# Teaching Kindergarten Math During Student Teaching

Kindergarten is a time when most students are getting introduced to the idea of formal education. It sets the foundation for further learning. This includes building the students’ foundation for math. Teaching kindergarten math involves focusing on the basics while piquing their curiosity and allowing their love of learning to blossom. As such, here are some tips to consider when teaching kindergarten math.

## Plan Concrete Math Lessons

For 5-year-old students, math can be an abstract concept. When you’re explaining things, they will have a hard time understanding what you’re saying if they can’t see it and hold it. So what should you do?

Bring math to life! Allow students to use manipulatives, blocks, counters, Popsicle sticks, dry beans, or whatever else you have on hand. Use these objects to help students physically practice counting, adding, subtracting, and figuring out math problems.

## Take the Time

For most students, math concepts won’t be learned and understood after one lesson. It’s going to take some time and practice. Start with shorter lessons with structured activities. Then, you can slowly expand on the concept from there.

## Find Real-World Applications

High school students are notorious for asking questions like “when are we going to use this in the real world?” Although your kindergartners probably won’t ask this, they want and need to make connections to the real world. Talk to them about why math is important to them. How can counting help them at the grocery store with dad or mom? How could adding help them clean their room? Give them the math vocabulary they need and show them how to use it outside of the classroom.

## Assign Groups

Group work is great when teaching math concepts. It gives students the opportunity to learn from other students. It also allows you to work one-on-one with students or with smaller groups for guided math activities. Don’t forget to change groups regularly, so students get a chance to work with and learn from different students in the classroom.