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Summer math ideas for number sense

If the whole idea of working with your child’s math skills this summer is looming like a trip to the dentist. If you are wondering how to help your young child through addition, subtraction, let alone more complex concepts yet to come. Take a deep breath and relax.

It takes us 15 minutes to get to your baseball game, and 10 minutes to get to the bookstore.  Do you think we have enough time to go to the bookstore before your game?”
It takes us 15 minutes to get to your baseball game, and 10 minutes to get to the bookstore. Do you think we have enough time to go to the bookstore before your game?”
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Preschool - Third grade summer math tips
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Think of it as building upon the knowledge he already has one task at a time. Every time he pours a glass of chocolate milk, plays a game, shares a package of candy he is building upon the number sense knowledge he has already gained. Basically you need to provide experiences working with concrete numbers. Here are enough ideas to last the summer.

Spend the summer having them count objects and actions:

· How many seeds are in the packet of seeds before you plant them?

· How many laps can you swim?

· How many ice cream cones will you eat?

· How many people are in the park?

· Estimate how many blocks you have altogether?

· How many red blocks do you have? How many green? How many blue?

· Count each color and see how close you were, then count the total.

Ask number riddles such as these:

· How many 5’s are in 20?

· What digit occurs most frequently between 0-100?

· What number comes before 100?

· What number comes after 1000?

· If you take 3 cherries from a group of 5, how many do you have?

· What numbers are greater than 25 but less than 30?

· If you can buy 8 gumballs for 26 cents, how many can you buy for a quarter and a penny?

· What is the largest number you can make with the digits 3, 6, 9?

When you are waiting or driving play number games:

· Have your child count backwards from 100.

· Have your child guess what number you are thinking of, giving less than or more than hints.

· Practice skip counting. By threes, fives, twenties even 100’s for learning patterns.

· Use ordinal numbers. We are fifth in line. What is the fourth letter in your name?

· Talk about even and odd numbers.

On warm evenings:

· Teach your child to play solitaire to reinforce sequencing and strategy skills.

· To reinforce number sense play:

· Battleship

· Card games

· Checkers

· Chess

· Chutes and Ladders

· Connect Four

· Dominoes,

· Monopoly

· Parcheesi

· Trouble

· Uno

· Yahtzee

Read aloud books about basic number concepts.

Some titles to get you started:

  • The 512 Ants On Sullivan Street by Carol a. Losi
  • X Marks the Spot By Lucille Recht Penner
  • Pieces =Part=Portion by Scott Gifford (Fractions, Decimals, Percents)
  • Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson
  • The Purse by Kathy Caple
  • The M &M Counting Book by Barbara McGrath
  • Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra
  • Count to a Million by Jerry Pallotta
  • The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fractions Book by Jerry Pallotta & Rob Bolster
  • Reese’s Pieces Count by Tens by Jerry Pallotta & Rob Bolster
  • Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallotta & Rob Bolster
  • The Giant Jam Sandwich by Jon Vernon and Janet Burroway
  • Divide and Ride by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Each Orange had 8 Slices a counting book by Paul Giganti, Jr.
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns
  • One Grain of Rice by Demi
  • 2x2= Boo by Loreen Leedy
  • Mission:Addition Loreen Leedy
  • Subtractions Action by Loreen Leedy
  • How Many Days to America by Eve Bunting
  • The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet
  • The Sundae Scoop by Stuart J. Murphy
  • The Rabbits Pajama Party by Stuart J Murphy
  • On Beyond a Million by David M. Schwartz
  • The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck
  • Mathematickles! By Betsy Franco
  • The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
  • A Fair Bear Share by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Eating Fractions by Bruce McMillan
  • Math Potatoes by Greg Tang
  • Math-terpiece by Greg Tang
  • Fraction Action by Loreen Leedy
  • I knew Two Who Said Moo by Judi Barrett
  • Fraction Fun by David A Adler


Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for Learning at home.Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through

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