Online Summer Math Enrichment Programs for Kids

My son’s reading ability dramatically improved at the end of first grade, and to capitalize on his newfound love of reading, I have signed him up for several reading programs.  I don’t have to prompt him to read; he just likes to and it is an extra benefit
that he gets a free book or another reward for reading.

However, he has struggled with math throughout theyear.  While I want him to relax and have fun this summer, I don’t want him to start 2nd grade with a math deficit.  So, I have been researching some online summer enrichment programs for him.

If your kids are off school and you are looking to prevent the infamous summer backslide, here are a few programs we have discovered.  Your child will not be working all day, but rather spending 20 to 40 minutes a day on the computer working to improve their skills.

Beestar

Beestar originates in Texas and is for children in 1st through 8th grade.  The summer session begins May 29th and runs for 9 weeks.  Children are given assignments on Sunday night and are expected to complete two worksheets (usually multiple choice) per week.  Each is expected to take 10 minutes.  This program is free.

If you would like to enroll in other subjects for summer enrichment, there is a $20 to $30 monthly fee.

Time4Learning

This program, which was named a top three selection of Homeschool.com’s “Top 100 Educational Websites of 2009”, costs $19.95 a month and is for children in preschool through 8th grade.  They offer a two week 100% satisfied money
back guarantee.  If you are not satisfied, ask for your money back within two weeks and you will get a full refund.  Time4Learning’s main focus is language arts and math, but you can also sign up for science and social studies
as a bonus.  You can alternatively choose to sign up for only one subject, though you will still have to pay the full monthly amount.

Ten Marks Math Tutoring

My son and I had the opportunity to review this program back in November, and we loved it.  This program is for kids in 3rd to 10th grade.  (You can read my full review of Ten Marks here.)  TenMarks’ programs are $10 per month, and there is also a free trial period.

In the end, I signed my son up for Beestar.  I don’t want his math review to feel like work; I want him to still have fun, and I think 20 minutes a week is more than manageable.  Plus, I like that it is a free program.  When he is older, I will sign him up for Ten Marks as we really liked that program.

I have struggled with math my entire life, and being weak in math did limit me.  I don’t want to see my son struggle as I have.

Do you enroll your children in any summer enrichment programs?  If so, which ones?

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Comments

  1. Math is so important beyond the basic calculations. It is logic, organizational skills, problem solving and reasoning. Without these skills, you are at a distinct disadvantage.

  2. I love that you posted this – I have been thinking about math enrichment for my kids this summer & just hadn’t sat down to do the research yet. You saved me time, and that is precious around here – thank you!

  3. Logan has definatley been struggling with math too. and his teacher is….not a great help. Thanks for posting this. I am checking it out right now:-)

  4. Oh man, I’m glad we don’t have to deal with this yet. Hopefully our little guy will be good at both reading/writing and math.

  5. I love that there are so many helpful web sites out there, such as the ones you mention.

    Another, non online, route could be to hire an older grade schooler who likes math and kids. Sometimes kids learn easier from other kids and you’d be helping out a future entrepreneur!

  6. Absolutely wonderful that you were so thoughtful as to share what you found out. My son is struggling with math and has since kinder due to having a teacher on the verge of retirement! I viewed all of the websites and I think I’m going to go with the beestar! Thanks.

  7. Thanks for this great info about online summer review. I’m a 3rd grade teacher and I was just looking over Ten Marks math, which you liked so much. I haven’t experimented with their program, but I did look at the skills they cover very closely. They are not yet fully aligned with the common core standards. In 3rd grade for example, they do not cover a good chunk of the fractions standards. Fractions are a MAJOR part of 3rd grade math standards. As you choose your math review for the summer make sure that they are aligned with the standards taught at your school.

  8. Totally agree! Though my kids are still young, I don’t want them to struggle math later. I want them to have a good foundation at this age.

    I have been using LeapAhead! offered by Noetic Learning for my two children. It is an abosolutely wonderful program. One of the teachers in the school recommend it. It is easy, convenient and very affordable. Would like to check out the programs you mentioned here as well.

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