Summer Bridge Program Introduction


+ Budget Share the budget (household, food, clothing, phone, vacation etc.) with your child.

+ Banking Explain and share interest rates with your child.

+ Grocery Shopping

Have your child estimate the total bill.

Share any money saving techniques with your child (coupons, percent discounts, etc).

Have your child compare unit prices to find the better deal.

+ Purchasing Gasoline

Have your child predict the cost of gasoline and how far you can travel on one full tank based on your car’s mileage.

+ Going on Vacation!

Car: Before the vacation, ask your child to predict how long the drive will take based on an average speed of 60 miles per hour (no more “are we there yet!”).

Airplane, Bus, Train: Have your student practice elapsed time (time of arrival versus time of departure).

+ Going out to Eat Have your child help figure out the tip.

+ Baking Have your child follow a recipe (dividing a recipe in half practices fraction operations).

+ Construction Project

Have your child help you plan and measure prior to construction.

+ Sports Share sport statistics with your child (shooting percentages, golf scores, baseball averages, etc) 


The following list of games, excerpted from Games and Their Uses in Mathematics Learning (Sharma, 2008), will help your child sharpen thinking skills, makes inferences, draw conclusions, evaluate answers and strengthen reasoning. Beside each title are the skills and concepts which are reinforced.

  • Simon or Mini Wizard (sequencing, following multi-step directions, visual and auditory memory)
  • Battleship (spatial orientation, visualization, visual memory)
  • Cribbage (number relationships, patterns, visual clusters)
  • Quarto (spatial orientation/space organization, patterns, classification)
  • Concentration (visualization, pattern recognition, visual memory)
  • Chinese Checkers (patterns, spatial orientation/space organization)
  • Pachisi (sequencing, patterns, number relationships)
  • Checkers (sequencing, patterns, spatial orientation/space organization)
  • Othello (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visual clustering, focus on more than one aspect, variable or concept of time)
  • Score Four or Connect Four (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visual clustering, geometric patterns)
  • Qubic (pattern recognition, spatial orientation, visualization, geometrical patterns)
  • Pyraos (spatial orientation/space organization)
  • Krypto (number sense, basic arithmetical facts)
  • Go Muko (pattern recognition, spatial organization)
  • Kalah or Mankalah (sequencing, counting, estimation, visual clustering)
  • Master Mind (sequencing, logical deduction, pattern recognition)
  • Four Sight (spatial orientation, pattern recognition, logical deduction)
  • Black-Box (logical deduction)
  • Reckon (number facts, estimation, basic operations)
  • Card Games (visual clustering, pattern recognition, number facts)
  • Dominos (visual clustering, pattern recognition, number facts)
  • Hex (pattern recognition)
  • British Squares (pattern recognition)
  • Stratego (spatial recognition, logical deduction, graphing)
  • Number Safari (number facts, a paper/pencil game)
  • Pinball Wizard (number facts, a paper/pencil game)
  • Number War Games (visual clustering, arithmetic facts, mathematics concepts) 


Webmix of Math Resources Courtesy of BCPS Math Office

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Math Apps (iPhone and Android)

  • Learnzillion
  • 4 Dice a Fractions Game
  • 5 Dice Math Game
  • Quick Math
  • Geoboard
  • Polyup 







Workbooks for Purchase

  • There are many options for summer math skills review workbooks that can be purchased if that is you choose to by families. Here are two.  Both are intended to be used only 3 days per week for ten weeks.

Activity Ideas for Middle School Students 

1. Capture your session with photos. Make a photo album of all the activities you

do together each time you meet. Take along a camera (regular, digital or

disposable), photo book, markers, construction paper, glue, white paper. Each

time you visit with your mentee, take a picture or two of what you do together.

By the end of the year, you will have created a whole book of your times



2. Play games. Checkers, chess, Battleship, Life, Risk, Scrabble, Cranium Cadoo,

etc. Check with your school contact to see if s/he has any games and will let you

borrow them. If not, bring games from home.


3. Build a model rocket or kite and let it fly. Building a model rocket or kite if a

perfect opportunity for you to work together. This activity may take several

weeks, but that’s ok.


4. Talk about what middle school is like, what they’re having difficulties in and

how you can help. Ask them about their goals and dreams.


5. Play sports. You can hit golf balls (find a safe place!); play soccer; arrange a

football, basketball or volleyball game with other mentors/mentees; or anything

else you can think of.


6. Talk about how you spend your day. Make a list of all the activities during a

day (sleeping, eating each meal plus snacks, classes or work, chores, leisure

activities, homework, family and friends time, etc.). Talk about how each of you

could rearrange your time to be better spent.


7. Introduce the joy of books. Select a book that is on their reading level or even a

book on tape. You can read during your time together or stop at a high point and

ask your mentee to finish it at home. You will, too, and discuss the book at your

next meeting.


8. Make a “Dream Map” together. You’ll need a poster board, scissors, stick

paste, piles of old magazines. Begin by cutting out pictures of things you would

like to have in your life in the future. You can have different categories such as

friends or relationships, family, education, sports or fitness, material things, etc.

One of the pictures must represent a source of inspiration to the creator. This

particular picture will go in the center of the poster and is pasted on first. It could

be a picture of the sun, Nelson Mandela, etc. The idea is that inspiration is the

beginning of all great things. You can also paste a picture of yourself on the




9. Create a time capsule. You can create a meaningful reminder to be opened at

the end of the year or even several years from now. You’ll need a container large

enough to hold pictures, articles, and small objects. Plastic containers about the

size of a shoebox are available at most craft stores. You’ll also need a place to

store your capsule. You could store it in a safe place in the school or at home—

just make sure you remember where you store it! You can place a picture of the

two of you, letters to yourself or each other, newspaper or magazine clippings that

reflect current events, trends or fashions, etc.

10. Encourage your mentee to join a club and see if you can get involved, too.

Find out what clubs are offered at the school, talk to student to help determine

areas of interest, find out if you can get involved. For example, if the school has a

karate club and you have a black belt, talk to the club sponsor to see if you can

come do a demonstration. You can also talk to the sponsor to find out what other

ways you can support and get involved with the club. Of course, make sure that

this is ok with your mentee.

11. Put together a family tree. See how far back both of you can go. Include

parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins, great-grandparents, etc.

Talk about the origins of your name and your mentee. Tell each other the story of

your name, who you were named after and why.

12. Get organized. Middle school years are a perfect time to learn how to keep an

accurate account of your daily life, your schedule at home and assigned chores,

school assignments, after-school activities and weekend plans. Also include your

mentoring times. You can do a written schedule, or if you have access to a

computer, create your own personalized calendar. If you have a palm pilot or

other organizer, share with your mentee how you use it. While some organizers

are too expensive for a youth at this age, there is no reason why you cannot make

your own. Fill in school vacation dates, summer activities, holidays,

family/friend birthdays, etc.

13. Learn calligraphy. You will need some calligraphy pens and an instruction

book. These can be purchased inexpensively at a local craft store or a school

book fair. Learn together how to draw letters and before you know it, you will

have mastered a very special art of writing. It is a great way to address party

invitations, greeting cards, middle school graduation invitations, etc.

14. Talk about exercise and nutrition. Sixty percent of middle school youth are

obese. Discuss healthy nutritional choices and set up an exercise schedule. Walk

around the school track together and talk about other ways you can get healthy. If

you have a dog, find out from your school contact if you can bring the dog to

walk the track with you.

15. Learn a foreign language from each other. If either of you speaks another

language, teach the other. Begin with basic survival words and phrases and

reinforce them each time you meet (my name is, how are you, until the next time).

Check with the school to see about bringing in food and reinforcing the learning

with the item. Examples include French words such as baguette or croissant.

16. Practice good manners. It is never too early to learn the rules of good etiquette.

Since people are judged by how they act, helping your mentee to learn how to

behave in public and be polite will go a long way in helping them impress others.

Books by Emily Post can be great resources. Here are some things you can

discuss: Who opens the door when a guy and girl are out together? When you

are out in a restaurant, who is supposed to push the chair in? When someone

gives you a gift or invites you to dinner at their home, have you ever written a

thank-you note? Do you answer questions with “yes” and “no” rather than “yup”

and “nope”? Do you use “sir” and “ma’am” when speaking to adults? What is

the appropriate dress code in a restaurant, church or synagogue? Do you know

how to shake hands and look people in the eye when meeting them? Do you

know how to be a good listener and not interrupt others when they’re talking? Do

you know how to introduce others? Do you know when to put your napkin in

your lap? What is the correct way to answer the phone? What do you say when

you meet someone for the first time?

17. Talk about your pets. Discuss the responsibilities of pet ownership, including

feeding & watering, walking a dog, cleaning up after pets, costs for food and

medical care, bathing a pet, loving your pet and spending time with it. Share

pictures and stories.

18. Share your musical tastes. Chances are, they are much different! Listen to the

other’s music and see what you think.

19. Arts and crafts. Ask the school for supplies or bring some from home. You’ll

need paper, scissors, tape, colored paper, and stick paste. You can build Popsicle

stick houses, make picture frames, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets, or make

your own rubber stamps. You can even design your own personal flag.

20. Preparing to move up.

The end of the school year means a transition to the next grade and possibly a new school. Some youth are fearful of this change and need to be encouraged. Mentors can assist in this process. Find out from school staff the names of the teachers your mentee will have next year and arrange to meet them. If it is a new school, schedule a visit, meet the principal, take a tour and learn what is offered. You will need to get special permission from the current school and parents in order to take the child off campus.