A “Summer Math Journal” is a great way to reinforce kindergarten math concepts in a fun, enjoyable, and stress-free way. A kindergarten teacher or a parent can create a math journal booklet by cutting an 8 x 11.5 sheet of blank paper in half. At the bottom of each half sheet, list a set of directions. Create a cover sheet and staple the pages together. These personal math journals can be completed during the school year or over the summer. I will share 35 fun kindergarten math journal prompts to get your child learning and having fun doing it. These kindergarten math journals are great for preventing summer learning slide and will make a great keepsake too!
How Kindergarten Math Journals Work:
A single subject wide-ruled notebook can be used or black and white composition notebooks are also perfect for creating daily math journals. There are different ways of filling the journal pages. You can prepare the journal for them by placing math journal activities throughout the notebook, one per page. Or you can have them copy a short math prompt on to the top of the page each day as they work on it.
1. The child reads the math journal labels and any directions at the bottom of the page. (Help with this when needed.)
2. The child draws a picture that includes the numbers, objects, and math concepts listed in the math journal prompts.
You can use the kindergarten math journal prompts below or create prompts on your own. As you can see, the directions are not rocket science. You and your child can take turns thinking up guidelines for the next activity. Most children love to be creative, so I am sure there will be some very imaginative guidelines! If you have several youngsters, this can be a great group activity to pass away the summer hours. The examples I provide are in label or prompt format but you could use kindergarten math journal questions if you prefer. This may be a gateway to even more fun math activities. I hope you enjoy!
Here is how to make kindergarten journals from scratch. Create a booklet by folding several sheets of blank paper in half together. Staple in the middle to hold booklet together or hole punch and run yarn through holes to keep your math journal together. The kids can draw on the cover of the journals. Then just add directions to the bottom or top of each plain paper page. You can suit the math problems to your child’s ability. When my kids were first learning their numbers we did a number journal, but you can make it is more challenging and always try to keep it fun! Your child should draws a picture that includes the numbers, objects, and math concepts listed in the directions.
40 Math Journal Prompts For Kindergarten:
A math journal really is a fun, learning summer activity that you will both enjoy and be proud of. Here are a few fun kindergarten math journal prompts:
#1 I see ONE red apple and TWO green apples.
#2 There are TWO dogs and TWO cats.
#3 I have THREE toys on ONE table.
#4 The brown cat played with THREE friends.
#5 I ate 3 apples and 2 bananas.
#6 FOUR fish swam in the ocean.
#7 FIVE kites flew in the sky.
#8 I have TWO eyes, ONE nose, and ONE mouth.
#9 The big man carried the little mouse.
#10 THREE books were on the table.
#11 I see the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3 in a book.
#12 Here I am. Look at all my body parts!
#13 I can make a pattern with circles and triangles.
#14 Wow, there is a big square in my picture.
#15 I can make a pattern with links. Look!
#16 My favorite numeral is __. Look!
#17 Here are 3 apple trees, 4 worms, and 5 apples.
#18 I can draw an ABCABCABC pattern!.
#19 I can show the line of symmetry on a butterfly.
#20 I can draw 3 apples – small, medium, and large.
#21 I can draw something that is very heavy.
#22 I can draw something that is very light.
#23 I can draw three apples and four bananas.
#24 Draw a fruit bowl. Count all the fruit and write the numeral.
#25 Write the numbers you know. Draw a picture to go with it.
#26 My favorite type of pattern is ___________. I’ll draw it.
#27 I can draw a picture that shows symmetry with fruit.
#28 I can draw something large. I can draw something small.
#29 Look! There is a dog in the house!
#30 I can draw a tree with 4 red leaves, 6 orange leaves, and 10 yellow leaves.
#31 I went for a walk and saw 5 pumpkins and 3 cats.
#32 I have two glasses. One is empty, one is full.
#33 Here is a picture using squares!
#34 Here is a picture using triangles!
#35 Here is a picture using circles!
#36 Use pattern blocks to create a design and draw it.
#37 Draw the number of days in one week.
#38 What is the number of the day you were born?
#39 Draw 12 flowers.
#40 1 apple +1 apple= 2 apples
Hands-on activities that involve visualizing and problem solving are a great way to make daily math practice fun. These math journal labels for kindergarten were provided by My Town Tutors, a website that connects parents with teachers who tutor. They are always looking for qualified teachers from all 50 states who tutor to join our national directory of teachers who tutor. It is FREE for parents to search for a teacher in their area.
Kindergarten students may need help with copying the prompts and reading them but this will also be a great learning experience for them. Be full of patience and reward their efforts with positive enthusiasm. Daily math journals are really fun to read as book when they have filled it with math journaling numbers and drawings. Will you try these kindergarten math journal prompts? Your kids will be so proud of their work and you will too!