MathFactBoost! +Hands on Science
For many first and second graders, the hardest part of school is memorizing math facts. But, adding and subtracting (even with regrouping!!) is so much easier once students can leave their fingers behind and just use their addition and subtraction facts. So, how can you help kids learn these important facts?
Let's take a week to do it.
We spend every morning, all week, working on math facts. We do timed worksheets, math fact relays, math fact battles, and even some tests. It's all math facts, all morning. Of course, these are little kids -- they need to run around and play -- but all running and all play will involve some math: math fact races, anyone?
And, for those students who know their addition and subtraction facts, we'll move into times tables and more advanced math skills.
And, of course, kids cannot live by math facts alone. So, after lunch, we sink into some hands-on science. We'll cover the science spectrum from life science (growing some plants and some brine shrimp) to physics (electricity, magnetism, gravity) and chemistry (What kinds of polymers can we create and why do they behave like that?). Students will build vehicles, circuits, ecosystems, and slimes of all kinds. Best of all, they will learn the science behind those creations and we hope to inspire them to do more science on their own, using what they learn in camp as a launching board!
Not only will this camp be all kinds of academic fun, but students should leave the camp with a great foundation in math facts and science, which will be a great foundation to keep building skills over the rest of the summer.