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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.


Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday With Great Books

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a reason to make this coming weekend memorable for your child? Celebrate Dr. Seuss! March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) are urging adults to take time to... Read more
Improve Math Skills With a Deck of Cards

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Looking for a quick, fun activity to help young students improve math skills? Start with a deck of playing cards! Here is a simple, engaging, and fun game to increase your child’s mental math ability. Children in kinder... Read more
Improving Reading Fluency With Nonsense Words

Feb 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Parents of students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade may be aware of using “nonsense” words in teaching phonics and reading. Many school districts are using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DI... Read more
Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Connie McCarthy

So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold. SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days. I thou... Read more
A Midyear Checklist for 2nd Graders

Jan 29, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade

This informal 12-point checklist will help you determine if your 2nd grader is on schedule academically at the halfway mark of the school year. Common Core skills are fashioned to be taught sequentially, building on skills fr... Read more
A Midyear Checklist for 1st Graders

Jan 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Below is an informal 12-point checklist for your 1st grade child at the midyear mark. Use this to measure six important math and six important English/Language Arts skills that are crucial to 1st grade progress. As a 1st grad... Read more
A Midyear Checklist for Kindergartners

Jan 15, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Most schools have recently passed or are fast approaching the halfway mark in the 2012-13 school year. At this point, it’s important for parents to know if their kindergarten child is also halfway through the required a... Read more
Balancing Creativity and Academics

Jan 08, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Creativity, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

I believe in the Common Core State Standards. Schools need a framework to help their students achieve college and career ready goals. This framework should be clear, rigorous, and equitable for each grade level. This is espec... Read more
Fun Crafts Projects To Match Favorite Early Elementary Books

Dec 31, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some creative educational activities to occupy young children on stormy days? To have some genuine parent/child fun together, simply look to books. The following are favorites of kindergarten and 1st grade student... Read more
The Gift of Family History

Dec 26, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In early education, our schools focus primarily on reading, writing, and math. While these are obviously important tangible skills, there are other aspects to educating young children that are much more subtle. How do we teac... Read more