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Math In The Summer
Transcript of Math In The Summer
Researchers say, on average, kids lose between 1.8 and 2.6 months of math skills during summer break.*
What Else Can We Do?
Play math games such as:
Equate (like Scrabble but with equations)
Master Mind (a code breaking game)
Sequence (like Bingo- place a tile on the correct answer)
Set Game ( find the common attributes to make a set)
What Can We Do?
Highlight the math in everyday activities:
Cook with your children
Estimate the grocery bill while shopping. Round the cost of the products as they go into the cart. See how close you get to the actual cost of the bill.
Use store flyers to write the grocery list with a given amount of money.
What's the better buy? A great opportunity to talk about unit rates.
Plan the family vacation together; lots of opportunities to budget, create schedules, reinforce measurement with mapping routes and distance.
Math in the Summer
How to Avoid the Summer Slide
The loss of math and reading
skills during summer break
*Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsay, J., & Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66(3), 227-268
Reading is more naturally woven into our daily lives. Keeping math skills sharp requires focus and rigor.
The challenge is to integrate math into our daily lives and make it fun and meaningful!
Websites and apps are also great ways to keep up with math skills this summer!
Take the The Connecticut Summer Math Challenge
Explore some of the other pages in the Watertown Public Schools math page: http://www.watertownps.org/departments/K_6_mathematics
Card Games are another fun way to practice math skills!
Questions we can ask to help our kids make sense of the math...
"Why do you think that?"
"How did you get your answer?"
"What do you already know that can help you with this problem?"
"Does this make sense, and how do you know?"
Often times, there are many ways to solve a math problem. By talking about the problem, you will discover many other approaches to the solution.