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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.


What Is “Too Much” When It Comes to Young Children And Consumer Electronics?

Feb 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

National news programs recently reported that the amount of time American children spend watching TV, playing video games, using small electronic devices, or surfing on the computer has increased to almost 8 hours a day! I c... Read more
A Simple Card Game to Promote National Math Standards

Feb 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Roll for a Card” is a fun game that I have played with my own children and students to sharpen early learning skills. It's fun, easy, and takes about 15-20 minutes to play. Items Needed: One die from a pair of ... Read more
Improve Your Young Child's Drawing and Handwriting Skills

Jan 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, School Success, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

In my last post I shared some simple activities that can help your young child improve cutting skills. Today's games are very effective in improving your child's drawing and handwriting skills. Fill a shirt-sized cardboa... Read more
Simple Activities Can Improve Fine Motor Skills

Jan 20, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Early school success is often based on the mechanics of a young child’s fine motor skills. These skills are needed for cutting, coloring, pasting and printing.In these next few weeks I’ll share some tips and activ... Read more
Grandparents Can Play an Important Role In Educating Young Children

Jan 14, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 Research confirms the importance of grandparents in a child’s life.  The time that grandparents spend, their patience, and their full-life experiences are invaluable to grandchildren. Grandparents are a wonde... Read more
Foundation Skills for Young Learners

Jan 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution.  We tend to get rid of what doesn’t work in our life, and fine-tune what does. Parents want to know how to maximize their young child’s early learning su... Read more
Holiday Vacation Activities: Make Your Own “Play Dough” For Fine Motor Fun!

Dec 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Motor Skills, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some parent/child "Holiday Vacation" fun? Try making your own “Play Dough!” You will need: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 cup water2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon food co... Read more
Holiday Traditions that Improve Reading and Writing Skills

Dec 15, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The Holiday Season is a time for family traditions. Retelling stories from your childhood and establishing new holiday experiences with your own family is one of the joys of the season. One of my fondest memories, as a child,... Read more
Keep Television Out of Your Young Child’s Bedroom

Dec 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Sleep, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning

“Should I get my child their own television for their room?”  Whenever I am asked this question my answer is always a resounding “Absolutely not!” I say this because: Using a TV for reward or pun... Read more
Kids' Holiday Gifts: Give the Gift of Learning

Nov 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With Holiday shopping upon us, parents often ask me for suggestions of games or toys that will enhance their child’s learning.  Here are some simple, inexpensive educational toys and games for 4-8 year olds.  ... Read more