These quotes (from Review of Educational Research) are no surprise. Who wants to do schoolwork over summer? There are far too many other fun activities going on. Yet a little extra focus on skills, especially in August, can boost students for the start of school in the fall.
Specifically, in the above-referenced study, the authors pointed out that spelling and math computation suffer the most. Skills are academic muscles- they need to be developed and constantly pumped or they lose steam. Fluency and speed in computational math – the basics in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing – can dramatically change a student’s success in school as well as their self-confidence with math. Having these foundational skills being performed automatically (this is called “automaticity”) paves the way for higher level math concepts. On the other hand, I see students even in high school who struggle every day with math facts – for example counting by 7’s every time to arrive at “42” for 7 times 6. Some students legitimately struggle with memorizing facts, but most can nail them down with a little extra practice.
In August, only ten minutes a day spent with your child reviewing skills at their grade level can ease the entry into the school year. This doesn’t have to be done with pen and paper if you have a reluctant-to-do-schoolwork-in-summer child. Here are three simple ways to get in 10 quick minutes of practice (adjust as needed for age and level):
Please let me know if you have any questions! Also, check out August Math Boosters at www.bluemarblelearningcenter.com.
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