Prevent Summer Brain Drain with Meaningful Math

By Leigh Ann Pernell on Jun 26th 2020

Can you hear it? Summertime is calling! Our kids have worked hard this school year building numerical concepts and problem solving strategies, but research shows that math skills can slide during summer break. But don’t worry—we can put an end to summer learning loss. Here are just a few ways to keep mathematical minds sharp:

• Challenge your child with a math problem of the day. In only a few minutes, you can help your child review essential skills and build critical thinking. Problem Solving 4 Today is a great resource to help you find developmentally appropriate math tasks that will keep learning loss at bay.
• Check out the Summer Bridge Activities series. These hands-on activities are designed to keep kids mentally and physically active while keeping skills sharp. Complete one quick activity a day to keep minds engaged.
• Integrate science, technology, engineering, and math with STEM Challenges. Grab-and-go activities like these stretch your young problem solver’s brain by inviting them to create things like a zip line or design a pool floatation device. Real-world problem solving helps young learners connect learning to life.
• Build math awareness in everyday tasks. Chart the weather on a calendar, count the change in a jar, or measure ingredients for a recipe.
• Count in interesting ways when traveling. Count by 1’s 2’s, 3’s, 4’s—see how far you can go.
• Build fact fluency while waiting to be served at a restaurant. The sum of our numbers is 28. If your number is 18, what is my number?
• Play mental math games while sitting by the pool. I am thinking of a number. It is greater than 10 and less than 50. You have 5 guesses to figure out my number.

In only 15 minutes a day, you can provide your child with fun and stimulating ways to build mathematical thinking. Avoid summer brain drain with meaningful math explorations. Learning should never take the summer off!