Kindergarten Number Book

As a kindergarten teacher we understand that even when children can count, that does not necessarily mean they know their numbers.  So often people focus on counting and numeral recognition, but true number sense is key to a child understanding addition, subtraction and anything else that deals with numbers.

As teachers we try to find a variety of ways to help children understand what the number means.  They have to understand that 1 seed and 1 elephant are both one even though an elephant is bigger than a seed.  They need to understand that 6 cubes stuck together and 6 cubes taken apart are the same (conservation of number).  Children also need to understand that 6 is greater than 3 because there are more items in a group of 6 than a group of 3.  Children need to be able to recognize common configurations of numbers such as the dots on a domino or number cube.

Children need to develop all of theses skills with the numbers 0-10 before they could ever understand that the number 14 is made of 1 ten and 4 ones.

As teachers we use tools such a ten frames, tally marks, cube trains, base ten blocks and so much more to help children understand number.  This kit that I created allows the students to "play" with one number at a time.  They work on recognizing the numeral, the number work, what it looks like on a domino, with number cubes, using tally marks.  There is also the opportunity to work on what does it look like on a clock.

I hope you check out my kit, Kindergarten Number Book, on Teachers Pay Teachers and see if it would help your students record their knowledge of this topic.


Kindergarten High Frequency Words Review Sentences

This year I have done a lot to help the kindergarten teachers at the boys' school increase the students high frequency word fluency.  When children develop a strong high frequency word vocabulary it increases their reading fluency.  The more words you already know, the less words you have to sound out.  My newest kit for Teachers Pay Teachers is Kindergarten High Frequency Word Sentences.  This kit includes 18 worksheets that the students can use to practice reading the high frequency words.  Each sheet includes 4 sentence starters which utilizes the high frequency words they already know.  They then finish the sentence and illustrate a picture to demonstrate understanding of what they have wrote.  

High frequency words reviewed per worksheet:
1: I, like, the, see, we, and
2. a, to, come, me, with
3. my, you, what, are, now
4. is, how, of, so, many
5. where, this, find, from, came
6. but, on, will, be, into
7. that, your, who, go, for
8. here, they, soon, up, make
9. play, them, give, say, new
10. said, good, was, then, ate
11. could, she, all, over, her
12. when, some, he, no, away
13. must, by, there, down, do
14. went, only, little, just, have
15. help, one, every, ask, walk
16. look, out, very, their, saw
17. put, off, take, our
18. day, too, show