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Preschool Math

Preschoolers work with manipulatives


Preschoolers in a math lesson involving manipulatives are guided to use 1:1 correspondence to count out the correct number of chips needed to match the number symbols.


This skill is critical to understanding that numbers are symbols that represent a quantity. This lays the foundation to tackle more complex and abstract math concepts.


Here you can also see our flexible grouping model at work: while one student works with manipulatives at her own level, her neighbor has a different set of numbers. Students of different ages and grade levels receive individual support and are adequately challenged.


Flexible grouping is integral to learning at HWIS. Students set the pace, and our teachers meet them where they are. This is how we support our students while challenging them and ensuring steady progress.