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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Children learn how to talk instinctively. It is a natural process. It occurs through interaction with family members, caregivers, or even playmates. However, this is not the case with reading. Reading must be learned.Lear... Read more
In this digital age an old-fashioned, child-friendly cassette tape player can be your four-to-six year old's best friend!Do you have to be away on a business trip, and miss your child's bedtime story? Record your child's favo... Read more
"My mom's hair is like polished wood," wrote one student in my class. Another wrote "Her hugs feel like the ocean waves." Yet another wrote "If I could choose any mom in the world to be my mom, I would choose her."  ... Read more