02052019, 03:29 PM


The majority of the time is spent on developing number sense at the K level. Our current math adoption does not have a lot of fact practice. We have to supplement. I really don't do worksheets. I send home a weekly game for my students to play with their families.
We spend a lot of time working at the concrete level with a variety of manipulatives to help students understand the concepts of addition and subtraction. Some of the activities we do for number sense, such as finding different ways to make numbers (different number pairs), one more/one less, counting on from a given number and even the subitizing routines we do, help to build the foundation needed for learning the facts.
In K, students have to know the basic facts within 5. I do not introduce the facts until students demonstrate a good understanding of addition and subtraction. Students can use manipulatives like ten frames/counters, bead sticks, rekenreks, even their fingers, if needed when we start out. We play lots of games.
I work with addition first. We work with + 0 facts first. Then we do their turn arounds. We work on the + 1 and their turn arounds. We learn the doubles 0 + 0, 1 + 1, 2 + 2. Finally that leaves 2 + 3 and its turn around. I do a similar thing with the subtraction facts.
My students know the required facts by the end of the year.
