Confidence in the Kitchen

Developing confidence in the kitchen involves so much more than following an easy recipe. Those fancy knife chopping skills don’t come out of nowhere! Trust us - the key to helping your budding chef involves a little bit of planning and know-how. 


We’ve narrowed down the stages of developing independence and confidence in the kitchen into five unique levels, and we’ll help to assess where your child is along that journey so you know exactly what kind of support to offer. Then we’re going deep into the art of creating delicious, nutritious food not just for but with our children. We’ll break down some easy recipes into smaller steps for you and show you exactly how to include both younger and older children in the process. Finally, throughout the course, we’ll be building up YOUR confidence as you assess your child’s readiness and prepare yourself for a sometimes messy and joyful exploration of a meal from start to finish.

This course is designed for parents of children ages 2 to 6 years old. We will give some tips for including babies and young toddlers, as we know that many of you will have multiple children involved in your kitchen or may have a child who will turn 2 soon, but our main instruction will be centered around the the older toddler/preschool age group.

What's Included? 

Enrollment in Confidence in the Kitchen includes:

  • Access to a private Facebook community for 4 weeks

  • 2 weeks of guided daily discussions and challenges and 2 weeks of community discussion

  • A weekly guide with questions that will help you stay focused on the experience

  • A downloadable, printable Toolkit (PDF)

  • 2 LIVE Facebook video workshops led by Aubrey and Nicole

Enrollment is open from March 16-24, 2019.

Mark your calendar: the first day of class is Apri 1, 2019.


How does it work? 

When you enroll in the course, you will be directed to join a private Facebook group. This will be our online classroom. You'll download your Weekly Guide to start your work.

Aubrey and Nicole will go "Live" on video once a week. On Tuesdays, we'll introduce weekly topic and give you concrete information about cooking with children at home. We will also devote time in the Live video for a Q&A. (Yes, you can ask questions ahead of time!) We want to provide real-time support based on your own needs, so we will be active and engaged in the group.


Our course is designed to work well in any time zone. If you miss the Live videos, you'll be able to watch the replays at your leisure. Throughout the course, you'll check into the group forum to see inspiring quotes, read interesting articles, and participate in thoughtful discussion questions about the week's topics. 


About Your Guides


Aubrey Hargis

Aubrey Hargis is the founder and executive director of The Child Development Institute of the Redwoods and the creator of the 80,000+ member Montessori 101 group on Facebook. Through CDIR, she offers coaching and consultations to parents and teachers who are looking for gentle parenting techniques and effective teaching strategies. As an educator and child development researcher, she has taught children aged from toddlers through elementary school in both the public and private school sector and holds both an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an American Montessori Society certificate in Lower Elementary. The coastal cliffs and the redwood trails in the San Francisco Bay area beckon her almost every weekend for another family adventure.


Nicole Kavanaugh

Nicole is the writer and creator of The Kavanaugh Report, which documents her family's Montessori home, and educates parents on how to incorporate Montessori into their lives. Nicole holds a B.A. in History and a Juris Doctor (J.D.). She has been studying Montessori philosophy for the past six years. As an admin of Montessori 101, Nicole strives to help parents incorporate Montessori at home, no matter where they are in their Montessori journey. Nicole lives in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and two dogs.