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Summer Fun, Summer Learning that Your Kids Can Get Excited About

Apr 17, 2019

During the school year, kids have a lot on their plates. Now that school is letting out and kids have a chance to have some fun, it's the perfect chance to integrate Math into their summer schedule and avoid the dreaded "Summer Slide". 

Compact learning during this time can help them catch up or get ahead before the new school year starts. Continued mental activity is like exercise for the brain. Studying mathematics can keep the brain sharp, active and ready to return to a learning environment in the fall.

Fun learning activities that kids can relate to their everyday life can be vital to retaining information. Check out the fun example in the Word Problem below! 

 

Are you a collector? From baseball cards to stamps, coins to comic books, just about everyone has something they like to collect and trade. In this week’s word problem challenge, Kaylee likes to collect trading cards. Practice your elementary school and money math skills such as estimating, rounding, multiplication, and division by helping Kaylee figure out how many packs of trading cards she can buy with $20.

Question: Packs of trading cards cost $3.50. What is the greatest number of packs of trading cards that Kaylee can buy with a $20.00 bill?

Ready for the solution? Check it out below...

Solution: First, let’s estimate how many packs of cards Kaylee can buy by rounding; $3.50 rounds up to $4.00, and $4.00 goes into $20.00 five times. Let’s try it with the actual value of a pack of cards; $3.50 × 5 = $17.50. That means that if Kaylee buys 5 packs, she’ll have $2.50 left, which isn’t enough to buy another pack of cards. So, Kaylee can buy 5 packs of cards at most.

 

If you've been thinking about enrolling your child into a fun summer program, please contact us at Mathnasium of Point Loma to discuss your child's needs today!