Advertisement




RSS feed for School Family Blog Subscribe to Connie McCarthy Blog Updates

Enter your email address to receive new blog postings via email:

 

Delivered by FeedBurner

Advertisement

Pick a Blog Topic


Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
Livia McCoy
Preparing To Take the Common Core Assessments

Apr 08, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Common Core Standards

Students in some schools across the country will take online tests on the Common Core curriculum this spring. These tests do not actually count, and many schools are exempt from giving their normal tests in order to participa... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Essential Questions for a Midyear Check-in

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

For most school districts across the country, January is the halfway mark of the school year, even if your district follows a trimester model. Most important, it’s the perfect time to have a “check-in” with ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Are All Parents Happy With Common Core?

Jan 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

A very subtle shift is happening in my hometown. Interestingly, a small group of parents have organized and convened a meeting they called “Repeal Common Core: Reclaiming Local Control in Education.” About 20 pare... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Skills Critical to Common Core Success

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

As a mentor for new teachers, I spend a lot of time discussing the three important skills young students need to learn before starting with Common Core phonics and early math. I call this my “Triangle Base.” These... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Use Pennies To Teach Common Core Math Skills

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Young children love pennies. So make them part of math comprehension. Use pennies to help young students practice math skills in a simple yet memorable way. Here are four easy ways to use pennies to help reinforce important C... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Common Core Review for Kindergarteners and 1st Graders

Oct 15, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Right now most school districts are six to eight weeks into the new school year. That’s a long time for a kindergarten or 1st grade student! It’s also a time when many schools are scheduling first parent conferenc... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Activities To Help Kindergartners Understand Numbers

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Two Common Core math skills that your kindergarten child will be required to know by the end of the school year are: Count to 100 by ones and tens Counting forward within the known sequence (instead of having to always sta... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 2

Apr 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

In “Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1,” I explained the “six traits of writing” that many school districts use to teach young authors. This week’s focus is on the three types of writi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1

Apr 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Being a good reader does not automatically make your young child a good writer. Like reading, writing is a learned skill, and there are simple ways to help her learn to write well. Many school districts across the country bas... Read more
Connie McCarthy
New Words To Add to Your Child’s Word Bank

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Last month I provided a list of 30 common sight words, along with directions on how to build a word bank. As promised, here is a new word list. These words are called “word family words,” or phonograms, formed wit... Read more