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Excel Math Blog

Friday, May 10, 2013

Summer: A Season of Math Learning


It all adds up — according to some researchers, students who continue their learning over the summer months are much more likely to be successful in their studies when school starts up again in the fall.

School districts nationwide are encouraged to take advantage of time over the summer to offer innovative learning programs for students—including those who are at risk—and help them as well as teachers prepare for the new state standards. Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, writes about the benefits of using the summer months wisely in this opinion article. Some of the benefits he highlights include curbing summer learning loss and preventing drops in test scores. Read more at Education Week (premium article access compliments of

Excel Math offers support to parents and teachers working to bridge the summer achievement gap with a proven Summer School program for Pre-Kindergarten through Pre-7th Grade. Six weeks of math instructional materials is less than $7.00 per student. The Teacher Edition includes lesson suggestions, hands-on activities, the answer key, and lots more for just $13.95. Students get a refresher course of the previous grade, keeping mathematics skills fresh in their minds over the summer break. Some parents purchase the Excel Math Summer School books for their children to help them get a jump start on the next school year. Read more about Excel Math Summer School and take a look at sample lessons.

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The Children's Nutrition and Research Center in Houston has put together a fun Healthy Eating Calculator you can have your students (and their families) use to encourage good nutrition over the summer months:

The calculator has you enter the child's activity level, age, weight and height and then recommends a daily number of calories, plus the amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, milk products, oils, and lean meat and beans the child should eat each day. Although this should not replace a doctor's recommendations, the chart also shows the sugar and fat content of some of the more popular foods kids eat. Read more about nutrition and children here:

Since May is National Fitness Month, get a jump on active math activities with ideas from our previous blog post: National Fitness Month—Get Moving With Math. Encourage your students to stay physically as well as mentally active over the summer months. New to Excel Math? Visit our sample pages to learn more and take a look at math worksheets.

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Summer Math: Bridging the Achievement Gap
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Excel Math Summer School Samples



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Excel Math lessons are much more than just worksheets. Using strategically placed spaced repetition, Excel Math gives you a proven approach to teach math concepts for long-term retention, with powerful features and advantages, including our unique Spiraling Strategy:

The school year

The first few weeks each year review the previous year's concepts. You can evaluate how your class grasps basic math concepts. Students should be confident before tackling new ideas. This powerful feature is built into Excel Math grades.

Most of the school year is devoted to introduction and reinforcement of math concepts, using a sophisticated spiraling approach. We regularly add new math concepts to meet state guidelines. Each week we introduce several new concepts. Students practice familiar concepts and prepare for assessment a week or two later. They have ample time to explore what they have learned — in class and at home; in calculation and word problems.

Excel Math CheckAnswer

Our unique self-assessment enables students to confirm their work. The CheckAnswer process helps students develop confidence and good work strategies. They solve a set of 3-5 problems (A-C), add the answers and see if the sum matches the CheckAnswer (D). If it does, they move on. If not, they go back and re-check their calculation.


Each week

Each class “week” has 6 pages, with 5 lessons, and a test with our Create A Problem page that encourages Critical Thinking and literacy. You may find there is more material each week than you can use, especially if you have field trips or holidays. Use your own judgment to work through the lessons consecutively, or move quickly if your class is comfortable. Although we show the days here labeled as Monday through Friday, no day labels appear on the Lesson Sheets. Take two days on a lesson if your students need more time.

You may choose to do the fifth lesson and test during the Friday class period, and do the Create A Problem on Monday since there is no homework to discuss.

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Friday: Weekly
Friday: Quarterly
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  • Guided Practice
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You can enhance your daily classroom experience with an electronic version of the lesson, which can be projected on a wall, screen or interactive learning board. Each Projectable contains PDF files on CD-R discs that can be used with any computer to project multiple slides for each lesson of the day. Projectable lessons may be printed for document cameras and overhead projectors. There is a Projectable for each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Watch a Projectable lesson in action.


Weekly, Quarterly and End-of-Year Tests are all cumulative. Charts in the Teacher Edition show you where each concept was introduced, should you need to go back for refreshment.

  • 24 Weekly Tests (12 Bi-Weekly Tests for First Grade)
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End-of-Year tests let you assess students’ grasp of the entire year’s content. We offer a summer school program for those who need special attention or tutoring. The final few weeks of lessons each year summarize what has been learned, and introduce a few new concepts that will appear in the next grade level. The year's main concepts have been introduced by lesson 135 or so.


We supply Activities in a separate section near the back of each Teacher Edition. These 12-15 exercises cover concepts that are not suitable for exploring in the Lesson Sheet format. They are critical to covering all your state requirements, so please don't neglect this section. It can be used on special days, or at the end of the year, if your class finishes early.

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