Kindergarten and Preschool Math - What skills do I teach?
Throughout the year, when teaching kindergarten and preschool math, provide opportunities for students to solve problems that use the skills of classification, matching, building number sets, making patterns, comparing objects and recording information.
Listed below are links to each specific math area that include the skills students need to learn, as well as ideas for kindergarten and preschool math activities and games.
Kindergarten and preschool math topics
Although specific requirements vary geographically, generally young children should have lots of math experiences in the following areas:
- Counting, number and number operations
- Sorting and sequencing objects - help children associate things that belong together
- Classification- games that teach classification skills
- Patterns - provide experiences for child to respond to situations where pattern may occur
- Measurement - calendar activities and comparing time, temperature, area, length
- Geometry - 3D objects and 2-D shapes & spatial sense
- Teach symmetry...
- Graphs and tallies - statistics and probability - representing information with pictures and things
- Money - coin vocabulary and simple counting
- Fractions - how to teach
- Problem Solving
- Teaching Doubles
Teacher Tip: The skill areas on the specific pages above range from Pre K to grade two. Not all children will be at the same level before and after participating in math activities.
- Introduce students to the number operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with concrete objects / educational learning materials.
- Have students record their learning with words and pictures.
Children who have plenty of hands on math experiences will feel more confident about themselves as young mathematicians and appreciate that there is value in learning math.