--Cheryl Bastian, author and homeschooling mom of six
You will love this book! Set up like a cookbook, it is divided into the following categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Desserts, and Holidays & Celebrations. Each page contains a complete math lesson set up unit study style with a yummy recipe. You start out by reading one or two picture books. After gathering the needed materials listed on the page, the math lesson takes place while you are cooking. There are also Add Ons. The Ad Ons include additional math lessons, social studies activities, more books to read, science projects, writing or language assignments, and art projects. All are easy and fun!
Cheryl loves books as much as I do and you will appreciate the carefully chosen picture book titles to read aloud before each math activity. Don't skip this part...reading impacts your children so effectively, so if you can't find the books Cheryl recommends, then look for similar books on the same topic.
Let's look at a lesson, Just in Time (Rice Cake Clock), together. There are three lovely books to read beforehand: The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle, It's About Time by Stuart J. Murphy, and Time to... by Bill McMillan. The materials needed are rice cakes, peanut butter, raisins, thin pretzel sticks, a knife (with adult supervision), and a plate. (Those things are all in my kitchen right now!) The math lesson is a discussion of the difference between analog clocks (with hands) and digital clocks. Then you make a clock using raisins to represent the numbers and pretzels for the hands. There are several more books listed, an art project (making your own clock out of a paper plate), and practice telling time with a clock with movable hands. That lessons sounds simple to me!
What fun each lesson is! This book can work as a math curriculum for preschool or kindergarten or early elementary age children or a great supplement for first or second graders. Cheryl is also the author of several other books, You Have to Read This One: Raising a Contagious Reader and Celebrating High School.
As we are about to begin the new school year, keep in mind that homeschooling is a lifestyle of learning. Some of us need more lifestyle and less rigid academics. If you are looking for a way to enjoy your child and learn math at the same time, I highly recommend this book!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis