One Book Club from the Elementary classrooms recently chose a dish to make based on the book that they have been reading together. Louis Sachar’s Holes inspired a recipe for “Sploosh,” or Spiced Peaches, which a small group of students recently made and shared with their classmates. This is just one example of how the Elementary curriculum–that Cosmic Education we always mention–integrates the child’s whole experience of the world, even working its way into the recipes they dig up.
Consider ways to draw connections between life, learning, and food while cooking at home. A meal becomes all the more interesting for the Elementary student when suffused with meaning. Seek out family recipes, share memories of times in which you’ve prepared this very same thing with your relatives, or agree to collaborate on a new and interesting dish from a culture or book your child has been reading. (Or just step out of the way while your child takes care of it for you!)