Mathematics In Kindergarten
The goal of our mathematics program is to help children construct their own mathematical knowledge through meaningful learning experiences. Students solve problems, develop sound reasoning, and communicate their mathematical thinking in written and oral forms. They make connections to mathematical ideas and real-life experiences, and explore multiple representations. We encourage children’s interest in mathematics while building their confidence and strengthening their skills.
Our program emphasizes the use of concrete materials such as dice, pattern blocks, Unifix cubes, and other math manipulatives. The content areas we cover include: number sense and operations, algebra (patterns and relationships), measurement, data analysis and geometry (shapes and spatial reasoning).
Our math program is flexible enough to respond both to differences in learning styles and variations in the readiness of our students. It is informed by the ThinkMath! curriculum, and supported by our lower school math coordinator, Kathy Sillman. Below are listed some of the benchmarks we have for kindergarteners over the course of the year. These are by no means all of the topics we cover, but rather an overview of some of the skills we expect children to master by the spring.
- uses one-to-one correspondence to count
- recognizes numbers to 30 and beyond
- accurately forms numbers 0-30
- reasonably estimates the number of objects in a group
- recognizes, extends, and creates patterns
- sorts and classifies by attributes
- demonstrates spatial reasoning skills
- collects, sorts, and analyzes data
- generates problem-solving strategies
- articulates and represents mathematical thinking