The effects of summer reading loss have been well documented, but did you know that summer math loss is an even bigger problem?
Summer math loss is more pronounced than summer reading loss. While reading loss seems associated with household income, students lose math ability during summer break regardless of income levels. On average, all students, regardless of socio-economic status, lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation over the summer months each year.* Because math practice is less intuitive and more technical than reading practice, parents are more likely to read with their children than practice math skills. However, there are many ways to practice and build mathematical thinking in our everyday activities. Find small ways to practice and talk about math as you are cooking, shopping, tackling building projects, planning trips, figuring out how much paint to buy... Play lots of board games and other games that involve cards and dice.
PCS encourages parents to help children have fun with math during the summer. We hope each child will spend at least 30 minutes a week in some engaging activity that incorporates math, logic, or some other problems solving skill whether it be through every day activities mentioned above, through online or board/card games or your own games.
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Optional Summer Math Calendar Challenges
Below are calendars filled with fun, interactive math activities that can be done over the summer to review some of the math learned during the school year. Many of the activities are designed to include a quick conversation with a friend or adult. When you do an activity, initial the box and have your child write any responses in the box (or separate paper if needed). When your child returns to school, have them bring calendar to their new teacher.
- Entering 1st Grade Calendar
- Entering 2nd Grade Calendar
- Entering 3rd Grade Calendar Option
- Entering 4th Grade Calendar Option
- Entering 5th Grade Calendar Option
- Entering 6th Grade Calendar Option
- Entering 7th Grade Calendar Option
- Activities Recording Calendar
Here are some fun ways to keep your math mind active during the summer, as well as all year long!