And despite the illustration, I don’t mean summer fun! I’m referring to the long gap in a traditional school calendar, where kids may lose a month or two of mathematical computation skills. For struggling learners who already have a tenuous grasp on math facts, “summer slide” is a serious concern. How do you provide ongoing math practice when these same students need a break from a fatiguing school year? Many of these kids will spend their days in sports camps, community summer programs, and other endeavors while their parents are at work.
Check out multiplication.com’s monthly newsletter devoted to this topic. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of ideas in a single page! TV free activities, online games, summer-themed fun, and more. I believe if your child spends just 20-30 minutes a day engaging in fun review of math facts, they will approach the upcoming school year with greater confidence. It might just help me, too!