Kindergarten Math Journals
Daily math journals are a great way to quickly practice math concepts throughout the entire school year! Check out these math journal prompts that take just minutes to complete for your kindergarten students.
I am often asked, “How do you have time for math journals?” Or, “How much time do you take to do math journals?” My answer is always, “Just 10 minutes! I start kindergarten math journals at the beginning of the year and we continue our daily math practice each and every day! These became an important part of our day and my kindergarten friends would always remind me if we hadn’t completed our math journal activities yet.
So, how do we complete math journaling in just 10 minutes? Let me walk you through the steps!
Start the Timer... Here is how I do math journals
I start by introducing the math prompt for the day. “Friends, take out your math journals.” (I use composition notebooks) I like to use fun colored duct tape along the spine of their math journals, so they can quickly find them. They open up their journal to the “next blank page”. Another side note, I also add a black ribbon when I tape the spine as an easy way for them to find their next blank page.
I start reading the prompt. The moment I am done reading it, they start drawing. I encourage them to look at their neighbors and collaborate.
Meanwhile, I start cutting the prompts out. As I am cutting, I am offering words of encouragement and clarification, all while moving about the room and handing out prompts. I drop the paper prompt in the lid of their crayon box and keep moving. The students are responsible for gluing their prompt to the top of the page in their journal. EASY!
A question I get a lot… “Why don’t you print them on labels?” I simply don’t because it is way cheaper to print them on paper. I print the ENTIRE months worth of prompts (30) on plain paper. Plus, it is less prep! No adding the labels into the copier and making sure they aren’t upside down. Who has time for that? Each day, I select 1 prompt. I DO NOT cut them ahead of time. We don’t have 30 school days each month, so at the end of the month, I have no problem recycling a few pages of plain paper. Recycling labels?… I might cry!
Also, I can “cut and drop” those prompts way faster than I could peel and stick labels on each individual journal for everyone in the whole class.
About the time I have made it around the room, I am ready to start checking their journal entries.
I love that we can practice various math skills throughout the entire year. We focus on number sense, patterns, shapes, addition, subtraction… this list goes on!
These monthly math journals are perfect for your kindergarten classroom! You will love providing your students with the extra practice in such a short amount of time. Check out this great resource here:
There are also math journals available for first grade:
I have another blog post that tells everything you need to know about math journals. Read it by clicking on the following link:
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