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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.


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
Teach Temporal Words for Better Reading Comprehension

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are: once fi... Read more
10 Simple Skills for 1st Grade Readiness

Sep 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skill... Read more
Instilling a Love of Reading at Home

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Reading enjoyment begins at home. Parents can be a powerful influence on ensuring their child has a lifelong love of reading. Here are 10 easy steps to subtly reinforce the joy of reading: Set the example. Each time a child ... Read more