Finding a Focus for Early Numeracy

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

As teachers, we struggle with too much to teach and too little time.  That’s why it is increasingly important that we get the most bang for our instructional buck.  I attended a professional development session today, and three things the presenter mentioned stuck in my head:

1.  The lack of fact fluency is the number 1 reason kids start to fall behind in math.

2. The two key goals of Kindergarten math are learning how numbers correspond to quantity and putting numbers together and taking them apart (composing and decomposing numbers).

3. Students should automatically look at facts to 10 based on their understanding of 5.  Facts over 10 should be based on their understanding of 10.

I made a little card sort activity that helps students recognize and practice combinations for 5.  click on the picture below to download it.  I hope you enjoy this Friday Freebie!  If you’re looking for another activity to help children learn to compose and decompose numbers, try Composing and Decomposing Numbers with Dot Cards or Number Bond Flashcards at my TPT store.


  1. Amy B

    This is great too!!!!! I like the sort concept!!!
    Thanks as always!
    Amy Burton

  2. Christy's Kinders

    Your links aren’t connecting to dot cards and number bond flashcards. I’m going to try to find them another way. I’m seriously intrigued.

    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks for letting me know! I had changed the names of the products, and I didn’t realize it changed the link. They’re good to go now.

  3. Wystie Edwards

    Thank you for sharing. What is your favorite math resource for Kinder?

  4. Sandi MacDougall

    Thanks, Donna.


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