Get ready to discover math all around you this New Year!! Just as teachers encourage students to continue reading throughout the year to keep reading skills sharp, we feel the same attention should be given to mathematics. Regular practice over the vacation with problem solving, computation, and math facts will help to raise math scores over the school year. I have created this vacation math calendar to provide your child and your family with a variety of math to explore this vacation.
Inside you'll find creative activities that include measuring and counting everyday objects, math games, riddles, basic facts practice and math literature books (available through public libraries). The goal is for your child to have fun thinking and working together with you while explaining his/her mathematical thinking. While you are working on these activities, ask your child how he/she found that answer or why he/she chose that way to solve the problem. These activities help reinforce the concepts/skills your child learned this past year so that he/she can retain them over the school break.
I recommend that you spend 15-20 minutes a day practicing math activities with your child, including completing the enclosed activities and reviewing basic facts. Number facts can be practiced and reinforced through repeated use in games, real-life problems, songs, rhymes, and cards. Help your child to identify "FACTS I KNOW" and the "FACTS I AM WORKING ON." Think of regular and convenient times to review these facts, such as waiting in line, driving in a car, riding the train, reading time, etc.