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Homeschool Math In the Kitchen

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It is important to me to take the time to enjoy raising my children.  We will be taking the month of December off from book work.  We will still be learning, just in different ways.  One of the things that I enjoy most about homeschooling is the flexibility.  Math is not always easy to teach to multiple levels at the same time, but in the kitchen there are many practical ways to reinforce a broad spectrum of math skills.

This morning we made pancakes with Reese’s peanut butter chips.  The girls are always excited to help cook.  I purposely brought out the 1/2 cup measuring cup and had my 9 year old figure out how many half cups of pancake mix it would take to make the 3 cups required.  If it were a written math problem she might have fussed, but when it comes to cooking, she jumped right in and quickly filled the 1/2 cup 6 times.  My youngest didn’t skip a beat when I told her we need 2 cups of water, but we only have a 1 cup liquid measuring cup.  When the ingredients were in the bowl, my youngest stirred while counting to 50.

Math is not always easy to teach to multiple levels at the same time, but in the kitchen there are many practical ways to reinforce a broad spectrum of math skills.

We have picky eaters in our house, so the first batch of pancakes to go on the griddle didn’t have any peanut butter chips.  While they cooked we talked about circles and ovals and what makes them different from each other.  Once the picky people had their food, the girls made patterns in the next batch with the peanut butter chips.

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When they were cooked, we decided it would be better to add the chips directly to the mixing bowl and my youngest once again got to stir while counting to 50. As that batch cooked, we made a graph on our white board to figure out how many people in our family like peanut butter chips in their pancakes.  It turns out that 4 out of 6 like the peanut butter chips.  With a little thought, the 14 year old was able to convert that to 66%.  None of these skills were brand new, but review in a practical application has made all the difference for my kids in remembering what they have recently learned.

If you were to ask the girls, they would probably say they didn’t do any math today.

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In case you need a little help finding ways to include math in your kitchen time, try a few of these books to get you started!


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About the Author Denise Crockett

I am a homeschooling Mom. Hubby and I were high school sweethearts and have been together for 32 years. We have 6 kids and a granddaughter. Our oldest is 27 and our youngest is 7. Our granddaughter is also 7. The oldest two have left home, but the nest is still very full.

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