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Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics

  1. Does Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics come in more than one Edition?
    Yes, Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics is available in a Standards Edition and a Common Core Edition.

  2. Why are there two Editions of Earlybird Kindergarten?
    The Standards Edition was written to meet the Mathematics Contents Standards for California Public Schools, adopted by the California State Board of Education in 2007 for grade K. The Common Core Edition was released in 2014 with slight modifications to align with CCSS.

  3. What is available for each Edition of the Earlybird Kindergarten series?
    Earlybird Kindergarten Standards Edition is a series of two Textbooks, A and B. There are also Teacherís Guides and Activity Books for each of these books, a set of 10 big books, which are also available as small readers, 2 sets of picture cards, and posters for the classroom.

    The Common Core Edition includes Textbooks A and B, Activity Books A and B, and Teacher's Guides A and B. There are currently not Classroom Readers or Big Books aligned to the Common Core Edition.

  4. Can we use just the textbooks?
    Yes, the textbook has notes at the bottom of each page with suggestions for introducing and developing the concepts on each page. These suggestions are expanded on in the Teacherís Guides. For home use, the suggestions may have to be adapted, since they are classroom oriented.

  5. Are the textbooks consumable?
    Yes, the student can write in the textbook.

  6. What about the Standards Edition activity books and readers? Are they necessary?
    They are not required. The activity books follow the sequence in the textbook, and are designed to be used with the readers. The readers are based on well-known childrenís rhymes and stories. Each of the readers are used for two units. The back of each reader lists the units in the textbook they can be used with, and the first page of each unit in the textbook has a small picture of the reader that goes with that unit. For example, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep includes concepts on numbers to 5 (unit 2, textbook A) and number bonds (unit 13, textbook B). You would read the entire story to the child, and discuss the counting to 5 concepts when doing unit 2 in the textbook. Unit 2 in Activity Book A and unit 13 in Activity book B then have activities that follow from the reader, such as bags of wool to count or using cutouts of bags of wool to show different ways to make 7. There are lessons plans for the readers and the activity books in the Teacherís Guides for Earlybird Kindergarten that extend the material, but the readers and activity books could be used without the teacherís guide.

  7. Can the Activity Books be used without the readers?
    Yes, they can. The activities are based on the stories in the readers, but the stories are based on well-known children's rhymes and fables, and the exact adapted story in the reader is not required for the activity pages.

  8. Are there any other supplements?
    Essential Math can be used to supplement Earlybird Kindergarten. It follows the same sequence as the Standards Edition, even though the unit names are different. Instead of a unit on money, Essential Math has one on odd and even numbers and on fractions. It can also be used with Earlybird Kindergarten Common Core if the instructor takes care with sequence.

  9. Do you have sample pages and a list of contents?
    Yes, sample pages and contents are listed on the Contents_Sample tab of the product detail page of each title.

  10. Do you have a scope and sequence chart for this series?
    Yes. Please go to Scope and Sequence.

  11. What manipulatives can be used at home with Earlybird Kindergarten?
    Most of the materials used in this program are simple items from around the home, such as toys and dishes. If you donít have the specific items given in the suggested activities, it is easy to substitute other items. However, the following manipulatives would be useful to have on hand for Earlybird Kindergarten:
    a. Counters
    b. Multilink cubes
    c. Simple balance
    d. Number cards
    e. Geometric solids
    f. Clock with geared hands
    g. Optional (called for only once) Tangrams blocks


Essential Math Kindergarten

  1. What is Essential Math Kindergarten?

    Essential Math is a series of two books, A and B, written for the kindergarten student. It is adapted from the popular Essential Skills series to include the content standards of Californiaís State Board of Education adopted 1997 and to prepare students for Singaporeís Primary Mathematics curriculum.

  2. Is there a Teacherís Guide for this series?
    There is no separate teacherís guide, but there is material at the bottom of each page with suggestions for introducing the concepts concretely, and for follow-up activities. The suggestions are carefully designed to require a minimum of preparation, other than preparing numeral cards by writing numbers on index cards.

  3. Is Essential Math a stand-alone or a supplementary series?
    It can be used as either a stand-alone curriculum, or as a supplement to Earlybird Kindergarten Standards Edition. It follows the same sequence as the Earlybird Kindergarten Standards Edition, though the units are divided differently and have different names. It does have two units at the end covering odd/even numbers and fractions, which are not in the Earlybird Kindergarten Standards Edition, and does not have a unit on money.

  4. Do you have sample pages and a list of contents?
    Yes, sample pages and contents are listed on the Contents_Sample tab of the product detail page of each title.

  5. Can I use the Earlybird Readers and Activity Books with Essential Math?
    Yes. One reader, Humpty Dumpty, does cover counting money, which is not covered in Essential Math. Other than that, the same topics are covered. The back of the readers show the correlation with the topics in the Earlybird Mathematics, but it would be easy to determine the corresponding topics in Essential Math.

  6. What manipulatives are used with Essential Math?
    Most of the materials used in this program are simple items from around the home or classroom, such as toys and dishes. The following manipulatives would be useful to have on hand for Essential Math:
    a. Counters
    b. Multilink cubes
    c. Simple balance
    d. Number cards
    e. Geometric solids
    f. Clock with geared hands

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