Among my helpers, besides the teacher who came armed with notebooks and drawing pencils, and a whole lot of instructions, about where to sit, how to assist, how to behave in somebody's house, what to write down, how to ask questions, beside her, I also had other adult helpers.
While I instructed my young helpers on how to use knives, how to stand away from a cooking pot, how to keep surfaces uncontaminated, how to watch for doneness, the other adults all contributed as well, with assisting, supervising, serving and cleaning, and most importantly, managing the many tasks that came up.
One of them is another retired teacher too, and she reinforced life skills, such as:
1. estimation, how many apples to chop to make a cup.
2. multiplication, and division, doubling or halving a recipe.
3. reading a recipe and identifying common substitutions.
4. logistic set-up, what comes first, what tools are needed, how to best get the job done.
This week's lessons will emphasize selecting ingredients and staying on a budget.
Did I mention that questions are raised and answers are shared about eating healthy, balancing meals, reading labels?