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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.

Create Word Rainbows To Help Young Spellers

May 21, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
6 Ways To Help Your Young Writer Bloom

May 14, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

When young authors start to write, they are sometimes confused about where to begin. Often, having one good idea gets them going! Here are six ways to let the author in your child bloom. Use a traditional pattern: Suggest th... Read more
The Ability To Compare and Contrast Increases Reading Comprehension

May 07, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare and contrast between fiction and nonfiction, or elements of a story, significantly increases your child’s reading comprehension. When comparing, students are thinking about how things are alike. W... Read more
3 Easy Ways To Reinforce Subtraction Skills

Apr 30, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving. Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill: Start by... Read more
Is Your Child a Backward Printer?

Apr 23, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Handwriting, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Parents often worry when young children keep reversing letters and numbers in their written work. When young children first begin to print, it is very common for them to reverse letters and numbers. The most common are b, d, ... Read more
Understanding Directional and Positional Words

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day. Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always go... Read more
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