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Early Childhood Math

Hands-on math lessons in our Early Childhood classrooms build curiosity about numbers and problem-solving.

Counting, Measuring, Building

Early childhood students begin to learn that math is all around them, not just in the classroom. Children work individually and in groups, as math concepts come alive in lessons that incorporate tangible items that foster many skills, including pattern making, counting, and problem-solving. As students move from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten, they take a look at more complex mathematical lessons.

While pre-kindergarten lays the foundation for math, kindergarteners begin to skip count, use math vocabulary, identify basic shapes, and understand addition and subtraction.


In pre-kindergarten, math lessons take place throughout the day, with a hands-on approach that builds on students’ existing curiosity and challenges them to solve problems.

In pre-kindergarten, students may:

  • Develop analytical thinking skills
  • Identify, name, and order whole numbers
  • Explore the principles of one-to-one correspondence
  • Quantify and count objects
  • Recognize patterns and sort by multiple attributes
  • Chart, estimate, and graph classroom experiences
  • Investigate size, shape, weight, and spatial sense
  • Construct mathematical relationships

Kindergarteners are active, resourceful learners who construct, modify, and integrate ideas by interacting with the physical world and with peers and adults.

In kindergarten, students may:

  • Learn the rules of counting, writing numbers, measuring, and comparing shapes and sizes
  • Begin to work on the concepts of addition and subtraction