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“The element that has been most effective is the small group atmosphere for KENS Math. It works together nicely with our guided math stations.” – Kindergarten Teacher at Calder Road Elementary – Dickinson ISD, Texas
A deeply rooted number sense lays the foundation for math success
Kids Education for Number Sense (KENS Math) is a supplementary curriculum focused on helping young learners develop a deeply rooted number sense that will lay the foundation for future math success. The program focuses on three main objectives:
The program is based on the most current classroom and brain-based research and helps increase the mathematics focus in early education.
The curriculum’s author, Dr. Ken Newbury, spent 11 years as an elementary school principal where he encountered too many third, fourth and fifth graders who struggled to comprehend simple math concepts and facts. Many students fell further behind as they advanced grade levels and struggled under the pressure to perform on state mandated tests. Dr. Newbury began using math assessments he designed based on currently available research to determine the number sense skills of his students and identifying children who need early intervention. Subsequently he began piloting developmentally appropriate activities, manipulatives and games that emphasized number sense development in the classroom. It was from that classroom research that Kids’ Education for Number Sense was born.
KENS Math takes a fresh approach to teaching subitizing, ordering, magnitude, composition, and decomposition. It weaves a variety of activities and teaching strategies together to provide a program that is engaging and fun for teachers and students. It is designed to be hands-on and easily adapted for the early education environment. Some examples of the activities and strategies included in KENS Math are:
The KENS Math Classroom Kit
The Kids’ Education for Number Sense classroom kit is an exciting and rewarding collection of manipulatives, games and leveled activities that give early education teachers the tools and the inspiration to teach number sense.
All of the materials in KENS Math are contained in a classroom box and have a colorful circus theme that engages students and makes math fun!
Individual components of the kit are also available on the Shop page.