This year not only did I sign up to be one of the room moms in Cody’s classroom (something I vowed I would not do again) but I also signed up to help out with the school’s largest fundraiser, XtraMath. I am not sure what I was thinking. The fundraiser involves having the students get pledges for money on the number of days or the amount of time they spend doing math problems above and beyond their normal school math work. There is a computer program the school uses to track the time and type of math problems the kids work on. We also provide worksheets for the younger kids or those who would rather put pencil to paper than use the computer. This year the fundraiser spans fifteen days.
We have all sorts of incentives to encourage participation but the success of the program really comes down to the teachers. It is through the teachers that the necessary information gets sent home and it is through them that the excitement for doing the extra math is created. It was with this in mind that the XtraMath committee decided to do a little kickoff party to get the teachers fired up. We had coffee and goodies for them to eat. We had surveys for them to fill out on ways we can make the process easier for them and their students. We want their input and we want them to be happy and excited about XtraMath.
So today I made mini math themed pumpkin muffins for the party. I have never done anything that even closely resembles frosting decorating but I think they turned out nicely.
The pumpkin muffin recipe I found on New Nostalgia two years ago and it is a HUGE hit with everyone in the family. These muffins are seriously good and so simple to make. I make them a bit healthier by decreasing the amount of sugar to one cup and using one cup whole wheat flour and only two-thirds cup of white flour.
Since I could not take all the muffins to school without risk of mutiny from the boys I set some aside.
By the way they reacted when they saw them I think they appreciated it.