Zearn Math helps Kindergarten students practice number sense concepts, such as counting and composing/decomposing numbers within 20. Zearn in Kindergarten is supplemental practice, preparing students for deeper elementary math as well as the comprehensive Zearn curriculum in later grades.
Each Kindergarten activity will remediate your students while they're working if they're struggling with a concept. They will then move on to the next activity, even if they struggled, as the subsequent activities will reinforce the material with which they struggled. Here are some tips to get started!
Incorporate Zearn into your math time
- Aim for students to use Zearn for 10-30 minutes per week
Zearn Math for Kindergarten consists solely of short, 5-10 minute activities to build and practice number sense concepts. To get through all the activities over the course of the year, students should aim to spend 10-30 minutes per week on Zearn for K.
Introduce your students to Zearn
- Model the first five activities
Complete the first activities as a class to show students what Zearn is like and build confidence with working digitally.
- Help your students enter their answers, login, and logout
Our youngest Zearners may not be familiar with technology. That's ok! Help students type their username and password using our login cards, and model how to enter and submit an answer on Zearn (finding the blue button is often a helpful hint!).
Encourage independent learning
- Zearn is about improving
Zearn is built to foster a growth mindset – that effort makes your brain bigger! Show students it’s not about the number they get right – it is about improving!
- Encourage students to try on their own first
Zearn is designed for students to go at their own pace and to learn from their mistakes. Support students to try first on their own before receiving help. Show them how to move through digital activities on their own.
Set up your classroom
- Set up each workstation
Students will need a device and headphones to use Zearn Kindergarten. That's it! In later grades when students complete Digital Lessons (vs. supplemental practice) students will need more materials during Independent Zearn Time.
- Bookmark Zearn.org
Create a shortcut to Zearn’s website so students can click a single button to access!
Lastly, when students complete all 150+ Kindergarten activities on Zearn, you’ll need to decide if you want them to begin 1st Grade Zearn Lessons (where our core curriculum starts) or if you’d like them to revisit Kindergarten content to continue practicing. Both are great approaches! Learn more about auto-progressing your students in this article.