Kindergarten Mathematics Program
The Sterling Hall School uses the Singapore Math approach as a basis for its curriculum and students in Kindergarten are introduced to this teaching method. The curriculum is designed to connect math to a wide variety of learners and its framework focuses on an in-depth understanding of foundational math skills with a special emphasis on number sense. Singapore’s three step learning model of concrete, followed by visual representation, followed by the more abstract (questioning and solving written equations) has become a finely tuned method for math learning in many educational jurisdictions worldwide.
In Kindergarten, there is a focus on building mathematical knowledge and language through both concrete experiences and discussion. Students work through concepts developmentally to build an understanding in all five strands of mathematics (number sense, patterning/algebra, measurement, data management/probability and geometry). The boys are given daily opportunities to explore a variety of mathematical materials in their own way, in addition to directed explorations. The directed tasks include game-based learning, open-ended exploration, problem solving and independent work.
Students work in small groups to allow teachers to create differentiated instruction for a variety of learners and shared learning experiences. We want our students to discover that math is everywhere! Students engage in weekly Look-and-Talks to teach math concepts and skills through illustrations and stories. These illustrations inspire children to create and share their own math stories during class discussions.