Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kindergarten Math

At this time of year I know many parents question, "Is my child ready for kindergarten?" I, of course, do NOT have the answer to that question here, but I thought I would share something with you that may help give you more information.

Last week my son's kindergarten teacher sent home a correspondence entitled, "Content Emphasized in Kindergarten." I thought I would share the information with you so you would know what to expect, at least in math. Also, we are in PA, and are using a program called Everyday Mathematics, just so you know your math curriculum may be different in your school.

1. Number and Numeration

This involves "counting every day in different ways and from different numbers--by 1s, 5s, & 10s, forward and backward; reading and writing numerals; comparing numbers through daily routines and in games; exploring different ways to represent numbers(equivalent names for numbers) using manipulatives, words, drawings, and operations."

2. Operations and Computation

Here the children will be "exploring addition and subtraction through concrete activities, games, and number stories; developing and sharing multiple strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems including counting and using fingers or other objects, all of which are still very acceptable and useful; using +, -, and = symbols to write number models for number stories."

I thought this sounded very technical. I am interpreting it as beginning addition and subtraction, using the symbols, and computing them by using concrete objects.

3. Data Chance

This concept includes" collecting, organizing, displaying, and analyzing classroom data through daily Weather, Temperature, and Survey Routines as well as through games and activities; working with data and graphing in activities such as graphing dice rolls, exploring probability through games and by describing the likelihood of events as definite, impossible, or possible.

4. Measurement and Reference Frames

Here the children are "making direct measurement comparisons followed by using non-standard units of measure(such as their own feet or hands) which will lay the groundwork for understanding the need for standard units of measure: learning coins and their values; developing an understanding of time measures(day, week, and month), and temperature measures through daily routines (calendar, daily schedule, and temperature).

5. Geometry

Children are "exploring 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes with manipulatives--such as pattern blocks, attribute blocks, and building blocks--and through games like I Spy; exploring line symmetry.

6. Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

Finally, identifying, creating, and extending sound, movement, and visual patterns; exploring number patterns on the Growing Number Line and Class Number Grid; using rules to sort objects, make patterns, and play "What's My Rule?"--Sorry I don't know this game.

This is pretty much verbatum. I was afraid to summarize as I thought I might miss something.

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