Young children arrive in kindergarten with widely varying knowledge in math. By the end of the year, your child must have some important foundations in place. One of the most important skills your child should develop is the ability to add and subtract small numbers and use addition and subtraction to solve word problems. This will rely on gaining some fundamentals early in the year, such as counting objects to tell how many there are. Addition and subtraction will continue to be a very strong focus in math through 2nd grade.
A Sample of What your Child Will Be Working on in Kindergarten:
Counting objects to tell how many there are
Comparing two groups of objects to tell which group, if either, has more; comparing two written numbers to tell which is greater
Acting out addition and subtraction word problems and drawing diagrams to represent them
Adding with a sum of 10 or less; subtracting from a number 10 or less; and solving addition and subtraction word problems
Adding and subtracting very small numbers quickly and accurately (e.g., 3 + 1)
Correctly naming shapes regardless of orientation or size (e.g., a square oriented as a “diamond” is still a square)