Morning Maths

I wanted to share with you a video of my Morning Maths. By doing this routine Maths every single day, gradually adding in extra skills and being consistent with the routine, children were able to develop incidental skills every single day - not only did my Grade 1 class know how to tell the time to the minute by the end of the year, but they could read calendars, add up money, identify numbers and develop their basic skills. Isn't this what we all want as they move into Grade 2?

The reason I started Morning Maths stems back to when I was teaching in the USA. The school I was working at did Everyday Maths. Everyday we were given a script to work through, including what counting pattern we would have that day and monetary amount. I liked the idea, but I wanted to make it  more child centred. I played around with it in the US, allowing the children to take on a bigger role, but still following the routine prescribed in the text. I also added in the Pledge every morning, just so I would forget!

It is from this experience where my current structure came from - it took a while of experimenting, identifying appropriate resources and remembered the process myself!

I started the year without the timer, with calendar work, basic odds and evens, clock times to the hour and identifying numbers. Then I gradually added in extra areas of maths to expand their skills. With this, I also added a timer. A timer encouraged the children to know the routine and to work through it as quick as they could. The video is less than 6 minutes long - that't right, 6 minutes to get all that Maths done everyday, it hardly uses any time!

I strongly suggest you start doing something similar in your classroom.

For more information, please click on the picture below to download a brief outline of introducing Morning Maths into Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade.

9 comments

  1. That looked really interesting. Unfortunately I couldn't understand everything that was being said; sometimes the children's voices were just too quiet, especially when only one was speaking. I couldn't understand what was being said when you were pointing to the blue board. I do some number routines with my children (second grade) but would really be interested in using a routine like this. Is there are place where you have a written outline or structure we could use?

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    1. Hi!
      Please send me an email at aahislop963@gmail.com so I can email a transcript onto you.
      Thank you for taking interest in my morning maths!
      Alison

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  2. Hello Alison,
    i'm just starting out as a teacher and i'm so inspired by your routine!!! thank you so much.
    Kind regards,
    Jennifer

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  3. I love love love your Morning Maths. I love how you keep the pace going quickly and have the student helper. I do "Math Wall" also but I am going to tweak it to be more like yours. I am inspired!

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  4. Love this Alison, and plan to implement it in my classroom this year as a first year teacher. Thanks for the resource to go along with it :)

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    1. Oh that's fantastic Eloise - so glad it has been of some much use to you. Please email me if I can be of anymore help setting up the routine in your classroom.
      Alison

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  5. Hi Allison! I'm a Grade 1 teacher in Fiji with an average of 45 pupils class roll. Teaching Mathematics is always a challenge with my children. This clip is amazing! The strategies used are more student centered and you've maintained the flow of ideas at the same time. Would I be able to get a copy of written outline that I could use?

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    1. Hi Anaseini,
      Thank you for your lovely comments. 45 children is definitely a large class! Fiji is one of my favourite places, I am so glad to have you connect with me. If you click on the image above "Implementing Marvellous Morning Maths Into Your Classroom" the file will automatically download. Please let me know if you have any problems.
      Regards,
      Alison

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  6. Thank you for sharing, the video is great! Will definitely be implementing this into my teaching!

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