Do you want your kids to improve their math skills? Eat Your Math Homework is an excellent collection of recipes with short math fun facts and lessons for improving a child’s math skills when in the kitchen. Ann McCallum is a math teacher and food enthusiast which makes her the perfect candidate for creating an educational math program during cooking time. She is also the author of Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere, Beanstalk The Secret Measure of a Giant and The Secret Life of Math. Her most recent book, Eat Your Math Homework is well illustrated, easy to read by parents and engaging for both parent and child.
Do you want to try Milk and Tangram Cookies? How about Fibonacci Snack Sticks? The recipes in Eat Your Math Homework are simple and easy to follow. They are also easily adaptable for children with special diets. The book is for age ranges 7 and up, but I was able to adapt it for my children ages 4 and 5 by modifying some of the lessons (e.g. discusses a simple pattern versus a more complex one) and being creative. It also helped me understand long term goals (e.g probability, fractions, etc) and what terms they should be learning in the next couple of years. I really enjoy a book that can grow with a child and allow for creativity and active involvement of parents.
Eat Your Math Homework is an excellent idea! The first recipe I tackled in this book was the Fibonacci Snack Sticks. I chose this recipe because I happen to have had kebab sticks in the cabinet and also had some fruit on hand. My kids and I picked up marshmallows to add to the sticks for a little treat (marshmallows are a huge motivator in my house). We also added some gummies (dye free) and breakfast cereal to our sticks. We worked on counting, simple patterns, more vs. most, addition and subtraction. For me, I also asked “wh” questions (“What do we do next?” “Which end of the stick is pointy?”), discussed different vocabulary terms, recalling information and simple sequencing (first you put the banana on, then you put on the marshmallow). I also liked this recipe because it helped facilitate choices and was very motivating. My kids both created different snack sticks. Once we finished our snack sticks, we discussed the differences between the sticks and who had more ingredients per stick. Ann goes into much more detail within each lesson which is a very interesting angle to making the most out of cooking with your children.