As the kids get older I have begun introducing kitchen skills as part of our informal schooling. For the most part, I feel comfortable in the kitchen and I want my kids to feel that way too. However, I’m not always sure what I should expect them to be able to do at their respective ages. So, a few years ago I purchased the first two books in The Quiet Arts Series – Lessons in Responsibility to use as a guide in knowing what skills to introduce when. As a result, Matthew has become fairly good at helping in the kitchen and can even make dinner by himself with only a little input from me. (I just have to remember it takes him A LOT longer than it would me.) The girls are also starting to learn and I am enjoying having the extra hands to help.
These pictures are of Caleb making his own nutella and jelly sandwich for the first time. I wish I could have gotten a picture of his face when I asked him if he wanted to do it himself. His eyes were so wide and I could just see the thought going through his mind, “You mean this is something I can do?!” He enjoys helping in the kitchen and loves being able to fix his favorite lunch all by himself now. I should have taken a picture of him eating it. He had a big grin and said it tasted very good.