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Baking Muffins takes Reading and Math Skills

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World Community Educational Center baking class

Peeling and mashing the bananas

Students in the lower and upper elementary class at the World Community Education Center enjoyed a winter afternoon of baking delicious Gluten Free Banana Muffins. (See recipe below)


Maria Montessori’s emphasis on “Practical Life” activities such as baking helps the elementary school child develop confidence in their ability to create out of many ingredients a whole (and hopefully tasty) product.


World Community Educational Center baking class

Carefully measuring the Oats

World Community Educational Center baking class

Spooning the batter into the pans

Utilizing math and language skills in reading the recipe and carefully measuring ingredients,  as well as the gross motor skills of stirring batter and carefully spooning and shaping, all are part of the “lesson”.

World Community Educational Center baking class

Chocolate Chips on top

Children love the opportunity to bake and it is a wonderful time to spend time with each other outside of the classroom, while still  in a learning environment.


(Thanks for the use of the fully equipped kitchen, home to many  delicious meals, and host to the international summer camp- Legacy International’s Global Youth Village)



Put in bowl for hand mixing, or use blender

2 bananas – mashed

1 C yogurt

2 eggs

2 1/2 C uncooked Oats

3/4 C sweetener of choice (sugar, honey, agave syrup, maple syrup)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Optional: Chocolate Chips

Mix all the ingredients well

Spoon into oiled muffin tins

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 mins

Especially good snack in cold winter weather!


Topping with colorful sprinkles

Topping with colorful sprinkles


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NG SocarrasMarch 2, 2014 at 10:27 amReply

Great post! As a WCEC supporter, I really appreciate these glimpses into the schools multi-faceted learning environment. And as a cook, well, I know too well the importance of basic math. Thanks for the recipe – I will try it!

Tara ArosnonMarch 2, 2014 at 2:55 pmReply

One of the greatest needs of children today is to spend more time in the three dimensional world.It is nice to see this happening. The children seem very interested in what they are doing, and confident.

ApiyeMarch 3, 2014 at 8:27 amReply

Great photos and my son really enjoyed his muffins!!

Lila WinderMarch 3, 2014 at 3:05 pmReply

Looks like a ton of fun! Thanks for the WCEC update.

JehanMarch 31, 2015 at 7:27 amReply

Great photos! They look like they are really enjoying the activity and I am sure they loved the cookies! Thanks for providing the recipe.