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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.


6 Easy Ways To Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

Aug 14, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Very often parents want to volunteer in their child’s classroom—and that’s a great idea! Classroom involvement is beneficial in many ways. When you volunteer, you: subtly reinforce the importance of school ... Read more
Two Fine Motor Activities To Develop Math Skills

Aug 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts. Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your... Read more
10 Things To Practice for Kindergarten Readiness

Jul 31, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

When I first began my teaching career, kindergarten was a half-day program and primarily focused on play and socialization. Wow, have those days changed! Today, many kindergartens are on a full-day schedule and are much more ... Read more
Practice the Magic "E" With Young Readers

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he ... Read more
Estimate for Summer Math Fun

Jul 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Estimation is an important math skill because it allows for a reasonable guess before something is actually measured or counted. Coming “close enough” to the actual number is a real accomplishment, and part of hig... Read more
Four Simple Strategies To Build Reading Comprehension

Jul 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Young readers need to acquire good comprehension skills. In order to do this, they need strategies that help them fully understand what they read. Here are four simple strategies to help your young reader understand and appr... Read more
Two Easy Games To Develop Motor Skills

Jul 03, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Dexterity, a good grip, and eye-hand coordination are abilities that all young students need in order to print legibly. These require fine motor skills, which means using smaller muscle groups in the hands, and fingers. Yet b... Read more
Simple Summer Science for Young Learners

Jun 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to introduce your young student to “simple science.” One great way to start is to encourage your child to become a “weather watcher.” After watching or listening to a local w... Read more
Foster Your Child's Curiosity

Jun 19, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Most parents of young children have been bombarded with the “why” questions. “Why is the sky blue?”  “Why do I have to eat these vegetables?” “Why can’t I breathe underwate... Read more
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