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There is nothing so powerful as walking into a house and being greeted by the warm sweet smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. This is a scent that many different candle-making companies worldwide try to reproduce and yet the imitation never smells quite as sweet as the real thing.
Ask any mother what is the fastest way to get a teenager to sit down and talk and they will tell you it is a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies and a glass of cold milk. Any parent that greets their child at the door with a delicious plateful of treats is more than likely to get an earful of conversation.
For younger children, it is often the making of the cookies that creates an environment rich with conversation. Although most children will agree that making homemade chocolate chip cookies is as equally fun as eating them. One of the great benefits of chocolate chip cookie dough is its flexibility so you can make individual round cookies and chocolate chip cookie squares and pizza-sized individual cookies.
What most parents don't realize is that teaching a child to bake homemade chocolate chip cookies is also a lesson in math and science. The recipe is made up of mathematical measurements that must be followed in order for the recipe to turn out correctly. The scientific process occurs when each of the individual ingredients is combined with the others to form a completely different end product.
Taking the time to bake homemade cookies with your children creates a stronger family bond, real life applications for math, science and wonderful family memories that will last a lifetime.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|