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 a 35 week COMPLETE math curriculum! 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 their 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, 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 administrators. Yes, KinderMath is a researched based program. I have used research 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.

Another awesome feature to KinderMath is the use of mentor texts! Kids LOVE read alouds and the busy days don’t always lend themselves to have multiple read alouds. Well, KinderMath integrates real texts back into the lessons! The kids love interacting with the books and using the books as a springboard for our math talks! You can see a full lists of the books used in KinderMath HERE.

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 game**, **whole-group fluency**, **whole-group math lesson**, c**ollaborative lesson follow-up AKA partner work game**, and **independent practice AKA worksheet**}. You can see from the image below that KinderMath promotes nearly an equal share of time between collaborative work and whole-group instruction! When the students are playing math games with their partners they are getting the chance to apply the math skills being taught, rather then sitting sedentary listening to their teacher!

KinderMath is based upon a math transitions system! This simply means we utilize transitions as a way to maximize student engagement and interest! Here’s how it goes… students mean AT the carpet for whole-group number sense routines. Students then LEAVE the carpet to go play a number sense game with their partner. Students will then return back AT the carpet for a quick fluency lesson. Students LEAVE the carpet to return to tables for 1-2 fluency quick sheet. Students come back AT the carpet for the whole-group lesson. Students LEAVE the carpet to play a follow up game from the whole-group lesson. Students then come back AT the carpet for a wrap up. Students then LEAVE the carpet to go back to their tables for their practice sheet. You can tell the students are constantly engaged + learning flourishes because of it!

**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 common core standards, vocabulary, checks for understanding, critical thinking starters, and material/prep list for each lesson.

-Pre and post test included

Below is a snapshot 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! An additional, Getting Started, unit will be added this summer!

The units will also include any and all cards/game mats needed to make the lessons successful! You will just need to provide the manipulatives like teddy bears or snap cubes!

In KinderMath we play LOTS of “card” games!

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

In KinderMath my teacher makes me think….real hard!

And….in KinderMath we impress our teacher EVERYDAY!

Take a closer look at some of the units through pictures!

**UNIT SEVEN: SHAPES**

**UNIT ELEVEN: ADDITION WORD PROBLEMS {COMBOS}**

**UNIT TWELVE: SUBTRACTION TO 10**

**UNIT THIRTEEN: GRAPHING**

**UNIT FOURTEEN: TIME**

**UNIT FIFTEEN: MONEY**

Are you ready to make your math block filled 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 bundle is on sale for 50% off the original price of $160 for a few more days! If you would like to check it out on TpT you can click below! 🙂

If you are wondering how KinderMath would look across the year, you can download this free kindergarten curriculum map!

**What are other teachers saying about KinderMath?**

*“Tara, oh my gosh! You continue to outdo yourself over and over again! I have waited for this FOREVER and did not hesitate one second to buy it. Thank you for being such a dedicated teacher and helping to revive my teaching on a daily basis! YOU ARE AMAZING!”*

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*“My district uses a math program that quite frankly stinks! I have been struggling for three years to teach math in a way that makes sense and truly reaches my students. I know it is so important for them to have those foundational skills for the future so I would always stress and wish I had more guidance. This has been a LIFE SAVER. I cannot say enough about how well thought out these lessons are and how much SENSE they make. It is so nice to have piece of mind to know that my students are truly mastering concepts rather than jumping around to different objectives daily. Thank you for your amazing work, Tara! This is the best product I have purchased from TPT.”*

Check out some photos that have been sent to me showing KinderMath in action!

*Building a classroom 100’s chart.*

*Now this is quite the math talk! 😉*

*Fill the hexagon fun!*

*These kiddos were having a blast counting their collections!*

I then consolidated all of my needed material for that unit {Unit 10} into a plastic craft box. You can view those HERE but they are also available at Walmart and Micheals.

Inside the box I have my small cards {labeled with the corresponding lesson}.

Along with the unit binder, student cards, and game mats…I have also thrown in the books that match that unit as well!

Below is a quick view explaining more about organizing the materials into a box!

Another option is to place all of the blackline masters into a binder. I purchased two 4 inch binders and was able to get all material into the binder for units 1-15!

I then labeled each unit so that I could quickly access each unit!

Again, if you would like to snag the units 50% off you can do so for a short time! Also, if you have any questions on KinderMath being the right fit for your classroom, please don’t hesitate to comment or email me directly at taradc87@hotmail.com!

Sara says

I purchased this awhile back and am starting it this week! I actually teach a HALF DAY pre-k program for students who are age appropriate for kinder but whose parents choose to wait a year (usually because they are young). Because of this I teach kinder standards but at a slower pace and will only choose bits and pieces of each lesson. My question is can these be taught out of order with the same effectiveness??????

Anonymous says

Yes! You can teach them out of order! It's possible you would have to change up a couple of things if you taught a unit from the very end close to beginning of the year! 🙂

Tara

Sara says

I started last week with Unit 10 and it is AWESOME!!! I do bits and pieces of each of your lessons everyday and then throw in some of my ideas!! I cannot thank you enough! I have spent countless hours and tons of money on stuff that just doesn't work or is way too complicated to make work. My math has always been a hodge podge of skills and although the students were learning there was no rhyme or reason to the order I taught. I am SO EXCITED to use these from the beginning next year! THANK YOU!

Parise Lewis says

Do you have a list of books that go along with each unit? Also, how long is the 50% off sale going on? My school will pay for this, but it is a little bit of a process.

Roberta Aston says

Do you have a list of the manipulatives you need to have to work with the Guided Math Program for kindergarten?

Parise Lewis says

Do you have a list of books that go along with each unit? Also, how long is the 50% off sale going on? My school will pay for this, but it is a little bit of a process.

Anonymous says

Hi there! 🙂 Here is the book list and this price will be good through back to school time!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx1AOaFfg51BSGZLQUVPSm55XzQ/view?usp=sharing

Tara

Melanie Hunsaker says

Do you have your KinderMath and Guided Reading bundled together or are they only sold separately?

Anonymous says

They are separate! Sorry about that 🙁

Tara

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Candace Colschen says

I know that you mentioned you could match up the standards to what your district/state uses. I was wondering if anyone has asked if you have written any bundles with the TEKS. Do you know of something that matches the Common Core Standards with other state standards? Is the standards written on each of the pages? We aren't able to send anything home that has Common Core on it. This looks AMAZING and I would love to be able to use it as I start my first year teaching kindergarten.

Anonymous says

Hey there Candace! There are standards but only on the teacher lesson plan! Those are also editable where you can type in your own 🙂 Are you in my facebook group? There are several teachers from Texas and they've linked the units to TEKS!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1626842277561543/

🙂 Tara

Beckycbthrives says

Please tell me you have something this amazing for 1st grade! 🙂

Anonymous says

GREAT QUESTION and…. YES! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FirstieMath-Curriculum-GROWING-BUNDLE-2603883

vickyw3545 says

I just bought your K math bundle to use this upcoming school year! Can you tell me more about how you set up your partners? Are they matched by ability or by high to low? What do you do if you have an odd number of students, or if a student is absent? How often (or when) do you change up the partners? Sorry for asking so many questions, but for some reason, I always have trouble partnering up students!

Anonymous says

Hi there! Yes I match my math partners with high-medium high… and low-medium low! If I have an odd number then I have a group make a triangle. My kiddos always work with that same partner unless for some reason I have to change them! 🙂

Tara

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Keli Culver says

I believe I saw that you have a document that shows how your math curriculum is aligned to EngageNY. If so, would you mind directing me to find it?

Tara says

Yes, a teacher created it 🙂 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx1AOaFfg51BTXo0TGVjZE9YdFE/view?usp=sharing

Ren says

Is there a similar document aligning FirstieMath to Engage NY?

Tara says

No so sorry! Teachers will share those with me but I don’t have one for FirstieMath! Thanks!

Jess says

How does this align with enVision Math or with Fl Standards? Any ideas?

Thanks.

Tara says

A teacher made a crosswalk with Envisions! https://goo.gl/TL7WkW

Amancia says

Hello,

I am homeschooling my son. Is this program good for a kindergartener who is starting homeschooling mid-year?

Thank you,

Tara says

Hi there! This program will work for homeschool 🙂 I also have this program that you might be more interested in! It has a lot more included!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Guided-Math-Curriculum-4002522

Brittnie Smith says

Hi, I’ve tried to be added into the facebook group so that I can figure out how to align Kindermath with the TEKS. I haven’t been accepted yet. Is there any way I can find out what units to teach when?

Tara says

Hi there! You can also email me for the doc at littlemindsatworkLLC@gmail.com Thanks!