Monday, June 8, 2015

# Play Math over the Summer Break

Summer is almost upon us, and the debate about academic summer vs. summer of fun is on. But sometimes academic can be fun, and today I am sharing how you can have some fun with math this summer.

I have a confession to make. I love math, and I hope that my daughter will inherit the same positive and “can do” attitude toward this subject. She also happens to have high aptitude for math but, of course, it does not come to her as effortlessly as reading does. Still, she said that she wants to do some math over summer, because she wants to participate in the next math contest in fall. In years past, I was a lot more keen on making her “do math” by giving her a page or two from our favorite supplemental math books to do over summer. This year I plan to deploy four-prong approach:

## Play Board Games

We love board games on Planet Smarty Pants. Check out the list of our favorites here. I am looking forward to playing them and many others this summer!

## Take Math Outside

Fly your way across the USA with this fun geography game (my contributor post to Bedtime Math) or try some of these outdoor math activities from iGameMom

## Solve Math Problems Together

While Prodigy is great, it’s still focused on computational math and using formulas. But I want my daughter to be able to solve word problems and be able to apply the right solutions to them. This is why we usually do a couple of problems right before bed as part of our time together. I use the best of our supplementary math books and “coach” her to the solutions when she is stuck. Smarty enjoys this approach, since she doesn’t feel like she has to solve these problems on her own and be “judged”. At the same time she is learning what I call “real math” – the one where you think outside of the box and apply your knowledge in real world.

What are your views on summer math? If you do it, what is your method?

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

My kids love Prodigy, also. Thanks for introducing us to it!

Ticia said...

We're doing minute math in theory (they get a sheet of problems and see how many they can get done in 1 minute).

Bethany@Math Geek Mama said...

This is a great list! I will definitely be checking out some of those math books you've shared, and I LOVE your post over at Bedtime Math! That looks so fun!! :)

Shelley Peets said...

Great ideas, I also like the program IXL to help keep the kids up on their math skills over the summer.