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Connie McCarthy
Combine Traveling With Learning for the Summer

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Wherever your summer travels take you, there will be many learning opportunities for your young child. Places you visit can lead to fun exercises in both reading and math. For reading: Make a point to see any attractions tha... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Build True Reading Comprehension Skills This Summer

Jun 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The faster a child can decode a word, the stronger a reader he will become. Recognizing words, using clues from the pictures and reading with fluency can make him a successful, comprehensive reader. Here are ways to help deve... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Move Learning Away From the Classroom This Summer

Jun 11, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer break has started, or will very shortly. It’s a perfect time to take those classroom skills and apply them to different, more relaxed summer venues. By keeping the learning process active, you can help your child... Read more
Livia McCoy
Encourage Teens' Writing During the Summer

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a student shared a poem he had written with me. I was totally amazed at how beautiful and thoughtful it was. He was involved in a creative writing class, and the poem was an assignment. This made me think about the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Sensory Activities Sharpen Skills and Encourage Creativity

Jun 04, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Sensory games can be a fun way for any child to learn. Here are three easy activities to encourage your child to learn in different ways: Heighten his listening comprehension with simple household objects. For example, use a ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Verse Writing Sharpens Skills and Creativity

May 28, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

Whether your child loves to write stories or is a reluctant writer, a great way to bolster writing skills is to make simple poems. Verse writing is short; children easily understand the rhythm, and see quick results of their ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Create Word Rainbows To Help Young Spellers

May 21, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Ways To Help Your Young Writer Bloom

May 14, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

When young authors start to write, they are sometimes confused about where to begin. Often, having one good idea gets them going! Here are six ways to let the author in your child bloom. Use a traditional pattern: Suggest th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Ability To Compare and Contrast Increases Reading Comprehension

May 07, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

The ability to compare and contrast between fiction and nonfiction, or elements of a story, significantly increases your child’s reading comprehension. When comparing, students are thinking about how things are alike. W... Read more
Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways To Reinforce Subtraction Skills

Apr 30, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving. Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill: Start by... Read more