Math in the Kitchen

Dec 29, 2021 | Folsom

One of the most important things you can do to help your children succeed is to teach them math. However, you will discover that you can help your children learn math and an useful life skill at the same time by having them join you in the kitchen! Yes, you read that correctly: cooking and working with your children in the kitchen may help them acquire a skill and reinforce their math skills. Here's how it works for you and your children.

 

Measurements

When it comes to cooking, measurements are crucial, and an inaccurate measurement may completely spoil your dish. Most of the time when you're cooking with your kids, you'll be using fractional measurements. When you double a recipe to make more food, you'll need to double the fractions, which will reinforce fractional math as well as multiplying and, in certain situations, dividing fractions if you're cutting a recipe in half.

 

Conversions

You'll notice that some of the recipes have measurements that are drastically different from what you're used to seeing and using. Some of the recipes, for example, will use European measurement systems, which require the usage of grams rather than pounds and ounces. This means you'll have to encourage your children to utilize their Algebra skills, which will entail determining the missing component, which is the quantity they'll need to use. As a result, you'll need to educate your children how to perform conversions and identify unknown variables.

 

Timing

The importance of timing is something you'll want to educate your children as well. This will not only improve your children's ability to tell time, but it will also make it simpler for you to let them find out how to tell time and make plans. The planning aspect stems from the fact that you'll need to teach the kids how to tell time and schedule everything so that the entire dinner can be prepared at once.

If you understand the impact that cooking has on the learning process, teaching your children math is a breeze. When you realize how cooking can help you teach your kids arithmetic, you'll want to teach them cooking since you'll be helping them develop a life skill while also reinforcing math.