Cooking and Conversation is a group class that promotes the development of effective social, communication, self-regulation, and fine motor skills. Cooking activities will target a range of age-appropriate skills in the domains of speech and language including: listening comprehension, sequencing, following multi-step directions, vocabulary knowledge and use, verbal formulation and organization to make requests and comments, and making and responding to greetings and conversation. The class will target fine motor skills including: hand skills, grasp, strengthening, in-hand manipulation, and coordination. Students will also learning and practice self-regulation strategies. In alignment with the Young Explorers philosophy of early childhood education, Cooking and Conversation is very much embedded in the context of an organic environment that fosters collaboration through play and equips children with the skills necessary to become effective learners, leaders and friends. Individual dietary restrictions will be accommodated and monitored carefully to maintain each child’s safety.