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Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Choose the Right Book

Oct 09, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Three ways to categorize young readers are emergent, beginning, and independent. Emergent reading is defined as children’s interaction with reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Emergent readers c... Read more
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Two Activities for Understanding Numbers

Oct 02, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare numbers helps your child understand quantity and number relationship. This understanding develops deeper math skills needed for more complex math operations in higher grades. One way to practice this sk... Read more
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Five Simple Ideas for Homework Success

Sep 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Homework, Connie McCarthy

Each September, it is adorable how my new 1st grade students can’t wait to start homework! The challenge for parents and teachers is to continue this enthusiasm and make a child’s time spent doing homework success... Read more
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Music and Movement Can Enhance Reading Skills

Sep 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Listening to children’s music is a fun way to help your young student make connections needed for reading. These connections include: listening memory/recall rhyming language skills focus It can also be a great enrich... Read more
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Teach Temporal Words for Better Reading Comprehension

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Knowing and understanding temporal words are key factors in helping young children sequence events in stories. Temporal words are words that relate to time. Twelve examples for young readers to know and practice are: once fi... Read more
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10 Simple Skills for 1st Grade Readiness

Sep 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Each time I start a new school year, I can’t help but wonder how prepared my students are for the challenges of 1st grade. When a child comes to school with background knowledge, educational experiences, and basic skill... Read more
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Instilling a Love of Reading at Home

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Reading enjoyment begins at home. Parents can be a powerful influence on ensuring their child has a lifelong love of reading. Here are 10 easy steps to subtly reinforce the joy of reading: Set the example. Each time a child ... Read more
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5 Back-to-School Organization Ideas for Kids and Families

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Help your child begin the school year with some simple organizational skills and family routines to encourage school success, right from the start. Here are five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track: ... Read more
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6 Easy Ways To Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

Aug 14, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Very often parents want to volunteer in their child’s classroom—and that’s a great idea! Classroom involvement is beneficial in many ways. When you volunteer, you: subtly reinforce the importance of school ... Read more
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Two Fine Motor Activities To Develop Math Skills

Aug 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts. Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your... Read more