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Review: Spoonful of Math

0 Comments 27 February 2012

Math is not always the easiest subject for kids to grasp, but luckily a teacher from Massachusetts has discovered a little secret.

“As a teacher, I have taught many math lessons.  But, perhaps the most successful and well-received lessons were always the ones that involved food,” says Spoonful of Math creator Rochelle Cooper.

From the moment I was informed of the program and looked through how it was set up, I thought it was a wonderful idea. It is a way for you to spend fun, quality time with your child, they get to play with food, and can explore mathematics according to their age. I asked for the the pre-k - 1st grade kit and had it personalized for my cousin, Jack. As soon as I walked in the door, I said “are you ready to cook good food and learn some math!?”, he replied with an unbelievable amount of excitment, “Yeah!”

We unwrapped his personalized kit, which consisted of: a blue pot holder, measuring cups and spoons, a wooden spoon, apron, and recipe cards. I also printed out two worksheets from the site for him to work on while we were waiting for our soup to cook. I let him pour in the ingredients asking him what 1 cup looked like and explaining what half meant by drawing out a pizza. We then went through shapes - the shape of the can, the chicken bouillon cube, the box of pasta, the veggies, etc. He caught onto cylinders and cubes quickly, but had trouble remembering the word sphere.

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I put his stepping stool in front of the stove, and made sure he had his apron on, and then we went over safety. He was very excited to stir the soup, and I had to tell him to stir slowly and not splatter, which he eventually started doing on his own. We then discussed what it means when the soup starts bubbling - it means boiling, it is very hot, but now we can put the cylinder pasta in the pot, and then turn the heat down.

After we added all the ingredients, we waited. He worked on his worksheets and successfully matched all the shapes to the correct words. Even though he could not remember the word sphere he used the process of elimination to get the answer. After the worksheets, he was very interested in playing with his cups and spoons, and wanted to pour things into them - mostly the red tomato sauce, luckily I got it out of his sight and more interested in pouring the uncooked pasta into the cups.

Finally, it was time to eat. Let me just say, the soup was delicious, and he was excited to move on to dessert, where we reviewed our shapes. Overall, I found the kit very fun and I think Jack will continue to remember his shapes thanks to this activity, he also has a stronger appreciation for cooking.

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