Cooking Together Stirs Academic Benefits

cooking-togetherDid you know that cooking at home with your child is a great way to support academic learning and communicate to you child that reading, writing, and mathematical skills are meaningful and purposeful parts of our daily lives?

When you cook together you model that reading is important by reading recipes from cookbooks or online food sites. Talking about unfamiliar words in the recipe builds your child’s vocabulary.  In the recipe below, you can focus on words like softened. Taking the time to explain that cream cheese isn’t soft when cold but as it warms up and it goes through the process of whisking it becomes softened. As you write a list of groceries needed for a recipe you are modeling that writing happens daily in our lives. And, as you begin to cook, have your child help you measure out the ingredients. This helps them with mathematical concepts.  Happy Cooking and Learning!

Apple Carmel Pizza



1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


1 can refrigerated pizza crust

2 large apples

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon



  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Dust large rimmed cookie sheet with flour.
  2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with whisk or electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining Sauce ingredients; beat until creamy and soft.
  3. Unroll pizza dough onto cookie sheet. Bake 5 minutes.
  4. Peel and core apples; cut into thin slices. Place slices in medium bowl. Add remaining Pizza ingredients; toss gently to coat.
  5. Bake 10 minutes longer or until sides of crust are light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Cut and serve!

Order Scholastic Books Online and Help Classrooms fill their libraries!

Did you know that you can order books through scholastic online anytime you want to?  After you place the order, the books are sent to Discovery and we distribute them to your child.

When you do this and use our school code, we earn tons of bonus points! We use these bonus points to purchase additional books for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Our school code is: MVBKL

How do you order books?

  1. Visit:
  2. Enter your class code: MVBKL
  3. Place your order and check out. REading book club

Reading Crafts Your Mind! Summer Reading Challenge

Welcome back to a new school year!  I  hope everyone took time to get lost in a favorite book.

Every summer, we ask our families to help their children participate in The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge!  If you completed one for your local library through the digital version, please print it out and send it in with your child.  Last year we had 48% of students participate. They read on average 20 books each!  Please help us increase the number of students participating this year!

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