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.
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.
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.
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.
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