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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.


Help Young Students Understand Coins

Jun 12, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recognizing coins and understanding their value are two separate and important skills. Young students cannot be expected to add and subtract mixed coins, then understand the different value of each one, if they don’t fi... Read more
More Healthy Play for Summer Learning and Fun

Jun 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

Summer is the time to have fun while learning! Here are three more healthy play activities to build a child’s coordination and body control, as well as enhance gross- and fine-motor skills.Walking the line You’ll ... Read more
Keep Your Child Reading All Summer

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, School Vacation, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One successful reading strategy I’ve used in 1st grade is pairing students with a 5th grade “reading buddy.” We would meet with our buddies once a week. Sometimes the older student would read to the younger ... Read more
Use “Story Starters” To Help Young Writers

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Very often young children are reluctant writers because they simply don’t know how to start a story. One way to circumvent this is to provide them with a “story starter.” Story starters are prompts. They can... Read more
The Pleasure of Healthy Play

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Preschool, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Spring equals time for young children to get out there and play! Happy, healthful outdoor play is important for building muscular readiness… and that’s needed for all sorts of gross and fine motor skills used in ... Read more
Ways To Help Your Child Become an Early Reader

May 08, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

What makes a child become an early reader? As a 1st grade teacher, I’ve helped many young children learn to read. In the process, certain patterns have emerged. It’s more than decoding sounds and words—it&rs... Read more
Combine Easy Crafts With Math and Fine Motor Skills

May 01, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Creativity, Connie McCarthy

Very often, the best learning takes place when young students are just having fun. Here are some easy activities to do with your kindergarten or 1st grade child that will reinforce essential math and fine motor skills. You wi... Read more
Practice Cause-and-Effect Thinking for Better Reading Comprehension

Apr 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Critical thinking skills are based on prior knowledge and experience. In reading, these higher-level strategies help young students make reasonable guesses based on what they already know. This in turn helps to significantly ... Read more
Combine Nonfiction and Science for Springtime Fun

Apr 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Spring is a perfect time to explore the wonderful world of science. Young students are curious and imaginative and love learning about their environment. A favorite science subject for springtime study has been the life cycle... Read more
Tens and Ones: An Easy Way To Remember Place Value

Apr 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Young students should understand that, when looking at a two-digit number, the left number represents “10’s”, and the right number represents “1’s.” This is a critical math skill needed for... Read more