Summer math is not required, but here are some resources for families looking to have some mathematical fun this summer!
Brookline Summer Math Calendars
Summer math calendars for students entering grades 1 through 6 are available on the Brookline Public Schools website. These calendars offer a menu of short activities.
Games from Investigations
This newsletter offers great suggestions for math and mathematically themed games to play.
These prompts include a photo to inspire some curiosity and conversation, along with a math question for each grade K-5.
Ideas for Math @ Home (from Investigations)
More resources from the amazing Investigations team! There are ideas for playing with math at home, videos (“Math Words and Ideas”), and more.
Resources for ways to have math chats with your family, as well as some puzzle-y fun resources in the shop!
A website, an app… a lot of great resources!
by Leah Shafer
Published by the Harvard School of Ed
Four Ways to Beat the Summer Math Slump
- Highlight the math in every day activities. When shopping, help kids calculate change or discounts. When watching a baseball game, talk about what players’ statistics mean. When cooking, try halving or doubling a recipe, and assist kids in figuring out the new proportions.
- Read short math stories together. Studies have shown that reading math-focused stories to children, such as Bedtime Math books or the Family Math series, can help boost math scores in school.
- Play math games. Games like Yahtzee, Racko, Blokus, Monopoly, and Set all rely on skills necessary for math, such as counting, categorizing, and building. Even playing with blocks and assembling jigsaw puzzles can help kids learn spatial skills and recognize patterns.
- Find small ways to practice math at home. While worksheets alone won’t solve summer math slump, small amounts of practice with basic formulas can help. Problem-of-the-day math calendars are a great way to practice basic math problems on a small scale. Parents can also find resources on Investigations about what types of mathematical procedures they should be practicing with their children.
Driscoll PTO Breakfasts about Math at Home
Previous presentations about math at home
- “Going Beyond the Facts”