We’re inviting you to join us (either vicariously as you read these culinary posts or use these lessons yourself) on our journey to learn our way around the kitchen.
When I thought about where I wanted to start the boys’ culinary lessons, I decided to started with the very basics. We’re not overly formal around here when it comes to setting the table but it wouldn’t hurt for us to know which fork to use at a wedding or other formal meal. My kids will get to put their new skills to the test when we go to a wedding in October and December.
I found this printable placemat here. We used it to practice our spelling words and sentences.
I printed out this chart for how to set the table and taped it to the cabinet door in the kitchen for reference.
The first time around, I had each of the boys set their own place setting. Now they are taking turns setting the table for each meal. Is this really a necessary life skill? Yes and no.
Yes…because it teaches manners. I think this is a necessary life skill because being able to show respect to another person is not only desirable but important when it comes to keeping a job, having healthy relationships, and obtaining self control.
No…because my boys can make it through life perfectly fine without ever knowing if a knife belongs to the left or to the right of a plate.
We also did an impromptu spelling bee between the three of them. I’ve never done a spelling bee with the boys before but I thought I’d give it a try to help reinforce their spelling words. You have to understand…we had a civil war the year before last between the boys and myself concerning anything to do with reading or math. I completely changed my approach with them concerning reading. We’re taking it slow and easy these days and their reading skills have thrived because of it. I knew if I didn’t have an incentive paired with the spelling bee, it wasn’t going to work. I decided to make it a treat day and brought out a box of donuts holes I happened to have in the cupboard. If you spelled the word correctly, you got a donut hole. If you didn’t spell the word correctly, no donut. I had some highly motivated boys and best of all no tears or tantrums occurred.