I'm so excited! I have FINALLY finished my Kindergarten Math Problem Solving prompts for the whole year!
I believe so strongly in teaching math through problem solving. I've been doing it for 8 years now, and I am amazed every day by the things my kids accomplish.
Here's why I love Math Problem Solving:
Instead of standing at the front of the room and teaching my kids how to do math---step by boring step—I pose a problem. The kids work together and use their own strategies to solve that problem. It allows students to make sense of math and to build upon what they already know.
The students do the work. I only help them when they need help—and even then, I help “just enough”.
Kids love a challenge! And they learn best when they are challenged to do tasks that are just a little bit hard.
It empowers students.
It teaches them how to persevere when faced with difficult tasks and it builds their confidence when they succeed.
It teaches kids how to work together and communicate their ideas.
Kids learn much better from each other than they do from us.
Math time in my classroom is hands-down one of the favorite parts of our day.
Here's a sneak peak at each of my Problem-Solving Prompts packages:
In this package, students learn HOW to problem-solve--how to use their notebooks and math tools; how to share their thinking; and how to record their solutions. They also practice counting, explore 2-D shapes and do some beginning addition and subtraction.
In this package, students explore addition and subtraction some more, classify and count, compare numbers, explore numbers to 20, and do a lot of measuring (length and weight).
In this package, students learn what the +, - and = signs mean and how to use them correctly. They also explore both 2-D and 3-D shapes.
In this package, students practice composing and decomposing numbers (including teen numbers), making 10, and using all the skills they've learned to solve a variety of challenging problems.
You can purchase each package of prompts individually or buy them in a bundle and save $4.
I hope this post has encouraged you to try a little Math Problem Solving in your kindergarten classroom this year! Comment below if you have any questions!