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Practice Math in these fun ways during the summer!

Lower School parents, during the long period of summer, practicing math provides the intellectual engagement and skills retrieval children need to combat summer math loss and build confidence for the upcoming school year. These ideas below will ensure that your child can jump right back into action in the fall!

Set a Math Routine 
Just like your child likely has regular household chores and responsibilities, adding math reviews to the weekly schedule helps students stay sharp for the duration of the summer. Two great resources include Math at Home (mathathome.mathlearningcenter.org) and Zearn (zearn.org). Every 1st-4th grade NCCS student has a Zearn account! (Teachers will provide login details.)

Get Kids Involved 
Invite your kids to take part in a household decision that uses math, of which there are many! Making a grocery budget, comparing prices on purchases, and even measuring to repaint a room offer opportunities to use math in real-life applications. Show them that math applies to real life! 

Tell Stories with Math 
Did you know that it’s easy to work math into daily activities in ways your children might not even notice? AND - there’s an app for that! The mobile app Bedtime Math (bedtimemath.org) and website Math Before Bed (mathbeforebed.com) curb summer math loss by making math a beloved part of the bedtime routine -- just like a bedtime story! These resources provide prompts by age level that integrate simple addition and subtraction problems, as well as higher-level critical analysis.

Play Math Board Games 
Games maintain mathematical skills and bring the family together at the same time! Great math games include Uno, Monopoly, Life, Chutes and Ladders, Sequence, Five Crowns, Hi-Ho Cherry-o!, Connect Four, chess, and many card games (war, rummy, solitaire). Find more game suggestions, below; some are likely already in your home! Plus, healthy competition keeps things exciting while building math and analytical reasoning skills!

Build Daily Number Sense
Pointing out numbers in our daily lives builds math relevance, especially during summer. For younger children, assign them a number and have them see how many times they can find it around the house. Encourage older children to take notice not just of the numbers that pop up in their usual day, but how they are relevant. For example, ask, “What’s more important: the number of cars we pass on a drive to the store, or the amount of change we receive after making a purchase?” This will serve as a pertinent reminder that math is always all around us, and not just something that happens in school.

Grow Skills with Math (literally!)
Planting a garden is a great summer activity that integrates math! Plotting out a patch of land, anticipating angles of sunlight, and planning the layout of your garden based on plant height and width use math skills that your kids have learned. Keeping a schedule and planning out future plantings and harvest times provides an additional learning opportunity in both horticulture and mathematics!

Worship God for His Design!
Explain to your child that understanding math compels us to worship God more deeply because we realize the masterful order of His creation. Point out order and math in nature: the patterns of leaves on a stem, the rhythm of the tides, the order of sunrises and sunsets. Seek His perfect design through a mathematical lens as you travel and play this summer!


Game Suggestions

Sequence game builds math skills.

Uno, Rummikub, Dominoes, Go Fish, Gin Rummy, War/Battle, Tiny Polka Dots, Fraction War, Prime Climb, Clumsy Thief, SMATH, Stacks, Puzzles, Mancala, SET and Set Jr., Jenga, Ticket to Ride, Abandon All Artichokes, Quixx, Crazy 8s, Animal Upon Animal, Hiss, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, Multi, Skip-Bo, Yeti In My Spaghetti (fine motor control), Legos, Magna-tiles, SWISH