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.
Many young students easily adapt to the ABC’s and can quickly put letters in sequence, even when they are out of order. Mastering this concept helps students understand alphabetical order.
This doesn’t always happen with numbers, but knowing numeral sequence is a crucial skill for elementary students. Why? Because knowing the pattern of numbers and being able to easily retrieve numerical order helps children understand the concepts of greater than and less than, simple addition and subtraction, time lines, and many other necessary math skills.
Here’s a simple activity to help your young student practice number order:
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By playing and varying this fun activity, you’re helping your child recognize number order. This improves number fluency, which naturally leads to increased math comprehension!