June Activity Calendar
Ideas on how to encourage students to make daily math connections
Congratulations! You’ve made it to June! For many of you, school is winding down and summer break is so close you can taste it! It’s an opportunity for kids (and educators!) to get outside, enjoy the sun, and recharge before a new school year. And while summer offers a much-deserved respite for everyone, it’s not a license to stop learning.
There are plenty of fun seasonal activities kids can engage in that will keep the learning going strong all summer long. And that’s key, because the National Summer Learning Association, reports that students can lose up to three months of academic growth during the summer when they’re not in school.
So, to make sure your students come back in September refreshed—and not regressed—encourage them to exercise their brains over the long break. Here are five fun activities kids can do with family or friends that exercise their math skills too:
- Play cards: Games like Go Fish and Speed can teach kids to recognize patterns and sharpen their number sense skills.
- Set up a lemonade stand: It’s a rite of passage for kids everywhere. When the weather gets warmer, a lemonade stand is the perfect way for kids to learn about money and develop important social skills.
- Plant something: Gardening with kids not only teaches them science lessons, but also math! Picking seeds, measuring soil, and spacing plants teaches them valuable lessons about estimating and problem-solving.
- Get creative with sidewalk chalk: All you need to play Hopscotch and the Number Line Run Game is some chalk and a sidewalk. Both games are fun and creative ways to get kids to practice addition, subtraction, and more.
- Play DreamBox: Just 90 minutes a week of DreamBox, can help prevent summer slide. Encourage students to cool down inside and play DreamBox for 30 minutes, just 3 times a week and they’ll be ready to hit the ground running come September!
For more ideas on how to encourage students to make daily math connections, download our June Math Activity Calendar now. If you’re a teacher, you can print it and send it home with your students to help cultivate a math mindset outside of school. If you’re a parent, you can hang it in your kitchen as a reminder to incorporate fun family math activities into every day.
Note: Even though you’ll be on summer break, we’ll still be posting math activity calendars throughout the summer. Be sure to check the DreamBox blog regularly over the coming months for the latest edtech insights and product updates. Also, share the blog link with parents and learning guardians and remind them that they can download activity calendars for the months of July and August from dreambox.com/blog. Enjoy!