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Connie McCarthy
Turn Halloween Anticipation Into Educational Fun

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Halloween, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

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
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5 Questions To Ask the Teacher at Open House

Sep 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

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
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Everyday Ways to Help Children Practice New Skills

Sep 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Recipe Share, Connie McCarthy

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
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A New School Year Means A New Challenge for Students—and This Teacher

Sep 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

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
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Have Kids Practice Writing by Capturing Summer Memories

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Writing, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

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
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Why School and Home Routines are Important for Students—6 Tips

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

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
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School Education Culture: Why It’s Important at Your Child’s School

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

The overall educational culture of your child’s school is an important role in school success.  From the principal down through each grade level, there should be a clear school-wide plan for student success and aca... Read more
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Lessons For the Classroom From the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Aug 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are a wonderful opportunity for young students to see, up close and personal, the results of hard work and determination. It’s also a great way to make a connection between games and school... Read more
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3 Summer Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Jul 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Here are 3 simple activities to help your child improve her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills develop muscles that allow her to draw, print, color, and successfully complete other physical activities. These games can be do... Read more
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Summer Reading for Youngsters Using Common Core Standards

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Recipe Share, Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Motivating your young child to read during the summer can be a challenge. Here are 3 easy ideas to keep your child reading all summer, while subtly reinforcing the Common Core reading standards. Connect reading to projects ... Read more