Life skills, self-care skills, or what we officially call ADLs (Adult Daily Living skills) make up an important part of our instruction. For my students, ADLs can and do include dressing oneself, using the bathroom, washing and grooming, cleaning, using transportation, using utensils and feeding oneself, etc...As my students get older, ADLs naturally include food preparation skills, as well. Learning to prepare simple snacks and meals is an important step in gaining independence - even if (like most of my students) they always will need some assistance.
Once a week, we do a cooking or food prep lesson. In addition to ADLs, of course, food prep addresses such skills as following directions, organization, time, measurement, etc. Something new I'm going to try this year is to take photos of each step of each food we prepare together and put them all together in a visual recipe booklet - for us to use in the classroom, to share with families, etc. Simple, numbered steps paired with a real photo are definitely going to help my kiddos be more independent if they want to re-make a recipe we cover in class.
I figured, why not offer our photo recipes to all of you lovely people? Since we usually do our cooking lesson on Tuesdays, I now present...Tasty Tuesday! I hope to post our visual recipe each Tuesday, and I hope it will be of use to some of you who are teaching similar ADLs or who just want some new recipes to try (no, we do nothing gourmet, so don't expect that!).
Today we made salsa! What a fun thing to make during fresh produce season! Last week, we were also reading Chicks and Salsa during our morning circle, so it was a fun connection.
I've uploaded the visual/photo recipe to Scribd, so feel free to snag it if you'd like:
(The adorable Chevron frame for the title page of the recipe is from Teaching in a Small Town.)
This was definitely an "assembly" type of recipe, since I certainly don't let my kiddos chop vegetables with sharp knives...so that's why it starts with the veggies already chopped. Classroom staff prepped and then our students followed directions to put together the salsa. This was also such a great sensory experience for my kids - all but one had never smelled cilantro before. We smelled each ingredient before adding it! The vivid colors are a visual bonus, too :)
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