Visual Learning – Why Recipes?

Activity:  Recipes

Vocabulary Practice:  Open, shut, pour, dump, in, beat, whisk, stir, blend, fold, crack, cook, rinse, fry, slice, dice, cut, chop, shake, dirty, more, sink, counter.

Concept Practice:

  • Opposites – Open/close, hot/cold, on/off
  • Ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd)/Cardinal numbers (1, 2, 3)
  • Measuring
  • Counting

Following recipes is a great way to practice following directions and to teach sequencing.  For Noah, having a goody to look forward to at the end of the “lesson” is a great motivator and makes teachable moments in the kitchen capturable.  When we turn recipes into PEC boards they become a perfect tool for you and your visual learner.  Other skills involved are measuring, counting, selecting and matching PECs to objects.  And how about practicing all those kitchen verbs?

When we can say a word like “chop” and show our child the PEC or sign language for the word “chop”, that’s good.

When we can say “chop,” show our child the PEC or sign language for the word “chop” and then let our child chop, that’s learning through experience, and that’s phenomenal.  A child (or an adult) will remember far more what he has done than what he has heard or seen.

Your Turn

What are your favorite recipes to make with your children?  How have you incorporated language lessons into your kitchen time?

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