A “Summer Math Journal” is a great way to reinforce kindergarten math concepts in a fun, enjoyable, and stress-free way. One Massachusetts kindergarten teacher created a booklet for her class by cutting an 8 x 11.5 sheet of blank paper in half. At the bottom of each half sheet, she listed a set of directions. The teacher created a cover sheet and stapled the pages together.
Each student had a personal math journal and completed the activities during class time. At the end of the school year, the teacher left several assignments for the students to complete over the summer.
How it works:
1. The child reads the directions at the bottom of the page.
2. The child draws a picture that includes the numbers, objects, and math concepts listed in the directions.
Parents can use the directions below or create activities on your own. As you can see, the directions are not rocket science. You and your child can take turns thinking up guidelines for the next activity. Most children love to be creative, so I am sure there will be some very imaginative guidelines.
If you have several youngsters, this can be a great group activity to pass away the summer hours.
Below are the directions. I hope you enjoy!
#1 I see ONE red apple and TWO green apples.
#2 There are TWO dogs and TWO cats.
#3 I have THREE toys on ONE table.
#4 The brown cat played with THREE friends.
#5 I ate 3 apples and 2 bananas.
#6 FOUR fish swam in the ocean.
#7 FIVE kites flew in the sky.
#8 I have TWO eyes, ONE nose, and ONE mouth.
#9 The big man carried the little mouse.
#10 THREE books were on the table.
#11 I see the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3 in a book.
#12 Here I am. Look at all my body parts!
#13 I can make a pattern with circles and triangles.
#14 Wow, there is a big square in my picture.
#15 I can make a pattern with links. Look!
#16 My favorite numeral is . . Look!
#17 Here are 3 apple trees, 4 worms, and 5 apples.
#18 I can draw an ABCABCABC pattern!.
#19 I can show the line of symmetry on a butterfly.
#20 I can draw 3 apples – small, medium, and large.
#21 I can draw something that is very heavy.
#22 I can draw something that is very light.
#23 I can draw three apples and four bananas.
#24 Draw a fruit bowl. Count all the fruit and write the numeral.
#25 Write the numbers you know. Draw a picture to go with it.
#26 My favorite type of pattern is. . I’ll draw it.
#27 I can draw a picture that shows symmetry with fruit.
#28 I can draw something large. I can draw something small.
#29 Look! There is a dog in the house!
#30 I can draw a tree with 4 red leaves, 6 orange leaves, and 10 yellow leaves.
#31 I went for a walk and saw 5 pumpkins and 3 cats.
#32 I have two glasses. One is empty, one is full.
#33 Here is a picture using squares!
#34 Here is a picture using triangles!
#35 Here is a picture using circles!