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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
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What If My Child Isn't Reading As Well As His Friends?

Jan 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often, when parents hear that other children their child’s age are reading higher-level books, they have concerns about their own child’s progress.    There may be several reasons why your child isn&rsqu... Read more
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Start Using Those S.A.T. Vocabulary Words Early

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, College

We were recently visiting a family friend, a young woman who's a great young mom with two active preschool children. It was impressive to hear her speak and explain things to her son and daughter. I complimented her on her gr... Read more
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Make an Easy “Flap Book” to Increase Reading Comprehension

Jan 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

A “Flap Book” is a great way to get your child thinking about a story in a logical, sequential way. After reading a simple story together, enhance your young child’s comprehension by helping her make one. &... Read more
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3 Activities to Help Your Child Become a Better Math Student in 2012

Jan 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Connecting math to everyday life makes math real and purposeful for your child. Here are 3 easy activities to help your young child improve their math skills in the New Year: Make math “tasty.” Cook a simple reci... Read more
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Use This Week To Ease Your Children into January’s Increased Academics

Dec 26, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the early grades, January is traditionally a time when schoolwork accelerates. Young students have been steadily building on skills since the start of the school year. They have also been learning the various routines of t... Read more
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Simple, Last-Minute, Stocking Stuffers for Fun and Learning

Dec 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Surprise your young child this holiday season with some simple and inexpensive items as stocking stuffers or small gifts that will delight their curiosity and enhance “hands-on” learning. Remember the delicious ch... Read more
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Holiday Gifts Your Child Can Make to Create Memories

Dec 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Middle School, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Every Christmas, when my family decorates our tree, we make sure to put on the “Silver Walnut” ornament.  This was a gift that my husband, Brian, made for his mother when he was a 7-year-old Cub Scout.  ... Read more
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6 Questions for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

Dec 05, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

National standards have set the bar for academic achievement, which means that today it is clear what a student should have achieved by certain points in the school year. Parent teacher conferences are a terrific opportunity ... Read more