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 through meaningful learning experiences in which they solve problems, reason about their mathematical thinking, communicate their mathematical thinking in written and oral forms, make connections to mathematical ideas and real-life experiences, and explore multiple representations. We also encourage children’s interest in mathematics while building their confidence and strengthening their skills. We see mathematics as an integral part of the 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 to both 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.
- Counts to 20
- Recognizes numerals 0-10
- Identifies two-dimensional shapes
- Sorts by single and multiple attributes
- Uses organized counting strategies
- Uses manipulatives to solve problems
- Shares mathematical thinking with others
- Demonstrates an awareness of addition and subtraction in everyday life
- Participates in data collection, representation, and interpretation
- Creates and interprets graphs
- Identifies, creates, and extends patterns
- Identifies and manipulates shapes
- Engages in measurement activities