In Kindergarten and first grade the children learn a great deal of math just by doing calendar activities and counting the number of days that we have been in school. They learn what the date is, the terms today, tomorrow, yesterday, explore patterns, count forward from 1-100, backwards from 20-1, and count by 5’s and 10’s to 100. Now we have introduced calendar math which is a worksheet that the children must complete on their own using information from the calendar. They must write today’s date and year, tell what today, yesterday and tomorrow are, decide if today’s date is an even or odd day, write today’s date in tally marks and then tell today’s weather. The children love this activity because they get to use a clipboard and feel grown up and they also enjoy thinking and figuring out all of the answers. Take the calendar at your house and check to see if your child can tell you or show you:
- Today’s date
- The name of today
- The name of yesterday
- The name of tomorrow
- If today’s date is an even or odd number
- Today’s date using tally marks
While you are checking, ask your child to count to 100 by 5’s (needed for counting those tally marks) count to 100 by 10’s and then count backwards from 20-1. Your Kindergarten child who is almost a first grader SHOULD be able to do it all and if he/she can’t, it’s time to start practicing these skills before he/she gets to first grade. Once in first grade he/she will be expected to write down this information in a calendar math journal that is used every day.