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Connie McCarthy
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
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6 Top Books to Give This Holiday Season for Creating Memories With Young Children

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets! Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagi... Read more
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Here’s What Makes a First Grader Thankful

Nov 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In preparation for Thanksgiving, my 1st grade class had a discussion about what we’re thankful for this holiday. I wanted to share my student’s thoughts because their 6- and 7-year-old perspectives are sweet and i... Read more
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Where Have Children's Good Manners Gone?

Nov 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Parent Involvement, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often I find myself asking, “What’s happened to basic good manners these days?”  Last week I was having a conversation with another teacher in our school corridor. As we were chatting, two students plow... Read more
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Kids Learn Skills Through Art

Nov 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Art is thought expressed through the hands.” — Unknown author Most young children are natural artists. Some of an infant’s earliest responses are to color, light and shapes. These responses help an in... Read more
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Music is a Valuable Tool in Early Education

Oct 31, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Remember all the times you have gotten a song stuck in your head and it’s driven you crazy? The reverse is true for young children.  If you really want them to remember something, put it to music!  I have foun... Read more
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Can Early Education Benefit from "Occupy Wall Street?"

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools? As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.... Read more
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Use Estimating Fun to Educate

Oct 17, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Take advantage of your young child’s natural curiosity by using estimation! It is a great way to help your child improve her overall math skills. Estimating gives a child the opportunity to “guess” a math an... Read more
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What the Red Sox Could Learn From My First Graders

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

As a life-long Red Sox fan, I was astounded by my beloved team’s collapse. Just about everyone has heard how the team fell apart in September, and squandered a nine game lead in the American League wild card race. How c... Read more