Students in Kindergarten, Grade One, and Grade Two must develop a sound understanding of number concepts to be successful mathematicians. Number Concepts are divided into four categories: word, quantity, symbol, and relationships.
- Word - Students need to know the number words appropriate for their age level. They need to use the words in the appropriate sequence, both counting forward and counting back.
- Quantity - Students should learn to demonstrate an understanding of quantity through appropriate object counting.
- Symbol - All school-aged students need to know how to identify and write age level appropriate numeral symbols.
Relationships - At the heart of the number concepts are the relationships:
1 or 2 more
1 or 2 less
part/part/ whole and place and value
These concepts are critical for students to develop in the primary years. Many math educators believe that the number concepts and in particular part/part/whole relationships are the foundation for number sense.
DMG believes that Operations are best presented to young students after the student has demonstrated a grade-level appropriate understanding of the number concepts beginning at kindergarten. DMG provides resources, information, and an assessment (DMA) to support student development in the following areas:
DMG provides resources, information, and an assessment (DMA) to support student development in number concepts, operations and other math concepts.
Check out Connect the Dots - our blog that highlights the different number concepts, operations and other math concepts with information and activities to support the development of each number concept.