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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.


To Repeat a Grade or Not to Repeat…That is the Question!

May 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Are you facing the decision of whether your young child should repeat their school grade? The goal of repeating a grade is to give a student extra time to grow, mature, and master grade level skills that were missed the first... Read more
Happy Mother’s Day From the First Grade!

May 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I asked my First Graders to write a story about "why their Mom was special to them." We talked about writing "from your heart." I told them how their words could be better than a "million dollar gift," and a keepsake that th... Read more
Use Music to Enhance Your Young Child's Memory

Apr 28, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

By the end of first grade students should know how to tell time to the hour and half-hour, on both an analogical and digital clock. This is sometimes a difficult skill for them to master, especially transitioning from a clo... Read more
My Case for All Day Kindergarten

Apr 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Why don’t all school districts, across the country, have full day kindergartens? Spring is the time of year when parents usually register their children for the upcoming kindergarten year. For many parents, whose schoo... Read more
Six Simple Ideas to Encourage your Child to be a Good Reader

Apr 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year! This is "Reading Week," and every day we are celebrating the priceless joys of reading. Here are six simple ideas to encourage your child to be a good reader. ... Read more
Try “Brain Gym” to Enhance Learning

Apr 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

We can all benefit from a stronger mind/body connection. This is particularly true for young learners. A few years ago I learned a simple program from the occupational therapists in our school. It is called "Brain Gym" and ... Read more
"Five Fingers" Can Determine the Right Book

Mar 30, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

When young children begin to read they love to go to the library and choose their own books. Yet, parents often wonder how a child can pick out a book on their own that is appropriate for their reading level. Here is a simpl... Read more
Educational Uses for Sticky Notes

Mar 23, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

I think "sticky notes" are one of the world’s greatest inventions! Their educational uses can be fun and creative. Young children love working with them. Here are four ways to use these helpful notes to inspire read... Read more
Helping Kids Make a Reading and Math Connection

Mar 16, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Although reading and math are two separate subjects there is a strong connection between the two. Helping your child improve their math vocabulary will in turn help them improve their math comprehension. Here are three easy ... Read more
Use Greeting Cards as Story Starters

Mar 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Collaborating with colleagues is a great way for professionals to exchange successful ideas. Recently, I met with my college friend, Elaine Scott, who is a retired first grade teacher. Of course we were "talking shop" and ... Read more