I use these journals at the beginning of math groups with my kindergarteners. We take a few minutes to do one page of the journal, and then move on to our math lesson for the day. They help make sure that we continually work on all of the Kindergarten Common Core math skills while keeping the students engaged. Many number stories are included as this is such an important skill for kindergarteners. Starting with Journal 5, after the children have had more experience writing numbers and solving number stories, scaffolding for recording number sentences is included.
Each journal is 15 pages and covers a variety of standards from the Kindergarten Math Common Core. Journal Eleven, the Extension Journal, also contains 1st Grade Common Core Math Standards. The journals offer problems increasing in complexity as they progress through the levels. 15 pages in each month’s journal helps me make sure that we can complete each journal every month without rushing through problems. Some math days we do not begin with a journal page - we also do not always complete them in order. Pick and choose what pages best fit your students’ needs.
Although many schools begin in August, I’ve chosen to begin the journals with September. Waiting until the students have had more experience with counting and hands-on math activities helps them better understand the concepts in the math journals.