If you want to get started cooking and baking with your children, using the Montessori method, please check out my YouTube video here to see some great footage of my little girl creating this delicious (really, I mean it) chocolate crackle cookie recipe linked below. Subscribe to my channel for more videos like this and other Montessori Inspired activities. I’m posting new videos every week, all summer long!
One of my favorite parts of the Montessori method, hands down, is cooking (really, truly cooking) with my kids. The idea of the prepared environment and the concept that small children can do a whole lot more, all by themselves, than we typically give them credit for has radically changed my life and my parenting style. Without the Montessori method, I never, in a million years, would have given my 2 year old an egg and attempted to demonstrate how to crack it for a recipe. Well- guess what, after way fewer attempts than I would have imagined, she got it. She was accurately, easily, and *cleanly* cracking eggs before she turned 3. She is 5 now, and way beyond finding fulfillment in merely cracking eggs.
So, what’s the next step? How can you continue the growth and the independence as your small child gets bigger and…isn’t quite so small anymore? How can we prepare the kitchen environment for our early elementary chefs?
When I sat down to ponder this question, I focused mainly on the areas where my 5 year old still needs a lot of scaffolding. The part of cooking and baking that is still too hard for her to accomplish independently. What stood out the most to me was THE RECIPE. Reading, deciphering, and decoding that gosh darn recipe. And don’t get me started on the measurements (fractions!!!!).
So, today- I’m sharing with you a really delicious, Montessori inspired recipe which tackles both of this issues. This recipe *only* contains two different fractions 1/2 and 1/4. This recipe is also a small yield- 1 dozen cookies, so it is manageable- time wise, from start to finish, for an early elementary schooler or older pre-k child to complete. And, last but not least, I typed up the recipe in a simple-to-read, large font with PICTURES to aid our emergent readers with the instructions.
I laid out the recipe with a photo of each ingredient on the left and a photo of the baking tool needed to measure on the right. This is designed to encourage the left-to-right tracking kiddos will need as they learn to read. I also included each measurement fraction aligned up and down, not side-to-side, because when children start to encounter fractions in math, they’ll be seeing and working with them vertically.
I have included this ***FREE*** PDF below. In lieu of payment- I humbly request that you simply subscribe to my YouTube channel and get instant access to fantastic, brand new Montessori inspired ideas and activities for your family to enjoy all summer (and all year) long.
Thanks for coming along on this journey with our family, and I would love to hear how this worked out for you and your kiddos in the comments!!!