Our instructional time throughout the course of this school year will focus on four critical areas of mathematical thinking:
- Developing understanding of addition, subtraction and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20. (Students develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers based on their prior work with small numbers.)
- Developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value including tens and ones. (Students develop, discuss and use efficient accurate methods to add within 100 and subtract multiples of 10.)
- Developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units. (Students develop an understanding of the meaning and process of measurement.)
- Reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes. (Students compose and decompose plane or solid figures and build understanding of part-whole relationships as well as the properties of the original and composite shapes.)
The most important factor parents can add to this mix is to believe in our students. All students can think and make sense of math. By expecting students to engage with mathematical problems even when it is hard, we demonstrate to them our belief in their ability to be mathematicians.