Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Math Stations

In addition to our new Engage New York math curriculum, I've also been adding several hands-on math stations. The stations are based on current concepts we are working on.

Here is our Gingerbread 10 frame game.

We have a counting path game that also connects with numeral recognition. You may remember homework that asked kids to create a counting path with their finger as they count.

I've loaded some fun new kindergarten math games on the LeapPads.

The bingo markers are a big hit. Kids are using a ten frame and numeral cards to show how many.

We've been working hard to learn the proper way to write are numbers. Our dry erase books give us a little practice.

Clay number mats are a fun way to practice too.

Pete The Cat's Groovy Buttons is a hit with the kindergarten crowd! Kids draw a number and then show how many on the ten frame. You've just gotta' love Pete!

Math stations are a nice break from the Engage New York lessons and seem to compliment our work well!

Learning About +1

We've been working on the concept of +1 in math. One of the hands-on approaches to developing this concept is through staircases.

We talk about starting with 1, and then what happens when we add 1 to that. We repeat the process until we get to 10.  The + symbol has been new learning for many of the kids and so has the idea of building a staircase. While some kids can just see the idea behind the staircase and build it, others need to be taught how to do this. 

This is a great concept to work on at home. Have your child build a staircase out of Cheerios. Start with 1 and then work through "+1" until they get to 10. For advanced kids, have them try writing the +1 number partners as they go. 4+1, 5+1, 6+1.

Happy counting and adding!