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# Summer fun with Math Enrichment Activities - Cryptograms and more

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Want to have fun with math this summer? This is a perfect opportunity to learn useful problem-solving skills, prepare for math competitions and have fun with math puzzles. Summer is the best time to create a change in the kid's mindset from 'Math needs to be taught' to 'I can think and solve it myself'. This growth mindset is essential for their success.

This summer I'll be hosting Virtual Math Camps for Elementary kids. There are several advantages to preparing your Elementary kids for math competitions. It helps them think better and prepares them for Middle and High school. All my students who've done math competitions in Elementary school find their math easy in Middle and High school. They know how to balance their workload and do well despite taking the highest math and science levels possible in their schools.

Here's a blog I wrote on Advantages of preparing your child for Elementary school math competitions

### Summer Math Enrichment Activities for Elementary students

Fun With Puzzles - Registration ongoing for this camp

### Fun With Puzzles:

Focus: Thinking of math as puzzles

Topics: Sudokus, Kenken puzzles, Logic puzzles, Magic squares, Cryptograms and more

Pre-requisites: Addition, subtraction and basic multiplication

Duration: 2 weeks, 1.5 hours per week

Cost: \$80 for 4 days

Time: 11-11:45am ET

10-10:45am CT

9-9:45am MT

8-8:45am PT

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Sample Problems:

Upon successful completion of the Fun With Puzzles camp, there will be a Level 2 puzzle camp with more Kenken, logic and Cryptogram puzzles.

### Elementary Level 1:

Introduction to problem-solving and math competitions

Focus: Understand the problem. Basic problem solving techniques like making a list, reason it out, make a table, guess and check, draw a diagram.

Pre-requisites: Should know to add, subtract and multiply (2 digit by 1 digit) numbers.

Duration: 2 months (8 classes); one hour per week

Cost: \$200 for the entire course

Time: To be decided

Sample problems that they will solve during the camp

1. Joe, Bob, Kim and Amy entered a classroom at different times. Joe entered after Kim and Bob. Bob entered before Kim. Amy entered after Joe. Who was the first to enter the classroom?

### Elementary Level 2:

Intermediate Level - CML (Continental Math League) and Math Kangaroo

Focus: Problem solving techniques mentioned above along with finding a pattern and working backwards.

Pre-requisites: Should know all 4 basic operations along with fractions

Duration: 2 months (8 classes); one hour per week

Cost: \$200 for the entire course

Time: To be decided

Sample problems that they will solve during the camp

1. If you start with 1 and count by 4's you get 1, 5, 9, 13, 17,... where the first number is , the second number is 5, the third number is 9 and so on. What is the hundredth number in this list?

2. What is the smallest positive number that leaves a remainder of 2 when divided by 3,4 and 5?

### Elementary Level 3:

Focus: Advanced problem solving techniques and bar modelling

Topics:

1. Fractions and ratios with bar modelling

2. Number Theory - GCF, LCM and it's applications; divisibility rules; prime numbers; doing arithmetic the smart way

3. Algebra through bar modelling

4. Logical reasoning

5. Geometry â€“ areas and perimeters of rectangles and rectilinear figures

Pre-requisites: Should have some experience with math competitions before or finished Grade 5

Duration: 2 months (8 classes); one hour per week

Time: To be decided

Cost: \$200 for the entire course

Sample problems that they will solve during the camp

1. The sum of the 3-digit number AAA and the 2 digit number BB is the 4-digit number CD6E. A, B, C, D, and E are different digits. What 4-digit number does CD6E represent?

2. A bowl contains 100 pieces of coloured candy: 48 green, 30 red, 12 yellow, and 10 blue. They are all wrapped in foil, so you do not know the colour of any piece of candy. What is the least number of pieces you must take to be sure that you have at least 15 pieces of the same colour?

These workshop are primarily for Elementary kids. All these problems have been popular with my students and they always ask for more.

To register, please fill out this form and I will contact you shortly.

The online class size is limited to 3-5 students. If you'd like more details regarding the camp, contact me at vasudhastutoring@gmail.com

### Testimonials

Here are some of the testimonials regarding my tutoring and the workshops/ camps I've done.