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Connie McCarthy
Have Kids Roll the Dice to Learn Place Value

Mar 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Most kindergarten and 1st grade students can easily understand single-digit numbers (0-9.) However, knowing double-digit numbers, from 10-99, often is confusing to young math students.  Understanding “place value&r... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A "Synonym" is Not Something You Put on Toast!

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 A few years ago, when I was introducing word categories to my 1st grade students, I asked if anyone knew what a “synonym” was. I called on one student who was enthusiastically waving his hand. “Oh yes... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Kindergarten Math: The Common Core Standards and 4 Geometry Activities

Mar 12, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Math being taught in kindergarten classrooms today includes geometry as children learn about different geometric shapes. This is due to the establishment of the Common Core Standards for Education, which was developed by the... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Is a Language Learning Disability (LLD)?

Mar 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Language is more than the words we speak to one another. There are many parts of the language process and if all are working as expected, we give little thought to it. But if a person is struggling with language, they may hav... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Introduce Your Young Reader to the “H Brothers”

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Once young readers learn to blend letter sounds, they can easily sound out a new or unfamiliar word—that is until they encounter one of the “H Brothers!”   The “H Brothers” are consonant dig... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Beginning Reader Become a “Decoding Detective”

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 To increase reading levels, beginning readers need the confidence to decode new and unfamiliar words.  A simple way to do this is by building on words they already know.  Teach your beginning reader the fun of... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Vacation Fun, No Reservations Required!

Feb 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

School vacation can be a great time for family fun. Here are some simple ways to keep young children productively engaged, using all five senses (note that these activities can be enjoyed either at home or away on vacation): ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
This Valentine’s Day, Keep Sugar Levels Low and Math Levels High

Feb 11, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Young students love Valentine’s Day and all the treats that go with it. This year try something different. Instead of letting your child eat those small Conversation Hearts, use them for some easy, fun, and colorful mat... Read more
Connie McCarthy
In Praise of the Average Reading Student

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I’m writing this week in support and recognition of all the wonderful young students who fall into the under appreciated category of “average” when it comes to their reading.   Average means that a chil... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Ways to Help Your Advanced Reader

Jan 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

  Last week I wrote about struggling young readers, and offered some strategies to help these children succeed.  But, what if your child is an above-level reader?  How do you keep an advanced reader challenged ... Read more