I love teaching math! I especially love teaching math in small groups while the rest of the students are exploring and learning through math centers.
For the past few years I have worked at schools that use Eureka Math (formerly known as Engage NY). Eureka Math emphasizes conceptual understanding of math concepts. As a result I think it is a great curriculum to pair with math centers and exploration. I think math centers are a perfect time to incorporate play into the classroom.
Math Centers and Play:
Play has so many great benefits for students. They learn:
While math centers in my classroom are not quite as free as other play times, I believe that they still get many of the benefits of play while also strengthening their math knowledge.
I give students free choice to choose any of the math centers I put out. They are able to pick the one they most want to work on and as soon as they feel they have completed it they may move on to another one. Some students gravitate to the same centers over and over while others rotate more quickly, either way they are learning! Sometimes during small group learning we talk about how certain centers are practicing specific math concepts and that can sometimes guide their choices.
I give students choice in what center they do so it is important that the centers are aligned to the curriculum. I have created a set of math centers that are easy to prep and align to Eureka Math Module 1 for Kindergarten.
Module 1 is broken down into 8 topics. I made 3-4 centers per topic for a total of 25 centers. Each center is different but there are some common themes.
Check out the full collection of centers below. Scroll down to get a freebie of the two centers that align with Topic A!
Miriam taught kindergarten and first grade for 5+ years in New Orleans.