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June 8, 2011 10:43 AM Subscribe
My son, who is finishing up third grade, loves math and especially the basic Algebra he's been doing. He is actually sad to be leaving school for the summer because he's so into it. How can I keep this going for him over the summer? Fun books, board games, computer (on-line and OSX) games?
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Seriously, Jason Fox is this kid's idol. He desperately wants to learn Calculus, though I don't think he even knows what that is. For now he's happy doing algebra such as "2x + 5 = -7 + 10x" (Those are just random letters and numbers. I have not checked if that's a legit equation. I spent my summers avoiding math, you see)
He's finishing up 3rd grade at a Montessori school, ready to go into forth, or "Upper El" as they call it. While I want him to have the usual summer of playing Minecraft, chucking rocks at beehives, and frolicking merrily outside I'd like to keep him entertained with whatever math he's willing to do.
So what can I give him? While computer games are fun I would prefer non-computer things if they exist. Interesting books (not just books of random problems), board games, TV-shows, YouTube videos, activities, etc. I'm happy to know about any computer games as well. We're Mac people, at least at home. Really anything that will engage him and help him to understand the math he's doing.
He is a nine year old, and while he's advanced in math for his age he is still a kid, so anything should be somewhat age appropriate.
Everything I give him will be optional for him over the summer, of course. I'm not interested in pushing him where he doesn't want to go.