“Learning never exhausts the mind.”Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
I came across this quote from TransCultural Group’s December 2022 newsletter. The first thing that came to mind was, “No, learning is exhausting!” I remember how tiring it was to go through books and finish school tasks.” But then I realized I had mistaken learning for education or schooling – they are different. Learning is a lifelong experience of gaining knowledge and acquiring skills through experience, schooling, and training. Education, on the other hand, is just part of the learning process.
While going to school can be exhausting, learning never exhausts the mind. There will always be space in our brains to learn something new, no matter how old we are or how crammed our minds might be.
Parent’s challenge of developing children who are eager to learn
As parents, we want our children to be eager to learn and experience new things. We need to develop strategies that will make them interested in learning. Developing cultural intelligence is no exception. As important as IQ and EQ, cultural intelligence (CQ) will make them successful individuals today and in the future.
But how do we make cultural intelligence learning enjoyable for our children? One great idea is through food! You can help your children open their global mindset at the dinner table. You can take them to restaurants serving foreign cuisine or prepare them at home with your children.
Cooking with your children
The kitchen is a great place to learn, explore, and have fun with your children. A culinary learning adventure can be the perfect way to introduce them to the wonderful world of cooking. From gathering ingredients and preparing meals to understanding cultures and different cooking styles – there are endless possibilities for children of all ages when it comes to cooking.
Creating a culinary adventure for your children can include setting goals such as trying a new ingredient each week from different cultures. Don’t worry; we will be helping you with that. In the coming weeks, we will share simple recipes featuring ingredients and popular dishes from various parts of the world that you can prepare with your children.
With these tools, your children will have everything they need for an exciting culinary learning experience that lasts well beyond childhood!
Benefits of culinary learning
Cooking is an essential skill that can benefit children in many ways. It helps them become more independent and confident while also teaching them invaluable lessons about nutrition, responsibility, and other cultures. Learning how to cook is not only a valuable life lesson for children, but it can also be a fun experience for them.
For starters, cooking with children allows them to develop their independence and creativity in the kitchen. They learn through hands-on exploration, so by providing engaging activities such as measuring ingredients or stirring a pot of soup, they will likely find joy in creating their own dishes.
Cooking also teaches kids about nutrition – what’s healthy, what’s not – which can have long-term impacts on their health and eating habits. Cooking with children instills a sense of responsibility that comes from taking part in the meal preparation and cleaning up after dinner.
Finally, cooking teaches children about different cultures – about different cuisines, the ingredients they use, and cooking techniques around the world.
While cooking in the kitchen is a fun learning and bonding experience, safety must always come first. Here are some tips for ensuring safety when cooking with children:
- Ensure you keep all sharp knives and other potentially dangerous tools out of reach for young kids.
- Children should only operate sharp and hazardous tools with adult supervision and guidance.
- Always supervise your child while cooking around a hot stove or oven – never allow them to use the appliances independently.
- Place heatproof mats on counters near the stove so that little hands won’t get accidentally burned if they get too close while you’re working on a recipe together.
Family time in the kitchen is a great way to develop cultural intelligence in children. It can be a fun, hands-on experience that allows children to explore and experience different cultures while bonding with the family. Not only will they gain knowledge of other cultures, but they will also develop lifelong cooking skills and memories along the way. Use this time as an opportunity to explore new foods, learn about customs, and create delicious meals together as a family. Let’s get cooking!