The Importance of Basic Mathematics in Kindergarten CurriculumApril 26, 2017
Enrolling your child into kindergarten is a once in a life time experience for the whole family, an important and necessary first step that will help them to develop the skills needed throughout their life. During their time in kindergarten, children develop their ability to think, communicate with others, build up their self-confidence, fine tune their motor skills, and to recognize letters and numbers, which they will eventually use when it comes time to learn to read, write, and solve math problems.
All learning activities are designed and developed around play, physical movement, music, dance, and interacting with others to best retain the information that they receive, including mathematics.
Here at Canberra Avenue Child Care & Kinder, our kindergarten math curriculum is designed with the goal to prepare the children in our care to be prepared for first grade math. Our professional educators help children become familiar with math through our early learning program that is designed to support their optimum learning capacity, under the National Early Years Framework – a government program for long day care, preschool, and kindergarten that ensures children receive the highest standard of education and care.
Basic Mathematics is an Important Part of Kindergarten Curriculum
There are objectives and goals set to help prepare our kindergartners for first grade math, which are listed below:
- To be able to count to the number 20, and be able to visually recognise and name each number. The number 20 is the goal, but some children are able to learn beyond that.
- To count backwards from 10 to 0.
- To be able to hear and write the numbers from 1 to 20.
- The ability to grasp the concepts of more than, less than, and equals too.
- To understand the concepts of subtraction and addition using single digit numbers.
Including these basic goals, kindergartners are also introduced to the concepts of time, measuring, and money, and all learning is accomplished in a fun and playful environment that is meant to alleviate any frustration they may experience while learning math. Tools that are used often include blocks, clocks, scales, coins, cards, and measuring cups.
One of the best ways for children to learn mathematics is through small group settings, and the reason for this is that they need more attention than older kids. Our professional educators overseeing our math curriculum for kindergartners are able interact closely with students to help them concentrate on grasping math concepts, and to prevent them from becoming distracted, which is usually the case in larger groups.
Basic mathematics is the foundation of modern-day society, and the sooner children are exposed to math, the better equipped they will be in the future.
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