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.
Teachers know that much time and energy is focused on making sure a student reaches and stays at grade level for his academic benchmarks. Yet all good teachers know that supporting and challenging an above-level child is equa... Read more
The holidays are a great time to unplug from all the electronic games. Encourage creativity in young students with simple gifts that reinforce skills in a fun and interactive way.
Here are six interesting holiday gift ideas t... Read more
At this time of year I often ask my students what they are thankful for—and their answers are always inspiring!
This year, I want to share with parents the simple things that make early elementary school teachers thankf... Read more
Asking questions when reading to your child is a great way to build your child’s reading comprehension. Helping her pay attention to key details, story settings and characters simplifies the complexities of reading for ... Read more
Are old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures causing clutter in your home? Turn them into new learning tools that develop academic and important motor skills for your young student!
For phonics practice:
Use pictures... Read more
Does your child like to collect things? If so, turn those seashells, rocks, action figures, comic books, toy dinosaurs, into useful objects that promote math and Language Arts skills.
Here are three ways to involve math with ... Read more
Writing stories is a learned skill. It’s a process by which the writer uses written words to communicate clear ideas.
In our 1st grade class, we talk about the writer’s responsibility to the reader. For example, t... Read more
The ability to easily recall basic addition and subtraction facts is an important skill for a young student. One of the best ways to facilitate this is playing a simple game to reinforce addition and subtraction skills. ... Read more
When parents teach young children to talk, listen, and act with respect, they are clearly setting a standard for school success. In our classroom we have five simple class rules. They are:
e... Read more
Three ways to categorize young readers are emergent, beginning, and independent.
Emergent reading is defined as children’s interaction with reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Emergent readers c... Read more