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Connie McCarthy
Practice Writing Skills With Thanksgiving Notes

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Writing, Connie McCarthy

  Young students should be able to write, or at least copy, short notes. What better opportunity to hone their writing skills than sending thank-you notes in the days prior to Thanksgiving?   Brighten someone’... Read more
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A Fun Game To Learn Addition and Subtraction

Nov 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Understanding addition and subtraction within the number 20 is a First Grade Common Core goal. Here is an easy and fun way to help your child practice these skills to increase math fluency.   Start with addition, until ... Read more
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Teach Your Child Sight Words To Make Reading Easier

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

We all use words in four main ways: 1.) to listen; 2.) to speak; 3.) to read; and 4.) to write. Talking and reading to young children are methods that parents and caregivers can use to develop sounds and vocabulary. Young st... Read more
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New Questions You Should Ask at the Parent Teacher Conference

Oct 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy

While there are many articles covering the exchange of information at parent-teacher conferences, some recent developments should also be stressed.   “Common Core Standards” are now federal mandated models fo... Read more
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Use the Election To Teach Children About Voting

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

With our presidential election less than a month away, we are bombarded with images and messages regarding who to vote for on November 6. Children can’t vote, but they do have the important right to know exactly what&r... Read more
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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