Now I know that the ‘sisters’ believe that students should have the choice to go to whatever station they want, but that kind of choice just doesn’t work for my students in kindergarten. So instead of them having the choice to go to a specific station, they get other choices within math stations such as who they play with or where they work and what materials they use.
Math by Myself can include a variety of activities such as Count, Color and Write Games, Self-Correcting Tens Frame Fun, Number Linking Activities and, my class favorite, Write the Room for Numbers.
For Math Writing, I usually have some kind of find motor or writing activity where students are practicing the mechanics of writing their numbers along with another skill that might complement the activity such as counting or counting on.
Math with Someone means lots of interactive activities. Sensory table sorting and games, number identification games like ‘Lost My Lunch,’ and number Yatta (This one is a freebie so make sure you click on the word YATTA to get the link to it) are just a few examples.
I wanted to give you an idea of the activities that would typically be found my math stations because, lets face it, if you’re like me, you need to see what it looks like. So below you will find my actual visual plans from last fall. These were my back to school math stations. These were the stations that laid the foundation for so many of the games and activities that the students would be using for the rest of the year.
To see how I started my year out with these math stations, check out my blog post from last fall by clicking on the picture above or HERE. It has a ton of details on getting your stations up and running.
If you’d like to know more about the math stations you saw in the pictures above, you can click HERE to see them. In all, I have over 13 different ‘Math Stations Galore‘ packets. There are plenty from which to choose.
Now make sure you check out these other great bloggers and their take on Chapter 8.
Emma Goliff says
This is an excellent post! Thank you for sharing your thought process. I really appreciate it!
Jessica Fredrickson says
What a great post Marsha! My kinders and I loved your math stations last year. Thanks for breaking everything down so clearly, it’s a big help. Happy 4th!
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Sneaker Teacher says
Wow! This is awesome! So much to take in, but something I will definitely explore more! Thanks for posting about this!
Jennifer White says
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Amanda D! says
This is just what I needed! My yearly goal for next year is to use math stations in a predictable routine, and you’ve given me a lot of ideas of how to organize them and get them running (the 2 hardest parts!). Thanks for your post and for linking with other bloggers on the same topic. Very helpful!
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Donna Boucher says
This is phenomenal! I’m sharing this post on my new #TrendingInMath feature tomorrow! 🙂
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Marsha McGuire says
Thanks for your kind words Donna!
Amy Derby says
This is wonderfully written and thorough. Thank you. I have this page bookmarked so I can reference it as I begin this new Daily Math adventure. 🙂 I already have the Back to School Math Stations Galore in my TPT cart… (Along with the Word Work one.) Love your creations! Thanks!
Marie Pendergast says
Thank you for sharing your ideas and photos! It is truly helpful. Looking forward to fine tuning my math workstations!
nancy john says
Kindergarten is such a fun year for writing and reading progress. I wish I would have saved more samples from my years of teaching over the years as each kid has such a unique style!
Did you create the book the kids are writing in when you discuss Math Writing? It has community helpers on it and numbers – did you create this? Is it on your TPT store? Thanks so much!
Yes, it is my product. It is part of my Community Helpers Math Stations Packet. You can find it here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Community-Helpers-Math-Stations-Galore-13-Differentiated-and-Aligned-Activities-827314
Let me know if you have an other questions.
Jamey DiFonzo says
I am thankful for this post. I really want to incorporate math stations into my classroom this coming school year!
Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in anyway.
Thanks for sharing!! I am new to teaching kindergarten and can’t wait to try this!! What do you typically have kids who finish their station early do?
It doesn’t happen. If they complete a recording sheet, it’s usually laminated so they do it again or if they can always join another station who is missing a fourth person.
Suzanne Awtrey says
Thank you, Marsha! I learned so much from your blog last year when I found myself back in kinder again…loving it! This year it is my goal to implement Math Daily 3 and your post is so clear and helpful…you rock, girl!!
My math stations aren’t exactly Math Daily 3, but it’s the same components for sure. I love the ability to give my students tons and tons of practice using math concepts and this works great.
Fiona Fry says
Thank you for your wonderful ideas. I too am going to implement Daily 3 as well as Daily 5 into Prep. Just wondering if you have the Daily 3 posters: Math by Myself; Math Writing and Math with Someone?