It is said that nothing is more vital to a child’s education than the three “Rs” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is not surprising that the education system has caught on to this wisdom, and that kids now learn math in Kindergarten. As a matter of fact, there are very few Kindergarten classes left that do not include a thorough math curriculum.
Yet how do children who are still trying to tie their shoes and differentiate left from right manage to learn math at such young ages? After all, a lot of these concepts do not come naturally, such as language skills, but must indeed be taught since they contain manmade thought patterns, such as the semi-arbitrary division of time. To this end, early childhood educators have devised a large number of tools that help Kindergarten teachers to help their young students become familiar with the most basic concepts that will later on enable them to learn math quickly and easily.
If you consider the Kindergarten class as the ground zero of math development, you will quickly understand why its curriculum is so vital to the success of the child in the higher grades when she or he must learn math by the book to obtain good grades. In Kindergarten, children are first introduced to counting numbers all the way up to ten, and then to twenty. Additionally concepts, such as “more” and “fewer” are introduced. Simple addition, such as one plus one, takes place to help a child understand that there is a process referred to as addition and also that it always means “more” while the concept referred to as subtraction always means “fewer.” These early concepts are repeated day in and day out so that their basic nature will become second nature to the children as they learn to see their world through the eyes of math and interact with different concepts in the classroom and at home that validate these concepts.