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.
This summer the Connecticut’s Department of Education and the PCS Faculty are challenging students to participate in MetaMetrics FREE Summer Math Challenge to help combat this loss!
How it works:
The “challenge” of the program is simply for parents and their children to talk about math a little together every day. The program will last for six weeks and focus on one math concept per week. Parents will receive daily emails which will include fun activities and resources to help kids retain the math skills learned during the previous school year.
For 2017 the Summer Math Challenge will target students entering grades 2 - 9 next fall. Parents and their children will be able to visit the Summer Math Challenge webpage to earn badges for their weekly progress and learn more about the weekly concepts. Activities will be grounded in everyday life and be engaging for both parents and children.
If receiving weekly emails through the Summer Math Challenge is inconvenient, we have provided other ideas for math related activities for students entering grades 1-7 with our traditional paper calendars.
Ms. Slingo has provided packets for students entering 8th grade.
It is best to try to incorporate mathematics in our every day thinking as reading is. This article highlighting a Harvard study, offers the specifics of four ways to integrate math into the fun of summer.
1. Highlight the math in every day activities.
2. Read short math stories together
3. Play math games.
4. Find small ways to practice math at home. Lots of measuring and use of numbers can be emphasised in household projects, cooking and crafts.
There is no need for math to be a chore in the summer. Highlight and celebrate the math in the world around you.