Kindergarten children love numbers. They are proud to tell you that they can count out loud to 100 or higher. They can even count items one at a time to almost 100. They can recognize the numbers to 31 or higher. However one task that they just have trouble with is dividing a group of objects in half. We work on this task almost every day and although they love to tell you about what is fair and what isn’t when splitting up a group, they just can’t grasp the idea of splitting a group into 2 even halves. Kindergartners can memorize facts such as 2=2=4, 3+3 =6, 4+4=8 and even 5+5=10 but that is only memorization and they cannot carry over this information into the real world. Try giving your child 10 objects and tell him/her that you want half of the objects and he/she can have the other half. He/she must divide the group into 2 equal groups but this is where the fun begins. Kindergartners struggle with the higher level thinking needed to divide into equal groups. If your child is unable to halve a group of 10, start with a lower number, 8, or 6 until your child understands the concept. If your child is able to halve a group of 10 objects, try 12 and so on. This is a good exercise that will develop higher level thinking skills.