Academic journal article Science and Children

Most Kindergarten Math Is Old News to Students

Academic journal article Science and Children

Most Kindergarten Math Is Old News to Students

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Kindergarten teachers report spending much of their math instructional time teaching students basic counting skills and how to recognize geometric shapes--skills the students have already mastered before ever setting foot in the kindergarten classroom, recent research finds. The findings reveal a misalignment between what the students are being taught and what they already know.

"This study is one of the first to raise the question: Is the content that teachers report teaching in kindergarten meeting the needs of the majority of their students?" Mimi Engel, assistant professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt's Peabody College and lead author of the study, said.

"We looked at the data [from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort or ECLS-K], immersed ourselves in the literature, and we saw that it's been well-documented that the vast majority of kids can count once they start kindergarten," she continued. "About 95% of kids have mastered basic number skills--the numbers 1 through 10--both the language of counting and one-to-one correspondence. We also noticed that teachers spend a lot of time on these basic skills."

The study showed that the vast majority of students had mastered basic counting and shapes by the fall of kindergarten. In contrast, very few had mastered simple addition and subtraction. …

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