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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 Your Auditory Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Nov 05, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Your auditory learner is usually a good listener. This is the child who says "But Mom you said...!" They are the children who follow spoken directions, love rhymes, music, listening to stories or listening to audio books. T... Read more
Help Your Visual Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Oct 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

As a visual learner your child really responds to color, design, charts, lists, and most things that have a clear, strong, and appealing visual image. You can tap into this learning style with the following easy tips and ide... Read more
Observe Your Child to Learn More About His/Her Learning Style

Oct 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Most children use a combination of senses to learn. The three most common are visual, auditory (hearing,) and touch or "hands-on." Yet, it’s also true that most children tend to be stronger in one of those areas. A sim... Read more
Simple Math Games to Reinforce National Math Standards

Oct 14, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Did you know that simple household items could be the "keys" to help your child "unlock" math skills? If you have a pair of dice, paper muffin cups, and pennies or paper clips at your house, you can practice number skill... Read more
Help Your Child Develop Independence and Responsibility

Oct 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“How can I help my child become more independent?”  This was one of many great questions parents asked at our recent “Meet the Teacher” night at my school.  Here are five simple tips to help ... Read more
“Jump Start” Early Reading and Math Success

Sep 23, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Parents want to give their Kindergarten or First Grade child a "jump start" for reading and math success, but are often overwhelmed on how to do it! Experience has taught me that there are three main skills to master. This s... Read more
Establish Routines for a Smooth School Year

Sep 17, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Establishing and maintaining simple routines can make getting ready in the morning and the entire school year run smoothly. Here are five simple tips to get your Kindergarten or First Grade child in a "ready-to-learn" routin... Read more
School Anxiety… Teacher Style

Sep 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teacher Appreciation, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Teachers have first day of school "jitters" too! Will I have enough crayons and pencils for everyone? Did I spell everyone’s name correctly? Do my students know how they are getting home...walking, taking the bus, going... Read more
Hassle Free Homework

Sep 02, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Parents often ask, "How can I make homework less of a chore?" As young children start Kindergarten or First Grade it’s the first time they have real homework. Very often the children are excited about homework because ... Read more
The Impact of Too Little Unstructured Playtime

Aug 27, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, After-School

This past Monday night I chose to be the voice of my young students. In front of school committee members, the superintendent, and 300 or so parents of my school community, I spoke on behalf of all East Providence elementary ... Read more