Cooking Curriculum for the Whole Family

Your Homeschool Curriculum Needs Life Skills…

…And Your Life Needs Kids Who Help Out.

Connect with your kids in the kitchen, build life skills, and put PEACE back into your homeschool day.


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Adreeana Black, chef, Bistro at Home LLC & 7B Culinary Connections, Inc

Chef Approved!

“As a chef and a mom, the high quality of Kids Cook Real Food and Mrs. Kimball’s commitment to accuracy was just what I was looking for. Other chef volunteers and I are using the curriculum to teach kids in person!”

— Adreeanna Black, chef, Bistro at Home LLC & 7B Culinary Connections, Inc, Member of APPCA, Sandpoint, ID


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How it works:

Giving your kids the gift of real food and independence is THIS easy with the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse:

family watching online cooking videos for kids


Watch the first All-Kid video with your kids - no supplies needed!

Each lesson comes with a professionally produced instructional video demonstrating new skills – kids love watching other kids!

mom planning cooking classes for her kids


Skim or print the one-page Quick Start and plan your next lesson.

We’ve done all the thinking for you in the PDF lesson plans – just grab some basic supplies and start cooking!

having fun with vegetables in cooking class


Enjoy time together making (and eating) healthy food.

We give ideas for how to practice each new skill and memory phrases to make sure your kids stay safe in the kitchen.

And then? Eat their yummy food and build truly authentic self-esteem.


“We homeschool so I feel like I’m always teaching and have fatigued a bit by the time dinner prep rolls around.

“I’ve never really taken the time to slow down and break cooking down into manageable bits for my kids. Thank you for coming right into my home and teaching my little ones good habits and skills so I can just reinforce them and cook with them.

“Now that they’ve got some basics down they’ve actually started taking initiative in other kitchen duties including cleanup and dishes. Who knew an online cooking class could do that?!”

— Tara in Oregon


This series organizes over 30 basic kitchen skills into logical steps so you can:

  • Integrate life skills into your curriculum in an intentional way (without having to think about it). Whether you subscribe to Charlotte Mason method or another, your kids still need these valuable skills.
  • Build strong connections and family memories with your kids in the kitchen.
  • Learn vital cooking techniques in fun and memorable ways – we focus on the skills, not the food, so it’s very allergy-friendly!
  • Give even your pre-readers recipes they can make all by themselves so they feel confident and empowered (and they’re not in the way while you cook).
  • Fight back against the damage processed foods wreak on your family’s health as you enjoy fresh, from-scratch meals for which everyone played a role.
  • Empower your children to cook their own healthy meals with a generous measure of creativity so that they are prepared for adulthood (and feel confident being creative in other areas of life too)
  • Feel confident introducing sharp knives and stove safety to your kids – and with all the thinking done for you, you may actually enjoy it!

“Lack of time is one of the reasons I bought the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse for our summer homeschool time. I knew that getting my kids in the kitchen was going to *save* me lots of time in the long run. I’ve actually gotten a quicker payback than I expected! The time my kids have saved me in the kitchen has exceeded the time I’ve spent on the classes right from the first week. I was so enthusiastic about the course that I ended up working for Katie behind the scenes on the eCourse!”

They say kids these days will never grow up to be independent.

They say they’re an entitled generation.

They say they’ll be the first generation to die before their parents.

They’re wrong.

Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to give your kids the skills they need to be hard-working, independent, healthy adults.

Don’t miss the opportunity to do it intentionally – you can do it while making dinner – together.

Kids Cook Real Food - teach kids to cook in fun ways!



for anyone who needs the basics

Beginner lessons focus on small motor control, dexterity, and basic kitchen skills.


  • Spreading & Peeling
  • Slicing Soft Foods with a Dull Knife
  • Cross-Hatch Pattern Cuts
  • Measuring Ingredients
  • Soaking Dry Beans
  • Pouring Skills
  • Washing & Tearing Salad
  • Working with Dough



for kids who know the beginner level skills

Intermediate lessons focus on recipe independence, intro to sharp knives and stovetop safety.


  • Following a Recipe Well
  • Intro to Sharp Knives
  • Cracking Eggs
  • Making a Recipe Without Help
  • Stovetop Safety & Cooking Rice
  • Flipping Pancakes
  • Rolling Dough
  • Browning Ground Meat
Kids Cook Real Food eCourse - teach kids to cook in fun ways!


for kids with intermediate level mastery

Advanced lessons focus on sharp knife skills, oven safety and making meals independently.


  • Sharp Knife Skills, Levels 1-4
  • Slicing & Dicing Vegetables
  • Crushing Garlic
  • Cutting Whole Fruits
  • Sauteing Vegetables
  • Cooking Dry Beans
  • Cooking Eggs
  • Homemade White Sauce
  • Steamed Vegetables

Preview the Curriculum Map

  • Logically organized skill progression
  • Looping skills create natural practice opportunities (plus you can plan time for kids to take over meals or snacks to practice their skills as well)
  • Designed for busy families: all ages coordinate to make something to eat!

With a structure for your cooking lessons taken care of, you’ll be able to get some much needed breathing time while the kids watch the lessons, then engage with your kids and watch them blossom in the kitchen.

Take a closer look at the curriculum map.

Curriculum Map Integrations




  • Over 30 Basic Kitchen Skills your child needs to make their own food – even if they only want to eat 5 foods right now
  • Over 45 Professionally Produced Videos that will captivate your child’s attention, even if they have trouble sitting still
  • Detailed Lesson Plans for each skill – and quick start guides that are super skimmable for busy parents!
  • Recipe Books Made Just for Kids (but with real dinners wayyyy beyond chicken nuggets and French fries)
  • 3 Skill Levels to build confidence in your child no matter what they have already done (or not) in the kitchen
  • Quality Time with your Children in a chaotic world – that’s actually productive!
  • Detailed Curriculum Map with Academic Connections (just quick facts that you can connect to other subjects, no Common Core anything)


How Much Would You Spend On In-Person Cooking Lessons?

If you were to send your kids to cooking lessons, how much would you expect to spend? $20 per lesson? More?

With the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, each lesson can be done on your schedule with the skimmable PDF lesson plans and engaging instructional videos for less than $2 per lesson. Mrs Kimball has done all the work for you, so can devote as much or as little time to teaching the lessons as you please.



You choose your pace. You’ll have access to all the lessons, all the time, anywhere – you can do one a week, one a month, or delay starting until the time is right. Your call!

This mom did it!

“I always encouraged my son to come in and cook or bake with me…he loved running the hand mixer and did great with it. As a homeschooling mom I started teaching him to cook, create menus and budget the food money. At 25 he manages the household food budget helps to plan the meals, helps to shop and put away food and is the primary cook in the family. He loves trying new recipes or adapting and changing up old favorites.” (shared on Facebook)

But where to start?

What real skills can kids DO in the kitchen without burning their arm or cutting a finger off?

The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse was designed for busy families like yours, with over 30 basic cooking skills planned out in a connected, comprehensive way.

Not only will you have a clear direction and a cheerleader in your corner, but you’ll feel confident that your kids will remember safe techniques using our fun memory tools.

How to Raise Kids Who Can Cook Even if You’d Rather Keep the Kitchen to Yourself

If you find it all too easy to shoo the kids out of the kitchen, you’re not alone. Many moms say:

  • They’re slow.
  • They’re messy.
  • You have to get dinner made on time.
  • They’re already playing nicely (and our world is so rushed anyway!).
  • They have bad attitudes about it.

Or maybe you just appreciate your own alone time, and the kitchen is your sanctuary – so you chase them away.


I was there too.

When I’d ask my kids for help in the kitchen, I’d be met with glares, whines, complaints, and grumpy-pants. “Please peel this cucumber,” might as well have been, “Please write a 5,000 word essay about plankton.”

But something changed when I got to say, “It’s time for cooking class!” instead.

I was met with joy – anticipation – and excitement!


The kids seemed to sense that they were learning grown-up skills and being entrusted with responsibilities to be authentically proud of.

Now sometimes they fight over who gets to help. #parenting #cantwin

I’d love to give YOU an excuse to try the “time for your cooking class!” strategy.

“We love the cooking class! It has been one of the best things for us so far this year in our homeschool. It was such a great format and we learned so much (me too, I taught myself to cook, so there are things I never learned!).”

— Shauna Hall




but we offer full digital refunds for any reason anytime within the first 30 days NOW 60 DAYS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS of access so you can be sure. You really get a chance to try it out thoroughly. No worries about buyer’s remorse!

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online cooking class for kids

– Join 6,000 Other Families & Teach Your Kids to Cook –

As a member of a charter school, you can add the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to your student’s curriculum. For many schools, you’ll need to contact your Educational Facilitator to initiate the purchase. More info here.

If you have any questions about the charter school ordering process or about the eCourse, send an email to and our team will be happy to answer your questions.


Get a single level if you have an older child who only needs Advanced or just want to test the waters with one level. You can add more later if needed (although all-level access is a much better deal).

  • 8 All-Kid lessons (like the knife skills video)
  • 8 more videos for one skill level + PDF lesson plans
  • 12 printable flash cards to remember the kid-friendly language
  • Choose Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level
  • 12 months access


Great for families with more than one child or who could teach multiple levels to an older child in one year.

  • All 3 levels (for the price of 2 singles!)
  • 45 videos, over 200 pages of PDFs, 43 flash cards
  • Flash drive available for additional fee
  • 24 total weeks of classes – or teach 8 weeks to all ages at once
  • 12 months access

The All-Access VIP membership is our most popular option for families. The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse can grow with your child, and with VIP access you can teach and re-teach levels for all your children, year after year. Plus you get community support, a place to brag about your amazing children, and additional lessons to make your kitchen time even more enjoyable.


Here’s What You Get When You Join as a VIP

devices3_transparentLifetime Membership + Downloadable Videos ($25 Value)

You’ll have access to everything in the member area forever, and in case the course ever goes offline, you can download the videos and PDFs to any device. Downloadable videos also means you can plug them into your Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV and watch your cooking classes on the big screen.

Special Hospitality Class ($20 Value)

This class has become a member favorite – maybe because it requires zero prep and is a great one to start with, but also because it encourages kids to help with the daily set-up and clean-up of eating and makes dinner a true family affair. (Includes 4 videos + PDFs: Intro, Careful Carrying, Setting the Table, and Washing the Table)


Private Facebook groupExclusive Private Facebook Group Support ($19.95 Value)

Our VIP-only Facebook group is a safe place to ask questions, get encouragement and share stories of your cooking classes. You’ll feel the community of other families walking the same road AND get extra tips, motivation, and answers from the teacher, Katie Kimball.



Extension Recipe eBook ($9.95 Value)

Additional recipes for every skill at every level! Includes 5 sections and 50 new recipes, all in the classic KCRF kid-friendly format:

  • Sensational Starters and Super Sides
  • Silly Soups
  • Main-Dish Meals
  • Best Oven Bakes
  • Delicious Desserts (or a Breakfast Bonanza)


Super Healthy Kids Fast & Fresh Kitchen Success video courseFast & Fresh Kitchen Success eCourse ($99 Value)

Super Healthy KidsNormally only available to members of Super Healthy Kids, this video eCourse offers a step by step program that will help you build the healthy habits you need to be successful in your home and to raise a healthy family!

In this course, you’ll learn how to get healthy food on the table every day and spend no more than 30 minutes per day getting food prepped and ready for your family!


Video Lesson: Instant Pot Updates to 3 of the class skills
($10 Value)

The kids and I filmed a “one year later” update to show how to use the Instant Pot to achieve 3 of the original class skills: Browning Ground Meat, Steaming Vegetables, and Cooking Dry Beans.


Video Lesson: “Blooming Spices” from the Flavor Crash Course
($10 Value)

Courtney picks up where we leave off, teaching kids who are ready and adults the ins and outs of herbs and spices, how to combine together and use with food, and how to maximize your flavor. I chose this one for my VIPs because I learned a lot from it and the lesson isn’t very difficult to do.

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VIP Members

make a commitment

to Teaching Kids to Cook


Parenting is a long process, and building connection, confidence and creativity in the kitchen likely won’t “happen” in 12 months. That’s why our VIP members get lifetime access to all the classes at all skill levels, so they can commit to teaching their kids valuable cooking skills as part of family life.

And I commit to being there to help YOU, from great parenting conversation in the VIP Facebook group to the special access you have to me there when you run into questions or roadblocks, from all the incredible bonuses to enhance your kitchen experience to any new bonuses I find for my VIPs (as they are added to the membership area, you’ll get them too!).

You don’t need coupons to make this a ridiculous value, because the value is built in:

All-Level Access = $149.85 Value

Additional VIP Items = $323.38 Value

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You choose your pace. You’ll have access to all the lessons, all the time, anywhere – you can do one a week, one a month, or delay starting until the time is right. Your call!

What if the Kids Aren’t On Board?

Hiya, kids.

If you’re old enough to read this yourself, you’re probably almost too old to be excited about helping Mom and Dad in the kitchen.

I’ve got a story for you, so hang with me.

My son Paul has always been kind of an “I don’t care what other people think” kid, being friends with girls in first grade when everyone else thought they had cooties, taking hip hop even though none of his friends were in it, and letting it roll off his back if kids teased him about his “real food” lunches that didn’t look like theirs.

Now that he’s in sixth grade, a strange thing has begun happening.

No, no – not THAT thing, sheesh – a lunchtime thing.

The guys who sit around him are jealous of his lunches.

They say stuff like:

“Your lunches are, like, 4-course gourmet!”

“I would totally trade my hot lunch for your lunch any day!”

And when he had some leftover casserole that he not only made himself but created himself (like, designed the recipe and chose the seasonings and all that), he got the best comments of all.

Paul's homemade casserole

The other kids couldn’t believe he could do that, and (don’t tell him I told you, but…) I could see that he was proud of himself, too, because moms know stuff like that.

He probably would have snapped it if we let him have a phone, but we’re not cool parents. (Note to other uncool parents: that’s a reference to Snapchat. It’s a social media thing.)

Cheesy Potato Beef Casserole for lunchOne thing we do in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse is to talk about “cooking like a TV chef” and I actually teach you how to just dump spices in your hand and throw them in the pot – without your parents having to throw out your meal because it was super disgusting.

And we talk about gas in the beans class. Just sayin’.

If you think it’s dumb after a couple classes, tell your parents and they can get their money back (they have 30 days).

I know, I know…I said the “d-word.” Don’t tell my 8-year-old or she’d have my head. 😉 Good thing I didn’t say the “s-word.”

If you want to make it sound like this was all your idea, feel free to tell your parents you decided you want to impress your friends by doing something they can’t do, or just that it’s time to learn to cook so you can be in charge of what you eat.

I won’t tell them a thing. #toomanysecrets

Stuff Real Kids Say About the Course

“The best part of doing these classes is getting to eat what you make!”

– Kelli, age 11, California

Best part = “Making my own recipe”

– Moroni, age 7, Missouri

Later, dude. Your parents can read the next part. (I do say “dude” in real life, seriously. Sorry about that.)



but we offer full digital refunds for any reason anytime within the first 30 days NOW 60 DAYS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS of access so you can be sure. You really get a chance to try it out thoroughly. No worries about buyer’s remorse!

-Happiness Guarantee-