The time is here. The joyful sounds of children finally free from the daily routine of school and homework. They’re ready for fun, sun-filled days of freedom and a lack of responsibility. And rightly so–they’re kids, and they need freedom to play and explore, get messy and get bored. But you also know that with those long Summer days comes the Summer slide. A regression or loss of all that valuable learning that took place during the school year. While I don’t suggest formal, rigid assignments during the Summer break, I do suggest scattered learning opportunities to engage kids and keep their brains sharp. These playful Summer Math Calendars will get you started!
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Summer Math Calendars for K-5:
These Summer problem of the day calendars are a sample of my complete set of calendars for 2017. You can find complete, updated set of calendars for 2020 here for grades K-2 or here for grades 3-5. A set for grades 6-8 is also now available here.
But you can also adapt this free version using the link at the end of this post.
Included in this free download are 2 calendars for June and 2 calendars for July. Each month, there is a calendar for early elementary students and one for upper elementary students.
These calendars are simple, one page black and white calendars, with one math problem for each day of the month.
The fun twist? Each day, the solution to the problem is equal to the date!
For example, on June 1 the answer to the math question is 1, etc.
This means kids can self check, and can make corrections if necessary.
This may also mean that some kids will try to write the answer without actually solving the problem. I’ve got some ways to help prevent that though! 😉
Ways to Use the Summer Math Calendars:
As I said, I would not encourage you to have a formal, sit down school lesson each day, especially if you have very young kids.
Instead, provide opportunities for your kids by having materials available for them to play with, explore and learn from.
A simple way to do this is with a basket. Perhaps you have a “boredom basket” out with an assortment of math and reading books and activities, and whenever you hear the dreaded, “I’m boooored,” you simply direct them to the basket.
Then they can choose a learning activity, and it will feel more like a fun game or challenge than school work.
Each week or so throughout the Summer, replace the items in the basket with new activities.
Include the Summer Math Calendars in your basket, and see how long it takes for your child to discover the pattern!
Another fun way to challenge your kids with these calendars is to ask extension questions such as, “What’s another way you can solve it?” or “Can you create your own problem for today?”
This will force them to think a little more deeply, especially if they simply wrote the answer without thinking through the math.
Finally, a favorite option for these calendars is to cut it up and have your kids solve it like a puzzle.
They simply solve each of the problems and then glue them onto the correct dates on a blank calendar.
Again, you can simply have this cut out and ready for them as an invitation whenever they’re feeling bored. It’s not something that needs to be done all in one sitting.
Topics Covered on the Summer Math Calendars:
- Addition and subtraction
- Comparing numbers
- Word problems
- Place value
- Math vocabulary
- Place value
- Addition and subtraction of 3-4 digit numbers
- Multiplication and division
- Long division (new)
- Adding fractions (like denominator)
- Elapsed time
- Word problems (1 and 2-step)
- Area and perimeter
- Math vocabulary
Prefer a set of calendars for the entire year?
And if you love these simple, easy to use calendars, grab the complete collection of K-2 calendars here or the collection of 3-5 calendars here or the new set for grades 6-8 here! (Or scroll to the bottom to grab the free sample for Summer)
And of course, don’t forget to grab the FREE set of Summer Math Calendars! Just click the link below to get them from my shop. Enjoy and have a wonderful Summer!
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