I don’t know how things work in your house, but on the rare occasion that I bring home *fun* cereal, it disappears at the speed of light. Invariably, one (or both) children feel like they didn’t get their fair share.

This past week, Momma wised up and came up with a solution. It’s so easy that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. **Dividing it into serving sizes!**

As I began to look at the side of the box, I realized – what am I doing?!? “Hey, Rex, come here. How much is a serving size of this cereal?” To which he replied, “About a bowl.” So, we had a lesson on serving sizes. **Think of how many skills are used in order to divide up a box of cereal!**

- How to find the serving size using the information on the box (3/4 cup).
- Look at the number of servings in the box (12).
- Divide that number by the number in our family (4) to come up with how many servings he got to have (3).
- Figure out how much cereal he should put in his zip bag by multiplying his servings by the serving size (2 1/4 cup).
- Find the correct size measuring cup to most easily use for a situation (3/4 cup in our house) and how many scoops are necessary (3). {Of course, if he had realized that there was a 3/4 cup scoop, he could have cut out some of the other stuff – but, I didn’t let that cat out of the bag.}

After he finished the exercise, I called out “Monkey, come here,” and started the process all over again. So, in about 5 – 10 minutes, **they worked easily {and naturally} with fractions, multiplication, division, and algebra** – *all to earn some breakfast cereal*. {We’ll get to the health side of the issue later.}

If the goals are real, then the motivation is natural, and math doesn’t need to be scary at all. {My friend, Bon, over at Math Four would be so proud of me!} Have you found easy ways to practice math in everyday life? Won’t you share them in the comments {or, just tell me hi – I’d love to hear from you}!

I’m totally going to do this! I love the idea.

That’s great, Gidget – I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

We’ve done a similar exercise and the kids were shocked at what a serving actually looked like. They were having a ‘bowl or two’ which ended up being 4 servings!

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Wow – I’m glad we didn’t actually measure out how many servings they were really having

This is wonderful. The weirdest thing is that I’M always shocked at what a serving size is. No wonder I’m always overweight!

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you crack me up, Bon – I’m so glad you approve

Love this lesson. In fact, we just stopped our normal lessons and did this. Thanks!

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Oh, wow – Lana – that is the highest compliment – thanks for letting me know!