Your child shouldn’t spend the summer stuck in reverse—especially when it comes to math skills. Children can lose up to three months of learning over summer vacation, according to a study by Dr. Harris Cooper, professor and chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, so it’s important to keep them engaged.
It can be difficult for parents to keep math on the front burner, especially when it is hard to gauge exactly what their child should be learning. Here are some of the best websites to help your child combat the summer math brain drain.
- www.mathforum.com. This
online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents and educators
who have an interest in math and math education. The site includes Ask Dr. Math,
Problems of the Week, discussion groups and much more.
Customized by grade level and topic, AAA Math features explanations of various
mathematical topics, practice problems and fun, challenging games.
- www.coolmath.com. This
fully interactive site and allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play
games and explore new math concepts.
Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site helps
families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging
- www.mathcats.com. Math
Cats provides playful explorations of important math concepts through games,
crafts and interactive projects. Includes a magic chalkboard and an art gallery.
- www.easymaths.org. This
South African Community website for teachers, parents and students is complete
with lessons, tests, exams, worksheets, study skills and much more.
- www.bbc.co.uk/education/megamaths/tables.html. This lively,
interactive Web site, based on the popular BBC Schools Television series
“Megamaths,” is for practicing and testing times tables.
The Math League, designed for students in fourth grade through high school,
specializes in math contests, books and computer software. The “Help Facility”
is handy reference guide for math topics complete with examples, definitions and
FleetKids games teach elementary children several different aspect of money
management. Games include Windfall, where a child can run an imaginary business
and BuyLo/SellHi, where children can play the stock market. Students can sign up
as an individual or as part of an elementary school team.
- www.funbrain.com/numbers.html. This site includes 17 original games based on soccer, car racing and much more Other games include Math Baseball, where a child can score runs with correct answers and Operation Order, where students can build pyramids with their knowledge of algebra.