Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.
The four main coins used in the United States are the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Often children find it difficult to distinguish between coins. Young children must be able to recognize different coins, before they can grasp the more difficult concept of coin value. A fun way to practice coin recognition is to play a game I call "Coin Match Value Game" (in the Print and Use section of this site).
To Play: Take a King, a ten card, a five card, and an Ace, of any suit, from the deck. Or, you can go to the "Print & Use Tools" link to print a sheet with a copy of the cards you need. Put the cards, or sheet, face-up on a table. Your child sits facing the cards. Put a pile of mixed coins on the table next to him or her. Place a quarter on the King, a dime on the 10, a nickel on the 5, and a penny on the Ace. Let your child sort the rest of the coins by matching them to the coins on the cards. This “Card-Coin” match is better than sorting coins alone. It allows your child to recognize coins, while subtly reinforcing coin value.