Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Math Activities

Thanks to my wonderful first grade friends (now second graders!), I’ve had the pleasure of reading a lot of fantastic emails and it sounds like many families are enjoying summer so far.  It’s so great to read about bike rides, family trips and neighborhood fun!  That’s what summer is all about.  Everyone needs some down time.  You can see my own (adult) children are pretty serious about their down time (smile). 
 
Although I think summer days should be filled with fun times and relaxing days, I had several families ask about ways to help their children work on math skills throughout the summer, so I’m writing about a few ideas.  (Thank you, supportive, caring parents!)  If any of my teacher friends have ideas to share, please leave a comment.  I would love to share your ideas as well!
ONLINE ACTIVITIES AND APPS:
Most of our students have access to computers (or iPads) at home, and many online activities offer fun, meaningful activities:
1.       ABCya.com – This is a site to check out!  The internet-based educational games are free.   I checked out several of the ABCya.com Apps and it looks like the Apps cost $0.99 each.  Clicking on 2nd grade for example, there are 13 iPad games and activities.
A Word Search Puzzle I created on ABCya
 


ABCya.com's home page



 

2.       4 Apps to Boost Math Skills Over the Summer – This article provides a description of each App and why the authors like it.
3.      Highland Drive’s Portal Page – The student links, such as Math Magician are posted on the left column.
 
PLAY-BASED ACTIVITIES (Oldies, but Goodies!):
 
1.    When you play board games such as Trouble, Dominoes, Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee, and Monopoly, your child works on a variety of math skills while having fun!  (Scholastic.com had an interesting article about playing games with your children: “TheBenefits of Board Games”.)
2.      Cooking/baking ~ another great way to include math skills in your daily lives. 
3.      Although money was not part of the first grade standards, making change encourages problem-solving and mental math skills, as well as practice with addition and subtraction.
4.       Make connections to math during sporting events.
5.      Work on problem-solving and other math skills, such as estimating, adding, and subtracting while shopping.
6.      Puzzles and Brain Teasers offer an engaging way to work on problem-solving and logical thinking.
 
Kids love being creative and having fun!  Although regular math practice is just as important as reading and writing, you can see it’s not necessary to use worksheets or “skill & drill”.  There are so many ways to incorporate math into your daily lives so that it doesn’t feel like work.   
I hope you find some of these ideas useful.  I look forward to hearing about more fun-filled summer adventures from my first grade friends!
Enjoy! ~Julie
 
Junior Olympic Banner

Awards Assembly - June 7, 2013



A Way-Back-When Picture ~ September 2012 :)
 

 

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