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Connie McCarthy
Ready, Set, Science

Sep 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Hands-on" science is a great way to get your young child interested in learning. It's something that can be incorporated easily into daily life. If you have a reluctant reader, or timid math student, making a science connec... Read more
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7 Ways Parents Can Help Kids with Back-to-School Jitters

Aug 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Every year, about this time, I think about what strategies I can use to comfort those new students who are fearful about school, or are having a hard time separating fr om parents. School "jitters" are real and scary emotions... Read more
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How to Help your Child Make Math Connections

Aug 22, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

We use math skills each and every day. We follow a pattern when we commute to work, when we calculate change from our purchases, or when we check the temperature, etc. The key to helping your young child understand math is t... Read more
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Simple Ways to Increase Your Child's Reading Comprehension

Aug 15, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Ready, Set, Read! When my son, Michael, was four years old someone gave him a video of his favorite movie “Star Wars.”   The problem was he could not yet read.  So, each time the movie started, as t... Read more
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Back to School Countdown for Early Elementary Kids

Aug 04, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Relaxed summer schedules are ending, and the back to school rush has begun. If your young child is counting down the days until school starts, or has just started back, your household routines are changing and getting back in... Read more
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Creative Play Leads to Learning

Jul 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Play is a great tool for learning, and summer is the time to easily blend play with academic skills. Here are some simple ways to turn play into valuable learning experiences. At the beach: Let your child use a stick to prac... Read more
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Easy Vacation Memories

Jul 20, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One of the easiest ways to help your child practice writing this summer is to make a "Vacation Memory Book." If you are going away on vacation, or just taking short day trips to the beach with your child this summer, this is ... Read more
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Frustration Free Creative Writing

Jul 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

When young children first begin to write stories they often get frustrated, and need help spelling the "big words." Here is a way to help your child overcome this obstacle and let creative writing flow. You will need: A sta... Read more
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Poetry and Play for Summer Learning Fun

Jul 06, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way. One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing." When my own children were young, we w... Read more
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End of the School Year Reflections

Jun 27, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Every June I am reminded what a magical year First Grade is in a child’s academic life. I’m reminded by the inspiring words of my students and their parents. "She taught me how to read and now I love it!" wrote ... Read more