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Supporting Summer Learning

There are many ways that parents can continue to support Mathematics learning at home while school is not in session. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask your child to count and estimate in lots of different situations. For example, counting the number of times you bounce a ball back and forth at the playground or counting the petals on a flower while on a hike. You could create a scavenger hunt where children have to find a specific number of leaves, rocks, sticks, etc.
  • Involve your child when shopping, cooking, doing laundry or other household chores. Let children help measure ingredients while baking, count pairs of socks or count items in the grocery cart.
  • Games and puzzles with a focus on logic and reasoning provide opportunities to problem solve. Puzzles like Sudoku and KenKens and board games such as chess, Clue and Blokus are great examples. For additional suggestions of board games and games that can be played with items from around the house, check out Kent Haines web site Games For Young Minds at
  • Bedtime Math has an online 'Summer of Numbers' program similar to a library reading program. Visit for more information. This site also contains a link to a downloadable Parents Tips sheet with lots of summer suggestions.
  • Check out books from the library that have a math connection. Visit the website Math Through Stories at for lots of great book suggestions.

The key element in summer math learning with young children is to keep things fun and playful!