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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.


Everyday Ways to Help Children Practice New Skills

Sep 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Recipe Share, Connie McCarthy

Now that school is in session your young child is learning new skills every day.  Here are some simple ways to reinforce and practice those skills as part of your family’s routines:   Count backwards. While w... Read more
A New School Year Means A New Challenge for Students—and This Teacher

Sep 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more
Have Kids Practice Writing by Capturing Summer Memories

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Writing, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Children love the spontaneous fun and pure joy of summertime.  While the end of summer is bittersweet, now is the time to help your child capture wonderful summer memories, while practicing writing skills for a new schoo... Read more
Why School and Home Routines are Important for Students—6 Tips

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

In my 1st grade class, we spend the first few weeks of the new school year establishing classroom routines. These routines are both academic and organizational. Routines are important because they give children a clear sense... Read more
School Education Culture: Why It’s Important at Your Child’s School

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

The overall educational culture of your child’s school is an important role in school success.  From the principal down through each grade level, there should be a clear school-wide plan for student success and aca... Read more
Lessons For the Classroom From the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Aug 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are a wonderful opportunity for young students to see, up close and personal, the results of hard work and determination. It’s also a great way to make a connection between games and school... Read more
Get Your 1st Grader “Common Core Ready” for Reading

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Reading, Kindergarten, Common Core Standards

If your child is entering 1st grade, there are certain skills that should have been mastered in kindergarten. To keep those skills sharp, and be first-grade “Common Core Ready” for reading, here are 3 ways to prac... Read more
3 Summer Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Jul 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Here are 3 simple activities to help your child improve her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills develop muscles that allow her to draw, print, color, and successfully complete other physical activities. These games can be do... Read more
Summer Reading for Youngsters Using Common Core Standards

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Recipe Share, Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Motivating your young child to read during the summer can be a challenge. Here are 3 easy ideas to keep your child reading all summer, while subtly reinforcing the Common Core reading standards. Connect reading to projects ... Read more
A Reading Activity for a Rainy Summer Day

Jul 10, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities

Here is an easy activity to promote phonics, spelling, and word recognition, important ingredients when learning to read!  You will need old catalogs, magazines, flyers, or greeting cards; plain paper; and glue or tape. ... Read more