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Connie McCarthy
Good Social and Emotional Development Equals Early School Success

Apr 13, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy, After-School

Part of the framework for early school success is a child's social and emotional development. A positive self-concept, appropriate self-control, and awareness of interacting with others will help your child learn. Play is a... Read more
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Basic Number Grids Make Math Easy

Apr 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Simple number grids are a great math tool for young children. Grids allow children to clearly see numbers they are adding or subtracting, as their finger “jumps” from one number to the next. Grids consist of rows... Read more
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Help Your Child Become a Creative Writer

Mar 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

There are many simple and effective ways to help your child become a more creative writer. Here are three easy activities to promote creative writing with your young child. Each activity should take about fifteen to thirty ... Read more
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Practical Ways to Encourage Writing For a Purpose

Mar 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Writing well usually begins with writing for a purpose. Here are three simple activities to give writing meaning, and encourage your child to connect the importance of writing and reading to everyday life. Give your chi... Read more
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Simple Activities to Improve Your Child's Listening Skills

Mar 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Good listening skills are essential for school success. If your child’s listening skills could use sharpening try these three easy, quick, and fun activities. These games can be played in a 10-20 minute period of tim... Read more
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How to Make an Easy Fine Motor Activity for Your Young Child

Mar 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Here is a great activity for eye-hand coordination, as well as strengthening finger muscles. Make your own lacing cards to help strengthen your child’s finger muscles. You will need: Poster board A hole puncher... Read more
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What Fine Motor Skills Does Your Child Need for School Success?

Feb 26, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Connie McCarthy

Fine Motor Skills require the use of the smaller muscle groups like the hands, fingers, toes, and lips. Young children need to develop these skills for school success. Cutting, printing, coloring, pasting, writing stories, a... Read more
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What Gross Motor Skills Should Your Child Master by the Age of Six?

Feb 18, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial aware... Read more
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What Is “Too Much” When It Comes to Young Children And Consumer Electronics?

Feb 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

National news programs recently reported that the amount of time American children spend watching TV, playing video games, using small electronic devices, or surfing on the computer has increased to almost 8 hours a day! I c... Read more
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A Simple Card Game to Promote National Math Standards

Feb 04, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“Roll for a Card” is a fun game that I have played with my own children and students to sharpen early learning skills. It's fun, easy, and takes about 15-20 minutes to play. Items Needed: One die from a pair of ... Read more