Kids Education for Number Sense Named District Administration Magazine 2012 Readers Choice Top 100 Product

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New Early Education Math Curriculum, KENS Math, Selected from Thousands of Products

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The KENS Math series has improved number sense in our kindergarten and first grade students dramatically. I have kindergarten students rattling off addition problems earlier than ever before and with higher confidence.

The Kids’ Education for Number Sense (KENS Math) curriculum has been selected as a 2012 District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product from more than 1,000 product nominations. Winners were selected by the editors of District Administration magazine and were based upon both the quantity of nominations and the quality of reader descriptions.

KENS Math is the first supplemental math curriculum developed specifically to teach pre-school, kindergarten and first grade students the most essential skill of early mathematics – number sense. The KENS Math methodology focuses on the development of three essential number sense skills:
1)    Subitizing – the ability to see a set of objects instantly without counting. Subitizing skills allow students to process math equations quicker and avoid mistakes common to counting.
2)    Constructing and deconstructing number combinations – building, understanding and processing traditional math facts like 2 + 2 = 4
3)    Recognizing number magnitude using number lines – an understanding of number lines helps children estimate and develop an effective memory for numbers.

A vast amount of research indicates that these skills are reliable predictors of later math achievement at all grade levels.

The Kids’ Education for Number Sense classroom kit is an exciting and rewarding collection of manipulatives, games and leveled activities that give educators the tools and the inspiration to teach number sense. The kit includes Teacher’s Edition lesson plans, Teacher’s Resource masters, manipulatives and play-based games to teach the curriculum. The manipulatives include subitizing flash cards leveled from 1 to 12, individual wooden number lines with sliding beads, “foamies” and game pieces for 25 children.

The KENS Math classroom kit is in use at school districts across the country including districts in Illinois Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, among others. Sara Fox, a kindergarten teacher in the Franklin Monroe, Ohio school district was one of the teachers who nominated KENS Math Classroom Kit for the Readers’ Choice Top 100 based on her experience with it in the classroom. “The KENS Math series has improved number sense in our kindergarten and first grade students dramatically. I have kindergarten students rattling off addition problems earlier than ever before and with higher confidence,” said Ms. Fox.

The annual District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products award recognizes leaders in the education industry, and provides superintendents and other senior school district leaders with the unique opportunity to learn what products their colleagues around the country are using, and how these products contribute to the success of their districts. “The record number of nominations we received this year was astonishing,” says District Administration’s executive editor, Odvard Egil Dyrli. “There were so many excellent recommendations from school administrators who shared how the products made significant differences in their districts, and choosing the Top 100 proved to be challenging and difficult. We are delighted to announce the honorees for 2012 and trust that the list will be a valuable resource for our readers.”

The KENS Math program is flexible and can be used in a traditional classroom format, in centers, at home and for structured peer-assisted learning. The program addresses pre-school, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade capabilities. Successful mastery of all of the KENS Math levels will lead to achievement in nearly all of the standards included in the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the Curriculum Focal Points articulated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

The complete KENS Math kit costs $495 and is available for purchase through independent sales representatives and on Individual components and manipulative sets are available for purchase on the KENS Math website as well as free resources such as KENS Math assessments and reproducibles.

About Young People’s Press
Young People’s Press is devoted to the education and personal development of children in preschool through eighth grade. Through the development of high-quality educational materials and books, Young People’s Press has been serving the education market for nearly 20 years. The company’s educational materials are aligned with how students learn and interact with each other, and are based on academic, classroom and behavioral research.

The company offers educational materials and lesson plans for the language arts and most recently introduced Kids’ Education for Number Sense (KENS Math). KENS Math is an exciting and rewarding program that helps early learners develop a deeply rooted number sense, a key indicator of future math success, and gives educators the tools and the inspiration to teach it. Young People’s Press also offers a wide collection of books that teach positive character development through enriching stories and beautiful art work that represent a dynamic multiculturalism. Themes focus on responsibility, respect, courtesy and many other character attributes that help children establish a rich foundation for social and emotional development. More information about Young People’s Press and its products is available at

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