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.
"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
Here are three enjoyable outdoor summer activities that help develop fine motor skills. They require no paper, pencils, or electronic devices! Plan each activity for a different summer day.
For the first, you will need:
A b... Read more
The ending of a school year often leaves parents wondering how they can keep their child’s academic and physical skills sharp during the summer months.
Two great resources to check out are your local library, and your l... Read more
Often, at this time of year I see dramatic changes in classroom behavior and a child’s ability to stay focused and on task. I suspect that this is sometimes caused by seasonal allergies and the medications used to treat... Read more
Good visual and memory skills can help your child be successful in school. You can help improve these skills with a simple, fun activity that takes about ten to twenty minutes. This game can be played on a flat surface at ho... Read more