Why Flashcards Work

When I was in elementary school, my favorite activity was whole-class flashcard races. I already had the longing to become a teacher and couldn’t wait to get my own set of tall, buff-colored flashcards for every math operation. When I had my own classroom, I used flashcards in a less competitive way. My students made […]

Backyard Summer Camp, Part 3: Combat Brain Drain

In addition to crafts and Active Experiences, expose your campers to some great literature. Answering a few questions after reading a story is an effective way to maintain reading comprehension skills over the summer. Simple Download these children’s classics adapted by Simple Solutions. For very young children, use The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Steadfast Tin […]

At-Home Learning: Use the Problem-Solving Strategies

By this time of year, most grade-level math concepts have been addressed, though students may not have reached mastery in every area. That comes with practice! As they move through elementary school, students acquire a range of strategies to tackle multi-step word problems. During problem solving, students use skills—everything from using basic facts and simple […]

Prevent Learning Loss: Use these Research-based Strategies

For many years, researchers have warned us of the learning loss that occurs when students are not academically engaged. It’s a loss that increases with age as children progress from elementary through middle school. At Summer Solutions, we specialize in preventing learning loss through these research-based strategies: Retrieval practice is one of the best ways to […]

Spend Less Time on Reteaching and More Time on New Learning.

When students remember what they’ve learned, there’s less need for reteaching and more time for new learning. And the way to get there is by using research-based strategies, like, retrieval practice, interleaving, and spacing. (Scroll to the end of page to download three sample lessons that incorporate the strategies.) How do you do this? Blend […]

Leap Into Math!

We have created two math activities to celebrate leap day, although this activity can be used any day of the year! The primary Counting On worksheet contains problems that are similar to what can be found in our first grade Standards-Based Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions books. To complete the problems, students start with the […]

The Right Choice for Summer

Summer Solutions are the workbooks that teachers trust and recommend to keep children academically engaged over the summer months. Unlike other workbook series, Summer Solutions provides distributed practice that strengthens retention over a ten-week summer period and allows children to learn new material at the start of the next school year. Anyone can use Summer […]

A Flurry of Math

Snow is starting to fall in Northeast Ohio and to celebrate we’ve created a “Flurry of Math” to keep your students’ math skills sharp.  The worksheet for each grade is coded with the Common Core State Standard that it reinforces. social media Follow Simple Solutions!

Primary Math and Science Activities

These math and science activities will have your students exploring time and matter while enjoying a cute puppy theme.  These are extensions to the lessons found in our 2nd grade Simple Solutions Common Core Math and Simple Solutions Science books that schools across the country are using. Math: This worksheet is based on Common Core State Standard […]

Mastering Mathematics with 21st Century Strategies

Retrieval practice, spaced practice, and interleaved practice are not new. Plenty of cognitive scientists and researchers have endorsed them, based on more than 100 years of research. Even so, these beneficial strategies have not been widely implemented in most elementary school classrooms. Why, then, do we call them 21st Century Strategies? Today, we understand the […]