"I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious."
-Albert Einstein

Emergent Math

At Pixie Hill, our mathematics program is founded in exploration. Throughout our day, Pixie Hill students are engaged in numbers in many forms – whether they are counting the days of the week, playing with manipulatives or computing ingredients for a cooking project.

One to One Correspondence & Matching

Young children thrive in a hands on learning situation, so using our manipulatives or other concrete objects kids compare and differentiate.  By ordering pieces in a sequence, they learn a higher level of comparing. Patterning is a form of ordering containing an element of repetition.

Number Sense & Counting

This is the foundation of understanding and using numerals. Young children thrive in a hands-on learning situation. Daily calendar time is an opportunity to reinforcement of our math concepts such as rote counting, skip counting, counting backwards and predicting the next number(s). Using manipulatives, kids compare and differentiate. These are precursors to addition and subtraction.  Sorting or forming groups by similar attributes, or “classifying” items gives each child a foundation for learning concepts such as place order in the years ahead.

Our 3’s program: we focus on Number recognition, rote counting, one-to-one counting, patterning and combining groups for simple addition.

Our Pre-K program: number recognition, rote counting, skip counting, one-to-one counting, combining larger groups for simple addition, sequencing, patterning, and introductions to simple fractions.

Sorting & Classifying

These activities require children to organize items into groups based on common characteristics such as size, color, shape or texture. We ask students to explain why they have grouped items as they did.


These lessons are simply early lessons in geometry. We focus on naming shapes, making shapes and identifying shapes in our real world.  Students have the opportunity to use shapes to build creations on our light table, geo boards, cork boards and more


Beginning to understand the concept of measurement and the tools that are used for measuring. Students create towers using a variety of materials including pegs, Unifx cubes and Legos. Children learn to measure time through the days of the week and months of the year.