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Make it fun and applicable to something that interests them! For example, cooking with mom or dad is a perfect time for a math, reading, writing, and/or science lesson...plus it is time spent with one another. Cooking involves math with measurements...have them measure out the water & if the recipe calls for 1 cup ask them how many 1/4 cups make up 1 cup, or if you take 1/4 cup away how much is left. Cooking involves reading...have the child read you the recipe and question them on what preheat means or have them spell words after they have read them. If Christmas is coming up, have your children pick out some favorite recipes of theirs and have them write them out so to make customized recipe books for presents...not only is it a writing lesson but it is a wonderful and personal gift they can make while adding creative artwork. Last, cooking can involve science as well...when mixing powders and liquids what do you get, what happens if you add oil to water, what happens... read more

I was a dental assistant in the military for 8 years...that being said we are not 'certified' but we go thru extensive military training and I do have an associates in both areas from the Community College of the Air Force. During that time I assisted in: general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and prosthodontics. I was also responsible for taking and processing dental xrays and I also cleaned teeth (hygientist) for 6 of those years. I loved cleaning teeth as it gave me a chance to do one on one dental education with patients, but it was hard on my back & hands. After assisting, I went into the dental laboratory...again not certified, but I did this for 11 years & again went thru extensive military training. In the military, the dental lab is held to very high standards and I made it my goal to always exceed those standards when possible. I also loved this section, especially when I became good enough to teach & share my knowledge. Dental... read more

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