Math typically isn’t the first thing people think about when summer hits!
In our house as soon as the pool opens we are in summer mode and our days are focused on fun! However it’s really important to keep our children’s math skills up over the summer. We try to incorporate fun math resources and learning into our day and the many chores we have.
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Things you can do while out and about
to incorporate math into your day!
- At the pool you can have your keeps do mental math and count everyone present at the pool. Then subtract the adults to see how many kids are present or add in the life guards. I think you get the picture!
- When shopping at the grocery store I let my little ones help bag X amount of this or that and we estimate with the older kids to see who can come close to the total bill at checkout. They get a kick out of helping and like the contest aspect of our grand total at the end.
- Perhaps you could estimate the total of your gas bill when filling up knowing you need approximately X gallons of gas.
- When slicing up fruit you can sneak in a lesson on fractions while you show your children what a whole apple is them demonstrate cutting it in half, quarters etc.
There are just so many ways you use math each day and we can naturally work this into our kids day by being intentional.
In addition to these free activities, we all know our kids like getting new things and that gets my kids excited! It’s so important to keep the learning going, especially for this essential skill.
Fun Math resources for the family
I have rounded up some FUN math resources so you can keep your kids on track during the hottest months of the year. From music videos to volcanic explosions, these are great resources to have fun learning math.
These DVD’s are super fun. They have rock, and even hip hop to help kids get excited about learning math. The Early Math DVDs cover addition & subtraction, telling time, and money & making change. Each DVD has 12 to 18 video segments, and each video lasts about an hour.
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Times Tales is a very popular series of videos and games that use stories to help kids memorize their upper times tables. Why? It helps kids learn the multiplication tables in an hour – with songs and visuals! My son loved this one! Talk about a fun math resource!
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It is what it sounds like – sort of like a Bop It for math learning, this tool uses sounds and lights – and slams – to engage kids in a fun contest of math acuity. There are 3 levels, with 13 questions each. When they lower their time to answer, they boost their score! This one is also a super fun math resource to have but be careful my kids can get a little silly (crazy) with this one, I guess that means they are having fun!
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ShillerMath’s Fraction Set is a comprehensive supplement to any math curriculum. Part of why it’s great is it’s hands on, and incorporates, visual, kinesthetic and practical learning. It includes a fractions lesson book, answer guide, parent guide, catchy songs, and unlimited downloadable resources.
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Mix a little hands-on science with the math and you’ve got active learners on your hands! As a student, it was difficult for me to grasp math concepts I didn’t see applied in the real world. Here’s a delightful antidote for young learners.
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As you can see there are so many fun math resources for your children! Check out http://www.educents.com/#makingitasmomfor some more ideas for the rest of your subjects!