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.
Wherever your summer travels take you, there will be many learning opportunities for your young child. Places you visit can lead to fun exercises in both reading and math.
Make a point to see any attractions tha... Read more
The faster a child can decode a word, the stronger a reader he will become. Recognizing words, using clues from the pictures and reading with fluency can make him a successful, comprehensive reader.
Here are ways to help deve... Read more
Summer break has started, or will very shortly. It’s a perfect time to take those classroom skills and apply them to different, more relaxed summer venues. By keeping the learning process active, you can help your child... Read more
Sensory games can be a fun way for any child to learn. Here are three easy activities to encourage your child to learn in different ways:
Heighten his listening comprehension with simple household objects. For example, use a ... Read more
Whether your child loves to write stories or is a reluctant writer, a great way to bolster writing skills is to make simple poems. Verse writing is short; children easily understand the rhythm, and see quick results of their ... Read more
This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
When young authors start to write, they are sometimes confused about where to begin. Often, having one good idea gets them going! Here are six ways to let the author in your child bloom.
Use a traditional pattern: Suggest th... Read more
The ability to compare and contrast between fiction and nonfiction, or elements of a story, significantly increases your child’s reading comprehension.
When comparing, students are thinking about how things are alike. W... Read more
Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving.
Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill:
Start by... Read more
Parents often worry when young children keep reversing letters and numbers in their written work.
When young children first begin to print, it is very common for them to reverse letters and numbers. The most common are b, d, ... Read more