Mathematics in Beginners
The goal of our mathematics program in Beginners, and across grade levels in the Lower School, is to help children construct their own mathematical knowledge. We do this through meaningful learning experiences in which they solve problems, reason about their mathematical thinking, communicate their thinking in written and oral forms, and explore multiple representations. We encourage children’s interest in mathematics while building their confidence and strengthening their skills. We see mathematics as an integral part of children’s daily learning experiences at school. There is a strong emphasis on helping children see connections between their work in mathematics and real-life situations.
A set of B-VIII Grade standards provides the framework for our work in mathematics. While the mathematics program is standards-driven, it is also flexible enough to be able to respond both to differences in learning styles and variations in the readiness of our students. Below are listed some of the skills and concepts we expect Beginners to develop over the course of the year.
- Counting to 20
- Recognizing and writing numerals 0-10
- Identifying two-dimensional shapes
- Sorting by single and multiple attributes
- Using organized counting strategies
- Using manipulatives to solve problems
- Sharing mathematical thinking with others
- Demonstrating an awareness of addition and subtraction in everyday life
- Participating in data collection, representation, and interpretation
- Creating and interpreting graphs
- Identifying, creating, and extending patterns
- Identifying and manipulating shapes
- Engaging in measurement activities