We’re now in the second week of summer holidays, and the kids have settled into a rhythm of park, play, TV and more play. With the Toronto heat, we’ve focused on staying cool – lots of wading pool and sprinkler time.
This week we’re in Calgary with the grandparents, and it’s gorgeous here. In past summers, I’ve brought workbooks and math sheets to Calgary. To be honest, those workbooks always remained unopened. This year, I’m trying some other methods to stimulate summer learning. We’re focusing on reading as many chapter books as we can and on doing a little bit of math each day.
I found this great math game for the Ipad called Math in Motion: Hungry Fish (see image). My kids love playing it and I can adjust the difficulty levels for each child. It challenges them in math, subtraction, and multiplication. Even if they play for 15 minutes a day, it’s a good brain workout.
A friend recommended a site called Bedtime Math, which emails a math problem out every day. The problems are interesting, and they test your reading and math skills. So far, this hasn’t been as successful as Hungry Fish.
What are you doing to keep those little brains active over the summer? I’m interested to hear other perspectives and ideas!