Bridges in Mathematics Family Support: Kindergarten
In kindergarten math, your child will:
- Count objects and tell how many there are
- Write numerals 0-20
- Compare numbers or sets of objects to tell which has more or less
- Add & subtract quickly and easily to 5
- Add & subtract within 10 using objects, fingers, drawings, numbers, or equations
- Solve addition and subtraction story problems
- Understand that teen numbers are 10 and some more
- Identify and describe shapes
- Understand length and weight as something that can be measured
Bridges Unit Overviews
The following selection of games and activities will help your child practice these skills at home.
Counting Fish The player counts small numbers of animated fish. Talk to your child about different ways to count the fish, perhaps by finding groups of 2 or 3 fish. Players scoring 70% or better will move to the next level. The directions are spoken aloud.
Counting Games Choose from an assortment of games: Teddy Numbers, Underwater Counting, Gingerbread Man Games, Ladybird Spots.
Number Frames Use frames to count, represent, compare, and compute. This free manipulative is available both as an app and online.
Number Rack Count and compare movable, colored beads. This free manipulative is available both as an app and online.
Numbers: Recognize, Order, & Compare
Connect the Dots with Art Games Connect dots by clicking on numbers in order to make a picture.
Numerical Order Players order numbers from 1-10 (Level 1) and 11-20 (Level 2). Audio directions.
Number Bubble: Count to 100 Fill in the missing numbers by popping bubbles and dropping the number on the correct spaces.
Balloon Pop Comparison Pop the balloon to match a statement, either "greater number" or "lesser number."
Basic Addition & Subtraction
Marble Math Players see and hear an addition problem. They can drag marbles onto a work surface to help them figure out the problem. Play includes five levels of addition, starting with simple 1-digit problems. Players must score 70% or greater to advance levels. Audio directions.
MathTappers: Find Sums An app compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, this simple, free game uses ten-frames and is designed to help learners make sense of addition. It's an excellent game to explore with your child while you're on the go.
Math Lines In this game, race to pair numbers that add up to a target sum. Before your child plays, review the pairs of numbers that add up to the target sum. You might even look at different ways to make the number using game pieces, marbles, or pennies.
Fuzz Bugs Number Bond Select a target sum and challenge your child to click and drop the missing number into the number bond at the bottom of the screen. Consider using 10 as a target sum or choose from another number from 5–20.
Shapes/Geometry Complete puzzles by recognizing similarities and differences in shapes. As children master levels, the content gets progressively more difficult. The last stage includes an introduction to symmetry. Audio directions.
Pattern Shapes Students use virtual pattern shapes to explore shapes by creating their own designs or selecting an outline to fill in with shapes. iPad, Chromebook, and online versions available.
Shape Pop Pop the bubbles with the correct shape.
Geoboard App With this virtual geoboard, students stretch bands around pegs to make discoveries about shapes. iPad and online versions available.
Measure That Foot Measure a monster foot using household objects such as blocks for crayons. Then, find a shoe that fits the monster.
The links below contain some of the best games for elementary math students to play at home. Look through the sites to find other activities for your child.
ABCya! The math games on this site, modeled from primary grade lessons, were approved of or created by teachers.
Johnnie's Math Page Use this online index to find hundreds of interactive math games on the web, organized by concept.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Organized by grade band and math concept, this Utah State University site contains a wide selection of virtual manipulatives.
Other Helpful information
- Kindergarten Parent's Guide to Student Success from the National PTA. Available in English and Spanish.
- Articles at the Math Learning Center blog
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