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A story can either introduce a food or activity or it can reinforce one if read after the fact. Cooking or baking with your child can be a fun planned activity or it can and should be something that is just done when preparing family meals. They don’t have to be elaborate meals but always include your child(ren) so that they can spend quality time with you and they can see what considerations are needed and what it takes to actually prepare the family meal. We understand that our back to basics approach can mean slower meal prep and a few more messes but it will aid in the development of a whole and well-rounded child as well as teaching real life skills.
Use time in the kitchen with your child(ren) to:
Remember that involving kids in the kitchen helps to develop:
Happy baking and bonding!
-Kate @ BTBL
We are three generations that seek a way to get back to basics. It’s not that we eschew technology, but sometimes simpler is better, especially in raising our children. Mom was a reading teacher, Amanda is an early childhood educator and Kate a children’s literature specialist and former school librarian along with the latest additions, a daughter (now 4) for Kate, and two sons (now 1 and a newborn) for Amanda. We advocate reading aloud, the simple toys that use imagination and encourage creativity and learning in the kitchen, which can be a fun mess but also teaches life skills. Join us in raising healthy, happy, inquisitive and intelligent children.
We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.