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Your first grader and math

Laying strong foundations: First graders learn about money, time, measurements, and more.

By GreatSchools Staff

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What math concepts will your first-grader learn?

First-graders learn mathematics on many fronts, including computation, numbers and number sense, measurement, patterns, shapes, money, and telling time.

You will notice a dramatic shift in your child's development as he or she starts looking at the world more logically and understands cause and effect. When they are younger, children can't readily grasp an adult's perspective, but starting at age 6 or so, this changes.

"Math in first grade begins to connect the real world to the child's point of view," says Nicola Salvatico, the 2005 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. This shift will play a role in your child's growing knowledge of math as well as facilitate learning opportunities at home, such as measuring ingredients for a recipe, counting change, or estimating how much time it takes to get to a destination.

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