Our second lesson involved reading a recipe and using measuring cups, spoons, and a liquid measure. I talked about reading the recipe first before beginning and then often throughout. We spread out the measuring spoons, cups, and glass measure to talk about them; Genevieve whirled around to get a paper and pen and show me what she knew about fractions from school - I was so pleased and impressed that she instantly made that connection!
She learned to look at the milk in the glass measuring cup by bending down on the same plane as the red lines on the side. She learned that vanilla extract rushes fast out of the bottle and that tapioca is cassava root from South America (although I thought it was from Africa too, and called manioc there).
She got more comfortable with the stove and what a medium flame looks like; her arm got tired of stirring the pudding, so we talked about different stirring patterns and switching hands and we made silly jokes while she stirred. My husband asked her at lunch what she learned and she explained boiling to him. We talked about stove safety and how to scrape out every little bit of the pudding using a silicone spatula; I told her Granny is the queen of scraping bowls clean.
This was a very successful lesson, even if I forgot to instruct Geneveive in the art of slicing and macerating strawberries to eat on top of the pudding. She was quite proud to serve us dessert! The recipe for the pudding that we used is here.