Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Everyday Math is the name of the math curriculum we are using this year.  The concept behind Everyday Math is called spiraling.  This means that we might work on patterns one day, the next day work on measurement, and the next story problems.  Eventually, we go back to all concepts and build on previous lessons.  With the new curriculum, there are very few worksheets.  We try to keep students engaged by playing games and hand-on activities that build the skills needed in Math. 
Currently, we are making patterns like AAB, ABC. and ABB.  We have also talked about the subtraction and addition symbol when using story problems.  Children are sorting, identifying and naming the value of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter.  We have even begun to make change using the penny, nickel and dime.  There are many ways to reinforce math skills.  There are several computer games on Mrs. LaVan's website that are especially designed for kindergarten math.  Simple counting activities like counting marshmallows or playing with change is a great way to improve math skills!

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