Working on Math at Home

Working on Math at Home
Below are some ways to work on math skills at home.

  • Have child count pennies, days on a calendar, beads, buttons, grocery items in a shopping cart, steps on a walk, etc. By the end of the year, they should be able to count to 100 by ones and tens. 
  • Here is a fun Youtube video to help kids count to 100. 
  • Have child practice writing numbers in shaving cream, in sand, rice, on paper, etc. They should be able to write numbers 0-20 by the end of the year. 
  • Play "war" with a deck of cards to have students compare 2 numbers (remove the face cards). 
  • Go on a "number hunt" to have child identify numbers. Discuss what that number represents. 
Grouping/ Sorting: 
  • Have students group stuffed animals, buttons, or beads by color or other attributes. Have them count how many are in each group. Compare groups by size using greater than, less than, or equal to. Ask them how much would each group be if they added one more or took one away. 
  • Have students go on a "shape hunt" to find everyday objects that are different shapes (triangle, square, sphere, etc.). Have them describe those shapes by the number of sides, and if they are a solid or flat shape. 
  • Play "I Spy" games to have students find objects above, below, beside, in front of, behind, or next to, in relation to other objects. 
  • Have child build two dimensional shapes using Play-doh, craft sticks, pattern blocks, legos, etc. Challenge them to make a big shape out of a little shapes. 

Our Kindergarten Year Long Math Goals
These are the goals that students will be assessed on throughout the year.

Counting and Cardinality
  • Count to 100 by ones and tens
  • Count on from any number
  • Write a number to show how many student counted
  • Write numbers 0 - 20
  • Can add one to any number
  • Count to tell how many objects are in a group
  • Compare groups of objects (which group is greater, less than, equal to)
  • Compare 2 numbers
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Show addition and subtraction in different ways (draw a picture, write number sentence, etc.)- within 10
  • Add and subtract using objects and drawings - within 10
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems using objects and drawings - within 10
  • Draw and write an equation for a number in more than one way 
  • Find all ways to make 10 with numbers 1-9 using objects and drawings
  • Draw and write all the ways to make 10 with numbers 1-9
Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Identify a number by looking at the number of tens and ones (numbers 11-19 only)
  • Write an equation using the tens and ones in a number (numbers 11-19 only)
  • Use tens and ones to make a number (numbers 11-19 only)
Measurement and Data
  • Describe an object by it's length and weight
  • Compare length and weight of 2 objects and tell the difference
  • Count the number of objects in each group
  • Sort objects into given groups
  • Sort by number of objects in each group
  • Describe objects around environment, using names of shapes
  • Describe if an object is above, below, or beside
  • Describe if an object is in front of, behind, or next to
  • Identify shapes and describe attributes (how many sides, etc.): square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, cube, cone, cylinder, sphere
  • Tell if a shape is two-dimensional (flat) or three-dimensional (solid)
  • Compare two- and three- dimensional shapes
  • Build and draw two-dimensional shapes
  • Use shapes to make a larger shape