Graciela Gonzales

Your child has grown to be a great reader and mathematician this year! They have gained many reading and math skills and strategies that will still need to be practiced over the summer. It is important to keep your child reading and over the summer because it bridges the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

Below you will find some tips to make summer reading and math practice a fun experience for you and your child.

Summer Reading Tips!

  • Get your child his own library card. 
    Take or allow them to go to the library often to browse for books and enjoy special activities or events at the library.
  • Help your child select books on topics they are interested in and at their reading level. 
    A simple rule of thumb for helping your child select books at their reading level is to have them choose a page in the book (not the first one) and read it. If they don’t know five or more of the words, then the book is too hard for pleasure reading.
  • Have plenty of books, books on tape, magazines, online books (bookflix) and other reading materials around for kids to read.
  • Connect reading with other summer activities. 
    For example, read books about places you will go over the summer or things you will be doing. Perhaps you will visit the zoo or go camping, there are many good books about the zoo and camping!
  • Set goals and reward reading.
    Reward reading with more reading. If your child finishes one book, stop by the store and let him pick out another.
  • Make reading together fun and memorable. 
    Even if your child is a super reader, they still love to be read to. You may want to use different voices for different characters when you read to your child. Modeling reading is essential to help with fluency and voice.  Reading together is a time for closeness and cuddling-another way to show your love as a caring adult. 
    Children love to read letters and notes you write them.

1. Grocery Store Math – Counting, estimating, and making change are good math exercises.

 2. Menu Math – Next time you are at a restaurant, hang on to the menu while you are waiting for your meal. Ask your child to find the least expensive item on the menu, then all the items that cost between $5 and $10 or three items whose total cost is between $9 and $20.

3. Kitchen Math – Measuring ingredients is a perfect math lesson. Have your child tell you how much of an ingredient you will need if you double the recipe.

4. Reading and Writing Math – Read books about math. Some suggestions:

• Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle

• The Napping House by Audrey Wood

• 1 Hunter by Pat Hutchins

• Two Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee

• Math-terpieces by Greg Tang • The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang

5. Calendar Math – Count down the days until special events, like the first day of school, birthdays, holidays, and vacations.

6. Game Math – Play games that encourage math skills. Some examples: Battleship, Simon, Cribbage, Concentration, Checkers, Connect Four, Krypto, Mankalah, Monopoly, and Yahtzee.

7. Computer Math – There is no shortage of valuable games and instructional websites. Look at student section to find great websites for math practice. 


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