Summer Days at the SFMOMA

Staying cooped up in Palo Alto can get boring sometimes. One fun–and relatively local–place to go on excursions this summer is the lovely, bustling San Francisco. Home to a multitude of attractions suitable for a wide variety of interests, visiting San Francisco is the perfect family-friendly summer activity.

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This summer, the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, otherwise known as the SFMOMA, has become a go-to place for people of all ages. With FREE admission for any visitor 18 and under, it is budget-friendly while still being able to mesmerize visitors for hours on end. The museum has 7 spacious stories, each filled with modern art exhibits from artists of a wide range of styles. The SFMOMA will undoubtedly keep kids simultaneously entertained by and educated on the world of art.

Best of all, kids can stay refreshed on basic arithmetic skills while visiting the SFMOMA! Things you can do to incorporate math into your visit:

–Ask your child to count how many paintings have a certain characteristic (Ex: How many paintings on this floor include faces in them?).

–There are many geometric works of art in the SFMOMA. Ask your child to name the shapes they see.

We hope you and your family have fun at the SFMOMA as you wrap up your summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Music Math Fun for Atherton

With September already here, our Atherton students are finding their rhythm back in school! This week, our staff at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park have come up with some music-themed math problems. Whether it’s finding new artists and songs to listen to, or going to a concert with your friends, music is a great way to kick back and relax. Here are three fun, music-related math word problems for our Atherton students to do this week!

1. Brendan wants to buy five of his favorite songs on iTunes. Each song costs 99 cents, and his mom gave him $4.50. Does Brendan have enough money to buy the songs he wants?

2. Julia and her eight friends are going to an Atherton summer music festival together. Julia’s family owns 2 cars, each of which can seat 5 people. Will everyone be able to get a ride to the summer music festival?

3. This summer, Martin and his band want to record in their local Atherton studio. Each hour in the studio costs $100, and they want to book 3 hours. How much will that cost in total?

Hope these summer music-related word problems were fun to figure out! We hope you have an exciting, music-filled summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


Managing A Summer Sleep Schedule

Over the summer, it can be easy for kids and teens to develop crazy  sleep schedules that are way out of sync with what is necessary during the school year. They might stay up extremely late, then sleep in until noon. While this can seem harmless if they are still getting enough hours of sleep, developing unpredictable sleep schedules over the summer can put an unhealthy strain on the body’s biological clock. Here are 3 tips on how to keep a student’s sleep schedule in check this summer.


1. Plan fun morning activities! This way, your child will have to both sleep and wake up early in order to have the energy to do the activities they’re excited about.

2. Stay busy during the day! Whether it’s having them come to Mathnasium to get summer math practice in, taking them on hikes, or playing Frisbee with them at the park, keeping kids active during the day will ensure that they’ll want to hit the sack by night.

3. Set strict alarms! Making sure that their alarms go off at the same time every morning of the summer will keep them on a schedule that their body will quickly grow used to. Eventually, their bodies will know to wake up around that time.

We hope these tips help with staying well-rested this summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Summer Movies

There are lots of great movies in theaters this summer, with even more set to be released in the near future! From the adorable Finding Dory to the thrilling Captain America: Civil War to the terrifying The Conjuring 2, there is definitely something for everyone to watch this summer. Here are some fun word problems to do after an exiciting few hours at the movies.

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1. If movie tickets cost $15 each, and Julie has 4 people in her family, how much will their tickets cost in total?

2. Popcorn costs $3.50 per bucket at the movie theater. If Daniel has $15 for popcorn and has 3 friends with him at the movies, does he have enough money to buy a bucket of popcorn for each person, including himself?

3. There are 20 movies that Matthew wants to watch this summer. So far, he has watched 4. What fraction of his movie list is he able to cross out?

We at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope you have a fun, movie-filled summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


Fun Ways To Sharpen Math Skills This Summer

Over a ten-week summer break, many students regress in their mathematics skills due to lack of practice. This then comes to negatively affect them the next school year, when they realize they’ve grown rusty. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Students can keep practicing and doing math over the summer while still having fun. Below are 3 ways for students to keep their head in the math game this summer without being bored.

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1. Have Game Night! Along with family and friends, students can play math-related games that will keep their minds on numbers and critical thinking. Game Night will sharpen their math skills but also be entertaining and engaging in a fun and relaxed environment.

2. Ask them to help others! Kids love to explain things to their peers, often finding it a fun experience. By helping their sibling or friend with a math problem or two, students can stay engaged with math this summer while getting the rewarding feeling that they’re helping someone else.

3. Ask math-related questions wherever you go! Whether you’re watching TV in the living room or on a road trip, keep students engaged through questions. Casual, fun questions like, “If there are ten total minutes of commercials this hour, how much of the hour were we actually getting to watch the show?” or “How many non-California license plates can we count on the road?” will keep kids’ minds sharp.

We hope that these tips work for you or your child this summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Ways to Beat Summer Boredom

Summer is well underway, and in many ways the extra time and freedom each day is great. That’s why students love summer break: there is more time to relax and unwind after a long and perhaps stressful school year. Yet sometimes, all of the free time students gain in the summer can be a lot to handle. Students might find themselves not knowing what to do and sitting around all day. Here are 3 tips on how students can use their time more productively while still having fun this summer.


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1. Make a list of goals to meet this summer! Whether it’s beating your mile time or improving your math skills by memorizing the multiplication table, making a list of clear goals to achieve will help you maintain a schedule and keep yourself busy.

2. Learn something new! You can teach yourself how to play the piano, learn how to juggle, or crack open that geometry textbook to give yourself a head start in math class next year. You’ll be spending time wisely and gaining a new skill out of it.

3. Visit someplace new! Whether it’s a park in a neighboring town or a country halfway across the world, plan a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. Go with your family, friends, or both–that way, you can share the experience with those important to you. While traveling to a brand new place, you’ll never be bored.

We at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope you have a fun-filled yet productive summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Staying Cool This Summer

Scientists have warned us that this summer is on record to be the hottest one ever in recent history! Be sure to stay in the shade and drink lots of water while having fun this summer! This week, Mathnasium is releasing a few math practice problems with the theme of staying cool in the summer weather!

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1. During normal 70 degree weather, Jane drinks 2 liters of water a day. With each 5 degree increase in temperature, Jane will drink 0.1 more liters of water. How much water will Jane drink when the temperature reaches 110 degrees in the summer?

2. During cross country summer conditioning, runners must drink 0.4 liters per mile. If there are 32 runner doing summer conditioning, and if each runner runs 5 miles per day, how much water must be provided to nourish the team?

3. During a week in July in Phoenix, Arizona, the temperatures outside for different days are 113, 114, 117, 110, 111, 108, and 111 degrees. What are the mean, median, and mode for the temperatures during that given week?

4. During the summer, air conditioning costs $12.50 per day per house. If there are 500 houses in a community, and the air conditioning is on in all houses for 30 days, how much does the community spend on air conditioning?

We hope that you were able to practice your math skills with these practice problems! Remember to stay cool this summer! Visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park for more fun ways to learn math!

Summer Camp Mathnasium-Style

We’re right in the middle of summer, and now’s a good time to ask yourself what you’ve achieved so far, and what your goals are for the rest of the summer. If you currently have no plans for the rest of the summer or want to brush up on your math skills for the coming school year, it’s not to late to sign up for the summer camp /sessions at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park!

While most kids think of songs around the campfire or canoeing in a lake when it comes to summer camp, the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park offers math games and a supportive, encouraging environment that will ensure a productive summer filled with math. So without further ado, here’s some information about summer camp / sessions at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

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1. Summer camp / sessions at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park are about twice a week for one hour each session. As a result, you have plenty of time to hang out with friends and family as well as your other hobbies.

2. Our instruction is extremely personalized. During your first session, we give you an assessment to test what you currently know and don’t know. Then, we find worksheets and packets to help you learn the material and be prepared for tests and assignments at school.

3. Our instructors are super qualified! With an average of a 3 students: 1 instructor ratio, you’re guaranteed someone who can answer all your math questions, guide you through the concepts, and help you master the material. All of our instructors have lots of experience in math instruction, and are friendly, patient, and supportive!

We hope you have a relaxing yet productive summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Summer Travel

Last summer, one of my friends traveled to India to learn about the culture. He stayed there for 2 months! Even though it was definitely very exciting, I’m sure that he still made some time to refresh his math skills. Here are some math problems to do after a long day of travel!

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1. Amy’s plane took off at 6:20. If the flight is projected to be 4 hours and 34 minutes, when will she arrive at her destination?

2. India is 8,431 miles from the U.S. If a plane has already flown 6,126 miles after leaving the U.S., how much farther does it need to fly to reach India?

3. If a plane flies at 400 miles per hour, how long will it take the plane to fly 1,500 miles?

Enjoy your summer travels! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park.

Summer Reading

After working hard for 9 months in school, summer is my favorite time to kick back and relax. During the summer, I like to wind down with a good book and a cool drink, and read the day away. However, I always make some time for math so that I don’t completely forget what I learned the past year. Here are some math problems to do after a day of relaxation!

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1. Matt is reading a 100 page book. How many pages must he read every minute if he wants to finish in 2 hours?

2. If 3 books cost $9.60, how much does one book cost?

3. Andrew is 34 pages through a 124 page book. How many pages does he have to go before he is halfway through the book?

Enjoy your summer vacations! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park.