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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.


Use Greeting Cards as Story Starters

Mar 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Collaborating with colleagues is a great way for professionals to exchange successful ideas. Recently, I met with my college friend, Elaine Scott, who is a retired first grade teacher. Of course we were "talking shop" and ... Read more
Simple Questions Can Spark Reading Comprehension

Feb 25, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Would you like to have your child read with confidence and increased comprehension? Here are five simple ideas to accomplish this: When your young child gets a new book, or revisits an old favorite book, let him look throug... Read more
School Vacation Games for Fun and Learning

Feb 18, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Looking for fun ways to keep your young child actively engaged in learning over February vacation? Here are two simple activities for you. One will help with reading skills, and the other is for math. While these activities c... Read more
Simple Tools to Promote Good Writing

Feb 09, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Children are great story tellers. It’s wonderful to listen to their detail, expression, and language when they speak of important events in their lives. I often point out to my students that writing a good story is just... Read more
Turn Your Good Reader into a Good Writer

Feb 02, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Being a good reader does not necessarily mean that a child will be a good writer. Writing stories is a learned skill, and sometimes the best readers are reluctant writers. The key is to start simply, so that the art of writ... Read more
Call Me a “Tiger-less” Teacher

Jan 25, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

In a recent weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, (January 8-9, 2011) I read an article that soon started a nationwide controversy. The headline read "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." It was the story of Yale Law Prof... Read more
Think like a Student to Improve Math Fluency

Jan 18, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

This past week I got to be "a student." I took an intensive math course, outlining ways to help my first-graders streamline their math skills. It gave me the opportunity to be in the position of learning new skills and info... Read more
Make Math Facts More Automatic With Simple Math Games

Jan 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The more "automatic" your child can be with basic math facts, the more he or she will be able to easily recall them. This recall can then be applied to more difficult math calculations. In education, we call this math "auto... Read more
New Year’s Resolutions To Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

Jan 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Here are three simple ideas to help your young child become a better reader. Keep a reading log. Purchase an inexpensive small notebook or blank journal. Date and write down book titles of what you read with your child and/... Read more
Family-Friendly Games for School Vacation (that Keep Learning Skills Sharp)

Dec 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s great to relax with some family games that will keep learning skills sharp.  Here are two family-friendly games that are easy and fun to play:Game 1 “Find the ... Read more