For many children, summers are a time for play, but also a time to make sure those new skills learned during the school year don’t get too rusty. To combat this, PBS SoCal has taken its Family Math series to the next step by introducing its Summer Learning initiative. This initiative is a way for families to add interactive family-style games to their summer schedules.
Through family-oriented online workshops and bilingual educational activities, children ages 2-8 will be able to track and develop their math skills at a foundational level.
PBS SoCal makes tracking progress easy and straightforward with activity booklets and weekly videos for children and their families. The summer learning initiative also offers free virtual online workshops every other Thursday until Aug. 11, to provide more consistency for developing math skills. The countless workshops can be found here, and families can download or order a hard copy of the activity booklets here.
There are several free online workshops for parents and guardians to prepare children for school and familiarize them with basic cognitive math skills to succeed in the classroom. The workshops involve pointing out math in our everyday lives and doing hands-on craft activities to practice those foundational skills. For example, the math series includes “How to Make an Illustrated Counting Book” and “No Sew Sock Animals.”
Here are just a few skills that children will learn and improve on in the summer-learning initiative:
- Number sense and counting
- Sorting and collecting
- Spatial sense
Family involvement in a children’s education is one of the leading factors to success in the classroom. The PBS SoCal Summer Learning initiative aims to expand the accessibility of resources, tools and activities to make education outside of the classroom as equitable as possible.
For more information, go to www.pbssocal.org/familymath. Sign up for the newsletter here.