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Join the ST Math Winter Break Challenge

Winter Break is great for spending time with family: feasting, singing, drinking cocoa and reading books by the fire. While many families will embrace reading together over the break, they may not think about or know how to incorporate math over the break.

If your school has ST Math, a powerful, interactive, visual math program, you can encourage students to use the program at home over break with this fun Winter Break Challenge. Print out the challenge form below for your students (and this guide for using ST Math at home if you haven’t sent it home yet), and let the math times roll!

ST Math Winter Break Challenge

Ask your students to mark their progress every time they use ST Math over break and to complete one of the listed projects. These projects will help your students make deeper connections in math by including their math vocabulary, problem solving and storytelling skills. Not only are these fun activities, but they are great informal assessments.

Encourage your students to shoot for an individual goal. For many students, a great goal is using ST Math for 30 minutes three times a week , or you can create custom goals with your students. Having a goal increases intrinsic motivation to complete the challenge.


Download the ST Math Winter Break Challenge (PDF)

Black and white version (PDF)

When you return from Winter Break, allow students to share their projects,  and celebrate any goal completions. Be sure to share your success and learning on social media (Twitter or Facebook) and JiJi will respond with congratulations!

Holiday JiJi Coloring Page

Looking for something fun to do with JiJi to kick off the Winter Break Challenge? We've made this coloring page available again this year for you and your students.


Download the Holiday JiJi Coloring Page (PDF)

Happy Holidays from the MIND Family

One more fun free gift from your friends at MIND - check out our digital holiday card and download it as wallpaper for your phone or desktop!


Twana Young

About the Author

Twana is Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction at MIND Research Institute. Follow her on Twitter @TwanaYoung.


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