When you enter our classroom door you will notice that my students are not all sitting at tables and quietly working on worksheets. Students are up and moving. Students are on the floor. Students are cutting and gluing. Students are reading. Students are playing. Students are talking. Students are learning. Students are engaged.
I teach an amazing, diverse group of kindergarten students.
These students come to school from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide variety of experiences. However, they all share one very important quality; all of my kindergartner students are ready and eager to learn. It is my duty and privilege to provide my students with the best environment to foster their desire to learn.
Kindergarten is such an important year to provide fundamental math skills. Understanding math goes far beyond counting and naming shapes. To really understand math requires the ability to think about and manipulate numbers and shapes.
The times, ten frames, and geoboards will allow my students concrete, hands-on opportunities to work with and understand mathematical concepts.
They will write numbers with the tracing set. They will count numbers with the dough mats. They will create and manipulate shapes with the geoboards. They will compose and decompose numbers with the ten-frame sets. In the end, I will have a classroom filled with stronger mathematical thinkers. And stronger mathematical thinkers in kindergarten mean more successful math students in later grades who love math.
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