Counting Standards that Kindergartners should master by end of Kindergarten: 

  • Counting to 100 (including counting forward beginning on a number other than one)
  • Writing numbers 1 – 20
  • Counting the number of objects
  • Identifying numbers are more or less (greater or smaller)

These standards can be practiced in the grocery store environment.  Examples:

  • Ask your child to count the number of eggs in a carton
  • Ask your child to count out 10 oranges to put into the cart.
  • Compare two different containers with different number of items and ask which has more / less.

It is important that children see the practical application of math concepts and the grocery store is the perfect setting.  

The grocery store is a great place to begin exposing your child to math concepts. Experiences can be developed around counting, measurement, unit ratios, algebra, etc. in a very practical way.

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As an example: Pre-Schoolers can practice the skills related to equal, more and less. (Common Core Standard: K.CC.C.6 – Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than or equal to the number of objects in another group.)