Young Learners:   All About Math!

 

Ages:  4-6

Teacher:  Amber Buchele

Class Fee:   $230.  Can be split into 3 equal payments.   Price is for one quarter.

Materials Fee:  $35

 

HuckleBerry’s Young Learners program is a project based experience for early learners.   We understand that children learn best by doing, by investigating, and by having the freedom and support to learn at the rate that is comfortable for them.  At these ages, learning needs to be tactile, engaging, and highly differentiated.  HuckleBerry has been using our small class hands-on approach to learning since 2007, and we are excited to expand our offering to our youngest learners!

 

Our program will focus on social-emotional development and emotional intelligence, which includes fostering a positive sense of self, identifying emotions, initiating peer play, focusing attention, following rules, managing impulses, and resolving social conflict.

 

Our schedule for Young Learners classes:

9:00 - 9:30 - early drop off - open play on our beautiful playground!

9:30 - 11:15 - Our Reading & Reading Comprehension Class!

11:15 - 11:45 - Lunch time and Play time!

11:45 - 1:15 - Our Young Learners All About Math class!

1:15 - Pick Up

 

All About Math

Together we will learn & practice number sense up to 20, counting to 10, “how many?”, comparing groups, larger/smaller, adding or subtracting from equal groups to set up for greater than/less than, sort and classify objects, recognize patterns, identifying shapes, describing shapes, ordinals.

This math program focuses heavily on kinesthetic learning, from duck-duck-math to wolfie-wolf, the kids never stop moving or asking for more! We also learn new math concepts by asking our friend Paula for help. The series Counting with Paula is an excellent way to approach hard-to-grasp concepts such as addition, patterns, and spelling number words. There will be plenty of individual and group games, using dice, do-a-dot markers, and chalk.   There will always be a component of physical education and art in our classroom.

 

HuckleBerry’s Young Learners program is a project based experience for early learners. We understand that children learn best by doing, by investigating, and by having the freedom and support to learn at the rate that is comfortable for them. At these ages, learning needs to be tactile, engaging, and highly differentiated. HuckleBerry has been using our small class hands-on approach to learning since 2007, and we are excited to expand our offering to our youngest learners!

Our program will focus on social-emotional development and emotional intelligence, which includes fostering a positive sense of self, identifying emotions, initiating peer play, focusing attention, following rules, managing impulses, and resolving social conflict.

 

SPRING 2019:
Unit 1 – Comparing Numbers within 10. In the previous terms, your child has been comparing objects based on the attributes of size, height, length, and capacity. In this unit, your child will explore number order by comparing quantities in groups of objects. Developmentally, your child will move from needing to count objects to compare numbers to being able to compare numbers without seeing the amount of objects in the groups. The words we use to compare objects are important. Encourage your child to say, “Six is more than five,” rather than, “Six is bigger than five.”

Unit 2 – Numbers to 20. In previous units, the focus has been on understanding numbers to 10 which is the foundation for understanding place value in our base-10 system of numeration. This unit will extend that understanding to numbers to 20. The teen numbers are often confusing. For that reason, numbers above 10 will be introduced as 10 and some more. Thirteen, for example, is 10 and 3 more. By looking at numbers this way, your child’s understanding of place value will deepen. In future grades your child will learn to apply that understanding to solve problems with larger numbers. If your child knows that 6 ones and 8 ones is 14 ones, then they can apply that when adding 6 tens and 8 tens, 6 hundreds and 8 hundreds, and so on.

Unit 3 – Number Bonds. In this unit, your child will begin to use a number bond to represent a number and the parts that make it. A number bond can be drawn on paper with two or more parts that are connected to a whole. It can take on many forms, but is most often represented in Kindergarten as a set of three circles. Your child will begin by representing a number and its parts on a number bond using counters or other objects and then progress to using numbers. The order of the parts in a number bond does not matter as 3 and 2 make 5 can also be represented as 2 and 3 make 5. In this unit, addition will be explained using, “_____ and _____ make _____ . “

Unit 4 – Compose and Decompose. In Unit 4, all the language used will be informal. There will be a lot of hands-on work in creating sets of objects and joining them to find how many in all, or altogether. There will also be a lot of hands-on work in starting with a set and removing a part of it to find what is left. One of the things we will be doing in this unit is making up number stories (either composing or decomposing) after looking at pictures in the textbook. The ability to create a number story from a picture is a demonstration that the student understands the concept.

Unit 5 – Time and Money.
Time: your child will learn to tell time to the hour on both an analog and digital clock. It is becoming rare to see analog clocks in our world today, so often children find it challenging to read them. The focus will be on understanding that analog clocks have an hour hand, the shorter one, and a minute hand, the longer one. When the minute hand points to the twelve, we are telling time to the hour. Encourage your child to start noticing the time. What time does he wake up? What time do you leave for school? What time does he go to bed? Your child may be curious about how to tell time on an analog clock when it is not on the hour. Developmentally, your child may only be able to understand time to the hour at first. You can encourage him to notice that it is a little past or before the hour. For example, an analog clock that show 8:42, might be read as, “It is almost 9 o’clock.”
Money : your child will learn to identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Counting coins is a great way to apply many of the concepts taught this school year. Your child can compare the values of money up to 100 cents, count by five and ten, and count on to find the value of a group of coins. Your child will be practicing place value by counting dimes and pennies.

 

Winter 2019

Unit 1 – Ordinal Numbers. Your child will use those skills in learning the ordinal numbers “first,” “second,” “third,” “fourth,” and “fifth.” The children will be learning that the order in which people or objects are facing in a line determines their position in the line. Week 2 we will do show and tell, bring in your favorite animal! We will line our stuffed animals up and discuss the position they are in the line.

Unit 2 – Shapes and Solids. Your child will be given opportunities to describe these solids and compare them to other solids We will be discussing curved and flat faces and corners. Your child will be seeing which of the solids they are studying roll well, and discussing why. They will also learn that a cube is a special type of a rectangular prism.

Unit 3 – Compare Sets. In this unit, we will begin to compare small sets of objects to decide which set has more, and which set has fewer.

Unit 4 – Compose and Decompose. There will be a lot of hands-on work in creating sets of objects and joining them to find how many in all, or altogether. There will also be a lot of hands-on work in starting with a set and removing a part of it to find what is left.

Unit 5 – Explore Addition and Subtraction. In Unit 4, students were introduced to composing and decomposing in a very informal manner. In this chapter, students will continue to practice the skills from Unit 4, using similar and different hands-on materials and pictures in order to deepen the level of understanding.

 

Spring 2019

Unit 1 – Comparing Numbers within 10. Your child will explore number order by comparing quantities in groups of objects. Developmentally, your child will move from needing to count objects to compare numbers to being able to compare numbers without seeing the amount of objects in the groups.

Unit 2 – Numbers to 20. 

Unit 3 – Number Bonds. 

Unit 4 – Numbers to 100.

Unit 5 – Time and Money.