Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Advisor/Committee Chair

Timothy McLaughlin


This paper explores the importance of early mathematics instruction and best-practices for first-grade mathematics education according to research. Moreover, it explores how first-grade educators can incorporate effective evidence-based practices to maximize student learning and enhance mathematical development. Research suggests that prioritizing early mathematics instruction is pivotal in building foundational mathematical skills that affect subsequent learning, and establishing students' attitudes towards the subject and their beliefs about their mathematical capabilities. Highly effective practices to ensure students receive the adequate early instruction they deserve include building students' mathematical vocabulary knowledge so that students can successfully engage in mathematical conversations, implementing Child-centered learning opportunities, and providing students with or at-risk of mathematics difficulty with explicit instruction. I use my observations to consider how technology and teachers can set students up for long-term success and provide students positive and effective early mathematical learning experiences.

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