Where did your kids learn fractions? At home, at play, at Grandma’s? Ours both got their introduction to fractions in the kitchen.
Our girls often help out in the kitchen now. They are 14 and 12, and have been helping for several years. Emily may still tell you she can’t cook, but she can make a mean loaf of bread! Want pancakes? Daddy needs to make a double batch. Tacos for dinner? Arlene will make the tortillas all by herself. The very first time I made them, she helped me, by the next week she was making them herself and doing a better job than I was! (Now if only she would remember to turn on the exhaust fan BEFORE the smoke alarm goes off-LOL! In her defense, it is a really picky smoke detector!)
Besides baking, which is our favorite (Arlene makes the BEST biscuits,) there are a lot of other ways to do school in the kitchen. Ever heard of a budget? Good, now teach that to your kids. Don’t overwhelm them with everything at once, but teach them some basics at an early age. Arlene learned that if we saved enough on the grocery list items by finding and using coupons wisely, then I would let her pick out a special treat for dessert that wasn’t usually in the budget. I’ve often taken the girls to Trader Joe’s and told them they have X dollars to spend on pasta. That makes them think about if they would rather have more days’ worth of pasta, or have less meals and choose a more expensive style like tortellini. They often make a pot of pasta for us for lunch, so it can be a hard decision to make. Arlene is not a big fan of PBJ, so she leans towards quantity, while Emily leans towards a higher quality/ specialty.
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