In kindergarten we explore the world of numbers and show children where mathematics occurs in the world around them. We introduce math thought processes such as exploring, questioning, and checking. Kindergarten provides an abundance of concrete materials and challenging activities that are developmentally appropriate for kindergarten learning. By connecting mathematics to all areas of the curriculum, students begin to see and understand that math is part of everyday life.
The kindergarten math curriculum helps children learn concrete math skills as well as developing their conceptual understanding of mathematical practices and principles. The children work on rote counting by 1, 2, 5, and 10 to 100, and counting down from 20. To build their number sense, they work on making reasonable estimates, classifying small groups of objects by number, and simple addition and subtraction combinations. Children learn to identify and write numerals to 100. They collect, graph, and interpret data in many contexts including science, language arts, math, baking, and nature. They use tally marks, stickers, and colored squares to represent collected data. In their work on measurement, students study time, length, and weight. Study of time includes seasons, months, days of the week, dates, and the concepts 'today,' 'yesterday,' and 'tomorrow.' In their study of length and weight, children work on both estimation and exact measurement using both standard and non-standard units. Geometry work includes identifying symmetry and the attributes of shapes in various parts of the environment. Children learn about circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, diamonds, hexagons, semi-circles, and ovals. They use pattern blocks and unifix cubes to develop patterns and understand them. Finally, children learn to identify coins by name and value.