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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.


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
Use Estimating Fun to Educate

Oct 17, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Take advantage of your young child’s natural curiosity by using estimation! It is a great way to help your child improve her overall math skills. Estimating gives a child the opportunity to “guess” a math an... Read more
What the Red Sox Could Learn From My First Graders

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

As a life-long Red Sox fan, I was astounded by my beloved team’s collapse. Just about everyone has heard how the team fell apart in September, and squandered a nine game lead in the American League wild card race. How c... Read more
Three Simple Ways to Help Struggling Young Readers

Oct 03, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

What parent's heart doesn't sink when they hear their young child struggling to read? An immediate response is to jump in and say the word to keep the story flowing. That works for the short-term … but doesn't really ... Read more
4 Ways to Help Young Learners Use Technology Wisely

Sep 27, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, at a dinner party, a parent of an elementary school child asked my opinion of how technology has affected children’s reading and written language skills. That was quite a question to digest! I answered by say... Read more
First Grade is More Than Academics

Sep 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I've often said that First Grade is a magical year in a child’s life. This is because First Graders arrive in September, primarily as "babies" in the school hierarchy. However, by the end of the school year, I could le... Read more
Establishing Communication With Your Child's Teacher

Sep 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Will my daughter know how to buy her lunch? What if my son’s not reading yet? Will my shy child develop friends in the class? Understandably, parents have questions and concerns when their young child starts school. ... Read more
Ready, Set, Science

Sep 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Hands-on" science is a great way to get your young child interested in learning. It's something that can be incorporated easily into daily life. If you have a reluctant reader, or timid math student, making a science connec... Read more
7 Ways Parents Can Help Kids with Back-to-School Jitters

Aug 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Every year, about this time, I think about what strategies I can use to comfort those new students who are fearful about school, or are having a hard time separating fr om parents. School "jitters" are real and scary emotions... Read more