The cornerstone for learning in kindergarten is formed by hands-on investigations. This is especially true in math. Touching, moving, and manipulating objects helps students gain a better understanding of mathematical concepts.
Take measurement for example. Most workbooks adequately address length, weight, and volume, but students gain a deeper and more complete understanding of these measurable attributes when given an opportunity to measure, weigh and examine volume with measuring tools.
Set up an area with a variety of standard and non-standard tools. Rulers, measuring tapes, craft sticks, and/or linking cubes are all effective means for measuring length. A balance and a tub of classroom objects allows students to compare objects by weight. A tub of colored macaroni and a set of measuring cups is a great way to learn more about volume.
Hands-on activities are engaging and interesting to students. “Discovering” the answer is exciting and satisfying to young learners. Whether the hands-on exploration is guided or independent, you will find that it enhances student learning.
For a great hands-on measurement activity, enjoy this free guided reader and these other great "Measurement-Centered" Products.