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.
Relaxed summer schedules are ending, and the back to school rush has begun. If your young child is counting down the days until school starts, or has just started back, your household routines are changing and getting back in... Read more
Play is a great tool for learning, and summer is the time to easily blend play with academic skills.
Here are some simple ways to turn play into valuable learning experiences.
At the beach:
Let your child use a stick to prac... Read more
One of the easiest ways to help your child practice writing this summer is to make a "Vacation Memory Book."
If you are going away on vacation, or just taking short day trips to the beach with your child this summer, this is ... Read more
When young children first begin to write stories they often get frustrated, and need help spelling the "big words." Here is a way to help your child overcome this obstacle and let creative writing flow.
You will need:
A sta... Read more
Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way.
One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing."
When my own children were young, we w... Read more
Every June I am reminded what a magical year First Grade is in a child’s academic life. I’m reminded by the inspiring words of my students and their parents.
"She taught me how to read and now I love it!" wrote ... Read more
Our city’s librarian came to visit our school this week. She wanted to tell the children about summer reading programs that are available, free of charge. Each child went home with a brochure explaining the upcoming p... Read more
Parents want to know how to keep academic skills sharp, while enjoying the slower pace of summer. One way is to make a "Summer Fun Contract" with your child.
Here’s what to do:
Together, make a list of favorite summer... Read more
Here is a special way to help your child remember the fun of their Kindergarten or First Grade school year. Try making a "Memory Book" together. By asking a few simple questions, you can help your child create a "published... Read more
Are you traveling with young children this holiday weekend? If so, here are some easy reading and math games that will keep your children entertained, while reinforcing skills.
An adult says four words, three t... Read more