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Children start learning math skills from the time they’re born. This learning happens through everyday play and activities. Counting fingers, toes, and toys out loud or using words to describe the position of things (on, over, under, beside, etc.), sets the tone for children to understand that numbers and math are a part of their world. By the time a child is five, he or she understands some pretty complex math concepts and are beginning to understand why math is so useful.  The concepts nurtured in kindergarten set the foundation for learning more advanced math theories in the future.  Math learning is most exciting to and best learned by young children when examples derive from real life or are meaningful to them in some way.

By the middle of the school year, the kindergartners at Advent have learned a variety of math concepts.  A special event that happens each year is the celebration of the 100th DAY OF SCHOOL.  The kindergartners practice counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens.  The 100th day is a real life event that motivates the children to master the skill of counting to 100.  In addition to real life experiences, hands-on manipulatives are incorporated in many math lessons to add meaning and connect concrete experiences to abstract concepts.

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At Advent, math is fun and challenging because young children engage in significant mathematical thinking and reasoning in their play.  Kindergarten teachers create a supportive environment and provide appropriate challenges, suggestions, tasks, and language.  They are aware of the developmental needs of the students and understand that children’s play enriches mathematical explorations.

Cathy Green

*To learn more about Advent Episcopal School, please visit our website: http://www.adventepiscopalschool.org