“So, who gets the cookies?” Oma asked Tom and Pam. They had decided to make cookies together and Oma was not one for making just a few.
“Me,” Pam said in her tiny voice. “I want cookies.”
“Well, Pam, we can’t just eat them all. We have to share,” big brother Tom said. “There’ll be enough for us, too, I promise.”
“Okay,” Pam gave in, “Cookies for me and Mom and Dad and Tom and Oma.”
Oma smiled. “How about we make some for the neighbors, too? We can make some for the Torres family, the Jolley family and the Keels family. And of course we’ll make some for us – the Tre family.”
“That’s a lot of cookies, Oma – are you sure?” Tom said, wondering at the huge amount of cookies they’ll have to make to ensure every one has enough.
“We can do it, Tom,” Oma assured him. “That’s four sets of cookies. I think if we can double the recipe, that should be enough.”
“Uh, oh, sounds like you’re going to say something about math now…” Tom had seen his parents start to talk a lot of math recently and started to recognize the places math could pop up.
“You’re right Tom,” Oma said, “Both ‘sets” and ‘doubling’ are math things. Good catch!”