(Joining Heather for the kitchen blog hop).
At my university (like many), we have a Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL). While Anya was trying to make baked doughnuts (more of a muffin than a doughnut) on her own Tuesday, it occurred to me that--at least for this summer--the kitchen is kind of the OTL in the house. This was reinforced when, the next morning, she insisted that we supervise while she made her own scrambled eggs (eaten alongside a baked doughnut).
The kitchen as OTL not only captures Anya's desire to learn more about cooking and baking, but also our parental commitment to using the summer schedule to make sure that the kids develop habits of making their own food, contributing to dinner preparation (not always feasible when school is on for three of the four of us), and set up and clean up. All a learning process. Life skills. And, hopefully, a time of communion with each other.
Sam, however, is less interested in the learning aspects of cooking and baking than in eating the products thereof...though sometimes he keeps us company, cubes in hand (the picture only shows about 1/3 of his cube collection...!) (Okay, in his defense, he already knows how to cook a few things, he's just not interested in learning more.)
What learning is going on in your kitchen?