Our children have grown in so many ways this year. It has been a pleasure seeing their confidence and competence in mathematics develop. Children of this age are often curious about numbers and all things math. Their own natural interest in numbers can provide wonderful springboards as parents and educators for furthering their mathematical discoveries. As the summer approaches, children enthusiastically count down to the last day! Summer provides a great opportunity for children to play and connect with math in their homes and community at large. Trips to parks, museums, shops, family reunions, pools, and libraries can all include a sprinkling of math. Personal math questions come easily to mind when considering: children’s height in relation to the deep end of the pool, height requirements at amusement parks, ages of family members, timelines of family history, and so forth. Math strategies also play an important role in board and card games. Find some family favorites and enjoy!
Games, as we know, can also be electronic! The summer can provide more opportunities for this. In addition to the educational games that your family may already enjoy, our schools are encouraging students entering grades 2 – 6, to log on to xtramath.com. This is a math fact practice site that can be easily accessed on our school homepage. Our first and second grade children have been using the site at school this month. We will send home a letter on June 8th, with your child’s xtramath login and password for summer use.
May you enjoy your summer and I look forward to catching glimpses of our students at the ballparks or around town.