As parents we should view everything as an opportunity for our kids to learn. Today at lunch, I made muffin tins for the kids. A muffin tin lunch in our house is where we fill a muffin tin with 6 random foods (a great way to have lunch when you can’t decide what to make or need to use up leftovers).
As I gave the kids their food, I asked questions like:
“Elijah, there are 4 muffin tins and 6 spots per tin. How many spots are there?”
“Ruth, if we filled 42 spots, how many people would we be feeding?”
“Isaiah, if you ate all of your fruits, how many spots would be left? (that would be 6 minus 2)”
The kids were all able to answer these questions. I felt like it was a good review and a good way to apply math to real life.
One of the reasons that my kids like this kind of learning is because it only took 2 or 3 minutes. It was not a huge math lesson.
I shared this example to encourage you to use everyday activities to teach your kids and review things that they already know.
Enjoy your day and help your kids learn something when they are not “in school”.