But first, I'd like to give the disclaimer that our grade level revised the math pacing plan some years back to better fit the needs of our students. We start the school year off with ENVISION'S topics: shapes, positions, sorting for a variety of reasons. First, these tend to be universal topics and most students seems to have some sense of them as they come into kindergarten. This becomes important during the time of year of continuous change and shifts. Second, the first month of school is taken over by mandated assessments. And truth be known, teachers need to plan for "busy work" during those first weeks of school so that we can get all of those assessments done (cuz you know in kinder it takes forever!). Our heavy duty work in math begins with topic 1 in mid-September with the math standard Counting and Cardinality. Classes have usually settled down by then and we are ready for the "meaty stuff." Here is a sneak peek at the student materials we will be making in the upcoming weeks.