Developing Our MathMINDs-Week 8: Summer Math

This blog post was originally published on June 16, 2020. While some of the messaging below refers specifically to that time period, we're including it in this season's roundup of content for some great ideas, resources, and activities to complement your summer plans.

Developing Our MathMINDs was a series of conversations and resources about math that is intended to be a journey of growth with families over several weeks. Each week, MIND's Lead Mathematician and Product Director Brandon Smith and Content Development Manager Nina Wu talked about the adjustments families made to learning at home during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the opportunities that situation provided for changing our relationship with math.

In the final week of our first Developing Our MathMINDs series, Nina and Brandon reflect on the themes that have guided this mathematical journey, and offer their top 10 suggestions for summer math activities.

10 Ways to Experience Math This Summer

As we've been discussing throughout the series, learning can happen outside the formalities of school. There are so many opportunities for informal, yet authentic learning to take place at home and in the community. And the summer months offer even more opportunities for organic, and fun math experiences. Some guiding ideas for having fun with summer math are:

1. Keep it informal - no worksheets or drills.
2. Have fun with it - no grades, no exams. 
3. Work learning moments in to activities you are already doing.

Here are Brandon and Nina's top 10 ways to experience math this summer (and what time they appear in the video):

  1. Math + Movement (3:55)
  2. Math + Story (4:15)
  3. Math + Games (4:55)
  4. Math + Art (5:35)
  5. Math + History (6:25)
  6. Math at Museums (7:40)
  7. Math Outside (8:10)
  8. Math + Food (8:30)
  9. Math in Other Media (9:00)
  10. Build With Math (9:35)

In the resources below, you can find links to examples and discussions on this top 10 list.

We want to thank all of the families who have taken part in this journey along with us. We would love for you to share your summer math adventures with us! Comment on the blog or YouTube video, or join our Facebook group and discuss with the community!


Brian LeTendre

About the Author

Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.


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