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.
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
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
Yikes! No recess in all elementary schools in East Providence, Rhode Island? They can’t be serious!
This is the new directive teachers and parents are facing as we prepare for a new school year. As of September 8, 20... Read more
What parent hasn’t experienced a "lump in their throat" as they brought their young child to school for the first time? A new school experience can be exciting yet sometimes unsettling, for both parent and child! Than... Read more
"Please Mom; please can I have that giant box of crayons and the smelly markers?" This plea, recently overheard at a local store, got me thinking about the items that a new Kindergarten or First Grade student really needs..... Read more
For some children, getting ready for school means jazzy new sneakers, a colorful backpack, and a cool lunch box. For parents, it may be setting a morning routine, shopping for those new sneakers, or locating a bus stop.
Augu... Read more
Remember the excitement and joy you felt when your child started to speak? Sounds led to words, words to sentences, and sentences to conversations. You encouraged their speech with interactions, imitation, questions and comm... Read more
Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activ... Read more
"Wouldn’t my students love this," I thought as three little hummingbirds were feeding from my outstretched hand. I could hear the tiny bird’s distinctive hum and see their rapidly beating wings. I felt their lit... Read more
Old magazines can be "recycled" to new learning tools this summer. With a stack of old magazines your child can practice visual, fine motor, phonic, reading and math skills. Here are a few ideas to get started.
Have your c... Read more