This post gives an in-depth look into the Mindful Math Curriculum for First Grade. It will detail what it includes, how to use it, and answer questions. There are free resources to download and try today and to support your program.
What is Mindful Math?
Mindful Math is a COMPLETE, comprehensive math curriculum for first grade. It includes 10 units with 10+ lessons each to teach the concepts and standards first graders need to learn. Every unit is jam-packed, mind-focused math curriculum that provides teachers with EVERYTHING they need to teach first grade math with no need to supplement from other sources.
The Mindful Math curriculum incorporates focused math learning opportunities and many components within each unit. The activities are hands-on and minds-on, meaning students are actively working on math and engaging their minds.
Mindful Math includes a variety of thoughtful lessons and activities to help meet the needs of learners and their learning styles. Students will have many opportunities to learn and practice new strategies and develop math fluency through whole group warm-ups and lessons, mental math, journals, centers, games, and more.
Mindful Math was created to give teachers a comprehensive math curriculum that engaged minds and left students knowledgeable and fluent in math concepts. The curriculum aligns to the U.S. Common Core standards, the Canadian math curriculums (specifically B.C. and Ontario), as well as many other math curriculums around the world.
Why Mindful Math?
Mindful MATH has what teachers LOVE!
*Easy to implement lesson and activities.
*ALL lesson materials provided!
*Concept posters and detailed lesson plans provide important information!
*A variety of activities for every lesson (math games and centers) to keep engagement high!
*Build math skills and develop fluency with math journals, task cards, mental math, and TONS of differentiated practice printables!
What is included in Mindful Math?
There are 10 units included in Mindful Math First Grade (plus an additional bonus unit of patterns & sorting for bundle owners). These units were chosen because they represent the majority of the standards and skills that children need to acquire in first grade.
Jam-packed, comprehensive lesson plans provide the teacher with ALL the information needed to teach successful, mindful lessons that lead to growth and success in Math. Everything needed is listed on each lesson plan to help with organization. Simply print the lesson plans, gather the materials listed, and TEACH!
lesson materials & posters
All the extra materials needed for teaching a lesson and student practice are provided. Math manipulatives and tools, such as words, ten frames, number lines, are included to support students and the lesson. Chart pieces and concept posters are provided to support lesson instruction.
Mindful Math task cards are short math warm-up activities that students can complete independently. There are a variety of tasks that build on skills previously taught in other lessons to build fluency. They encourage students to be mindful and focus on the task given. There is one task card for each lesson. I suggest using the task card before the whole group lesson to get students thinking about math.
Mindful Math Journal Prompts are perfect for a warm-up activity, for extra practice, or for homework. Each prompt reviews the skills and concepts taught in the previous lesson. They make a great review activity and help build math understanding.
Mindful Math mental math cards are perfect for building mental math skills and quick recall of important math concepts. Mental math cards are provided and suggested to use as a whole group as a warm-up activity. Each lesson plan includes suggestions on how to use and present the cards to students. Each set features a new skill to practice and build fluency with.
Every lesson in Mindful Math includes practice printable pages for students to complete independently following a lesson. The pages help build math skills and review important concepts. The pages range in difficulty to allow for differentiation.
hands on activities
Each lesson includes at least 2 hands-on activities. Activities are meaningful and fun. They help build skills and fluency, and encourage focused math practice. Math centers are provided for independent and small group practice. Math games are included and can be played solo or with a partner. All activities are kid tested and approved!
Mindful Math Quick Checks are assessments that can be performed after math lessons and practice. Each Quick Check includes a short activity for individual or small groups to complete and show to the teacher. A students completion of the task will provide teachers with information regarding their understanding.
Answer keys are provided to help teachers assess and check the practice printable pages. Duplicate pages are provided for Canadian users with Canadian spelling and math contents (if applicable).
A suggested book list is provided with children’s literature to help teach math concepts. It is suggested that you check your local and school library before starting a unit. Each book is linked to Amazon where it can be bought at a good price. Read more about how I suggest using children’s literature to teach math HERE.
How to Use Mindful Math?
I suggest teaching one unit of Mindful Math each month. This way you have a different unit to teach for each month of the school year.
Depending on the length of your math block, I suggest teaching a new lesson every other day. With the amount of content, activities, and practice included, there is enough to work on for two days. Spending 2 days on a lesson will allow for repeated practice and fluency to build.
Day 1: Warm-up activities (task card & math journal), mental math, and whole group lesson.
Day 2 : Mental math, independent practice, hands-on activities (centers and games), and quick checks.
Each unit comes with details on how to use and prep each component of the Mindful Math program.
Printing: Print off each component of the Mindful Math program ahead of time. Print, laminate, and cut materials so they are prepped and ready for your lessons. Many items will be printed black and white on paper. Printing the activities, posters, task cards, and quick checks on white or colored cardstock is encouraged for durability and longevity.
Binders: Create a binder for each unit of Mindful Math. Use the binder covers and spines (provided for free below) to create a cohesive look and organization to your binders. Binders could be kept together on a shelf or in bins with other materials needed for a unit.
In each binder, include the lesson plans, black line masters of practice printables and journal prompts, lesson materials in zippered pouches or plastic holders with holes (whichever you prefer).
Mini folders with sections could be used to organize small items like task cards, mental math cards, and quick checks.
Student Workbooks & Journals: You could create a student workbook for each unit that includes the pratice printables you want each student to complete. Use the student workbook covers to create a booklet for each student (provided for free below). Math journals or math notebooks can be used for completing the journal prompts, as well as the practice prinatables (shrink and print pages).
Manipulatives: Lessons are far more concrete when math manipulatives (small objects) are used to teach math. Students benefit from using actual objects that they can manipulate, count, move around, etc. This helps them build skills in a hands-on way. Lesson materials are provided if math manipulatives are not available. Simply print and use those instead.
Books: Each lesson includes a recommended math picture book. The books suggested are ones that help teachers teach concepts in different ways. Collecting and reading the suggested books is not mandatory. It is an extra for teachers if you would like to incorporate literature into math lessons.
Bins: Use bins or tubs to organize materials together in one place is a great way to get prepared for a unit. You could include the math manipulatives, binder, student workbooks, and math picture books inside a bin for each unit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will this program cover all of the Common Core standards?
Yes, Mindful Math will cover all of the Common Core standards for First Grade. There will be lessons and activities to teach and practice each standard.
While each standard will be covered, they may not provide enough practice for the particular needs of your class or students. You may choose to supplement as needed.
Does Mindful Math cover Canadian curriculums?
In creating Mindful Math, the new BIG Ideas curriculum in British Columbia and the Ontario Mathematics Curriculum was researched. Mindful Math provides lessons and materials to meet these curriculum expectations.
Unit 1 (numbers to 10) and unit 2 (numbers to 20) seem too simple for First Grade. Are they?
The first and second units are a review of the number and counting concepts taught in Kindergarten. The activities and printables present more of a challenge then students in Kindergarten are used to. As we all know, children often need a beginning of the year refresher of most things. Skills may be lost or forgotten over the summer, and this provides them the opportunity to learn the components and expectations of Mindful Math and to build upon their previous skills.
Do I have to purchase the entire bundle to use Mindful Math?
No, absolutely not! Each unit stands alone and can use used to teach different math topics in First Grade. You can view and purchase each individual unit HERE.
Do I have to use everything included? Can I teach certain lessons and not others?
No, you do not have to use everything included to have great results with Mindful Math. Use the components and lessons that work for you and your needs. Plenty of choices and options are available if you have limited time or are only looking for a few things.
How do you differentiate with Mindful Math?
Mindful Math includes many opportunities and options for differentiation. Lessons encourage students to show their understanding in different ways and practice math concepts with or without supports.
Many practice pages are provided with different levels of difficulty. Students could complete all or a few of the pages.
Activities, games, and centers can be done in small groups to provide more support, independently for our more advanced learners, or in partners.
Not every part of every lesson needs to be completed by each student. Certain activities could become “extra” challenges for certain students, or sent home as extra practice for others.
I am starting Mindful Math mid-way through the year. Where do I begin? Is it too late to start?
Begin with the first unit that you need. If you have already taught certain math topics to your class, skip those units and teach others.
It is NEVER too late to start teaching Mindful Math! Each unit is organized and presented in such a way to make starting at any point in the school year a breeze.
If you have anymore questions, leave me a comment below and I will add and answer it in this post.
What People are saying about Mindful Math!
Jacqueline says “This is by far the best math resource I have purchased! It is very thorough and the depth of activities is great!”
Desiree says “I have purchased quite a few math resources and this is by far my favorite! It is well laid out and has a variety of activities to use. My 1st graders are loving it as much as I do!”
Maxine says “My current math program had me so frustrated! I’m so glad I found this to try out to add richer math experiences in my first grade classroom! Thank you!”
Bright as a Star in First Grade says “What I have (so far) is absolutely awesome! I can’t wait to use this with my 1st graders as I start math workshop this year. Your work is beautifully done covering all standards necessary for student growth. The units are comprehensive, concise, and very interactive. I think it will do a great job helping me to engage my students in their learning. You rock, thank you!”
Free Mindful Math Resources
FREE binder covers & spines
FREE patterns & sorting unit for bundle owners
A patterning and sorting unit was created exclusively for Mindful Math bundle owners. You get this FREE 150+ page unit when you purchase the bundle.
FREE student notebook covers
Free Mindful Math Lesson & Materials
Want to try a lesson yourself from Mindful Math?
You can grab a Mindful Math lesson and all of the materials to support it for FREE today! This lesson is one that is included in the complete Unit 3 – Addition to 10.
Mindful Math Bundle
This Mindful MATH Bundle includes:
*10 math units covering all topics taught in first grade
*3000+ pages FULL of lesson plans, materials, activities, and more!
*100+ comprehensive, jam-packed lessons
FREE Patterns & Sorting BONUS UNIT included for Mindful MATH bundle owners ONLY!