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Teaching & Learning: Curriculum - Mathematics


Learning Essentials - Grade 1

A major emphasis at first grade is communicating, connecting, and representing mathematical ideas. While children learn to read numbers up to 100, they learn to add and subtract numbers less than 20. New concepts are introduced through manipulatives that provide a hands-on approach to representing numbers and problems. Students engage in interpreting and solving problems using their developing number sense. Our goal is to foster a love of math through their daily experiences both in the classroom and at home.

HABITS OF MIND: Every student will continue to:

  • learn to value mathematics
  • become confident with mathematics
  • become an active rather than a passive learner
  • be able to communicate mathematically
  • be able to reason mathematically


We have listed some activities that should be done at home to ensure a positive, successful math experience for your child in school. These activities can be dome in informal situations for only a few minutes at a time.

  • Repeatedly, play math games that are sent home.
  • Count/sort coins and determine their value.
  • Look for a specific numeral as you drive.
  • Make a daily schedule. Use a calendar, crossing off days as they pass.
  • Play board games and card games.
  • Select the correct number of utensils to set the table.
  • Divide a collection of raisins fairly.
  • Use an analog clock in your house and point out the time to the hour and half hour.
  • Read a math book.

Learn more about the Grade 1 Mathematics Curriculum.


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