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 Help Young Students Understand Coins Jun 12, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy
Recognizing coins and understanding their value are two separate and important skills. Young students cannot be expected to add and subtract mixed coins, then understand the different value of each one, if they don’t fi... Read more
 Combine Easy Crafts With Math and Fine Motor Skills May 01, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Creativity, Connie McCarthy
Very often, the best learning takes place when young students are just having fun. Here are some easy activities to do with your kindergarten or 1st grade child that will reinforce essential math and fine motor skills. You wi... Read more
 Tens and Ones: An Easy Way To Remember Place Value Apr 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy
Young students should understand that, when looking at a two-digit number, the left number represents “10’s”, and the right number represents “1’s.” This is a critical math skill needed for... Read more
 Make Geometry a Part of Everyday Life Mar 20, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy
Geometric shapes are part of our everyday environment. Recognizing, understanding, and comparing different shapes are critical in advancing mathematical skills. These skills are first introduced in kindergarten and follow mat... Read more
 Play “Friends of 10” for Easy Math Practice Feb 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy
Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more
 You Can Be Good at Math, Too! Jan 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning
Most people feel strongly that they are either good at math or that they are terrible at it. They think that math ability is genetic and cannot be changed. An interesting new research study suggests that this might not be tru... Read more
 Use Legos for Easy Math Practice Dec 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Counting, Connie McCarthy
Colorful Legos have been a favorite of young children for a long time. They’ve also been a great holiday gift. Here’s a simple way to combine a classic toy, new or old, to practice Common Core math skills over vac... Read more
 A Simple Activity To Increase Number Fluency Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy
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 happ... Read more
 Use Pennies To Teach Common Core Math Skills Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade
Young children love pennies. So make them part of math comprehension. Use pennies to help young students practice math skills in a simple yet memorable way. Here are four easy ways to use pennies to help reinforce important C... Read more
 Helping Kids Connect Numbers to Words Sep 17, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy
Often young students have no trouble doing simple addition and subtraction number problems yet, have little understanding of what the numbers actually represent. Most 1st graders know that 2 + 2 = 4. However, when given those... Read more