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Connie McCarthy
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
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3 Basic Skills, and 3 Easy Ways, to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten Reading

Jul 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

You can help get your young child ready for kindergarten reading by practicing three simple skills this summer:  1. Recognizing and naming all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.  2. Understanding that ... Read more
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Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten With Common Core Standards

Jun 25, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Counting, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

The National Common Core Standards are sequential skills from kindergarten through high school. They are comprehensive, purposeful instruction to promote student achievement in both English/language arts and mathematics. The... Read more
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3 Easy Ways to Get Your Child “Hooked” on Books This Summer!

Jun 19, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Reading, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Reading is like playing an instrument: Without practice, you’ll get rusty. Each summer, when my husband was a young boy in elementary school, my mother-in-law, Mimi, would find age appropriate books that would intere... Read more
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Let Young Students Make Lots of Mistakes!

Jun 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.  —Albert Einstein   Taking academic risks and making mistakes are both essential to learning. Recently, in my 1st grade class, we were w... Read more
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1st Grade, 2nd Grade End-of-Year Academic Checklist

May 29, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more