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Kindergarten Math is the Foundation of Math Literacy

Your five year old child enters kindergarten with natural curiosity and intuition. He loves new ideas and learning about his educational environment through play and exploration.

‘Why?’ is one of his favorite questions, and he seeks immediate answers in concrete terms related to his world. When he enters school, he has already mastered simple mathematical concepts: compare, sort, arrange, and counting simple objects.

Building on these skills and using kindergarten math computer games is one good way to create a foundation for young minds to use logical reasoning, develop independent thought and mathematical literacy.

Use a Tenframe
Most kindergarteners enter school knowing how to count to ten, but does your child know the numbers that make up the sum of ten? In a Tenframe game, your kindergarten math student moves counters into squares on a chart, or Tenframe. He builds the number ten using one, two, three, five and ten. During the game, a friendly voice explains the parts of ten: five counters on the top row and two on the bottom add together for seven. He then uses the addition property to decide which counter is needed to make ten. Errors in the game receive gentle corrections and redirections. Also, the game does continuous assessment of your child’s skills and adjusts the question’s difficulty. In this manner, your child will maintain a positive attitude toward math, stay engaged and on task. As your child continues to answer the problems correctly, he works his way to counting to 100. This game is a lead in to the next game which creates a 100 chart.

Counting to 100
Kindergarten is a great time to play this game that counts to 100, especially since schools recognize the 100 days of school. Your child may not understand that the 100 day of school is not immediately after the first day because he may not understand the distance between numbers. For example, 30 is not one away from 40; 31 is closer to 30. He may not grasp this concept. With a 100’s chart, your child will learn to count to 100 with ease. He moves numbered tiles to a number line and places them in the correct square. If he attempts to place 42 behind 44, he receives a gentle reminder that something is not quite right. After completing the line with correct number placement, the line flies to the 100 chart; your child will be able to clearly see the distance between the numbers beginning with one.

Double Vision
Counting with doubles and near doubles is the foundation for mastering basic math facts. The more your child explores the relationships of doubles and near doubles with other numbers, the quicker he will improve his math literacy. This leads to speedy mastery of addition, subtraction, and eventually, multiplication and division. In this game, your child will build doubles and near doubles on a mathrack. The mathrack resembles an abacus with beads. Given a flashcard that truly flashes for a brief moment on the screen, your kindergarten math student must then click on the correct number tile that represents the amount of beads he saw. Of course, if necessary, he can click on the flashcard. It then quickly flips over again for another brief look. He should pay attention; glancing at the beads briefly, even if it’s just the top line, and remembering what was seen can help him determine the correct answer. The game prompts your child, “How many beads do you see? Choose the number on the number line.” Your child will gain important skills and lessons in logic while he carefully thinks through the problems. With this lesson, he will also gain knowledge with addition and subtraction as he determines how many beads were on each line.

Working on kindergarten math games such as these will help your child develop a mathematical mind. A mind such as this is essential for all subjects in school as learning math teaches logical reasoning, analytical and independent thinking and problem solving. Math readiness is an indicator of how well your child will do in future educational endeavors. Using a kindergarten math computer game is a great tool you can use to promote and encourage your child’s education.

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