Summer is just a few weeks away and, for many students, an extended break offers an academic hiatus – a pause from the rigors of academic life. Unfortunately, summer break also means that many students experience a significant amount of learning loss. And that loss adds up. Over the years, twelve contiguous summers of learning loss translates into a significant gap between where many students end up and where students should be to be prepared for life after high school. Which is why many educators encourage parents and students to stay engaged over the summer break.
Hat’s off to Jennifer Chintala over at Math Hub for recommending ways for students to stay engaged with math activities over the extended break:
While most parents do not want to subject their kids to hour after hour of math drills during their break, many do want their students to continue to practice their skills throughout the summer months. We all know that math is all around us, but parents often have to make math more explicit to ensure their students recognize how they use math outside the classroom. Depending on the student’s level, parents can play counting games with kids, look for shapes in nature, or help children work with money during a vacation.
Here at MetaMetrics we share the concern that students fail to stay engaged over the summer months, especially in math. Which is why we’ve developed Math at Home. Math at Home is a free tool and provides access to fun and engaging resources – like websites, worksheets, and videos – that support textbook lessons that students have studied throughout the school year. Best of all, Math at Home helps students practice specific math skills and concepts that are targeted to their individual level. Students and teachers can even build customized lists of materials and activities.
If you haven’t yet seen Math at Home, we encourage you to check it out and take advantage of this valuable free resource for keeping students engaged all year long.