Kindergarten, Math, Push In Posters

Push In Posters for Early Mathematics


As students are playing and exploring mathematics there are times when teachers can step back, watch, and document the learning.  These moments allow teachers to assess the students understanding of the concepts and formulate ideas for future instruction.  At other times students may require teachers to “push in” to the conversations and explorations to support students in making connections, taking next steps, and engaging in mathematical conversations.  Pushing in may look like a teacher pulling up a chair and joining the group or placing a support in front of students to direct the conversations and the learning.   One tool for this support can be Push in Posters.  These posters can put beside students to help them assess vocabulary, or make a connection. What I like about using them is that the support right beside the learners and not across the room like a Math Wall may be.  To support your young mathematicians I have created Push In Posters for Number Recognition, Patterns, and Shapes in both English and French.  I hope that you find them helpful.

Number Push In Posters- English   French

Patterns and Shape Push in Posters- English   French

Kindergarten, Learning, number sense

Subitizing- More than Just Dots


Subitizing is the ability to quickly identify the number of items in a small set without counting.  To do this effectively students are required to “see” collections or groups as opposed to counting one at a time.  They need to see a configuration of objects and instantly know how many is there.  This skill requires practice and support.  The practice can come from things such as dot cards, ten frame cards etc.  In these cases students can be shown the card quickly and then asked the question “How many did you see?”  The support comes from the conversations that ensue.  As students are asked to articulate their thinking about what they saw and how it supported them in knowing “how many” their thinking grows.  As students hear from others how they “saw” the collection their thinking is supported.  

The value of subitizing with your students is considerable.  Research indicates that subitizing can play an important role in the development of mathematics skills including addition/subtraction, and multiplication/division.  It can also support students development in number sense and can serve as an indicator for student success in mathematics. 

Our curriculum has specific subitizing outcomes for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students.  However, the value of this work can extend well beyond the primary grades.  Subitizing activities can serve as a powerful warm up or Minds On activity to start a mathematics class at any level. 

To support you with subitizing with your young mathematicians check out these Subitizing Cards.   

Base Ten Blocks       Counting Fingers           Dot Cards          Tally Marks       Ten Frames