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Math typically isn’t the first thing people think of when it’s summer. For our family, summer is all about sun, fun, and friends. Mention learning anything around here and get ready for the wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Since it’s so important to keep the learning going during summer break, especially essential math skills, I have gotten into the practice of tricking my kids into learning.
Yep. Pure deception.
But, it’s all for their good! It keeps them sharp and saves us time when we hit the books again in the fall. The key is finding activities and resources that are having such a good time that they don’t even realize they are learning.
I pull off the treachery all year long, but it really comes in handy during the summer. I’ve rounded up some of our favorite math resources that your kids will actually have FUN playing. These will keep your kids on track during the hottest months of the year. They are tried and true games, activities, and books that we always have on hand, but will make learning this summer something they will enjoy!
Interest-led Math Resources
What is your child interested in? What do they spend their free time doing, reading about, or dreaming about? Use that interest to make math fun for them. Here are a few interest-led math resources your child might like.
We are big fans of games here. In all of our 10 years of homeschooling, we take at least 2 days a month just to play games. Everything from Scrabble to Quiddler to Carcassonne teaches skills and strategy. Here are a few math games you and your kids might like.
Logic is essential to mathematics. It is the science of correct reasoning that allows us to come up with conclusions, such as in math problems. Logic is also the basis for learning to code. There are so many logic games and puzzles that make learning these skills fun and easy. Here are a few of our faves.
Rush Hour (Our whole family has loved this one for years!!)
Your Favorite Math Games and Math Resources
Does your family have a favorite math game or resource? How do you make learning math fun in your homeschool?