All of our instruction in math aligns with grade level expectations as set by the state:
- The student understands and applies the concepts and procedures of mathematics.
- The student uses mathematics to define and solve problems.
- The student uses mathematical reasoning.
- The student communicates knowledge and understanding in both everyday and mathematical language.
- The student understands how mathematical ideas connect within mathematics, to other subjects.
Developing a solid mathematical foundation from kindergarten through second grade is essential for every child. In these grades, students are building beliefs about what mathematics is, about what it means to know and do mathematics, and about themselves as mathematics learners.
These beliefs influence their thinking about, performance in, and attitudes toward, mathematics and decisions related to studying mathematics in later years. Our primary curriculum focuses on Number and Operations and Geometry Standards. For example, it is absolutely essential that students develop a solid understanding of the base-ten numeration system. They must recognize that the word ten may represent a single entity (1 ten) or ten separate units (10 ones) and that these representations are interchangeable. Using concrete materials and calculators in appropriate ways can help students learn these concepts.
Understandings of patterns, measurement, and data contribute to the understanding of number and geometry and are learned in conjunction with them. Similarly, the Process Standards of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, and Representation both support and augment the Content Standards.
We use a variety of teacher resources primarily from Math their Way and Marilyn Burns resources.