Kindergarten Number Sense Outcomes
1.1: count in a variety of ways
1.2: explore a variety of physical representations of numbers 1-10
1.3: count to determine the number in a group
1.4: create sets of a given number
1.5: show a given number as two parts concretely and name the two parts
1.6: determine which group has more, which has less, or which are equivalent
1.7: use symbols to represent numbers in a variety of meaningful ways
While our understanding of number sense begins at birth, when we count our baby's fingers and toes out loud (1:1 correspondence), as Kindergarteners, we are still in the early learning stages of number sense. With this in mind, we attempt to make our learning as holistic and realistic as possible. So we sing songs, we use concrete objects. It's a very hands on, brain on, learning process, but one that will take us a long way in understanding numbers.
Teaching and reinforcing number sense in the classroom is always embedded into our daily routine. From singing songs, to predicting how many people are present and absent, to playing a game, to reading stories, to our "Countdown to 5/10" at the end of the day, we are constantly exposed to number sense. It's through these real life experiences that we truly begin to see that numbers do make sense in our everyday life. By using routines to reinforce number sense, we allow the students to make their own connections, and when they can make their own connections, the learning is more authentic. If it's through our life experiences that we learn, then how much more important is it that our teaching give our students life experience?