Mathsgiving: Adding a Dash of Math to Your Post-Thanksgiving Day

Nov 24, 2023 | Johnston-Grimes

Building on our recent exploration of the fascinating worlds of STEM and STEAM, where we delved into the significance of these subjects for children, we're now shifting gears to bridge the magic of math with the Thanksgiving holiday. As the Thanksgiving festivities settle and the holiday season officially kicks off, it's the perfect time to reflect on the things we're grateful for. At Mathnasium, we're thankful for the opportunity to share the joy of math with children and youth every day. While Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, the spirit of gratitude and the math of the holiday can continue to inspire us. In this blog post, we'll explore how we can connect math to the post-Thanksgiving season. After all, math is always in season!

  1. The Math of Leftovers: Reducing Food Waste Thanksgiving often leaves us with an abundance of leftovers. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss ratios and proportions with your kids. How do you ensure that the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are distributed fairly among your meals without any going to waste? Reducing food waste is not only environmentally responsible but also a math challenge that can be fun and rewarding.

  2. Holiday Budget Review: Post-Thanksgiving Math After Thanksgiving, it's time to evaluate the holiday budget. How well did you stick to it? Calculating your expenses and comparing them to your initial budget provides a great way to teach kids about financial responsibility and budgeting skills. It's a practical math lesson that extends beyond the holiday season.

  3. Gratitude Math Journal: A Year-Round Habit A gratitude math journal can be a fantastic post-Thanksgiving tradition. Encourage kids to write down something they're grateful for each day and assign it a numerical value. Over time, they can add up their gratitude scores to see the cumulative effect of thankfulness.

Math is not confined to the classroom or specific days of the year; it's an integral part of our daily lives. By connecting math to Thanksgiving and the days that follow, we can continue to inspire curiosity and mathematical thinking in children and youth. At Mathnasium, we believe that math is a year-round adventure, and we're here to support your journey. As you enjoy the post-Thanksgiving season, we hope you find creative and engaging ways to integrate math into your daily life. Mathsgiving isn't just a holiday; it's a mindset that encourages lifelong learning and appreciation for the beauty of numbers. Happy Mathsgiving!