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Connie McCarthy
Help Your Young Child Handle Stress

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

Managing stress is just as important for children as it is for adults. Stress can affect anyone who is overwhelmed, especially during the holidays—and that can include young children. Some stress triggers might be sched... Read more
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Supporting Your Accelerated Learner

Dec 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Connie McCarthy

Teachers know that much time and energy is focused on making sure a student reaches and stays at grade level for his academic benchmarks. Yet all good teachers know that supporting and challenging an above-level child is equa... Read more
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Simple Holiday Gift Ideas That Enhance Learning

Dec 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The holidays are a great time to unplug from all the electronic games. Encourage creativity in young students with simple gifts that reinforce skills in a fun and interactive way. Here are six interesting holiday gift ideas t... Read more
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Your Child’s Teacher Is Thankful for Your Help

Nov 26, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At this time of year I often ask my students what they are thankful for—and their answers are always inspiring! This year, I want to share with parents the simple things that make early elementary school teachers thankf... Read more
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Help Your Child Have a Deeper Understanding of Stories

Nov 20, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Asking questions when reading to your child is a great way to build your child’s reading comprehension. Helping her pay attention to key details, story settings and characters simplifies the complexities of reading for ... Read more
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Turn Paper Clutter Into Learning Tools

Nov 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures causing clutter in your home? Turn them into new learning tools that develop academic and important motor skills for your young student! For phonics practice: Use pictures... Read more
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Your Child’s Collectibles Can Support Academic Skills

Nov 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your child like to collect things? If so, turn those seashells, rocks, action figures, comic books, toy dinosaurs, into useful objects that promote math and Language Arts skills. Here are three ways to involve math with ... Read more
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A Simple Activity To Help With Story Writing

Oct 30, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Writing stories is a learned skill. It’s a process by which the writer uses written words to communicate clear ideas. In our 1st grade class, we talk about the writer’s responsibility to the reader. For example, t... Read more
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Build Math “Fact Power” in Young Students

Oct 23, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

The ability to easily recall basic addition and subtraction facts is an important skill for a young student. One of the best ways to facilitate this is playing a simple game to reinforce addition and subtraction skills. ... Read more
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Modeling Respect Leads to School Success

Oct 16, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

When parents teach young children to talk, listen, and act with respect, they are clearly setting a standard for school success. In our classroom we have five simple class rules. They are: quiet hands quiet feet quiet lips e... Read more