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Connie McCarthy
My Case for All Day Kindergarten

Apr 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Why don’t all school districts, across the country, have full day kindergartens? Spring is the time of year when parents usually register their children for the upcoming kindergarten year. For many parents, whose schoo... Read more
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Six Simple Ideas to Encourage your Child to be a Good Reader

Apr 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year! This is "Reading Week," and every day we are celebrating the priceless joys of reading. Here are six simple ideas to encourage your child to be a good reader. ... Read more
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Try “Brain Gym” to Enhance Learning

Apr 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

We can all benefit from a stronger mind/body connection. This is particularly true for young learners. A few years ago I learned a simple program from the occupational therapists in our school. It is called "Brain Gym" and ... Read more
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"Five Fingers" Can Determine the Right Book

Mar 30, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

When young children begin to read they love to go to the library and choose their own books. Yet, parents often wonder how a child can pick out a book on their own that is appropriate for their reading level. Here is a simpl... Read more
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Educational Uses for Sticky Notes

Mar 23, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

I think "sticky notes" are one of the world’s greatest inventions! Their educational uses can be fun and creative. Young children love working with them. Here are four ways to use these helpful notes to inspire read... Read more
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Helping Kids Make a Reading and Math Connection

Mar 16, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Although reading and math are two separate subjects there is a strong connection between the two. Helping your child improve their math vocabulary will in turn help them improve their math comprehension. Here are three easy ... Read more
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Use Greeting Cards as Story Starters

Mar 07, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Collaborating with colleagues is a great way for professionals to exchange successful ideas. Recently, I met with my college friend, Elaine Scott, who is a retired first grade teacher. Of course we were "talking shop" and ... Read more
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Simple Questions Can Spark Reading Comprehension

Feb 25, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Would you like to have your child read with confidence and increased comprehension? Here are five simple ideas to accomplish this: When your young child gets a new book, or revisits an old favorite book, let him look throug... Read more
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School Vacation Games for Fun and Learning

Feb 18, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Looking for fun ways to keep your young child actively engaged in learning over February vacation? Here are two simple activities for you. One will help with reading skills, and the other is for math. While these activities c... Read more
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Simple Tools to Promote Good Writing

Feb 09, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Children are great story tellers. It’s wonderful to listen to their detail, expression, and language when they speak of important events in their lives. I often point out to my students that writing a good story is just... Read more