Kids’ Cooking and Baking Classes K-12 at Red Apple Academy on Thursday
27652 Camino Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cooking class for children
Background and Principles
The significance of early childhood for the development of dietary habits and other health-related habits (such as physical activity behavior) is undisputed. Therefore, primary school years offer the best opportunity for primary prevention to establish a foundation for healthy eating behavior. Children start to want to exert control over their food at this age by rejecting what is offered to them and/or demanding alternatives. In primary school, family control over children’s eating behavior slowly decreases as meals are increasingly consumed outside the family (such as at school) and the influence of peers increases.
The children’s cooking course is designed for elementary school children. In a 16-week cooking course, the children of one elementary school class each learn how to prepare a course menu. The children are introduced step by step to handling certain foods as well as different kitchen and cooking utensils. The foods to be used are presented in detail at the beginning of each cooking lesson. As part of this presentation, a brief introduction to the topic of healthy eating and the contribution of these specific foods to a healthy diet is discussed. The course also includes the playful learning of table manners. After preparing the dishes, the table is set and eaten together.
- We educate children and their parents about healthy foods and teach them how to prepare simple dishes, to encourage them to cook these dishes at home using the recipe book. This will raise awareness about healthy eating habits.
- We teach children to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy foods.
- We ensure that the knowledge and skills learned in the course are effectively integrated into the children’s attitudes and daily routines. This will involve developing coping resources and establishing healthy eating behavior from an early age, avoiding unhealthy behaviors, and adjusting food needs.
- We overcome children’s aversion to fruits and vegetables by introducing them to different healthy food options.
- We encourage practical and playful experimentation with healthy recipe alternatives to positively influence long-term eating behavior. By involving children in the cooking process, they are more likely to try new and unfamiliar foods, and their taste buds will be trained.
- We teach children about food processing and how to use cooking and kitchen utensils. Through the food processing and cooking process, children will develop their fine motor skills and improve their sense of timing.
- By acquiring knowledge and skills related to healthy eating, children will positively influence the eating habits of their entire family.
- At the final dinner, parents will have the opportunity to learn about healthy nutrition both theoretically and practically. This informal setting will also allow them to establish connections with the class educators.
After the final big dinner, the children will be given a recipe collection of the dishes they cooked during the course, which is illustrated with photos from their course. Photos taken during the course and included in the recipe book will only be taken in consultation with the parents of the children for reasons of personal protection.
Food Safety Guidelines:
Safety is of utmost importance! Always keep your hands focused on your task and exercise caution when using knives or sharp objects.
When washing your hands, be sure to wash them for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, and scrub under your fingernails and around your wrists to eliminate germs. In general, it’s important to follow proper sanitation practices, such as tying back long hair, washing your hands after touching your face or hair, and using the bathroom. Lastly, it’s important to wait until the end to taste-test any recipes.
After use, we clean up stations by wiping down all surfaces, cleaning the floors, and tidying up the surrounding areas.
German & Austrian Cooking & Baking 7th-12th Grade
Introducing a new concept for German and Austrian baking classes for middle and high school students – the “From Farm to Table” cooking and baking class.
In this class, students will not only learn about traditional German and Austrian recipes but also gain a deeper understanding of the ingredients that go into them. The class will begin to learn about the product and select ingredients for the class.
Students will learn how to incorporate these fresh ingredients into traditional German and Austrian baking recipes. They will learn about the techniques and traditions behind these recipes and will gain hands-on experience making them from scratch. Recipes covered in the class will include apple strudel, Linzer torte, potato dumplings, and so much more.
At the end of the class, students will get to enjoy the fruits of their labor by tasting the dishes they have prepared. They will also take home a binder of all the recipes they have learned, so they can continue to bake at home with their families.
This concept not only provides an interactive and immersive learning experience but also emphasizes the importance of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients in baking. It is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the traditions and techniques behind German and Austrian baking while also gaining a deeper appreciation for the ingredients that go into them.
For the Love of Baking and Desserts K-6th Grade
In this fun and engaging “For the Love of Baking and Desserts” class, students will learn the basics of baking and dessert making in a hands-on and interactive environment.
The class will be taught by a qualified instructor who will introduce the students to various baking and dessert-making techniques such as measuring, mixing, decorating, and packaging. Students will also learn about the importance of safety and hygiene in the kitchen.
Each class will focus on a specific recipe, such as chocolate chip cookies, brownies, or cupcakes. The instructor will guide the students through the recipe step-by-step, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in mixing, measuring, and baking the recipe.
Throughout the class, the instructor will encourage creativity and innovation, allowing the students to personalize their creations with different colors, toppings, and decorations. Students will also have the opportunity to taste their creations and share them with their classmates.
At the end of the class, students will take home a copy of the recipe they made and a collection of baking tips and tricks. They will also gain confidence in their baking and dessert-making skills and learn the importance of patience and attention to detail.
This concept not only provides a fun and interactive way for students to learn about baking and desserts but also teaches them valuable life skills such as following instructions, creativity, and teamwork. It is an excellent opportunity for young bakers and dessert lovers to explore their passion and gain valuable experience in the kitchen.