Mathematics begins right away with lots of counting. Through rhythmic exercises such as clapping, stepping, marching, and jumping, students make their way from 0 to 100 and back again on a regular basis. The multiplication tables are introduced in this way and together the class can “count by” 2, 3, 5 and 10 with ease. Students also play games that help them identify what comes before and after different numbers, and the difference between even and odd. Students may encounter the characters of King Peter Plus, Queen Mary Minus, and their advisors Martha Multiplier and Duke Divide. The qualities of these characters root the four processes ( +, -, x, ÷) in students’ memories in an imaginative and colorful way. Stories about these characters and their work in the kingdom of numbers give students plenty of opportunities to write number sentences and practice math computation skills.

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