Online Summer Calculus for Kids Camp!

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Don’t spend your summer worrying about your kids’ math skills! Play math with them instead!

We all know that during the summer kids forget much of what they learned in school. But instead of stressing about it, playing with math concepts can build intuitive understanding of upper-level math concepts. Keep the math going all summer, in a fun way!

But why calculus? Calculus is usually presented as a tool for engineers and physicists. but it’s actually a point of view that helps you see everyday objects–from a humble banana to a flipbook– in a new light. Seeing things this way, opens up your mind to seeing math all around you, all summer long! Imagine having “X-Ray” vision, where you can look at any shape and see how it was put together. Or, practice your “Time-lapse” vision and learn to predict how shapes will change in the future, like peeking ahead in a flipbook. Playing with math through analogies gives you and your child a stronger foundation in math thinking. It’s an investment in their future math experiences!

I know, playing math sounds so easy, but for some of us it is quite a mental switch. Joining with us in this family camp, will help you feel more comfortable playing with a variety of math activities this summer. has many resources for your math adventures even after this online camp is over, and we’ll help you feel ready to use them! As part of this camp, you’ll have access to our Calculus forum with loads of information from past Inspired by Calculus classes, and you’ll receive all the Sparks we try in class, and more to try out later!

What about online classes. How do they work? Will it be fun? Interactive? Joining an online camp is a unique opportunity to make new friends from around the world! And yes, I promise, it’s fun and interactive! You’ll log in and see everyone, and you’ll be talking, sharing, cutting, measuring, building and playing! And the best part is, that you don’t have to do all the preparation and figuring-it-out! Just drop in online with your stash of craft supplies and see what interesting things happen!

Join us today before the camps fill up! I look forward to meeting your family for fun math adventures this summer!
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The Details!

  • What: One week daily, live online, math camp.
  • Why: This class is a fun way to learn calculus concepts in hands-on activities.
  • Who: Children ages 5-9 and their parents, with Shelley Nash as organizer.
  • When: Choose
    • June 27 – July 1 at 11 AM – noon EDT, or
    • August 8-12 at 1-2 PM EDT
  • Where: Online video-talk software Zoom (similar to Skype)
  • Price: Registration is $75 per family. Includes a PDF copy of the 11 Calculus Sparks. Bring a friend and save! (Email us after your friend registers. Include their name and email, and you’ll both get 10% off.)
  • Supplies: Pencil, paper, playdough, string, compass, craft foam, glue, scissors, and any other craft supplies you like.

Are you ready for a summer of math fun? Join Calculus for Kids Camp today–before it fills up!

Calculus Camp

Download math sparks and try these activities with your children

The goal is to start thinking about ideas – to spark curiosity. Click to see the full-size PDF and ponder the questions in it!


Do you have a questions before you jump in? Ask away! Contact Shelley at!

Shelley Nash is the homeschooling mom of seven amazing and challenging kids ages 14 to 2. For over 20 years, she has been driven by an insatiable desire to understand learning, education, education’s role in our society and personal development, and the role of technology in learning. She is passionate about letting children own their education and learning, and about discovering the elements that inspire learning in all of us. She currently leads two online math circles and loves her work at and

Natural Math Principles

We embrace all the principles of Natural Math in our online circle. Especially Adventure, Yes, And… and Easy Complexity.


Questions? Email or ask in comments to this page.

  • Connection and devices: you will need fast internet to watch and listen. It’s better to have a microphone and a webcam so you can show and tell as well, but you can also use text chat. We recommend larger screens rather than phones.
  • Software: Zoom is a tool for talking, like Skype or Google Hangouts. Please download and try it, here: The same page has the link to a tech support center, in case you need it.
  • Recording: The meetings will be available to course participants as YouTube videos.