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.
Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts.
Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your kindergarten or 1st grade student.
You will need four items: index cards, any color marker, glue, and salt (or sand or sugar)
You’ll need index cards or strips of construction paper, a handheld hole punch, and a pencil.