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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.


More Tips to Help Ease Your Child's Morning Routine

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Breakfast, Organization, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

"Why can't I wear my pajamas to school?"  Last week I shared a few tips on setting up a good morning routine. Here are a few more tricks to make school mornings run smoother. Deciding what a child should wear to school c... Read more
Tips for a Stress-Free School Morning Routine

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

"Where are my shoes?" "I can't find my backpack!" What parent hasn't heard these words? School and workday mornings can be stressful for everyone, but a rough morning can have a day-long effect on your child. Setting up a mor... Read more
More Activities to Improve Gross Motor Skills

Aug 13, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness

Play is crucial in helping children develop good Gross Motor Skills. Here are five more activities that will help your four-to-six year old practice and refine these important Gross Motor Skills. All of these games can be pla... Read more
Your Child's Gross Motor Skills: How to Improve Them

Aug 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Outdoor summer activities are great tools for improving your child's Gross Motor Skills. Parents often ask: "What is the difference between Gross and Fine Motor Skills, and how do they impact on my child's ability to learn?"&... Read more
Have Some "Cents-ible" Fun!

Jul 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Empty those piggy banks and help your child make some "cents" of coins and counting with a game I call: "Stop, Drop, and Roll." This game can be played on a table, on the floor, or even on a beach blanket! Items needed: Fi... Read more
Why Reading To Your Child Is So Important!

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

It is a proven fact that constant reading to young children helps them become better readers. Why is this so effective? Children learn many skills as they listen. Listening is the first step your child takes in making litera... Read more
Play a Pattern Game for Learning Fun!

Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Let's have some pattern fun with a game I call "Powerful Patterns." For this game you will need a deck of playing cards.The game can be played on any flat surface. The adult and child sit side-by-side, facing in the same dire... Read more
Recognizing Patterns is a First Step to Success in Reading and Math

Jul 09, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Patterns are part of our daily life!Some patterns are visual; such as the way tiles are placed on a floor. Some patterns are auditory, like "e-i, e-i, o" in the song "Old MacDonald Had A Farm." We all, unconsciously, follow p... Read more
First Grade Letters to a Marine in Iraq; "I Hope You're Cozy in Your Tent!"

Jul 02, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

One of the students in my first grade class has a cousin who is a Marine, recently deployed to Iraq. I decided to make a "learning about writing letters" lesson very meaningful, by writing actual letters to this young Marine... Read more
Understanding One-to-One Correspondence

Jun 25, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One-to-one correspondence is a fundamental skill in both math and reading.Adults use this concept every day. We automatically count out appropriate dollar bills and coins to pay for items. We set the table for the right amoun... Read more