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Summer Enrichment Programs & Ideas

June 16, 2021 | Gladys Wu

In the summer, it is important to take a break. It’s also important to remember to continue exercising our brains and keep a consistent schedule. That will make the transition back to school in the Fall much smoother. Students are encouraged to practice building reading fluency, vocabulary, and spelling. Let’s also remember to continue practicing math skills too! 

Here are a few things your child can do over the summer:

Card Games: Here is a list of different card games that your child can play at home.

Prodigy: Students, mostly in the 4th and 5th grade, really enjoy this interactive math game.

Multiplication.com: Students can play against a computer or log in to play with each other. 

Printing out worksheets: You can use education.com or k5learning.com to print out math worksheets or quick quizzes to build fluency. 

Math Workbooks and Story Books: There are plenty of practice books and read aloud books in Barnes & Nobles or the local library. Some of these books are even available as an ebook! Check out hoopladigital.com, Overdrive, Libby, or Getepic.com!

Whiteboard practice: Students oftentimes prefer writing or drawing on a whiteboard. If you have a dry erase marker and no board, your child can DIY a whiteboard using transparent paper, contact paper, a large zip lock bag, etc. Students can solve math problems on whiteboards or race against the clock to solve a problem.

Toss a ball around and practice spelling!

Color in a 10 x 10 to represent fractions!

Practice math by doing worksheets/workbooks

Board Games that support math, reading and writing

Basic Operations/
Number Sense

  • Monopoly or Monopoly Deal
  • Life
  • Payday
  • Rumikube
  • Sudoku
  • Sushi Go
Patterns & Geometry

  • Sequence
  • Blokus
  • Geoshapes
  • Quirkus
Coordinate Graphs

  • Battleship
Probability

  • Deal or no deal
  • Sorry
  • Camel Up

Strategy

  • Connect 4
  • Chess/Checkers
  • Ticket to Ride

Language Arts

  • Scrabble
  • Anomia
  • Boggle
  • Catchphrase 
  • Taboo

Real Life Activities

Taking a vacation? Have your child build out the itinerary with you. What is the budget? Can they estimate and calculate costs of activities and food? How will you get there? Your child can plan out the roadmap and calculate mileage.

Gardening? Discuss with your child how much fertilizer is needed for the plant to grow. Count the seeds. Perhaps you plant the seeds in an array (with rows and columns) and talk about multiplication!

Watching a sports game? What is the probability the team will win? Maybe your child can look up the team’s winning records. What’s the players’ stats?

Baking or cooking? Ask your child to help with calculating the measurements. Can they double or halve the recipe?

Communicating with friends and family? Write an old school letter and mail it. Your child can write a draft, edit, and revise! 

Learning how to make cubes and triangular prisms

Gladys Wu

Learning Specialist

Gladys Wu is excited to be a part of the Mustard Seed community and to share God’s love in all she does. She hopes to introduce tools and resources to make the classroom more invitational and accessible to students of varying learning needs. Her previous experiences include working with students from diverse backgrounds who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities.

Ms. Wu remembers all of the educators in her life who have inspired and challenged her to love learning, develop patience and understanding, gain confidence in her abilities, and pursue a career in education in order to impact lives. She hopes to do the same!

Things that make her happy include visiting farms, photographing scenic environments, and relaxing at a local coffee or dessert shop. She prides herself in DIY projects and has an interesting reputation of hoarding “garbage” and turning these objects into beautiful artwork or useful new products. Ms. Wu laughs at cheesy puns, even when no one else is laughing, and believes in finding joy in all that she does.

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