• Welcome to the Anoka-Hennepin Elementary Family Math page.  

    This page contains links to videos and articles to help our families understand the “how” and “why” of math learning today, as well as information related to our Anoka-Hennepin curriculum, Bridges in Mathematics, 2nd edition.

    Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive math curriculum that addresses the Minnesota Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.

    The curriculum focuses on developing children’s’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and new problems. Bridges taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.


    Games and Activities to do at Home

    Bridges Online Activities Website

    Bridges Math at Home  Look for additional fun daily math activities, collections of practice pages, family games and online games from the Math Learning Center.

    Bedtime Math  The charitable mission of Bedtime Math to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life. Bedtime Math makes math part of the family routine. Every day, they serve up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, children can see the math in their favorite topics. 

    Games for Young Minds  Kent Haines, the developer of this website, has done a lot of legwork pulling together games and resources for families that are fun and mathematically power.

    Which One Doesn’t Belong  This website is dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for adults and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different and correct ways of choosing which one doesn't belong. Enjoy!

    Caregiver Resources

    DREME Family Connections  DREME describes home-school connections to help young children see and understand that math is an important part of daily life. 

    Four Boosting Messages Everyone can learn math at high levels, according to recent research.  This eight and a half minute video from Stanford University looks at evidence to support a growth mindset for all math learners.

    Learning Progression Videos  The Making Sense Progression videos describe the phases of strategies children progress through as they develop number sense and construct understandings of critical mathematical ideas.

    Math Learning Center Apps   Families can access these apps without a user name or password, and the apps can be used with iPads, Chrome or a computer's web browser. There’s a tutorial on the website for the apps, but most of the students will know what to do!

    Supporting Your Child in Math   This website offers a variety of resources to support families in understanding why we teach math differently today.  These resources provide families with strategies for instilling positive beliefs about mathematics.

    Talking Math With Kids  Talking Math with Your Kids is about supporting children’s early mathematical development.  Parents know that we need to read 20 minutes a day with our kids.But teaching math to your kids doesn’t have to be intimidating.  It can be fun. Just as children say goodnight to the moon, they can say hello to numbers, shapes and measurement.


    This year in Kindergarten math, your child will learn to:

    • count forward to at least 31, backward from 20
    • count objects and tell how many there are
    • write numerals 0-31
    • find a number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number
    • compare numbers or sets of objects to tell which has more or less
    • add & subtract quickly and easily to 5
    • add & subtract within 10 using objects, fingers, drawings, numbers, or equations
    • solve addition and subtraction story problems
    • understand that teen numbers are 10 and some more
    • recognize, create, complete and extend patterns using shape, color, size, number, sounds and movements. 
    • identify, sort and describe shapes
    • use shapes to model real-world objects
    • compare and order objects according to length, size, weight and position
    • understand length and weight as something that can be measured


    Bridges in Mathematics Family Overview Letters:

    Family Welcome Letter: An introduction and overview of the year. Available in English or Spanish.

    Unit 1: Numbers to Five & Ten:   English or Spanish

    Unit 2: Numbers to Ten:   English or Spanish

    Unit 3: Bikes & Bugs: Double, Add & Subtract:   English or Spanish

    Unit 4: Paths to Adding, Subtracting & Measuring:   English or Spanish

    Unit 5: Two-Dimensional Geometry:   English or Spanish

    Unit 6: Three-Dimensional Shapes & Numbers Beyond Ten:  English or Spanish

    Unit 7: Weight & Place Value:   English or Spanish

    Unit 8: Computing & Measuring with Frogs & Bugs:   English or Spanish

    Your best source to answer questions and get assistance is your student's teacher. The resources here provide additional guidance and suggestions for how you can participate in your child's learning.

    Click on this link to see the free apps that provide visual models featured in Bridges in Mathematics.