M Is For Math

Jun 07

Gone are the days of coming to kindergarten knowing how to count to 10 and leaving knowing your numbers to 20 and how to make a pattern. CCSS now requires kindergarten students to learn a multitude of different math concepts including but not limited to adding, subtracting, knowing the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and how to skip count by 10’s. That being said please don’t panic. These are all things your child will need to know by the end of kindergarten. So what can you do to help?

  • Check your child’s backpack daily for worksheets and math ideas they are working on in class. Make sure you discuss the concept with your child. Have them show you what they did in math that day in school.
  • Get a copy of the CCSS standards for parents from your teacher or on-line. That way you will not be surprised by how much is expected of your child throughout the school year.
  • Count, count, count and then count some more. The more experiences your child has with counting items the better they are going to understand the concept and then be able to build on what they know during the school year.
  • Practice skip counting by 10’s at home. Skip counting orally takes lots of practice. If you practice at home also, it will help.
  • Have your child help you when you are using measuring cups, measuring spoons, tape measurers, counting out money, telling time, etc. Anytime you are doing something with math, mention it to them. A lot of the skills take time and a lot of exposure to finally understand. The more your child sees the concepts the better.
  • Most importantly be excited about math. A lot of us are afraid of math and think we don’t understand it. That attitude rubs off on our kids. If you seem excited about math your child will think it is an easy thing to learn, and be excited too!


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