**Early Elementary Mathematics**

As you know, math is everywhere. That is what you will see in the Early Elementary classroom. Your child will be learning math through formal hands-on math instruction, within the thematic units as part of our year-long theme, during classroom routines in the morning and afternoon meetings, and during choice time through games and math-related activities.

**Math Routines: **Attendance, Counting Jar, Calendar, Day Counters, Morning Question, Day of the Month, Mental Math

**Math Center Choices: **Pattern blocks, Geoblocks, Interlocking cubes, Calculators, Dominoes, Counting games, Math fact games

**Big Idea Goals**

In order to ensure that all students master certain crucial math concepts at each level, we have identified Big Idea goals for each grade level. These are the skills your child needs to master by the end of the school year in order to be prepared for the next level. We will teach these concepts in class and reinforce them throughout the year. Big Idea goals are far from the only math your child will learn, but they represent a core level of proficiency that every student needs.

Please help your child as we work with them to master these goals.

**Kindergarten**: reading, writing, counting, and ordering numbers 0-30.

**1**^{st}** Grade**: Counting and ordering numbers 0-120; learning addition “math facts” up to 10+10 and solving the corresponding subtraction problems.

**Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI Math)**

Cognitively Guided Instruction complements our curriculum and fits into our philosophy of teaching in context. CGI Math is a way of teaching math by allowing students to solve mathematical problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place-value, and more) using manipulatives, pictures, and their own invented algorithms. The problems are posed to them as situations (story problems) and students work together and individually to find solutions. Students then share strategies, learn multiple ways of solving the same problem, and gain a strong conceptual understanding of math before being introduced to the idea of number sentences (2+3=5).

**Math Units**

There will be 7 math units during the school year. Each unit will address the standards expected of students at each grade level and will provide plenty of practice for students to master math concepts. In our multi-age curriculum, all students are introduced to the same concepts, but are meeting goals at their own level. At the end of each unit, we will send home a packet of students work with a brief explanation and a checklist of the goals your student has met (or is still working on). While we do not assign homework, we will send home some options for home practice with each unit.