# All About KinderMath Curriculum

So, let’s run out a little scenario… *You set down to do your lesson planning for the week. You open up your “big box curriculum” math teacher’s manual and you turn to the lesson you will be teaching next week. You read through the lesson from the beginning to the end. Then, you pause. You read it again. Pause. {Scratch your head a little}. Then you let out the biggest sigh! *Do you know why the big box math curriculums leave you scratching your head? Well I have some opinions on that but basically for one big reason – – they are NOT teachers! You see I was that teacher… the one reading through the math lesson two or three times in then letting out the biggest sigh! Here were some things I couldn’t get past….

1) The lessons were NOT appropriate for my students. Now there is a big range of what is “appropriate.” Possibly the lessons were too *easy *or* *possibly the lessons were too *hard *{but that wasn’t very often}.

3) The lessons/games are *boring! * Yeah, I know I sound just like a kindergartner…but if my students are bored out of their gourd there is no way I will be able to keep them attentive and on task!

And I could clearly go on but you get the point and most likely have been there! If you ~~are~~~~ lucky and ~~don’t have a big box math curriculum then you might be on the other side of this were are you LONGING for a program that can just lessen the burden of planning math for your students each week. It’s not that you can’t do it or you don’t have the knowledge for it… but you start to wonder if there is “anything else” your kids could or should be doing!

So, I completely rambled and you’re wondering what exactly you are doing here, right? Well, teacher friends I hope to be able to fix all of those *cough* problems I mentioned above! If I am passionate about anything it is the love, tears, sleepless nights, etc I put into my curriculum programs and I am so excited to share with you my latest baby {literally}, KinderMath!

*So, it sounds like you just opened the flood gates to my mathematical heart….What is KinderMath?*

KinderMath is currently a 35 week COMPLETE math curriculum! I say 35 weeks as I hope to eventually add on some additional supplemental units! I say COMPLETE math curriculum because I am thorough! The point I want to get away from with curriculum is where the teacher has to go “supplement” for her curriculum. No. That is not okay! No supplementing with my program! The teacher scripted lesson plans are there along with; worksheets, hands-on cards, assessments, standards list, etc etc etc! It really is the whole bag of chips AND dip….along with extra refills {for free}! HA!

Let’s get more into the program!

KinderMath units are teacher created, kid-tested, and most importantly kid-approved! KinderMath takes away the monotonous way of teaching math where students sit and listen to the teacher TEACH math. Instead, KinderMath encourages guidance from the teacher while the students TEACH and LEARN math through hands-on and engaging math activities with their partners. KinderMath units are made up of 10 instructional days each unit but can be adjusted to fit your classroom needs. The units include a pre and post test as a way to ensure student growth over the unit. The units also include MORE than enough material for each day’s lesson. No more hunting down additional material to “supplement” your lesson! These are just a few highlights you will see using the KinderMath units; kids talking about math, kids using manipulatives, activities that are fun + engaging, and learning that requires critical thinking! I get a lot of questions from teachers that are needing a researched-based math program to show their adminstators. Yes, KinderMath is a researched based program. I have used researched from multiple avenues but two of the largest being The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the research from math guru John A. Van de Walle.

KinderMath lessons will easily fill a 60 minute block of math time, but could be adjusted to fit more or less time easily. The lessons are broken down into these main sections {whole-group number sense lesson, collaborative number sense AKA partner work, whole-group fluency, whole-group math lesson, collaborative lesson follow-up AKA partner work, and independent practice AKA worksheet}. The units will also include any and all cards needed to make the lessons successful! You will just need to provide the manipulatives like teddy bears or snap cubes!

**What is Included in KinderMath?**

-Teacher “simple read” lesson plans. You will not need to rewrite these lesson plans unless you choose to! If so I have included editable lesson plans.

-Each week I have planned out the; big idea, focus standards, vocabulary, checks for understanding, critical thinking starters, and material/prep list for each lesson.

-Pre and post test included

Below is a snapshop of the unit one table of contents {you’ll see this page in each of the units with clickable links} and the KinderMath Scope and Sequence!

In KinderMath we compose and decompose word problems early on {but we don’t use those tricky math symbols until much later}.

In KinderMath we get to get up and MOVE about!

Are you ready to take math your math

block with fun, excitement, and so much learning you won’t be able to contain

your teacher joy? Then, you can take a look at KinderMath! Feel free to download this freebie lesson HERE to take a closer look at KinderMath or click the image below!

KinderMath is currently on sale for a ridiculous savings of $100! The bundle is still growing with units being added so I have the bundle priced at $50 verses the $150 once finished! However, I am also taking an additional $10 off the bundle as I believe in the units and would be so tickled for you to start them in your classroom! So, through Monday, January 11th the bundle will be $40! You can click on the image to view it over on TPT!

I own KinderMath and love it! I love the games, partner work and fluency work. It is so creative!!! My kids also love using it! They think that the show and tell is the best game ever! (they play it with each other during free time) Thank you so much, Tara!! I am never ever disappointed with any of my purchases from you!

I bought this unit before I saw this post about it. I wasn't sure how to use it and how to organize it. Now I want to down load it and take it to a copy center and get it printed so I can organize it like you did and use it instead of the "big box curriculum".

I am curious though, I noticed that there is time and money in your kit. But that is not part of the Kindergarten core. Do you do that as an extra at the end of the year or do it just because?!

Thank you for all your heard work! It shows how much your love teaching and your students by how hard you work to create meaningful lessons and content that goes along with the core! I wish I could teach with you! Would you be willing to come and do a PD for me?!

My granddaughter is in K and they are teaching time and money in Nov. -current time. I was shocked.

Looks great. Too bad I can't purchase this right now. I did get the free lesson plan and I cannot wait to implement it in my classroom.

I bought in early and have been having fun organizing it in the binders, laminating and reading all the information. I am so excited to start using it int he classroom…tomorrow is a go!!

Hi Tara! I am so glad you created a math series as I love your literacy series. I bought the Kinder Math bundle awhile back and am enjoying using it in my classroom. If you ever have time (ha, I know you are a super busy lady!), I would love to see a video of a Kinder Math lesson in action, especially how you transition between the different lesson segments. I have a very short math block (about an hour to do calendar, journal, lesson, and a small group/math station round) that is often interrupted and would love any insight a video might could offer. Thank you!

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Can you tell me if this aligned to common core? And if so what are the standards being taught in each lesson?

Hi Tara – I’m enjoying your Kindermath Curriculum! My kids are doing really well! I’m on Lesson 6.3 and I don’t really understand how the combinations to 10 mini ten frame game works. After each child draws two cards and can’t make a combination to 10 – what do you mean that those cards are left? The child leaves them in front of them and keeps adding? Do they ever put them at the bottom of the stack? Thanks!

I think it might be this:

Yes! Thanks!

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