Designing an inclusive cooking programme that caters to various reading styles, such as dyslexia, can pose challenges. However, implementing the following recommendations can help overcome these hurdles: One approach is to change conventional recipe sheets by incorporating creative visual aids that engage the students. This modification not only benefits learners but also provides an enriching learning environment for students and teachers. 

  1. Use clear and simple language. 

To ensure that your culinary lesson plans are accessible to all students, use clear and simple language. Keep your instructions concise and straightforward. Use bullet points instead of long paragraphs and divide your content into manageable chunks. 

  1.  Visual Aids 

Include plenty of visual aids in your recipe sheets, including diagrams and illustrations. This can help to break up the text and make it more engaging and exciting for students. You could also use infographics that summarise the recipe steps or create a visual guide to the various kitchen tools and equipment required for specific recipes. 

  1. Incorporate videos and audio. 

  Adding videos or audio instructions can be especially helpful for students with dyslexia or reading difficulties. Consider creating video tutorials that demonstrate each recipe step or recording audio instructions that students can listen to while they work. 

  1. Provide multiple formats. 

Consider providing your lesson plan in multiple formats to accommodate different learning styles. For example, you could create a handout with text and visual aids but also provide an audio recording of the instructions or a video tutorial. Make these options available for students to access through an online learning platform or shared drive. 

  1. Encourage Collaboration 
  1. Encourage collaboration among students by pairing them up or creating small groups to work on recipes together. This will hopefully help to reduce anxiety around reading difficulties and promote teamwork and communication skills, especially when paired with the right person. Students can share responsibilities and help each other with reading and understanding the instructions. 
  1. Celebrate Progress  

Celebrate the progress and achievements of all students, regardless of their reading level. Pay attention to the progress that each student puts into their cooking and offer praise. Use positive reinforcement to boost their confidence and motivate them to continue to engage with the material.