The effects of summer reading loss have been well documented, but did you know that summer math loss is an even bigger problem?
Summer math loss is more pronounced than summer reading loss. While reading loss seems associated with household income, students lose math ability during summer break regardless of income levels. Because math practice is less intuitive and more technical than reading practice, parents are more likely to read with their children than practice math skills.
This summer MetaMetrics is introducing a FREE Summer Math Challenge to help states, parents, and children combat this loss together!
How it works:
The “challenge” of the program is simply for parents and their children to talk about math a little together every day! The program will last for six weeks and will focus on one math concept per week. Parents will receive daily emails which will include fun activities and resources to help kids retain the math skills learned during the previous school year.
For 2017 the Summer Math Challenge will target students entering grades 2 - 9 next fall. The math concepts emphasized are based on grade-level standards for grades 1 through 8. Placement will be based on the student's Quantile measure (if they have one) and grade level. Parents and their children will be able to visit the Summer Math Challenge webpage to earn badges for their weekly progress and learn more about the weekly concepts. Activities will be grounded in everyday life and be engaging for both parents and children. This program also helps parents to understand that they do not need to be math experts to talk about math with their kids!