Welcome to the Summer Learning Challenges page.  This page is intended for schools and parents to help plan exciting summer learning opportunities for Montana students.  Check out the national MetaMetrix Summer Challenges program or our local Ed Ready Summer Programs.  Choose what works best for you and your students to keep them engaged and learning this summer! 

Online virtual Free Summer Camps:

One of the most highly regarded digital summer camps on the planet that is completely free. Parents and children will find a wide variety of fun and engaging summer camp activities to take part in when they dive headfirst into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of these activities revolve around STEM field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and others still are designed to help foster improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds. Best of all, after downloading the free Camp Kits you and your campers can go at your own pace to take full advantage of all that this unique digital summer camp has to offer. 

Camp Google

Google offers a four week interactive summer camp at absolutely no cost. Offering some of the highest quality educational content, Google partners with other giants like NASA, Khan Academy, National Geographic and NPS to create fun and engaging content for children and teenagers. The summer camp learning activities explores things like the ocean, space, nature and music. Although it's official start date is July 13th, kids can still watch last years educational videos and activities. 

Varsity Tutors Virtual Camp

Varsity tutors offers week long interactive summer camps to keep your child's mind active. They have quite a few options so depending on your child's interest it's easy to find something suitable for them. Some of the virtual camp themes they offer are art, lego, detective and fairy tales. Your child can work with campers all across the world and open their mind to new things. Taught by professional instructors and with a focus on encouraging your child to try new things, this virtual summer camp is a great choice for any K-12 student. 

Makers Summer Camp

Makers Summer Camp focuses on hands on learning for children. It's project focused where your child builds things based on their interests. With a focus on science, technology, and art it brings multiple disciplines together. Your child receives daily potential activities they may like ranging from creating slime to building unique art portraits. 

ACT Academy

ACT Academy offers free summer math and English activities for grades 3-12. 

Montana Summer Reading Ideas


Find a Book MetaMetrics Reading Challenge

Find a Book is a free, fun and easy way to identify books based on a child's reading level (Lexile© measure) and interests.  Find a Book has over 300,000 titles, making it the perfect tool to keep your child reading all summer long.

How it Works:

  1. Go to Find a Book & enter your child's lexile measure or grade level.
  2. Pick books that match the child's interests.
  3. View & refine the search results to create the perfect book list for your child!

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Help every child find great books to read at: fab.lexile.com/fab/MT/. OPI logo, find a book logo, OPI Learn logo

Montana Summer Math Ideas


Spotlight: EdReady Montana Summer Math 

Are you looking to offer a summer math program for your students? Whether it is to challenge students to prepare for math in the fall, keep from getting rusty over the summer or as a part of a facilitated program at your school, EdReady Montana staff can help customize a program to meet your student and program needs.  Last summer, school programs using EdReady ranged from programs of a few students needing help to brush up on skills to facilitated boot camp formats.  One school used it as a formal at home incentive program complete with a parent meeting and tracking sheets for parents to sign and return at the end of the summer to be entered for a prize!

The Montana Digital Academy offers EdReady free of charge to anyone in Montana.  The program creates customized study paths for students, allows schools to create custom goals and monitor student progress toward mastery of the content.  Professional development and localized technical support by the Montana Digital Academy also works to constantly evolve the program to help fit Montana school needs.  The program can identify and helps to fill gaps for students as well as save time and costs as they prepare for classes at your school, standardized tests or college courses and career pathways.  Fill out this simple online form to set up a time to get started!

Visit the EdReady Montana website or contact them support@montanadigitalacademy.org | 406-203-1812 for more information.

One middle school in Billings used EdReady for Summer Math.  Here's what Joe Halligan said about their summer program, "As we wrapped up our first year of operation last spring, one of the things that we wanted to try to ensure for our students, was continued exposure to mathematics content.  Summer is always a tough time to keep kids plugged in, but the EdReady program made it very simple, and allowed students to work at their own pace on skills that would better prepare them for the coming school year.  At Ben Steele, we took advantage of the readiness checklists that were already set up in the EdReady program.  Over a hundred students accessed the program during the months of June, July and August, completing and mastering hundreds of learning objectives that would help them tackle their new curriculum.  Those students who successfully completed their programing during the summer months were rewarded with gift cards in fall - the incentive system was a big hit.  This summer, we plan to continue our work with EdReady, and invite students and parents to partner with us in an effort to minimize the math regression that happens each summer."

Take a look at the video below to learn more about EdReady.

MetaMetrics Math Challenge

The Summer Math Challenge is a free math program designed to help kids retain math skills learned during the previous year.  The six-week program offers daily emails with fun activities and resources at each student's ability level. 

Sign up for the Challenge!

  1. Register for the Summer Math Challenge to receive daily emails with fun activities & resources.
  2. Check the Summer Math Challenge page to read about weekly math concepts & earn badges.
  3. Print the award certificate when the program is complete to celebrate your child's accomplishments!

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Fight Summer Math Loss with this free program. Join the Summer Math Challenge. Quantiles.com/summer-math. OPI logo, Summer Math Challenge Logo, OPI Learn Logo.

More Summer Math Resources

Math Story Time (ages 5-8)

Math Before Bed

US Census - Statistics in Schools (Emails with ideas & activities)

Motion Math Games (Cell phone apps)

More resources are available on the Just For Parents page