Teachers have recognized that students lose skills and knowledge they picked up during the previous school year, but they have found that a math club beats the summer slide.
Math skills are the area where the slide becomes obvious, according to Lisa Kessler, a teacher at Oregon’s Coy Elementary School, which houses students from kindergarten through fourth grade.
Math Club Beats the Summer Slide

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“We test them in the fall, and they test lower than they did in the spring. We have to start over,” Ms. Kessler said.Teachers at Coy found a solution that has caught on among the children.  They started a summer math club that awards prizes to students who practice math skills at home.  So far, the club has attracted about a quarter of the school’s enrollment, and is very popular.The teachers’ hope is through summer practice, the Coy children will retain their “math facts.”The goal is to get the children to log at least an hour per week during the summer doing arithmetic. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the children, a parent, or both then come into the school, where a panel of teachers receives a form the students fill out listing their practice time.

To date, the children have logged 27,245 math minutes, according to Coy Principal Amy Molnar. The math club started June 17.

“I’m excited by the hope that the kids will come in and remember the facts this year,” Ms. Kessler said.

Each week, the children also collect prizes, which include candy, a bracelet, or dog tags, purchased with money donated by Coy’s parents association. The teachers donate their time.

Math Club Beats the Summer Slide

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Math club participants also are entered into a drawing for donated prizes: four Jet Express ferry tickets to Put-in-Bay, Ohio; four tickets to the Toledo Zoo; four Toledo Mud Hens tickets, and a $40 gift card to the movies.
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