At Staford, we look forward to imparting practical, and effective learning through activities, not just classroom teaching. This week’s Hindi grammar lesson in class V A required the children to note down the recipe of an easy to make dish. Writing a recipe implies knowing how to prepare that dish.Simply copying down a recipe is no fun unless children actually involve themselves someway in the making of the dish. Thus, Aisha ma’am, their teacher decided to give the children a hands-on experience of cooking, processes involved and how a recipe is actually made. So, the children got to visit the school cafeteria kitchen for a hands-on experience. By consensus, it was decided to make Onion-pakodas. The children contributed the ingredients, and whipped up the recipe too. Gram flour was whipped, onions chopped, spices and condiments added, while a set of children kept naming the steps and writing them down. The pakodas were deep fried in the kitchen wok by the kitchen staff and volunteers under the careful supervision of the teacher and kitchen staff. Within 30 minutes the piping hot pakodas were ready to serve and Class V proudly presented and shared their snack with children of class V to VII.
Later the recipe was penned down by the children in the class. Thus a simple and rather boring task came alive through a hands on activity which was not only enjoyed by the students but was also the first experience of cooking for many.