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Connie McCarthy
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.


Help Your Child Have a Deeper Understanding of Stories

Nov 20, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Asking questions when reading to your child is a great way to build your child’s reading comprehension. Helping her pay attention to key details, story settings and characters simplifies the complexities of reading for ... Read more
Turn Paper Clutter Into Learning Tools

Nov 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures causing clutter in your home? Turn them into new learning tools that develop academic and important motor skills for your young student! For phonics practice: Use pictures... Read more
Your Child’s Collectibles Can Support Academic Skills

Nov 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your child like to collect things? If so, turn those seashells, rocks, action figures, comic books, toy dinosaurs, into useful objects that promote math and Language Arts skills. Here are three ways to involve math with ... Read more
A Simple Activity To Help With Story Writing

Oct 30, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Writing stories is a learned skill. It’s a process by which the writer uses written words to communicate clear ideas. In our 1st grade class, we talk about the writer’s responsibility to the reader. For example, t... Read more
Build Math “Fact Power” in Young Students

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

The ability to easily recall basic addition and subtraction facts is an important skill for a young student. One of the best ways to facilitate this is playing a simple game to reinforce addition and subtraction skills. ... Read more
Modeling Respect Leads to School Success

Oct 16, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

When parents teach young children to talk, listen, and act with respect, they are clearly setting a standard for school success. In our classroom we have five simple class rules. They are: quiet hands quiet feet quiet lips e... Read more
Help Your Child Choose the Right Book

Oct 09, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Three ways to categorize young readers are emergent, beginning, and independent. Emergent reading is defined as children’s interaction with reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Emergent readers c... Read more
Two Activities for Understanding Numbers

Oct 02, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare numbers helps your child understand quantity and number relationship. This understanding develops deeper math skills needed for more complex math operations in higher grades. One way to practice this sk... Read more
Five Simple Ideas for Homework Success

Sep 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Homework, Connie McCarthy

Each September, it is adorable how my new 1st grade students can’t wait to start homework! The challenge for parents and teachers is to continue this enthusiasm and make a child’s time spent doing homework success... Read more
Music and Movement Can Enhance Reading Skills

Sep 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include: listening memory/recall rhyming language skills focus It can also be a great enrich... Read more