Laurel Shockley, Randolph’s Assistant Head of Lower School and Director of Lower School Teaching and Learning, and Kim Simpson, Lower School librarian, offer parents a variety of resources and approaches for fun ways to support learning during the summer.
They have presented their ideas in Lunch and Learns for parents and were happy to share their slides from those presentations.
If you are looking for summer books, be sure to read Mrs. Simpson's post on summer reading. She also recommends children’s author Mem Fox's “Ten read-aloud commandments” for parents, and Tales2Go, which offers thousands of streaming audiobooks. Mrs. Simpson recommends following along with a print version of the audiobook.
Randolph Lower School students can access their Tales2Go and Reflex Math accounts over the summer.
Games and activities for honing math skills on the road
2) Guess my number
Play the guess my number game with your child. First, think of a number, we’ll use 98 for example. Now, say it’s less than a hundred but more than 50. Once they say a number, let’s say they said 66. Say it’s more than 66. Now, let them guess again. Let’s say they said 75 this time, now say it’s 75 plus 23. What is the number?
3) Sign arithmetic
Every time you see a sign with numbers, for example a speed limit sign, have them either add, subtract or multiply the numbers together.
4) Gas prices
Rounding: It’s almost a guarantee that while we’re driving we will run into some type of gas station. When you do, have your children round the prices to the nearest number of your choice. For example, you drive by and it’s $2.41 per gallon, they would round down to either $2.40, or $2.00.
5) License plates
Totals: Almost all license plates have numbers unless they’re custom made. When you see one, have your child add up all the numbers for an end total.
6) Math on the go
At a restaurant, use the menu to come up with crazy orders. Your child can figure out how much the order will cost.
Have children figure out how much change you will receive.
Have children clean out your change purse while waiting. They can add up the coins.
Grocery Store (and all shopping) – counting, number recognition, greater than/less than, decimals
Workbook Recommendation: Summer Skills Math Sharpener.
We hope that you find some ways to incorporate fun learning into your summer! What books, activities or apps do your children enjoy?