture of the blueberry bars. I don’t want to show my horrible baking. This is better. IMG_4649 (1)

Pizza

I try to do a few activities with my son during the week. They are usually arts and crafts. This week we made pizza using an almond flour pizza dough recipe. It’s the easiest recipe. I have to say this is more for me than for him. I’m fine with him having regular bread, but for the sake of not making two meals we used almond flour dough. He really enjoyed adding the ingredients and rolling the dough. He learned words such as masa and ingredientes.  This is a great opportunity to teach him kids about the joys of cooking and healthy eating.

We used Simple Mills Pizza Dough. You bake it for about 15 minutes then take it out and add the pizza ingredients, then put it back in the oven. It tastes best fresh out of the over.

Are you raising your child in a BILINGUAL home?

Raising a bilingual child has countless benefits. Bilingual speakers access more parts of the brain and have higher cognitive thinking abilities than monolingual speakers. Here is a link from The American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages that discusses the countless benefits of bilingualism.

http://www.actfl.org/advocacy/discover-languages/for-parents/cognitive

There are a lot of great websites out there for parents of bilingual children. Research shows there are several components to raising a fluent bilingual child. Reading stories and spending time with a Spanish speaker is a great start. In addition to the aforementioned, parents must be consistent with teaching Spanish and provide various opportunities to practice the language.

I like to use the website Colorín Colorado when working with bilingual children. There are countless resources for parents. This site has a parent section that provides tips on how to help your child learn Spanish at home. It also has fun reading tips and activities you can use at home. Under the link Let’s Read in the Family section, parents can teach their bilngual child about sounds. Additionally it has tongue twisters and vowel rhyming activities in Spanish!

This is a glimpse to the endless resources you can find on Colorín Colorado. Take some time to check out the site and let me know what you think!

http://www.colorincolorado.org/families/

Here is a great post for the benefits and techniques you can use to raise a bilingual child.

http://www.phdinparenting.com/blog/2009/9/22/raising-bilingual-kids-benefits-and-techniques.html

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