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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.


Don’t Let Language Confuse Young Math Students

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

When teaching the value of double-digit numbers in my classroom, I noticed that my students often became confused with 11, 12, and the rest of the -teen numbers. This was a puzzle to me, and I was determined to solve it. Afte... Read more
More New Words for Your Child’s Word Bank

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This month’s words for your child’s word bank involve consonant blends and consonant digraphs. Simply put, consonant blends consist of two or three consonants used together in words, where each letter sound is d... Read more
Do a “Reading Survey” With Your Child

Apr 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

There is a strategy that teachers use in classrooms to identify various interests in student reading. It’s a concept that parents can easily incorporate at home called a “Reading Survey.” Teachers use a Read... Read more
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
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
3 Strategies To Build Strong Reading Skills

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

When a young student starts to read, it’s a very exciting time for parents! But progressing from a beginning reader to a good reader takes time, practice, and knowing and using certain strategies. Here is a list of thre... Read more
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
Celebrate Spring With Stories and Common Core Activities

Mar 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Preschool, Kindergarten, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Warm weather is coming, and seasonal books, with fun and easy connecting activities, are a great way to celebrate with your young child. A variety of springtime books are readily available at your local library or on an e-re... Read more
A Fun Memory Game To Help Build Confidence

Mar 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Memory, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Does your child have difficulty remembering school lessons, homework assignments, spelling words, etc.? Her memory is probably just fine, and you can help her it prove to herself by teaching her how to play a fun memory game.... Read more
An Easy Game To Help Kids Practice Important Math Skills

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Games are an easy and fun way to practice important Common Core math skills. A good math skill for kindergarten and 1st grade students to know is different ways to get sums of numbers from 3 to 10. Here is a simple, hands-on ... Read more