In kindergarten, children focus most on learning numbers and what numbers represent. They learn to count to tell how many objects, to read and write numbers up to 20, and to add and subtract to 10.

Know the words for numbers *(“one,” “two,” “three,” “four” for 1, 2, 3, 4)* through 20. Write numbers from 0 through 20.

**Tip: Incorporate Basic Math Concepts**

Try to incorporate basic math concepts into everyday activities. Have your child count objects regularly and pose easy counting challenges, such as counting the number of steps on a flight of stairs or the number of red cars you see while driving. Take opportunities to count by twos or fives or tens, for example if you’ve bought many of the same item at the grocery store or need to count a pile of coins.

Count how many objects are in a group (to 20). By counting or matching objects, tell whether the number of objects in one group is greater than (more) or less than (less), or equal to (the same as) the number of objects in another group.

Compare any two numbers between 1 and 10, and tell which is greater than or less than the other.

Understand numbers 11 through 19 as ten ones and some additional ones.

Understand addition as “putting together” and “adding to.” Understand subtraction as “taking apart” and “taking away from.”

**Tip: Apply Math to Everyday Life**

It's especially memorable to children when they can use their new math concepts in their everyday life. Have your child arrange their favorite stuffed animals in a circle for a party and give two or three crackers to each toy. Have them add up the total number of crackers distributed. Ask them to predict how many more crackers they would need if one of their toy action figures joined the party. Then ask them to predict the total number of crackers needed with yet another guest. This gives them an opportunity to "add up" in their head and then see if they are correct when they actually add the next figure and counts up the new total. The game can be played in reverse when one of the figures leaves the party, taking their crackers with them.

Add and subtract within 5 (1 to 5) quickly and accurately.

Using objects, fingers, simple math drawings, or mental images, solve addition word problems involving numbers that add up to 10 or less, and subtraction word problems involving subtraction from 10 or less.

*There were five
smiley-face cookies. The children ate two of the cookies after lunch. How many cookies were left? *

For any number, 1 through 9, find the unknown number (quantity) needed to total 10. Show the answer with a drawing or equation (number sentence).

Understand that objects can be measured in different ways: length (“how long”), height (“how high” or “how tall”), and weight (“how heavy”). Compare the length, height, and/or weight of two objects.

Describe the relative position of objects – for example, above, below, in front, behind.

Name common shapes, such as squares, rectangles, circles, triangles. Describe common shapes in simple terms: *“Circles are round.” “Triangles have three sides.”*

**Tip: Practice Shape Recognition**

Practice recognition of different shapes. Have your child spot things that are triangular, like pieces of pizza or the roof of a house, or rectangular, like paper money. As you talk about different shapes, have them describe why a shape they spot is a triangle (three sides) or a square (four equal sides) or a rectangle (two opposite equal sides and two other opposite equal sides of longer length).

Understand the difference between “flat” or two-dimensional shapes (a square or circle drawn on paper) and “solid” or three-dimensional shapes (a wooden block or cube; a sphere or globe).

Use building and drawing to create shapes.

Understanding the concepts your children are learning in school can help you support them at home. Find ways to support them from Pre-K all the way through high school.