Summer Time + Math Practice = One Prepared Student

Summertime is an ideal time to reinforce the past grade math concepts and pre-teach upcoming grade math concepts. Dyslexic, ADD, ADHD, struggling or average students can improve their math skills and be more prepared for the next school year by working on math during the summer.

As children enjoy summer days, math skills can grow at an accelerated rate. Parents set aside fifteen to twenty minutes a day to work on math concepts, and the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts with your child. Everyday provide your child with ten to twenty math facts depending on their upcoming grade level to work on learning and retrieving at a faster rate.

Students who are going into third grade through middle school should work on all four categories listed above. Remind your son or daughter the best math students are the ones who know the math facts.

Make It Fun

Create a contest for your child to see how fast they are able to complete ten to twenty math facts either on paper or using flash cards.  Time your student on how long it takes him or her to complete the ten to twenty math facts correctly. Afterwards record the time in a calendar and encourage your child to beat their pervious time each day.

When your child knows each of the ten to twenty math facts within two seconds then change the facts. Parents you can purchase a math facts workbook at a teacher supply store. Cut the pages in the workbook into thirds or fourths for your child to complete each day.

Summer Time is a Great Time for Review 

Parents of younger school-age students, please review addition and subtraction with carrying and borrowing during the months of summer. If your child is in the third, fourth or fifth grade, then review two, three and four-digit multiplication and long division problems with them.

Write out four to six problems with carrying, borrowing, several digit multiplication or long division on a white board for your child to do each day. Review the steps for addition and carrying with your child using washable markers to demonstrate the steps on a white board. Then ask your child to repeat the steps orally to you each day as they work the math problems.

Students should alternate every other day the steps for addition and carrying and subtraction with borrowing. This will help students be able to retain the regrouping steps and perform them at a higher scholastic level.

Older elementary or early middle school students should review the steps of several digit multiplication and long division on a white board. Ask the child to use different color erasable markers for each math step. The use of different colors for each step provides children with a visual review of the steps needed to perform the mathematical operations.

Begin the daily math reviews as soon as the school year comes to a close.  Dyslexic, ADD, ADHD, struggling and average students with math issues can improve their skills while having fun learning.

Parents what are some creative ways you have used to help your child learn the math facts?

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Barbara Dianis

Barbara Dianis, MA ED, overcame dyslexia in her own life using self-taught strategies and techniques. As CEO and Founder of Dianis Educational Systems she has influenced society to view students with various learning issues as capable students who can overcome their learning issues if they are taught properly. She is the author of Don't Count Me Out!.

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