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.
We all use words in four main ways: 1.) to listen; 2.) to speak; 3.) to read; and 4.) to write.
Talking and reading to young children are methods that parents and caregivers can use to develop sounds and vocabulary. Young st... Read more
While there are many articles covering the exchange of information at parent-teacher conferences, some recent developments should also be stressed.
“Common Core Standards” are now federal mandated models fo... Read more
With our presidential election less than a month away, we are bombarded with images and messages regarding who to vote for on November 6. Children can’t vote, but they do have the important right to know exactly what&r... Read more
Children love Halloween! It’s a time of great excitement and anticipation for young students. Starting early in the school year they see costumes, decorations, candy, and all other things Halloween in stores and ad... Read more
At the beginning of every school year, teachers strive to get their classroom management strategies in place. They do this to provide a safe and predictable school environment for all students.
Now is a great time to organiz... Read more
As your elementary-age child settles into the new year, schools typically schedule an open house or “meet the teacher” night. This is an important event to attend, if your schedule allows.
It’s important be... Read more
Now that school is in session your young child is learning new skills every day. Here are some simple ways to reinforce and practice those skills as part of your family’s routines:
Count backwards. While w... Read more
Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more
Children love the spontaneous fun and pure joy of summertime. While the end of summer is bittersweet, now is the time to help your child capture wonderful summer memories, while practicing writing skills for a new schoo... Read more
In my 1st grade class, we spend the first few weeks of the new school year establishing classroom routines. These routines are both academic and organizational.
Routines are important because they give children a clear sense... Read more