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Bake a Cake from Scratch to Teach about Work and Rewards

Three Girls Making Cupcakes In Kitchen

Teaching your children to work hard for their rewards

One of the great opportunities we have as homeschooling parents is showing our children how to balance work and play as well as teaching them to be responsible and industrious. As children grow older, we can begin to help our children understand how they are responsible for their choices in a variety of areas. And part of that is learning how to remain diligent and work for the things they want.

Opportunities abound for learning these lessons and it’s important we are on the lookout for them. We can sneak these activities into anything — even baking a cake. Rather than baking a cake and serving it to our children, we can take the time to include them in the process so they understand the work and time it takes for something as simple as a cake.  Have them see all of the steps that are involved – reading the recipe, assembling the ingredients, measuring carefully, and following the instructions. By going through the process with us, they discover that it takes time to get what we want. There are trade-offs. Instead of playing, they are baking a cake. Cakes don’t magically appear. Someone has to take the time to make them.

If you don’t consider yourself a great baker, the Parenting Edition of eHow.com has a starter’s guide to teaching your children to bake. An important key is starting with a simple, healthy recipe. Angie Browning, winner of the M&S Everyday Chefs baking challenge, came up with a delicious recipe for Lemon and Poppyseed Drizzle loaf cake — a quick and easy cake that you and your kids can work on together, even on busy days.

While baking a cake, you can also incorporate mini-lessons about proper portion control, fractions, and the many health benefits that different ingredients can have. It’s an excellent way to teach them to be mindful of the things they eat, plus they also get a tasty treat once the cake is finished!

Teaching our children to bake is a great way to do school and have fun at the same time. As we go along, our kids might want to start experimenting with recipes, adding their favorite ingredients into well-known dishes, and even searching out new things they’d like to try to make! Imagine all the reading that takes place and opportunities to discuss math while looking through cookbooks or cooking websites! The BBC also suggests that deciding what to cook and shopping for ingredients together can be a great opportunity to talk to your kids about being responsible in their food choices. As you pick out ingredients, you could also tell your child what other dishes can be made with the ingredients, giving them ideas of what food to cook with you next. Learning how to both follow recipes and adapt them to make them their own are great learning opportunities for homeschoolers.

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America Math Pack – 6 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays

America Math Pack 6 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays

This math pack celebrates America with 6 centers and activities. Perfect for your students who need hands-on learning and not just another worksheet.

The pack is designed primarily for first grade, but could also work in kindergarten or second grade depending on student ability.

All student sheets are provided in both color and black/white.

This math pack is part of my larger America Literacy and Math Pack. It also has a coordinating America Literacy Pack.

Graphing America! – Students will sort and count the cards with different objects. They will then fill in the bar graph with the appropriate number.

July Calendar Task Cards – Students will answer the task card questions by using the provided calendar filled with information. They will then write their answers on their recording sheet.

Measure with the Stars! – Students will cut out a ruler of stars and use it to measure various objects on task cards. They will record their answers on their sheet.

Adding Change – Students will add the change pictured on the cards and write their answers on the recording sheet.

Help George Washington Get Home – Students will follow the path of odd numbers to get Washington back to his home.

Addition and Subtraction Story Problems – Students will determine if the story problem on the task card is addition or subtraction and then write the correction equation on the recording sheet. There are two sets of cards. One is simple addition of single digits and the other set is double digit with no regrouping/borrowing. The teacher can choose the appropriate set for her class. OR Use the easier set at the beginning of the year and the more challenging set later in the year.

Bonus Activities

America Word Search – Fun America-themed word search. No backwards or diagonal words.

Memory Game – Fun game for center time or early finishers.

America Math Pack - 6 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays
America Math Pack - 6 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays
America Math Pack - 6 Centers and Activities for Patriotic Holidays
Price: $5.00

 

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Telling Time “I Have Who Has” Game – Hour, Half-hour, Quarter-hour Math Activity

Telling Time "I Have Who Has" Game  Hour, Half-hour, Quarter-hour Math Activity

Your students will enjoy this fun telling time game. “I Have Who Has” is a fun way to get your students actively participating in math.

There are 32 cards that feature clocks set to the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour.

This activity is part of my Learning is Fun Literacy and Math Pack and my Back to School Literacy and Math Pack.

Telling Time
Telling Time "I Have Who Has" Game - Hour, Half-hour, Quarter-hour Math Activity
Telling Time "I Have Who Has" Game - Hour, Half-hour, Quarter-hour Math Activity
Price: $1.25

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Sort, Count and Graph Math Activity – Math Center

Sort Count and Graph Math Activity Center

Students will sort the school supplies cards into groups. They will then count them and correctly graph the number of items.

This is the perfect activity for students who need a hands-on, engaging activity instead of a plain worksheet.

The student pages are provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my Learning is Fun Literacy and Math Pack and my Back to School Literacy and Math Pack.

Sort, Count and Graph Math Activity - Math Center
Sort, Count and Graph Math Activity - Math Center
Sort, Count and Graph Math Activity - Math Center
Price: $1.00

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Number Ordering Math Activity – Sequencing from Least to Greatest

Number Ordering Math Activity Sequencing from Least to Greatest

Students will put groups of six number cards in order from least to greatest (numbers 1-29). They will then write the numbers in correct order on their recording sheet.

This is the perfect activity for students who need a hands-on, engaging activity instead of a worksheet.

The student pages are provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my Learning is Fun Literacy and Math Pack and my Back to School Literacy and Math Pack.

Number Ordering Math Activity - Sequencing from Least to Greatest
Number Ordering Math Activity - Sequencing from Least to Greatest
Number Ordering Math Activity - Sequencing from Least to Greatest
Price: $1.25

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Fact Families Math Activity – 28 Fact Families including Doubles

Fact Families Math Activity - 28 Fact Families including Doubles

Students will solve the fact families on the center cards. They will record their answers on the appropriate student sheet.

This is the perfect activity for students who need a hands-on, engaging activity instead of another worksheet.

Recording sheets come in both triple digit and double digit format.

The student pages are provided in both color and black/white.

Fact families included:
1-2-3, 2-3-5, 3-4-7, 4-2-6, 5-3-8, 5-4-9, 7-3-10, 9-2-11, 7-1-8, 4-8-12, 4-6-10, 2-5-7, 2-7-9, 2-8-10, 4-7-11, 3-6-9, 3-8-11, 3-9-12, 1-1-2, 2-2-4. 3-3-6, 4-4-8, 5-5-10, 6-6-12, 7-7-14, 8-8-16, 9-9-18, 10-10-20.

This activity is part of my Spring Math Pack and my Spring Literacy and Math Pack.

Fact Families Math Activity - 28 Fact Families including Doubles
Fact Families Math Activity - 28 Fact Families including Doubles
Fact Families Math Activity - 28 Fact Families including Doubles for Math Center
Price: $1.50

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Spring Literacy and Math Pack – 19 Centers and Activities for Reading, Writing, and Math

Spring Literacy and Math Pack Learning Centers and Activities

This spring-themed mega pack is full of 19 centers and activities that include reading, writing and math topics.

The two parts of this pack are also available separately in my Spring Literacy Pack and Spring Math Pack. (But you save money if you buy them together!)

All of the student sheets are provided in both color and black/white.

Appropriate for first grade and second grade, depending on student skill level.

The Literacy portion includes:

Syllable Count – Students will determine if the word has one, two or three syllables and record the answer on the student sheet in the appropriate column.

Springtime True or False? – Students will determine if the sentence is true or false. They will cut out the sentences and glue on recording sheet in either the true or false column.

Spring Cross Out – Students will cross out the word in each line that doesn’t belong. They will then use some of the words to write three sentences about Spring.

Help Ladybug Get Home! – Students will make a path by coloring in the squares with long vowel sounds to help Ladybug get back to the garden.

Spring Sentence Scramble – Students will unscramble five different sentences on cards and record the sentence on the student sheet.

Spring List It! – Students will try to think of a spring word for each letter of the alphabet.

Noun or Verb? – Students will sort the cards into two piles (nouns and verbs) and record on student answer sheet.

Sight Word ABC Order – Each card has five words from Fry’s First 100 Words and the beginning of Fry’s Second 100 Words. Students will record the card number on the student answer sheet and write the five words in ABC order.

The Math portion includes:

Addition and Subtraction Story Problems (w/out regrouping) – Students will read the story problem on the activity card and determine if they need to add or subtract. They will solve the problem and record their answers on the recording sheet. Answer cards are also included if the teacher would like to make them available so students can check for their answer.

Fact Families – Students will solve the fact families on the center cards. They will record their answers on the student sheet. Fact families included: 1-2-3, 2-3-5, 3-4-7, 4-2-6, 5-3-8, 5-4-9, 7-3-10, 9-2-11, 7-1-8, 4-8-12, 4-6-10, 2-5-7, 2-7-9, 2-8-10, 4-7-11, 3-6-9, 3-8-11, 3-9-12, 1-1-2, 2-2-4. 3-3-6, 4-4-8, 5-5-10, 6-6-12, 7-7-14, 8-8-16, 9-9-18, 10-10-20. Recording sheets come in both triple digit and double digit format.

Adding Change – Students will count the total change pictured on the activity cards. They will record their answers on the student sheet. Answer cards are also provided if the teacher would like to make them available.

Least to Greatest – Students will list the five numbers of the activity card from least to greatest on their recording sheet.

I Have, Who Has? Time Cards – Students will play a game to reinforce time reading skills. There are 32 cards that cover hour, half hour and quarter hour.

1 More and 1 Less – Students will record the answer of one more and one less.

10 More and 10 Less – Students will determine the answer for ten more and ten less and record on sheet.

Fill in the Missing Numbers – Students will fill in the 1-120 grid with the missing numbers.

Three Digit Addition – Students will add three digits to determine total.

Addition – Students will complete double digit addition problems without regrouping.

Missing Addend – Students will determine the missing addend.

Spring Literacy and Math Pack
Spring Literacy and Math Pack
19 Centers and Activities for Reading, Writing and Math
Price: $10.00

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