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.
Each September, it is adorable how my new 1st grade students can’t wait to start homework! The challenge for parents and teachers is to continue this enthusiasm and make a child’s time spent doing homework success... Read more
Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include:
It can also be a great enrich... Read more
Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are:
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Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skill... Read more
Reading enjoyment begins at home. Parents can be a powerful influence on ensuring their child has a lifelong love of reading.
Here are 10 easy steps to subtly reinforce the joy of reading:
Set the example. Each time a child ... Read more
Help your child begin the school year with some simple organizational skills and family routines to encourage school success, right from the start.
Here are five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track:
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Very often parents want to volunteer in their child’s classroom—and that’s a great idea! Classroom involvement is beneficial in many ways. When you volunteer, you:
subtly reinforce the importance of school ... Read more
Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts.
Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your... Read more
When I first began my teaching career, kindergarten was a half-day program and primarily focused on play and socialization. Wow, have those days changed!
Today, many kindergartens are on a full-day schedule and are much more ... Read more
Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he ... Read more