Breakfast with a Side of Math



My daughters wanted to help make scrambled eggs this morning. To keep them busy while I was getting the eggs, I asked them how many eggs we needed. What math skills did they unknowingly practice?

Word Problems – In school, the word problem might be written something like this. “Four people are going to eat scrambled eggs for breakfast. If each person wants 1 egg, how many eggs do they need in all?” It benefits children to have real life exposure and practice with word problems before they get to school.

One-to-One Correspondence – To emphasize this, I got a little cheesy. Using my best Oprah voice, I pointed to each person one by one and said, “You get an egg! You get an egg! You get an egg! You get an egg! Everybody gets an egg!!!”

How do you sneak in math practice at home?

Melissa 🙂

3 thoughts on “Breakfast with a Side of Math

  1. Similar situations, eg when kids are laying the table and need to figure out how many plates or forks we need.
    We also often count what we have on the plate, especially when something is shared eg we have 8 cherry tomatoes, and “you get one, you get one…now how many do you have? And you? ” the internal motivation to count is high on these matters as they need to make sure they get as much as the other one… 🙂

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  2. Haha, love the Oprah reference! We do a lot of counting with my 2-year-old, and lately we’ve been asking her to count different things (how many brown cats? now how many black ones? etc).


    • Gotta love Oprah, right?!?! When I’m cheesy like that, I tend to get lots of laughs out of my girls…one of my favorite sounds! 🙂

      All that practice with counting will pay off. Isn’t it cool to see them gain confidence with counting each time they do it?


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