Everything you need to know about Kindergarten Math with Confidence, my new homeschool math program! Samples, answers to frequently asked questions, a video, and more, to help you decide whether the program is a good fit for your family.
If you’re like most parents, you’ve probably never taught math before. Math may have not been your best subject in school, and the thought of teaching it may even make you feel a little anxious.
But don’t worry: If you can add 3 plus 5 and count to 100, you know everything you need to know to teach kindergarten math! And with my new kindergarten homeschool math program, I’m here to help you every step of the way.
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from my years of answering parents’ homeschool math questions and used it to make Kindergarten Math with Confidence as parent-friendly as possible. My hope is that the program will not only help your child learn math with confidence, but also empower you to teach math with confidence!
Here’s a snapshot of what’s included:
- Short, hands-on, and fun lessons
- Lots of games, pretend activities, and movement
- Complete coverage of all kindergarten math topics ( writing numbers, counting to 100, beginning addition and subtraction, shapes, measurement, time, money, and more)
- Open-and-go format so you can pick up the book and start teaching
- Friendly, approachable notes and tips that help you grow as a teacher
- Checkpoints at the end of each unit that help you decide whether to spend more time on the current unit or move on to the next one
- Fun (but optional) picture book recommendations and real-life extension activities to help your child enjoy and appreciate math
Below, you’ll find lots more info: a video description of the program, answers to common questions, samples, and pilot testers’ experiences with the program.
I hope that having all this info will help you feel well-informed and confident as you decide what program is best for your child. If you have any more questions, just add a comment below and I’ll make sure to respond.
Wishing you all the best in your teaching! Happy Kindergarten Math!
What’s the program’s format?
Kindergarten Math with Confidence is a complete kindergarten math program with two volumes: an instructor’s guide and a student workbook.
- The instructor’s guide is the core of the program, with conversational and hands-on activities and games that teach the key skills and concepts.
- The workbook provides one short workbook page each day so that your child practices his fine-motor skills and begins to understand that real objects can be represented with numbers on a page.
What’s the philosophy of the program? Is it mastery or spiral?
My goal is to help children become confident and capable in math, with a balance between deep conceptual understanding, fluency with fundamental skills, and enjoyable activities that help create a positive attitude towards math.
Deep conceptual understanding
You’ll focus on one concept at a time for several weeks so your child can build deep, connected knowledge of each new topic (also known as a mastery approach.) Each new lesson builds on the previous one so your child gradually develops thorough understanding and makes connections between concepts.
Fluency with essential skills
Children need lots of practice in order to master the basics. Kindergarten Math with Confidence provides daily review of core skills so your child fully learns this important material by the end of the year. (This is known as a spiral approach to review, because children periodically revisit topics, just as the curve of a spiral returns to the same point on a circle.)
Positive attitude and FUN
The lessons include games, movement, pretend activities, and lots of hands-on learning so your child enjoys and even looks forward to math time. I’ve also added weekly (optional) suggestions for picture books and math extension activities to provide a break from the daily routine and help your child appreciate how math is used in real life.
What’s a typical lesson look like?
The lessons are short and simple and take about 15 minutes from start to finish. Each lesson includes 3 parts:
- Review. Each lesson begins with a short review activity to practice key skills, review important concepts, and start the lesson on a positive note.
- Hands-on teaching. Next, you’ll teach your child a new concept or skill with hands-on, conversational activities. For example, you might make shapes out of straws, play a math card game, or have a tea party with two stuffed animals and compare how many cookies they have.
- Workbook. Last, your child will complete a short workbook page. In kindergarten, each page includes tracing a few numbers and practice with the new skill covered in the lesson.
Can I download a sample?
You bet! You’ll find the full introduction, scope and sequence, and materials list, plus a variety of lessons from across the year so that you get a good sense of the program as a whole.
How much does the program cost?
So many homeschool math programs are budget-busters! With Kindergarten Math with Confidence, I wanted to create a high-quality program that was also affordable.
I’m thrilled that Well-Trained Mind Press is able to offer the program at a cover price of just $48.95. (This includes both the instructor’s guide and full-color workbook.) Each retailer sets their own price, so you may even be able to find it for less.
I’ve also worked to keep manipulative costs low by using household items as much as possible–counters, coins, a clock, etc. The only specialized math material you’ll need is a set of pattern blocks, which you can buy online for about $10.
Is my child ready to start Kindergarten Math with Confidence?
Most children are ready to start Kindergarten Math with Confidence when they are 5 or 6 years old. Your child does not need to have used a formal preschool math program before starting, although it’s helpful if she has already learned to count to 10 and hold a pencil.
Will there be other grades? Is Math with Confidence a full series?
Yes! Math with Confidence will be a comprehensive kindergarten through sixth grade math curriculum once it’s complete. See this article for the release dates and more information on other grades.
Where can I buy Kindergarten Math with Confidence?
Digital copies (PDFs) are available only from Well-Trained Mind Press. But if at all possible, I recommend buying the print version, especially for the Student Workbook. That’s because color is an important part of the workbook—and color ink can be expensive!—so you’ll likely find it more cost-effective in in the long run to buy the print version.
For the Instructor Guide, the pdf version will work fine as long as you don’t mind reading off of a screen. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to print out some of the blackline masters in the Helpful Resources section at the back.