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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.


Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

Apr 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach. While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
Spring Into Science With a Fun Experiment

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to introduce some simple science fun and new science language into your young child’s life. Watching planted seeds come to life before their very eyes is exciting for... Read more
10 Tips To Help Your Child Write a Story

Mar 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Getting young students to write good stories is a challenge. Most youngsters can tell a great story, but are reluctant writers. I tell my students that writing is simply “telling” a story on paper. If you can tell... Read more
A Modern Twist on the Ancient Abacus

Mar 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device ... Read more
What Is “Schema” in Education?

Mar 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

At PTO meetings or parent conferences, you might have heard the term “schema” (pronounced SKEE-mah) and its importance in reading comprehension. What exactly is “schema?” Simply put, schema is backgrou... Read more
Coming Soon: A New Dr. Seuss Book!

Mar 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

March 2 is always a special day in early childhood education. This year it was the 111th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is the beloved author of such childhood classic books as Hop on P... Read more
Sorting and Classifying Help Develop Strong Math Skills

Feb 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Sorting and classifying are early elements of math.  Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create... Read more
Organization Help for the Second Half of the School Year

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

Winter break is a great time to clear out clutter and organize for the remaining months of the school year. Here are four easy ways to simplify school papers, keep clutter to a minimum, and refine homework routines: Singer B... Read more
Time for a Midyear Progress Check

Feb 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Midway through the school year is a key time to reflect on your child’s school success. It’s the perfect time to “celebrate the halfway point” or to “plan it out.” By these two phrases I me... Read more
Simple Activities for Fine Motor Success

Feb 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Good fine motor skills are a very important part of early school success. Fine motor skills are directed by the small muscle groups that control hands and fingers. They support cutting, coloring, tying shoes, printing, etc. H... Read more