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MY CHILD IN SCHOOL

MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

There are three areas, or “strands”, in Kindergarten math.

In the **Number** strand, kindergarten children can count from 1 to 30 and backward from 10 to 1. They are able to say how many objects there are in a group of up to 10 objects, in different ways such as counting, comparing, describing, etc. Students are able to recognize groups of 1 to 6 objects arranged in a familiar.

In the **Patterns and Relationship** strand, children recognize and make patterns using objects, sounds and actions.

In the **Shape and Space** strand, children sort and build 3-D objects.

In order to achieve lifelong learning in mathematics, children:

- communicate what they are thinking and learning;
- connect math to everyday situations and other subjects;
- estimate and use mental math strategies;
- learn through problem solving;
- reason and explain their thinking;
- use technology to enhance their learning;
- use visual images (think in pictures) to describe their thinking.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the mathematics curriculum documents

The teacher will assess your child’s progress in the areas described in the WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING tab.

The reports you receive from the school help you to support your child’s learning. You can use them to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.

**Helping Your Child Learn Math: A Parent’s Guide**

This guide offers suggestions of hands-on activities that promote problem solving, communication, and links to daily life to help develop your child's math skills and understanding.

**Early Years Mathematics Activities and Games**

These games and activities, presented in MS Word and Adobe PDF files, can be used at home.

**Numeracy At Home Newsletters**

Each newsletter offers a variety of interesting and challenging activities to support student thinking and learning of mathematics.

**Glossary**

**Here are some questions that are often asked about mathematics: **

If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask your child's teacher or use the comment form on the left of the page.

## What has changed in the new curriculum? |

## How can I stay informed about the revised mathematics program? |

## Will my child learn basic addition, subtraction and multiplication? |

## What do you mean by mental math and estimation? |

## What are mental math strategies? |

## How can I help my child with mental math and estimation? |

## What is meant by personal strategies? |

## What is meant by problem solving? |