Focus On Family: Tips to help kids avoid the “summer slide”

Jana Frank, owner of Mathnasiums in LaGrange, Oak Park-River Forest and Mount Prospect

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Tips:

On the road during a car trip:

  • While on a road trip - kids can learn directions from signs, study directions on map and track car mileage and average mph, etc.
    • How much gas will we need and how much will it cost? Have kids figure this out at the pump.
    • For an hour, count the number of red cars, blue cars, and green cars and then chart it out.  Or take a ribbon and track mileage day by day of your car and add it up at the end of the vacation.
  • They can learn to read by reading the street signs, license plates and highway signs.
    • Count the numbers on the road signs (interstate numbers, local road numbers) and add it up.
    • Take license plates and have kids count up the numbers on the plates quickly.

On the beach:

  • Data collect with shells, rocks - sort and chart by color and/ or shape. Can put it on a board and make a vacation keepsake!
  • Draw math equation in the sand and solve it before the tide comes.

At the pool:

  • Work on negative numbers- the pool deck is zero, how low can we go?
  • Figure out pool volume and depth.

On the plane:

 

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