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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 Child Become a Creative Writer

Mar 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

There are many simple and effective ways to help your child become a more creative writer. Here are three easy activities to promote creative writing with your young child. Each activity should take about fifteen to thirty ... Read more
Practical Ways to Encourage Writing For a Purpose

Mar 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Writing well usually begins with writing for a purpose. Here are three simple activities to give writing meaning, and encourage your child to connect the importance of writing and reading to everyday life. Give your chi... Read more
Simple Activities to Improve Your Child's Listening Skills

Mar 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Good listening skills are essential for school success. If your child’s listening skills could use sharpening try these three easy, quick, and fun activities. These games can be played in a 10-20 minute period of tim... Read more
How to Make an Easy Fine Motor Activity for Your Young Child

Mar 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here is a great activity for eye-hand coordination, as well as strengthening finger muscles. Make your own lacing cards to help strengthen your child’s finger muscles. You will need: Poster board A hole puncher... Read more
What Fine Motor Skills Does Your Child Need for School Success?

Feb 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Connie McCarthy

Fine Motor Skills require the use of the smaller muscle groups like the hands, fingers, toes, and lips. Young children need to develop these skills for school success. Cutting, printing, coloring, pasting, writing stories, a... Read more
What Gross Motor Skills Should Your Child Master by the Age of Six?

Feb 18, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial aware... Read more
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