Spoons Recipe Days, for 4th graders, is taught once a month for 9 months. In each session, children use their food discovery skills and developing food curiosity, honed in our 2nd and 3rd grade programs, to explore more complex flavors, recipes, and concepts. Activities are presented in a fun, hands-on manner with opportunities to learn kitchen skills, kitchen science, and food origins. Lessons connect to classroom curricular goals, including STEM, and COMMON CORE Learning Standards in ELA (English Language Arts) and math. In each session, children; taste the individual ingredients in a selected recipe and use their developing vocabulary to share their reactions; learn about the nutritious aspects of these ingredients and any local, seasonal and cultural elements of the dish; prepare and eat the recipe together, and learn about food preparation skills to help them to gain the confidence that will enable them to participate in mealtime preparation at home.
In each session, children:
- Discover and explore the elements of taste (sweet, sour, salty, and bitter), and are encouraged to use descriptive words in discussing their observations.
- Taste the individual ingredients in a selected recipe and use their developing vocabulary to share their reactions.
- Learn about the nutritious aspects of these ingredients and any local, seasonal and cultural elements of the dish.
- Prepare and eat the recipe together learning food preparation skills to gain confidence in the kitchen.