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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.


Today's Students Need Upgraded Schools

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Connie McCarthy

Educators and parents agree that purposeful and appropriate use of technology is terrific for both students and teachers. The use of technology, including personal devices, can be very helpful in supporting implementation of ... Read more
Now’s the Time To Get Involved!

Aug 13, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The start of the school year is the perfect time to think about volunteering at your child’s school. Any time you can spare would be beneficial. As a more involved parent, you increase your child’s opportunities t... Read more
Help Teach Your 1st Grader To Listen and Speak Well

Aug 06, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Listening and speaking well are two of the most important skills that any person can have. These are also key components of the Common Core State Standards for 1st grade. Learning these skills, early in life, can give your ch... Read more
5 Ways To Help Young Children With Back-to-School Anxieties

Jul 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Back to School, Anxiety, 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

As August approaches, most young students are excited about starting a new school year. They are ready to go. However, some children experience anxiety about going to school. This can affect the entire family. Morning routine... Read more
More Tips for Kindergarten Readiness

Jul 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Last week I shared four strategies to help you prepare your young child for kindergarten. Here are four more quick and easy ways to make the transition from summer to kindergarten both smooth and productive. Help him practic... Read more
Help Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Jul 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

Starting kindergarten does not have to be a stressful time for a child—or for parents. However, it will probably involve some big changes like going to a new facility, riding the bus for the first time, eating lunch in ... Read more
A Letter "Puzzle" Game for New Kindergartners

Jul 09, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

There are simple things that parents can do to easily prepare their child for kindergarten success. Summer is a wonderful time to help young children get ready for September, by doing a fun academic activity each week. In the... Read more
Turn the Night Sky Into Memorable Summer Learning

Jul 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to teach children about the night sky. It’s great fun to identify and observe the various constellations of stars. Incorporating a child’s natural curiosity with a clear and dark evening... Read more
My Year Mentoring New Teachers

Jun 25, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy

This past school year, I was offered a special opportunity. Instead of returning to my 1st grade classroom, I was selected by the Rhode Island Department of Education to be an “induction coach” for first-year teac... Read more
Improve Subtraction Skills With a Fun Pennies Game

Jun 18, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

An interesting yet easy game to enrich “mental math” subtraction skills is “Penny Hide and Seek.” It uses visual and hands-on practice to help young children quickly and easily remember simple subtract... Read more