Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds, by Ann McCallum, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez, makes complex math concepts as simple as making brownies.

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A common variety of gorp (trail mix) made out of peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Fibonacci series
  • Tesselation
  • Tangrams
  • Probability

Eat your way through pizza, brownies, fruit sticks and trail mix and find you’ve also been learning how to use food to introduce math.

Ann McCallum, a math teacher and mother of two, has written a number of books making math fun for children. Eat Your Math Homework takes advantage of the fact that, after you’ve absorbed the principle she introduces, you get to eat what you’ve been learning with.

Did you know, for instance, that tangrams are seven regular pieces that can be arranged to make shapes from camels to cats, from sailboats to people?

Did you ever think about making a cookie and cutting it into the shapes you need for all these puzzles?

If your grandchildren are like mine, it might be a race to see how many shapes they can make before the cookies are all gone.

Order the book from amazon for the next time grandchildren are due to visit and you decide to make brownies together, or trail mix, or pizza.

Listen to an interview with the author, Ann McCallum, below.

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Click on the title to order the book, Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds.


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