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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.


Use This Week To Ease Your Children into January’s Increased Academics

Dec 26, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the early grades, January is traditionally a time when schoolwork accelerates. Young students have been steadily building on skills since the start of the school year. They have also been learning the various routines of t... Read more
Simple, Last-Minute, Stocking Stuffers for Fun and Learning

Dec 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Surprise your young child this holiday season with some simple and inexpensive items as stocking stuffers or small gifts that will delight their curiosity and enhance “hands-on” learning. Remember the delicious ch... Read more
Holiday Gifts Your Child Can Make to Create Memories

Dec 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Middle School, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Every Christmas, when my family decorates our tree, we make sure to put on the “Silver Walnut” ornament.  This was a gift that my husband, Brian, made for his mother when he was a 7-year-old Cub Scout.  ... Read more
6 Questions for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

Dec 05, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

National standards have set the bar for academic achievement, which means that today it is clear what a student should have achieved by certain points in the school year. Parent teacher conferences are a terrific opportunity ... Read more
6 Top Books to Give This Holiday Season for Creating Memories With Young Children

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets! Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagi... Read more
Here’s What Makes a First Grader Thankful

Nov 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In preparation for Thanksgiving, my 1st grade class had a discussion about what we’re thankful for this holiday. I wanted to share my student’s thoughts because their 6- and 7-year-old perspectives are sweet and i... Read more
Where Have Children's Good Manners Gone?

Nov 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Parent Involvement, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often I find myself asking, “What’s happened to basic good manners these days?”  Last week I was having a conversation with another teacher in our school corridor. As we were chatting, two students plow... Read more
Kids Learn Skills Through Art

Nov 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Art is thought expressed through the hands.” — Unknown author Most young children are natural artists. Some of an infant’s earliest responses are to color, light and shapes. These responses help an in... Read more
Music is a Valuable Tool in Early Education

Oct 31, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Remember all the times you have gotten a song stuck in your head and it’s driven you crazy? The reverse is true for young children.  If you really want them to remember something, put it to music!  I have foun... Read more
Can Early Education Benefit from "Occupy Wall Street?"

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools? As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.... Read more