Helping a Child Behind in Math This Summer04/30/2021 ● By Morgan Jemmali
Summertime is a great opportunity for kids to catch up (and possibly even move ahead) in math, when enrolled in a math program or tutoring, without the burden or distraction of other homework. With this year being particularly unique and impactful on some students, a summer math program might be the edge they need, while still allowing for fun activities and socialization. Summer learning programs are also a great opportunity for kids who are working at about grade level to preview the following school year's key concepts, giving them a jump start into the new school year.
If children stay engaged during the summer months, it will help them avoid the Summer Slide and the loss that kids often face over the summer months. It’s essential that tutoring is done in a fun, low-pressure environment. As Larry Martinek, founder of Mathnasium, said “Children don’t hate math. They do hate being confused and intimidated by math. With understanding comes passion, and with passion comes growth.”
Morgan Jemmali (or Coach Mo, or “Mo the Math Pro” on STAR 102.3’s weekly show, “Become a Math Ninja”) has 2 kids in 4J French Immersion programs, and he coaches tennis at YMCA and soccer at Eugene Timbers. He has taught math, accounting, marketing, Excel, French, and Arabic for over 20 years, and is currently the Director of Mathnasium of Eugene. Mo can be reached at [email protected]