Are your math centers meaningful yet engaging and fun? Do you need ideas and help for setting up Purposeful Math Centers For Little Learners? Keep reading for intentional math centers that have purpose and fun!!
Since educating little learners have changed over the years and research has shown that smaller groups are much more effective, centers have become the choice in academic instruction. How do you set up and prepare for math centers in an effective way? Here are a few of my ideas that have worked well in the Pre-K, K, and 1st Grade classrooms.
What Is A Math Center?
Math centers are a variety of activities that your students can practice in a small group, with partners, or as an individual activity. Having a certain area in your classroom designated as the math center is ideal. However, if space is limited, a bucket or tub will suffice. Just make sure the tub is labeled correctly and can be easily identified by young students.
Check out Blog Post “Printable Labels For Classroom Organization” for more information.
Go to “5 Ways to Use Lakeshore Classroom Supply Caddies” for bucket/bin ideas.
How Do Centers Work?
When it comes time in your daily schedule for centers, your small groups can go to different academic centers, such as math, literacy, etc.. Or you can have your small groups practice separate activities from the same math station/center activities available. Either way works, but I prefer to have all students practice math at the same time. The small groups or partners can practice with the activity of your choice or you can also allow for the group or partners to choose. This student choice can help with group cooperation and teamwork.
See post “Kindergarten Daily Academic Schedule” for more on schedules.
Activities For Math Centers
Math center activities can be changed weekly or monthly. Having a variety of skills your little learners are working on allows for many opportunities to practice these skills. However, having some activities that are little more advanced allows for those who excel in math, to practice the more advanced skills.
Counting Jars **FREEBIE**
Go to Post “Counting Jars Activity + FREEBIE” for more on this fun and free math center activity.
Click here to see more about this amazing math center activity for your little learners. “Tumbling Towers Jenga Games for the Classroom“
Test Tube Math **FREEBIE**
Check out blog “Test Tube Math” for more on this fun fine motor activity for math centers.
Click here for more fun with “Subtraction Bowling FREEBIE“.
Monthly Themed Math Center Activities
Monthly themed activities make math centers much more fun and engaging and yet purposeful and meaningful for your little learners.
Seasonal Math Activities
Fall Autumn Literacy and Math Activities Bundle | Letter ID | Numbers | Labeling$5.00
Winter Math Counting 10 & 20 Frames Activity for Kindergarten$3.00
Apple Literacy and Math Activities Bundle | Letter ID | Numbers | Labeling$5.00
Gingerbread Ten Frames – 10, 20, 30 Frames – K.CC.1-4 Counting & Numeral Writing$3.00
Gingerbread Making 10 with Objects – K.OA.4 – Kindergarten Math$2.00
Pumpkin Pie Number Representations Game | November Thanksgiving | Math 1-10$3.00
Are you looking for more manipulative and math supplies?
Go to post “Editable Interactive Math Activities For Kindergarten” for more math activities for your little learners.
All of the above activities and resources can be found on my TPT store as well.