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So cooking lessons are frequent—but as my oldest progressed from circle time into reading and math, I realized that the kitchen offers the opportunity to teach about more than just food. When you're cooking together, lessons in everything from cooperation to fractions just naturally arise, and with a little forethought, you can teach nearly anything to kids who are so excited to be using the mixer or scooping the flour that they don't even realize there's learning going on.

When kitchen school is communal, the lessons are social: take turns, follow directions and accept that not everybody gets to pour in the chocolate chips. But when I'm only working with one kid, I can add lessons geared to each sous chef. The younger kids (I have two 4-year-olds) are still learning the basics of foods and nutrition, while my first-grader is learning to read simple recipes and grasp the concept of fractions and my 9-year-old likes to see the science of baking in action. Nearly any recipe offers an opportunity for a little home school kitchen curriculum, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

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