Chef Koochooloo is a start up located in Mountain View, CA that strives to empower families and educators to engage in fun, interactive culinary studies while enhancing math, science, and social studies knowledge. The curriculum allows children to learn by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, and listening. They love every aspect of the program because they can use all of their senses. They are also able to make sense of science and math in a more concrete tangible way.
They have a campaign through IndieGoGo to raise $40,000 to help launch their new app.It's a great idea to try to incorporate real-life skills like cooking with academic subjects - it makes instruction more interesting and relevant, and gives kids hands-on experience with things they'll use their whole lives. Check it out and donate if you can!
The Chef Koochooloo program provides practical experience with many essential skills such as reading non-fiction, (the fun facts are engaging enough to capture their attention), following directions, and measuring. Observing the class through the short videos Layla provided has made me realize that the program truly helps its students to develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, and early concepts of math and science. There are just so many great benefits to this program that I would love to see it implemented in many more schools across the country.
Cooking with kids is a great early childhood education. It is an opportunity to meal plan, look for recipes and share ideas on why and how to make meals healthier.