Do you know what your child needs to learn while they’re in kindergarten (or early years)?
Counting to 100, letter sounds, sight words…. what else?
I really had no idea at first. Then I started doing research.
While I trusted my children’s teachers to give them the very best education, I needed to know for my own comfort whether my kids were learning what they needed to learn.
My research landed on the Common Core Standards. And, while our state (Minnesota) is not one of the states that adopted the standards, I do know that ours are very, very close. They helped guide my way as we’ve navigated the school system over the years.
So, let’s start at the very beginning. What does your kindergartner need to know?
I’ll go through the standards one by one and give you fun hands-on learning ideas to go along with them.
Here’s the first math standard on the list:
STANDARD K.CC.1 – Count to 100 by ones and tens.
This one’s simple. They need to learn counting to 100 both by ones and skip counting by tens.
There are approximately 1 million ways to learn this skill. (Okay, 1 million may be an exaggeration,but there are still a lot of ways!) Choose activities that best suit your child. Try one of these ideas for practice at home.
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Learn by Moving
1,2,3 Counting Maze – Take this preschool activity from Hands-On as We Grow and expand on it for your kindergartner. Make a big maze all the way to 100 or practice chunks that your child may be struggling with (for example 60-80). No matter what, it’s a fun way to learn outside.
Counting Walk – This is another preschool activity found at Creative Family Fun that can be adapted to help kindergartners work on counting to 100. Instead of counting mailboxes, try to count the leaves on a tree. You can even count your steps until you reach 100.
Go on a Counting Scavenger Hunt – Search for all the number from 1 to 100 and put them in order with this fun scavenger hunt, which includes printable numbers, from Creekside Learning.
100 Cup Challenge – Can you make a tower with 100 cups? Knock it down (grab the Nerf guns for this part) and build it up again. Make sure you practice counting to 100 while you’re having fun with this activity from Busy Kids, Happy Mom.
Exercise Your Fine Motor Skills
Paper Clip Math – Use this fun idea with paper clips from Sugar Aunts to practice counting. It’s perfect for kids who need some extra fine motor practice.
Count Small Objects – Choose one of more of these objects and practice counting. For additional fine motor practice, move the items in and out of a container while you’re counting.
100 Puzzle – Make a simple DIY hundred puzzle. It’s easy and a fun way to practice over and over again. Scroll down to the middle of this post from Miss Giraffe’s Class to find out how to make one.
Learn with a Hundred Chart
The Basics – Why are we using a hundred chart? Check this post out at Creative Family Fun for a primer on the hundred chart. Plus, you can find a printable hundred chart you can use in many activities.
LEGO Hundred Chart – Check out this post at Stir the Wonder to find out how to make your own LEGO Hundred Board. During the building process, you’ll learn to put the numbers in order from 1 – 100. The best part is you can use this as a puzzle and build it again and again.
Can You Paint 100 Colors? – Combine math and art with this lovely idea from NurtureStore. Create your colorful hundred chard and use it for many activities.
Rainbow Math Popsicle Stick Hundred Chart – Go to Sugar Aunts to find out how to make this colorful tool that will help you with both counting by ones and by tens.
Wacky Mixed Up Hundred Chart – Can you put the hundred chart back together? Practice your counting skills while you solve this puzzle inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, Wacky Wednesday.
Hundred Chart Missing Number Game – Guess which number is hidden with this simple hundred chart game.
You can find even more fun ideas at this post, Fun Hundred Chart Ideas and Activities.
Read a Counting Book
I love that there are great books that will reinforce math skills. Here are some fun choices for counting to 100.
Counting to 100 by Tens
Sidewalk Chalk Skip Counting – Learn to play Skip Counting Hopscotch and Skip Counting Rings at Playdough to Plato. Both can be easily adapted for counting by 10.
Skip Counting Bookmarks – Keep a bookmark handy to review your skip counting by tens facts. 3 Dinosaurs has a printable set of all the skip counting facts and you can easily print out the ones you need.
Skip Counting by 10 with Bottle Caps – Use pony beads and bottle caps to make a visual representative of 100 with this idea from Creative Family Fun. This is a great way to learn skip counting and also works fine motor skills.
Count to 100 Basketball Game – You can find this fun sports-themed printable game at A Little Pinch of Perfect. You’ll count up to 100 using groups of ten.
Even if you’re not working under the Common Core standards, these ideas are great for any child that master the skill of counting to 100.
Pick your favorites and have fun while you practice at home.
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