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Connie McCarthy
Instilling a Love of Reading at Home

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Reading enjoyment begins at home. Parents can be a powerful influence on ensuring their child has a lifelong love of reading. Here are 10 easy steps to subtly reinforce the joy of reading: Set the example. Each time a child ... Read more
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5 Back-to-School Organization Ideas for Kids and Families

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Help your child begin the school year with some simple organizational skills and family routines to encourage school success, right from the start. Here are five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track: ... Read more
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6 Easy Ways To Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

Aug 14, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Very often parents want to volunteer in their child’s classroom—and that’s a great idea! Classroom involvement is beneficial in many ways. When you volunteer, you: subtly reinforce the importance of school ... Read more
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Two Fine Motor Activities To Develop Math Skills

Aug 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts. Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your... Read more
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10 Things To Practice for Kindergarten Readiness

Jul 31, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

When I first began my teaching career, kindergarten was a half-day program and primarily focused on play and socialization. Wow, have those days changed! Today, many kindergartens are on a full-day schedule and are much more ... Read more
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Practice the Magic "E" With Young Readers

Jul 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he ... Read more
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Estimate for Summer Math Fun

Jul 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Estimation is an important math skill because it allows for a reasonable guess before something is actually measured or counted. Coming “close enough” to the actual number is a real accomplishment, and part of hig... Read more
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Four Simple Strategies To Build Reading Comprehension

Jul 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Young readers need to acquire good comprehension skills. In order to do this, they need strategies that help them fully understand what they read. Here are four simple strategies to help your young reader understand and appr... Read more
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Two Easy Games To Develop Motor Skills

Jul 03, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Dexterity, a good grip, and eye-hand coordination are abilities that all young students need in order to print legibly. These require fine motor skills, which means using smaller muscle groups in the hands, and fingers. Yet b... Read more
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Simple Summer Science for Young Learners

Jun 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to introduce your young student to “simple science.” One great way to start is to encourage your child to become a “weather watcher.” After watching or listening to a local w... Read more