Algebra in Kindergarten?!
Math is a complex subject matter. Teaching math in kindergarten is simple. Solve the contradiction by learning more about kindergarten math.
What You Need to Know
Mathematics reasoning requires knowing math facts, functions, and concepts. All of these begin in kindergarten with foundational work in numbers, measurement, patterns, geometry, algebra, and data analysis. Kindergarten teachers just don’t call it that!
How You Can Help
Check your state’s individual math standards and your school district’s specific guidelines. Make an appointment with your teacher a few weeks after school begins to learn about math instruction.
- Data. Early graphs are fun projects for kids. For example, go for a walk in the neighborhood with a notebook and record how many houses are white, blue, and so on. Upon your return, create a simple graph by drawing each house in the color you observed.
- Algebra. Children can use math to structure real-world problems. For example, in pretend play, offer to make “cookies” for your child’s tea party, using blocks to represent the treats. Tell your child to set up “friends” with stuffed animals. To figure out if you have “enough cookies for the friends,” have your child compare the number of stuffed animals to blocks.
- Measurement. Children can “measure” using any length of string or cord. Cut pieces of yarn and walk around the house “measuring” items like a toy truck, a doll house, the bathroom sink, etc.
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