Math is for Everyone, and so is KENS Math

KENS Math was developed under the principles of universal design for learners. This insightful approach makes the materials in KENS math flexible enough to accommodate different learning styles and needs, environments and age groups.

Whether you are looking for a program for the whole class, English learners, special needs students, children in need of intervention or a peer-assisted system, Kids’ Education for Number Sense provides solutions and approaches that you can integrate into the classroom.

Leveled Learning for Diverse Learners

Key to its flexibility is the leveled design of the KENS Math program. Teachers can use the program to differentiate instruction and provide the appropriate level of challenge for each student. In each level of the program, there are unique lesson plans geared toward achieving the goal of that level. Teachers should begin by using student achievement data and the KENS Math Assessment to determine when they introduce each level to each individual student. Each lesson plan includes a specific outline including the Goals, Vocabulary, Materials and Games to use during that level of instruction.

The program also includes a vibrant system for structured peer-assisted learning called Math Friends. Math Friends is a peer-based system designed to pair mixed ability partners to benefit both advanced and beginning learners. The Math Friend program is all about working together to develop good number sense while having fun and respecting each other. The system includes detailed guidance for instruction and an optional Math Friend record keeping system that students can use to track their progress.

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Data-based decision making is required of any response to intervention program. The KENS Math material includes the following elements to support data-based decision making and meeting the requirements of RTI.

  • Screening – KENS Math Assessment Test is a series of one-minute assessment tests that teachers use to determine the level at which to start each student and identify which students require increased practice and number sense skill building. You can download the KENS Math Assessment tool for free in the resources section of this website
  • Multi-leveled intervention – In each level of the program, there are different lesson plans geared toward achieving the goal of that level. Teachers begin by using student achievement data and the KENS Math Assessment to determine when they introduce each level to each individual student. Each lesson plan includes a specific outline including the Goals, Vocabulary, Materials and Games to use during that level of instruction. Download sample pages of leveled lesson plans in KENS Math Teacher’s Edition.
  • Progress Monitoring – The Teacher’s Edition lesson plans include important tools for establishing baseline levels, goal setting and charting the students’ advancement through each level of the program.

Special Needs

The KENS Math program is an excellent resource for special needs students who are eager to master abstract math ideas. The curriculum’s methodology engages the brain through “Go, Show & Tell” exercises that build number sense in a fun, hands-on way that appeals to special learners. In addition to its leveled lesson plans, KENS Math incorporates manipulatives in all of its lessons to engage the child’s visual and tactile skills in the learning experience.

  • Go – Students use visual memory to teach the brain to subitize or quickly identify number sets, a skill that has a direct correlation to later math success.
  • Show – Students engage in hands-on activities that teach an understanding of number combinations and number magnitude.
  • Tell – Students leverage their “go” and “show” learning and verbal memory to master traditional math equations.

English Learners

In line with the needs of young English Learners, the KENS Math program includes multiple methods of ongoing assessment that can be conducted in the student’s home language or in English. The Teacher’s Resource Masters also includes a Spanish language parent letter that introduces the concepts of KENS Math and explains how it will be used.

The initial evaluation tools – the KENS Math Assessment – helps the teacher determine at which level to start each student and to identify which students require increased practice and number sense skill building. Because the program is leveled, the student’s progress and mastery of number sense is evaluated frequently as they advance through each stage of the program. Students demonstrate their number sense improvement by their ability to complete one level of subitizing flash cards with no mistakes. As they master each level, they move onto the next level showing their subitizing skills are improving.

Similarly, students will show their progressive understanding of number magnitude by conquering more challenging number lines. A beginner starts with number lines labeled 1 – 5 and as the student’s knowledge increases the child moves on to 0 – 10 number lines, then to number lines by twos, 10’s, 20’s and so forth.