I’m always running across interesting articles and websites devoted to my great love – helping children excel in Math.  From time to time, I’ll devote a post to the most recent gems I’ve found.  Here are 10, with topics ranging from encouraging girls in Math to using games to sharpen skills to combating summer reading loss.  And, as I’ve written before, reading plays a huge part in doing well in Math.  Enjoy!

  1. “There’s No Such Thing as a Math Person” is a New York Times opinion piece that helps dispel the myth that boys are inherently better at Math than girls.
  2. Danica Mckellar is a celebrity who’s dedicated to making Math cool for girls. A co-star of the 80’s TV series, “The Wonder Years,” Danica has written middle-school Math books that are informative, irreverent  and hilarious.  The first in the series is:  “Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing your Mind or Breaking a Nail.”
  3. “The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids” contains 239 resources to help you steer your child toward a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).
  4. If all you want is a quick and dirty explanation of a Math concept, you have lots of choices.  Check out “The 20 Websites You Need to Learn Math Step by Step”  for topics ranging from arithmetic and multiplication to statistics and calculus.
  5. Youcubed is a Stanford-based, nonprofit organization devoted to providing parents and teachers with resources to inspire students to succeed in Math. The website is chocked full of strategies, research, articles and videos, including a section specifically for parents.
  6. The PBS Parents website offers lots of advice for getting your child to love Math, including how to engage children in summer Math games; how to create fun, personalized Math workbooks and how to support middle school students in Math.
  7. Parents can find Math games for their soon-to-be Kindergarteners at education.com. The two dozen activities cover colors, shapes, numbers and patterns.
  8. Designed for high school students, Math Planet provides lessons in topics that include algebra, geometry, calculus and preparation for the SAT and ACT.
  9. “Everyday Math,” a program of the University of Chicago’s Math Project, offers parents comprehensive information on how to teach Math at home. Divided by grade level from pre-k to 12th, the resource includes topic overviews, vocabulary, lesson plans, exercises and games.
  10. Though a few years old, “Do Kids Really Have Summer Reading Loss?” is an excellent article on the challenges of “the summer slide” and what to do about it. (By the way, the answer to the question is “Yes, they do.”)

Another way to ensure your child doesn’t fall behind academically is to enroll him or her in Miracle Math’s Brain-Based Math Adventure Camps, check out our summer camps webpage.  And call 707-398-3474 to enroll today (press 0 when prompted to find out what spaces are still available.  Space is limited to maintain quality.  Allow your child to stride into the classroom this fall as a true Math Genius.  We’ll make it happen.

To Our Kids’ Successes,
Deanna Hurn, Founder

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