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Connie McCarthy
Music and Movement Can Enhance Reading Skills

Sep 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include: listening memory/recall rhyming language skills focus It can also be a great enrich... Read more
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Teach Temporal Words for Better Reading Comprehension

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are: once fi... Read more
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10 Simple Skills for 1st Grade Readiness

Sep 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skill... Read more
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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