Candy Math and Reading

Have your child gather their candy and dump it on a cookie sheet. Sort it into different kinds of candy. For example, chocolate, sour, hard, gum, etc. Count the various kinds. Ask is there more chocolate or hard candy? Is there less gum than sour candies? ( If you have them write or chart the math, remember the arrow points at the smaller number.)


Next, ask them to read the names on the wrappers, or ask them to find a specific letter. Find a H, and ask, ” What sound does it makes?”  Say, “H like in happy, hello, harvest, and Henry.”  Find a S, and say “S like in smile, silly and Sam.”

Maybe as a reward, they may eat a piece or two!

Math and reading can be found in daily, normal activities.

Sorting Fall Leaves

Fall is so beautiful, and a nature walk can be a math activity. If it is cool, bundle up, find a bag, and go for a leisurely walk. Have your child. as well as yourself, pick up leaves. Look for red, yellow, orange, brown, and multicolored. When you arrive home, sort the leaves into colors. Count the leaves. On notebook paper, chart the leaves by color and number. Use crayons to match the leaf color.Talk about greater than and less than. (Remember, the arrow points at the smaller number). Use normal, daily activities to do math. Your child will learn and have fun too.

Fractions with Pumpkin Pie

Fractions with pumpkin pie-what a way to learn! Take the pumpkin from the pie, and cook it -following the recipe below- or buy a pumpkin pie (or another kind of pie you prefer) .After the pie has cooled, cut it into 4 equal pieces. Remind them the denominator is down on the bottom- and the numerator is (near) or on the top.( Denominator is how many pieces the pie is cut into, and the numerator is how many pieces you have or have left over.)  So, you would have 4 pieces in your numerator, and 4 pieces in your denominator or 4/4.  Then cut the pie into 8 equal pieces. If you have all 8 pieces, it equals 1 whole pie or 8/8. Take 2 pieces away, and you have 6 out of 8 pieces left or 6/8. Also, 3 out of 4 pieces or 3/4 is the same as 6 out of 8 pieces or 6/8. You can continue cutting the pie, but the pieces will get smaller and smaller. For example, cut the pie into 16 pieces. 3/4 = 6/8 = 12/16 etc. Enjoy.

After scooping out the seeds, cut the medium pumpkin in half.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until it is soft.Then cut the pumpkin away from the rind-(thow rinds away). Use pumpkin in the recipe below.

                               Pumpkin Pie

Have a 9 inch unbaked pie crust ready.

Mix together:

1 cup pie filling,1 egg, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/8 t. salt, 1/2 t. ground cinnamon, 1/4 t. ground cloves, 1 T. cornstarch, 1t. vanilla, 1 1/2 cups milk

Pour in pie shell- sprinkle with nutmeg, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 mins.

Similar recipe taken from Mennonite Country-Style recipes & Kitchen Secrets

October Pumpkin Math

Fall Math Pumpkin math can be fun! Pick out a pumpkin at the grocery store, a roadside market, or make a field trip out of the day at a pumpkin patch. Wash the  pumpkin, carefully have an adult cut off the top, and get out all of the seeds. After you wash the seeds in a colinder, place them on a cookie sheet. Bake them on 300 degrees for 30 mins. When the seeds have cooled, put them on a  plate Let your child  wash their hands and count them, Put them in groups of 5’s and 10’s. Count out 10, eat 3 and count how many are left over. Keep eating and counting. Math can be yummy!