The preparation and cooking of food is an interesting and practical activity that children can do for themselves. This activity helps the children to appreciate the kind of work needed to prepare and cook meals but more importantly, it is a way for the children to learn a practical, everyday life skill that is useful now and will continue to be useful in the future. There is a great sense of accomplishment when children, emulating their parents, can help produce a meal that the family can enjoy. At Shining Star, children, if they so choose, can practice these skills on a daily basis. When the opportunity next arises, why not invite your child to assist you in the kitchen? This will give your child the message that what he or she can do at school, can also be done at home. Parental reinforcement of the practical life skills learned at school is an important ‘connection’ between home and school and the child starts to learn that the two environments are not ‘separate’ but cooperative.