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.
This past week I got to be "a student." I took an intensive math course, outlining ways to help my first-graders streamline their math skills. It gave me the opportunity to be in the position of learning new skills and information, much like my students do each day. Wow... I had forgotten how uncomfortable and scary that can be!
The easier, or more automatic your child can recall numbers, the better their math comprehension will be. Here are two simple, yet key activities to improve your young child’s math fluency. These are great activities to do when in the car.
Educators often stress the importance of reading fluency for comprehension. This is also true for math. Fine-tuning these two crucial math skills will give your child a "leg-up" on their way to math fluency.