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Examples of thematic units in the kindergarten math curriculum include:

  • Number sense – Identifying, grouping and recording numbers. 
  • Data collection and graphing – Recording and discovering new information from data. Example: In conjunction with our social studies identity work, we graph the number of letters in our names. 
  • Patterns – Understanding what a pattern is, how a pattern is created, and where we see patterns in daily life
  • Place value  Examining place value through various tasks. Example: at daily meeting time, we count the number of school days, then create bundles of straws to demonstrate groups of ten and one hundred.  
  • Introduction to symbols  Understanding the concepts of greater than, less than and equal to.
  • Symmetry  Looking at mirror image and 360-degree symmetry
  • Deepening number sense  Delving into concepts such as counting, place value, sequence and patterns.
  • Cuisenaire rods Recognizing the number value represented by each colored rod
  • Addition – Grasping the concept of addition through concrete experiences. Example: Rather than being given the formulas, children will repeatedly spill a specific number of beans—white on one side and red on the other—and record their observations.  This mode of self-discovery impacts understanding and long-term memory in ways that memorization alone does not.
  • Subtraction – Understanding subtraction through concrete experiences. Example: Each child plays a ten-pin bowling game, then determines the remainder as the pins are knocked down.