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Learning doesn’t have to end just because the school year is coming to an end. Families can help their children continue learning at home. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t have to be worksheets and textbooks.  It can and should be fun!

I’ve gathered a list of ten activities you can do to incorporate math learning while also enjoying your summer with family. Check them out!

 

 

1 – Figure This!

Dare your family to accomplish 80 “fun and engaging” challenges together. NCTM created this challenge specifically for families.

2 – MoMath Museum of Mathematics

Take a family vacation to New York City and spend time revealing “the wonders of mathematics” at the MoMath Museum. Not visiting NYC? Check out your local museums and find out what great learning activities they have to offer.

3 – Math Ninja’s Summer Learning Competition

Sign up each child for a math competition that takes place wherever you are! The competition is online and your child can choose their own challenge for a minimum of 15 minutes a day.

4 – Eat Your Math Homework

PBS explores math in the kitchen and encourages parents to start cooking and baking with their children while practicing real life math concepts. This book will give you all the information you need to get cooking with mathematics!

5 – Calculations Everywhere

We all use math everyday. Pay close attention and ask your child to get involved.

  • Pumping gas? Ask the kids to estimate the cost.
  • Grocery shopping? Estimate the cost of a cart of groceries and weigh fruits and vegetables.
  • At the Pool? Calculate the volume of water it takes to fill the pool.

6  Money

It is amazing how very few experiences kids have with money. Challenge yourself to incorporate as many opportunities as possible that involve your child using money.

  • Make it a point to use cash when paying and allow your child to count it out.
  • Create a budget for any event and let your child plan how the money will be spent.
  • Take time to teach your child how to balance a checkbook.

7 – Model Learning

Remind your children that learning is fun. Help them explore their own interests. Model learning something new that you are interested in.

8 – Gardening

  • Plant, measure, and chart the growth of plants.
  • Estimate the amount of produce you hope to get from each plant.
  • Set up a stand and sell produce to your neighbors.

9  Hire a Tutor

Math Ninja Tutoring can create fun and engaging experiments that require math content knowledge and provide practice of important skills.

10 – Ask Your Child’s Teacher

Ask your child’s teacher for ideas on how and what your child needs to practice over the summer.

Let me know what you try on the list! I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Angela Culley

Angela Culley

Owner & Tutor at Math Ninja, LLC
As the founder of Math Ninja, Angela provides online and in person math tutoring for all ages including those studying for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, PPST, and other math specific subject assessments. Prior to launching her business, Angela coached K-12 educators on effective teaching strategies, curriculum writing, and assessment development.As a classroom teacher, she taught math to students ranging from grade 5 - 12. She has also taught both undergraduate and graduate math courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and Mountain State University.
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7 thoughts on “10 Summer Learning Activities for Families

  • June 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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    Glad I could help out with the convicing 😉 Have a great summer!

  • June 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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    Carmody,
    Schedules and structures are so good for kids! The initial drop off at school for kindergarten is so difficult for parents. Just know that there are so many caring teachers ready to help your child get settled in.

  • June 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm
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    If you try them out, I’d love to hear how they go!

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  • June 6, 2014 at 6:59 am
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    Great ideas. I am trying to keep a set schedule for educational activities this summer for my rising Kindergartener.

  • June 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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    Great ideas! Thank you for sharing. I’m starting to think that I should do stuff with both my kiddos to increase retention and skills. My son will continue speech/social skills therapy over the summer but I think I’ll do reading and writing with them also. I stand convicted. =) Blessings~

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