In this episode, Annabel and Turtle make a cake – and learn about following directions, waiting, learning new things and making mistakes.
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Carrot cake recipe (Apparently this is Australia’s Best Carrot Cake) –
Credits: Original music, composed, written, recorded and produced by Tahnee McShane and the McShane Family Band. Pod-participants for this episode were Izzy, Mia, Lewis and Annabel. Character voices by Tahnee, Elouise and James McShane.
Lessons from this Episode
From a teaching perspective, baking has it all. Following a recipe builds on skills of literacy, numeracy and procedure. It’s a tactile experience – meaning children can measure things themselves, they can pour, mix and crack – and it’s fun! And from a parental perspective, well, life. (By the time they’re seven, they may have even mastered the recipe and all you’ll need to do is put it in the oven!).
Even if your little one is not yet reading, they can watch you. Read the recipe out loud. Collect the ingredients from your pantry. What can your little one do to help? Mine love to crack eggs. Following on from listening to this episode, your little one may like to have a go at grating the carrot. There is a grate (get it?) opportunity to remind little one that we need to be careful when we grate!
Talk with your little person about how Turtle hurt his fin. Your little person may even want to draw a picture of turtle hurting himself – or they may want to draw a picture of what they look like.
When children hurt themselves – it’s one of the first opportunities they have to learn resilience. Very young children need to learn cause and effect. If they’ve walked under a table and bumped their head, it hurts. They start crying. It helps to acknowledge what has happened with them. For example, “Does your head hurt? You bumped into this table with your head” – and then you point to the bit that impacted their head. Talking through why something hurts, whether it be physical or emotional is a skill we can take with us right through to adulthood. Drawing is a great way to express how we feel.