Tag Archives: Kindergarten

Playing with symmetry in kindergarten

In our kindergarten classroom, there is a big mirror that is usually covered by a giant map.  And for good reason!  As soon as the students find themselves anywhere near the mirror, it attracts them like a magnet.  They make … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

3-digit numbers are tricky! Part II

This is a follow-up post to this one, about introducing 3-digit numbers to kindergartners. I start this lesson by asking the students to come up to the board one by one and write down consecutive numbers starting with 100.  There … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Entertaining kindergartners with caterpillars, dots, and monsters

Below is a guest post by my sister, Yulia Shpilman. We had a particularly wonderful class with my Kindergarten Math Circle last week and I wanted to share a few of our activities, in case someone else wants to try … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

3-digit numbers are tricky!

For the past several weeks, our kindergartners have been playing with 2-digit numbers: they made numbers out of base-10 blocks, wrote them on the board, translated between the two representations, counted by 10’s from different starting points, and more.  We … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

Time, symmetry, and unexpected turns

This is a story of how a kindergarten lesson on telling time turned into a lesson on symmetry.  It all started with a fun, colorful clock, with numbers 1 through 12 made out of shapes (some related to the number, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lots of fun with Tiny Polka Dot

For a week in our kindergarten class we have been playing with Tiny Polka Dot!  I had been excited about these cards arriving for a while, and I was not disappointed.  They are colorful, sturdy and creative, and my students … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Functions in Kindergarten – A favorite

A few weeks ago I did a series of lessons with the kindergartners about one of my favorite topics to do with this age group: functions!  I recall being quite surprised when I introduced the concept to my daughter when … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Numbers on a Line

A few weeks ago, we spent several days exploring and playing with number lines in our Kindergarten math class.  Before introducing the number line, I wanted to surprise the students by telling them about numbers less than zero.  I went … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I come before you!

Today I had two really fun lessons on the same topic, one with the kindergartners and the second one with the 2nd and 3rd graders combined.  The topic was “when does order matter?” and I began both classes with a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What is a pattern?

This week in Kindergarten our focus was on patterns.  I began by asking the kids whether they knew what a pattern was.  All said “yes” in unison.  So I called on someone to tell me.  “It’s when you have one … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments