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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.


Make Math Facts More Automatic With Simple Math Games

Jan 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The more "automatic" your child can be with basic math facts, the more he or she will be able to easily recall them. This recall can then be applied to more difficult math calculations. In education, we call this math "auto... Read more
New Year’s Resolutions To Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

Jan 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three simple ideas to help your young child become a better reader. Keep a reading log. Purchase an inexpensive small notebook or blank journal. Date and write down book titles of what you read with your child and/... Read more
Family-Friendly Games for School Vacation (that Keep Learning Skills Sharp)

Dec 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s great to relax with some family games that will keep learning skills sharp.  Here are two family-friendly games that are easy and fun to play:Game 1 “Find the ... Read more
World Wide Wishes From the First Grade

Dec 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One of our writing projects last week was about "Christmas Wishes." I asked my First Grade students to write about their Christmas wishes for people of the whole world. If they had the power to make a real difference in the... Read more
Household Items That Help With Homework

Dec 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Organization, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Having the right tools in one place can make homework less of a struggle. At a PTO meeting last night two colleagues and I addressed parent’s concerns about homework. Mrs. Monteiro, a third grade teacher, told parents ... Read more
Sharing Holiday Traditions

Dec 03, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

So much of the holiday season is about sharing family traditions. In my class today, we were very excited to have one of my student’s mom share their family’s Chanukah celebrations. Most of the students in my cla... Read more
Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Child’s Learning Style

Nov 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

At this time of year parents often ask me for gift suggestions that promote learning. So often, a successful gift of this type depends on your child’s learning style. So here are a few gift ideas for visual, auditory,... Read more
What Makes a First Grader Thankful?

Nov 19, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often we hear the term "Back to Basics." But what does this really mean? With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, I was really reminded of, and enchanted by my student’s "back to basics" view. Their short sto... Read more
Help Your "Hands-On" Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Nov 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Your "Hands-On" learner is the child who can put things together, or take them apart. This is the child whose favorite activity is blocks, clay, Legos, or digging. They are the children, who at the end of the day have the d... Read more
Help Your Auditory Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Nov 05, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Your auditory learner is usually a good listener. This is the child who says "But Mom you said...!" They are the children who follow spoken directions, love rhymes, music, listening to stories or listening to audio books. T... Read more