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World of Knowledge preschoolers get cooking skills, thrills

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There's no such thing as having too many cooks in the kitchen or the classroom at World of Knowledge Montessori School.

In between lessons in math, geography, language arts and such, the students in preschool through middle school have been busy making some culinary treats for a couple of traditional school events.

Last week, the kids in Cindy Mills' preschool classroom donned aprons and took turns making pecan and cranberry pralines for the school's bazaar, which was to be held last Friday.

"This smells yummy, Miss Cindy," said Sophie Gomez, 4, as she stirred a concoction of butter, brown sugar and corn syrup.

"Are we going to eat them?" Austin Wooden, 3, wanted to know.

"No," said Mills. "We're going to sell them."

When all was mixed, baked and cooled, the pralines would be put in decorative holiday Mason jars and sold for $3 a piece.

The school bazaar is an annual event that helps parents, students and friends get some of that holiday shopping out of the way while raising funds for classroom supplies and other things at World of Knowledge.

"We try to keep our tuition reasonable and this helps us do that," said Mills, who was hoping to raise enough money to buy dressing frames that are used to teach youngsters how to button, zip and snap their clothes and tie their shoes.

Later on in the week, Mills' students would make cranberry, pumpkin and banana bread for the annual Thanksgiving feast, which was to be held Tuesday. While parents are asked to cook the turkeys, students in all grades pitch in to make the fixings — veggies, applesauce and apple crisp, stuffings and pumpkin pies.

Then they sit down to break bread together.

They're never too young to learn about the meaning of Thanksgiving or how to cook, said Mills.

"It's a lot of work but it's worth it," she said. "All the parents tell us the kids want to get in the kitchen at home and help out.

"That's a good thing."

World of Knowledge preschoolers get cooking skills, thrills 11/25/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 7:33pm]

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