If you are beginning the 2020-2021 school year remotely, the good news is that you have time to prep and prepare this time around! Digital resources are great, and there is definitely a need for them now. However, digital cannot replace the importance of pencil and paper activities for our youngest learners who NEED to work on handwriting and fine motor skills. Dragging and dropping and swiping right will not help our kindergarten students strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the hands, which is necessary for writing and proper pencil grip. For this reason, I am planning on prepping packets and papers to send home so that my students have the hands-on practice.
I have bundled and discounted several of my math resources that teachers around the world have used in their classrooms! These activities may be printed and sent home as paper packets or combined into a binder. If you are doing synchronous online instruction, your students may complete the activities with you on your Google Meet or Zoom sessions. I used several of these activities for Google Meets last spring.
In this post, I will show you 10 ideas for Kindergarten Math Distance Learning.
10 Ideas for Kindergarten Math Distance Learning
1. Roll and Record
This math activity provides differentiated versions for your child to “Roll and Record.” You may play with one die and work on recording numbers 1 to 6. The more challenging option allows your learner to play with a set of dice by rolling, adding, and recording the sums. This activity is perfect for number writing, addition, and graphing.
2. Dice Addition
This activity is shown in the above photo. Student roll a set of dice and write the number sentence. I use this activity to teach a variety of addition strategies including counting the dots and counting on from the larger number to find the sum.
3. Domino Math
My students love this one! They place the domino above the blank domino picture, color the dots to match, and write a number sentence. This is another great activity for reinforcing the addition strategies mentioned above. If you are homeschooling and do not have dominoes, you may simply draw the dots and have your child solve the problems.
4. Number Writing Mats
These can be printed and used in SO many ways. If you place them inside a plastic binder sleeve, you may use these pages as dry erase mats or Play-Doh mats. You may also print them and have your child paint or color the pages. My students love using these as a math center all year long!
5. Number Writing Books
The books are perfect for so many things – teaching proper number formation, introducing ten frames and tallies, using a number line, and more! Two books are included in my Math Bundle. The first is for numbers 1 to 10, and the second includes numbers 11 to 20.
6. Book of 100 Numbers
All of my kids need practice with number formation! This printable books includes 25 numbers per page for students to trace. I have my kids Rainbow Write the numbers using marker. The traceable font allows their little hands to gain memory of how to properly write their numbers. Reversing numbers is quite common at this age, so the more practice the better!
7. Shoe Measuring Investigation
This is a fun one for the classroom or for distance learning. It was originally designed to be used with cubes as measuring tools, but homeschooling parents can again improvise with whatever materials you have at home!
8. Toss the Chips
This math investigation focuses on number decomposition for numbers five through ten. Children toss red and yellow chips, record what they tossed, and write a corresponding number sentence. Distance learners may easily substitute the colored math chips for coins and record “heads or tails” instead.
9. My Book of 2D Shapes
This is a great lesson on Geometry. Students trace the shape word and record how many sides and vertices each shape has.
10. Tile Arrangement Books
Students build and color tile arrangements. Then, they write a corresponding number sentence. Once again, homeschooling parents do not need the tiles to complete this activity. Students may simply color a tile arrangement using the number of tiles listed at the top of the page. This activity is also great for number composition and decomposition, addition, and number writing.
If you are interested in learning more about Kindergarten Distance Learning Writing Resources, CLICK HERE!
Above all, I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this time. Hopefully, we will be returning to school and regain a sense of normalcy.