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How many PEEPS does it take to make a 7 foot dragon?

This Easter, I spent a sweet afternoon admiring art. But not just any art. This was Carroll County’s annual PEEP show. Yes, an entire community center filled with sculptures made from those ooey-gooey candy confections: PEEPS. As I admired PEEP-created … Continue reading

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Notes from NJ SCBWI

I attended the New Jersey SCBWI conference last weekend for my first time. In a word: FANTASTIC! Not only did I learn a ton, but it was great to meet so many open, dedicated, and like-minded people. Here are a … Continue reading

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WJLA News Shows Students Eating Homework!

What a thrilling day today! Kellye Lynn and cameraman Brian Hopkins came to my school to do a news segment for WJLA news. My kids and I watched it on TV eating “Revolutionary Honey Jumble Cookies.” What a thrill! Students … Continue reading

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Great Ideas DO Fall from Trees!

Great Ideas DO fall from Trees GREAT IDEAS don’t fall from trees—or do they? Actually, my best ideas don’t come to me when I’m sitting at my desk with a skyscraper-sized computer screen in front of me. They don’t come … Continue reading

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2 Happy Teachers Blog interview

2 Happy Teachers posts a yummy interview featuring the “Eat Your Homework” books. You’ve got to love not only the name of this blog, but all of its content. Both contributors also share tons of wonderful lesson ideas on the … Continue reading

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“Gravity Bread” shares the Yum!

Please check out this blog post by the uber talented, wonderfully amazing Becca Eisenberg! Her blog is called “Gravity Bread”. Definitely worth checking out! Please click here: Gravity Bread shares the YUM!

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We all scream for INDEPENDENCE ICE-CREAM!

Want your kids to become independent AND history-savvy? Have them head to the kitchen to make some Independence Ice-Cream! Here’s a cold hard fact:  George Washington LOVED ice-cream. And here’s something else: Spending time in the kitchen is a perfect … Continue reading

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“Lost Bread”

The English call it French toast. The French go by the name pain perdu—translate that and it literally means “lost bread.” This delicious treat is named for the main ingredient, stale bread, that might otherwise be thrown away.   Try … Continue reading

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September 16 is Collect Rocks Day!

The excitement of going back to school is underway. The cool, crisp air of fall is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to go for a walk and start a rock collection– or cook up some Sedimentary … Continue reading

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Vesuvius Day is August 24!

August 24 is Vesuvius Day! This day commemorates the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that buried Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other settlements. Here are a few facts: *In 79 A.D. Herculaneum was a popular summer tourist spot for rich … Continue reading

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Pi? A short video explains…

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What Can Food Teach Children? A Lot!

    Please see this clip from Voice of America. You’ve gotta love those kids with the bunny ears! http://www.voanews.com/content/what-can-food-teach-children/2546403.html?utm_medium=email

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The Old Schoolhouse Dishes on Science Homework

Yum, Yum! The Old Schoolhouse is FREE online and recently published an article of mine: Dishing Up Science: Making Learning “Yum”. In it, I ‘dish’ on how kids can get excited about science through food. I’ve also included an original … Continue reading

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Have Fun Reading– Receive a Signed Artcard

“When Zach Zinsky decides to hide several praying mantid egg cases in his classroom, he has NO IDEA that each sack contains HUNDREDS of nymphs. In this story of praying mantid mayhem, Zach finds out that his teacher is not quite … Continue reading

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“Double Z” Launches–now I Bite my Lip!

The proofs are approved! The proofs are approved! ‘Double Z: Day of the Mantid’ will now be available in both print version and eBook format. It is humbling to get to this stage–but this is when I bite my lip and … Continue reading

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Double Z: Day of the Mantid

My all-new middle grade was recently the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign. (Whoo Hoo!) . . . Which means that now I am busy getting it out to all the wonderful people who contributed to the project. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Gravity Bread ‘Rises’ to the Occasion!

Kudos to Becca Eisenberg for this fantastic post on “Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds. Thanks so much, Becca! View the original here and see this wonderful blog: http://www.gravitybread.com/books-and-mealtime/eat-your-science-homework/    

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Hot Stuff: Mashed Potato Lava Cakes

PART 2 Ta da! As promised, here is the bonus section part 2 for the upcoming EAT YOUR SCIENCE HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR INQUIRING MINDS. Time to make some delicious Mashed Potato Lava Cakes…. And, yes, the recipe really does include … Continue reading

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Volcanos- That’s a lot of Lava!

Here it is– a sneak peak at my next book: EAT YOUR SCIENCE HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR INQUIRING MINDS Okay, so it won’t be out for another year, but here is a bonus section on volcanoes. Look back for part 2 … Continue reading

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Dishing Up Math on Alphabet Soup!

The one-and-only, marvelous math-convert, Jama Rattigan, has posted a wonderful review of “Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds” on her “Alphabet Soup blog”. Thanks so much, Jama! The review is delicious! Please check it out here: http://jamarattigan.com/2013/03/05/ann-mccallum-and-leeza-hernandez-dish-on-eat-your-math-homework/#more-8784

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Parsec Pizza Contest

Okay, so it’s been a little while since I have posted. . . But, I thought I’d do something a little different (and a lot fun). Here is a poem (disclaimer: I’m not a poet so read at your own … Continue reading

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Eating Math at the Damascus Library!

A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to do an author talk at the Damascus Library Sleep Over. Boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise! This cherished event has been going on for years … Continue reading

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Author Event: Chinn Park Regional Library, Woodbridge, VA

What: Math and Food– Math and Fun! Rabbits making patterns. Aliens popping up from the book stack– Impossible? Probable? Likely? Tessellating Brownies. Books. Math. Food. . . These are just a few of the topics and activities to look forward … Continue reading

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The Story of Rabbits… and the Fibonacci Sequence

A quick ‘math’ story for you: Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to garden. This girl liked to work in the garden to plant peas, weed watermelon, and grown all sorts of tasty and interesting fruits … Continue reading

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Fibonacci- Delicious!

Take a bite of delicious– and explore math at the same time! Food and math add up to a whole lot of fun! And, pairing these two things is easy. For example, to introduce patterns, you can start with one … Continue reading

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Numbers get ‘Knotty’

Minutes until the bus comes, amount of money leftover for ice-cream, number of homework assignments due before Tuesday. . . Every day we have plenty of things to count and keep track of. Good thing we have numbers and paper … Continue reading

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Fox5 News promotes EATING MATH at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is just around the corner and is even bigger and better this year– I hear that Jud Ashman and the organization committee is going for 20,000+ attendees! Go, Gaithersburg Book Festival! Here’s a teaser from this … Continue reading

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival: Fun for Everyone!

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is just around the corner (Is it really already May?!). Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds will make an appearance. Please join me at 11:30 to 12:00 on May 19 in the Willa Cather … Continue reading

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Math History Mysteries Part 2: Eenie, Meanie, Morra!

So there you are at a little league baseball game. Your friend is up to bat. Do you find yourself keeping track of strikes and balls by using your fingers? When else do your fingers come in handy for counting … Continue reading

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Math History Mysteries Part 1: Counting using Tally Sticks

Okay, so adding up the grocery bill using the calculator function of our smart phones is definitely something new. But keeping track of stuff–how many animals did you kill today, or, gee, how many hours has it been since half … Continue reading

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Pizza Puzzler

To solve this oh-so-delicious logic problem, please, I beg you: PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! Add a little pizzazz to dinner tonight with a easy to assemble pizza puzzler. Not only will you enjoy a tasty dinner or snack, you will … Continue reading

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Eat Your Math Homework Webpage!

Fun activities and lotsa math! Please check out: www.eatyourmathhomework.com

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Author Event: Eating up Non-Fiction

What: Please come for an afternoon of Tessellating Two-Color Brownies and hands-on fun. I will be speaking about my path to publication, but also, everyone will be encouraged to get their own hands in the pot– with Probability Trail Mix, … Continue reading

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Musings on Kids and Math

I’ve been thinking a lot about kids and math these days. Certainly, there’s been a lot of work to promote Eat Your Math Homework and with it, I’ve met lots of people who either, a) Love math and love the … Continue reading

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Triangular Number Christmas Tree

Okay, okay, so it’s a little early… Well, a lot early. Still, before we know it, it WILL be the season! Here’s something to try in a few weeks… Triangular Number Christmas Tree 1, 3, 6, 10… What’s the pattern? … Continue reading

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WUSA Channel 9: Eat Math Recipe Demo!

Want to see how EASY it is to cook up math? Please check out the following links to see Fibonacci Snack Sticks in action during WUSA channel 9’s news segment. Peggy Fox really does a great job, doesn’t she? http://dc.momslikeme.com/members/JournalActions.aspx?g=190035&m=18073903&source=stream_home … Continue reading

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Kids Eat Math!

It’s a long weekend– and only Saturday so it feels like I have all the time in the world. Bliss! I checked my email this morning to find a message stating that a Pat Zielow Miller reviewed my book Eat … Continue reading

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Kitchen Symmetry

Symmetry has to do with being equal. Sort of like 3/4  and 6/8? Nope, symmetry is not quite like that. It does mean equal, but in a different way. Do you mean something like 3 + 4 EQUALS 7? No, … Continue reading

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Featured Chef in Olney!

If you get a chance, please visit the Olney Farmer’s and Artist’s Market August 28 at 11:00. I will be doing a hands-on demonstration with food and math samples! Check out the link to this great event. www.olneyfarmersmarket.org/

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A Fibonacci Summer

Is it just me, or have the days of summer added up like… the Fibonacci sequence? You know, the first day is day 1 of summer break, and the second day still feels like day 1. There’s all the time … Continue reading

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Eat This Fraction…

For an easy recipe that solidifies the concept of fractions for kids, check out this article from the Chicago Tribune. (The recipe, along with further exploration and more math recipes, can be found in Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for … Continue reading

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Mayan Number Cookies

1, 2, 3’s are not the same all over the world! Yes, so we all need to count– and ‘two’ always means one and one more. But… number symbols themselves are not always the same wherever you go. Have you … Continue reading

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Eat Your Math Homework: Summer 2011 Events

Chomp down on math when you attend these events this summer… One More Page Books– July 24→ 2:00 p.m. One More Page Bookstore 2200 W. Westmoreland Street #101, Arlington, VA 22213 Kensington Park Library– July 25→ 4:00 p.m. 4201 Knowles … Continue reading

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PBS Parents Posts article for EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK

I’m so excited that PBS Parents posted this article in their Kitchen Explorers! Thank you Aviva Goldfarb for the wonderful review and photo of Tessellating Two Color Brownies. I am honored! Please check out the article here: PBS Kitchen Explorers (and enter to … Continue reading

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Summer Reading the Kids are Craving!

“Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds” (Charlesbridge, July 1, 2011), written by Ann McCallum and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez, is a delicious book sure to please everyone. Continue reading

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Common Denominator Cupcakes

What do fractions and these delicious cupcakes have in common? Well, for one thing, they both are a ‘whole’ lot of fun! Here’s a question: One day a rabbit came and munched on ¼ of Leeza’s garden. Another rabbit came … Continue reading

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Triangular Number Cake by Jancakes.com

Jancakes.com recently made this lovely concoction. Doesn’t it look delicious? Scroll down  to find out more about triangular numbers… (BTW– how many triangles in total can you find in the picture of the Triangular Number Cake? Hint: think big AND … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway from ChopChop Magazine!

ChopChop Magazine has great things to say about EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS!!  (See below). They are also doing a book giveaway to the first ten readers who come up with a recipe that explains a mathematical … Continue reading

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Cylinder Roll-Ups

  These hearty cylinders are perfect for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner! And, they are as easy to make as it is easy to say ‘I love geometry’.  (I LOVE GEOMETRY!)  Cylinders are interesting shapes and very popular. Look around the … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for Book Events

‘Tis the season for book events…! With the release of EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS in just a couple of months (July 1), we’re working hard to create lots of buZZ! I will be doing several events … Continue reading

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Multiplication Meatballs

Yum times ten! Figure that these Multiplication Meatballs (Recipe by Jancakes– www.jancakes.com) will be delicious! But, first what’s an array?  You guessed it! An array is an easy way to learn your times tables. You can use just a few meatballs … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pretzel Counting Rods

Imagine a day with NO numbers! Sure, math class might be cancelled, but how could you take the schoolbus five miles to your house, or eat a double cheeseburger? Nope, any way you figure it, people everywhere count on numbers… … Continue reading

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Perimeter Pound Cake

Perimeter Pound Cake (Created by Jancakes) Wah Lah- here is Perimeter Pound Cake at its finest!! I recently teamed up with Jancakes to help create some of my math recipes. (Check her out at www.jancakes.com) This yummy Perimeter Pound Cake … Continue reading

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Just Right (Variable) Pudding

Come along for walk to Goldilocks’ woodsy cottage. Oh no! Goldilocks is fretting over her Just Right Porridge, worrying that it will turn out just wrong. Our reporter, Arithmetica Subtracto, from the Wand and Globe is on the scene now. … Continue reading

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Kitchen Tips

Wait, wait, wait! Before we go crazy in the math kitchen, a word of caution is necessary. Afterall, there are hot stoves and sharp knives out there. Remember: Always ask an adult’s permission to cook or bake anything. Only an … Continue reading

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