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.
Young readers enjoy stories more when they can relate to characters, settings, or actions of the plot. Teachers call this a "self-to-text" connection. Children envision it as being "part" of the story.
Making a "self-to-tex... Read more
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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