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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.


Estimate for Summer Math Fun

Jul 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Estimation is an important math skill because it allows for a reasonable guess before something is actually measured or counted. Coming “close enough” to the actual number is a real accomplishment, and part of hig... Read more
Four Simple Strategies To Build Reading Comprehension

Jul 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Young readers need to acquire good comprehension skills. In order to do this, they need strategies that help them fully understand what they read. Here are four simple strategies to help your young reader understand and appr... Read more
Two Easy Games To Develop Motor Skills

Jul 03, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Dexterity, a good grip, and eye-hand coordination are abilities that all young students need in order to print legibly. These require fine motor skills, which means using smaller muscle groups in the hands, and fingers. Yet b... Read more
Simple Summer Science for Young Learners

Jun 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to introduce your young student to “simple science.” One great way to start is to encourage your child to become a “weather watcher.” After watching or listening to a local w... Read more
Foster Your Child's Curiosity

Jun 19, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Most parents of young children have been bombarded with the “why” questions. “Why is the sky blue?”  “Why do I have to eat these vegetables?” “Why can’t I breathe underwate... Read more
Help Young Students Understand Coins

Jun 12, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recognizing coins and understanding their value are two separate and important skills. Young students cannot be expected to add and subtract mixed coins, then understand the different value of each one, if they don’t fi... Read more
More Healthy Play for Summer Learning and Fun

Jun 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

Summer is the time to have fun while learning! Here are three more healthy play activities to build a child’s coordination and body control, as well as enhance gross- and fine-motor skills.Walking the line You’ll ... Read more
Keep Your Child Reading All Summer

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, School Vacation, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One successful reading strategy I’ve used in 1st grade is pairing students with a 5th grade “reading buddy.” We would meet with our buddies once a week. Sometimes the older student would read to the younger ... Read more
Use “Story Starters” To Help Young Writers

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Very often young children are reluctant writers because they simply don’t know how to start a story. One way to circumvent this is to provide them with a “story starter.” Story starters are prompts. They can... Read more
The Pleasure of Healthy Play

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Preschool, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Spring equals time for young children to get out there and play! Happy, healthful outdoor play is important for building muscular readiness… and that’s needed for all sorts of gross and fine motor skills used in ... Read more