# Kindergarten Math

Let’s learn how to teach math effectively with smart lessons and using small groups in kindergarten. Find out how to plan your space, set up math centers, and create lessons. Also, find out how to create kinders with strong number sense skills.

Not sure how to teach math in small groups? Then you’ll want to start with: How to Start Guided Math in Kindergarten

## Composing and Decomposing Numbers: What This Looks Like in Kindergarten [3-Part Series]

Building kinders with great number sense has really helped us grow in all areas of math this year. Recently, I wrote a three-part series to illustrate some of how we’ve worked on it especially in relation to composing and decomposing numbers using groups of tens and ones. Decomposing Numbers In part one, I explain the value and…

## Free Measuring Booklet and Rulers for Kindergarten

When I am teaching a skill that doesn’t need to be differentiated {really} and that lends itself to exploration I try to accomplish covering it whole group. Most of my math instruction is done in small groups, but today I’d like to share how I teach measurement to my kindergarten class. When I teach measurement,…

## Learning Teen Numbers in Kindergarten

Teaching teen numbers in kindergarten using a composing and decomposing numbers approach. Students learn the meaning behind place value and catch onto numbers 11-19 quickly. Here’s a math lesson I taught and the beauty behind letting kinders explore concepts over and over. Learning teen numbers in kindergarten without just “learning” by rote visualization! In math,…

Guided math looks a little bit different in every kindergarten classroom. Here are some of the details from our classroom based on your frequently asked questions. Are you new to guided math? Check out: How to start guided math in kindergarten What are your rules for guided math time? We actually use the same rules…

## How to Plan Long Term: Planning Kindergarten Standards-based Math Curriculum

What are the thought processes that go on in a teacher’s mind when creating her own standards-based math curriculum? This might be a scary trip, but I invite you into my planning process. I hope to reveal how I learned to plan my guided math curriculum this past year. This isn’t meant to tell you…

## Learning to Teach in the Moment: A Teacher’s Lesson

Finding ways to meet my students’ needs has been a big push in self growth for me this year. With a new batch of kinders coming I know that yet again, I’ll be faced to do it all over. It has been very rewarding and the value far outweighed any of the planning and work…

## Subtraction – Am I the Last One to Figure This Out?

Two weeks ago, I was fussily taking some photos from our math journals to share and it hit me. I was teaching my kinders wrong! Okay, not wrong, but I could be teaching them better! Why, when I am working with them in groups or during our whole group calendar time, am I modeling subtraction by doing…

## Kindergarten Timed Tests – Building Fluency Within 5

Starting this quarter I want to reward my kinders with knowing they are increasing their skills by giving them a repetitive activity that’ll show growth. Dare I say, they will be getting a “timed test?” Most of my kinders will love the challenge and I’ve worked at putting it together so that it is meaningful…

## Why does 10+6=16?

This year I have been using small group math instruction to guide my kinders. I’ve shared how its laid out and even a sample lesson called: Composing & Decomposing: A Guided Math Lesson Plan Flow I am very thankful for the insight that these opportunities provided since the way I was doing math in all…

## How to Teach Addition With a Number Line as a Tool

This year I wanted to be more diligent about teaching various addition strategies as options for my students to explore to solve simple equations. I wanted to emphasize using ten frames, using number lines and a combination of mental math and touch dots. When it came to using the number line, I wasn’t personally as…