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Daily Math Routines

I know it's the end of the year, and we're all tired.  Or at least I am!  But I've been meaning to post about my daily math routine for my Kindergarten students for awhile and never got around to it.  So maybe it'll give some inspiration for next year or at least I can come look back at this and remember what I did!  ;)

Since I teach students with disabilities, I have learned (the hard way) that they often need constant review and repeated practice otherwise they seem to forget everything!  If I had a typical classroom, I would probably do a lot of math review during calendar, but I don't have that opportunity.  I spend about 20 minutes of math block doing review.  I know that's a big chunk of time, but it's soooo needed.

A few weeks ago, I stopped going over 2D and 3D shapes everyday, because I just KNEW my kids had it!  Sure enough, my kids forgot their shapes.  That cemented it for me that the daily review was essential.  If my students benefit from this type of review, maybe some of your struggling students will also benefit.

We always start with a quick review of 2D and 3D shapes.

Then we move onto identifying how many on 10 frames and how many more do we need to make 10.

We're still practicing identifying numbers up to 30.  This has been pretty tough for my kids.  Even though we practice this every day, many of my students till make mistakes identifying numbers in the teens and 20s.  We go through the cards and then play Number Zap! for 2 minutes.  You can read about the Sight Word Zap! game {here and get a freebie}.

My kids LOVE the Zap! game and never get tired of it.  Plus, I like that it requires my students to be able to identify the number correctly and quickly while playing.  At some point, I should probably make a cute Zap! game but these flash cards work just as well.

We practice counting to 100, counting by 5s, and counting by 10s with these AWESOME free Math Mats by F is for First Grade.  Look at this tracking!  Oh it makes my heart so happy.  Having a visual in front of my students as they count has REALLY improved their rote counting skills.

Everyday, we practice writing our numbers.  A few weeks ago, I came across a fabulous way to differentiate number writing for my students and get some daily practice.  These Number Writing Fluency Books  by Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business have been super helpful for my students.

I started using these booklets in April and started everyone on the writing to 10 book.  Out of my 5 students, I have 2 who are now working on the 50 book, 2 who are working on the 20 book, and 1 still on the 10 book.  I don't let them move to the next book until they can write the numbers on the blank page without any reversals or looking at the completed chart for help.

So that's it.  It's not really groundbreaking, but this has helped my students remember some of these rote memory skills and increased their learning.  

Do you have any tricks for getting daily review in?


  1. I love this post! It sounds like you are doing exactly what's needed for your students. :-) I will have to remember this for the next school year. This is just one thing I do, but I like to try and integrate things as much as possible. It allows the students to see and hear about something their learning several times throughout the day. I guess I know what I'll be blogging about in the future.

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