by Amy Smith, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math teacher at Lester Prairie Schools
First of all….math in the summer? Yes! Just a little bit of work will help boost your child’s learning for the fall. There are many skills to learn. However, even just keeping up on your basic facts will be a plus. 6th graders should have their math facts polished. 7th graders have learned operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) with negative numbers so keeping these skills fresh in their mind would be helpful, along with fraction operations. 8th graders need to be very comfortable doing operations with negative numbers and fractions.
Lots of math facts sites or apps are available to solidify your child’s basic math facts. Some suggestions are the flash cards at aplusmath.com, some of the games at funbrain.com, or just regular old-fashioned flash cards. The Dollar Store has lots of them.
If you are interested in other math practice check out IXL.com – it is free for 20 practice problems or you can get a monthly membership for your child. There are many lessons, math and other subjects, available for your child to practice over the summer.
Khan Academy.com has informative instructional videos on many math topics. This is a good resource to use both in the summer and throughout the year if your child needs math help.
In case you are going camping or someplace where there will be no cell service a good non-technology option is to purchase a workbook. Many books stores have a variety of good workbooks with 6th grade, PreAlgebra, and Algebra topics. Purchase one and take your child away from their electronic device to work on their math skills. They will be so happy! J
Whatever you decide, just helping your child keep their math skills over the summer will give their learning a boost for classes in the fall. Looking forward to another great year!