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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.


Practice Cause-and-Effect Thinking for Better Reading Comprehension

Apr 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Critical thinking skills are based on prior knowledge and experience. In reading, these higher-level strategies help young students make reasonable guesses based on what they already know. This in turn helps to significantly ... Read more
Combine Nonfiction and Science for Springtime Fun

Apr 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Spring is a perfect time to explore the wonderful world of science. Young students are curious and imaginative and love learning about their environment. A favorite science subject for springtime study has been the life cycle... Read more
Tens and Ones: An Easy Way To Remember Place Value

Apr 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Young students should understand that, when looking at a two-digit number, the left number represents “10’s”, and the right number represents “1’s.” This is a critical math skill needed for... Read more
The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

Apr 03, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In the last few years, much emphasis has been put on revamping academics, including Common Core State Standards and revised curricula. Yet it’s also important for teachers and parents to be reminded about Social/Emotion... Read more
10 Easy Steps for Reading Readiness

Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

There are some simple yet important skills that your child must have before he is ready to read. Parents can easily incorporate these skills into play, activities, and time together to support early reading success. Here are ... Read more
Make Geometry a Part of Everyday Life

Mar 20, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Geometric shapes are part of our everyday environment. Recognizing, understanding, and comparing different shapes are critical in advancing mathematical skills. These skills are first introduced in kindergarten and follow mat... Read more
Teach Inference for Better Reading Comprehension

Mar 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Children can often figure out what is going to happen in a story based on experience or prior knowledge. By using authors’ clues in a text to form logical conclusions, young readers can better understand what they are r... Read more
Encouraging "Deeper-Level" Thinking in Young Children

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Asking and answering questions has been a staple of teacher and student interaction for centuries. A big shift in today’s classrooms is for teachers to challenge students with “deeper-level questioning.” Thi... Read more
Simple Rhyming Songs Can Enhance Early Learning

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Music is a powerful tool to help a young child learn. It blends movement and rhythm with words and rhyme to increase phonemic awareness. Music helps young children naturally cross “over the midline” to understand ... Read more
Play “Friends of 10” for Easy Math Practice

Feb 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more