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.