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Connie McCarthy
School Anxiety… Teacher Style

Sep 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teacher Appreciation, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Teachers have first day of school "jitters" too! Will I have enough crayons and pencils for everyone? Did I spell everyone’s name correctly? Do my students know how they are getting home...walking, taking the bus, going... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Hassle Free Homework

Sep 02, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Parents often ask, "How can I make homework less of a chore?" As young children start Kindergarten or First Grade it’s the first time they have real homework. Very often the children are excited about homework because ... Read more
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The Impact of Too Little Unstructured Playtime

Aug 27, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, After-School

This past Monday night I chose to be the voice of my young students. In front of school committee members, the superintendent, and 300 or so parents of my school community, I spoke on behalf of all East Providence elementary ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
No Recess? Give Me a Break!

Aug 19, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Health and Fitness, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Yikes! No recess in all elementary schools in East Providence, Rhode Island? They can’t be serious! This is the new directive teachers and parents are facing as we prepare for a new school year. As of September 8, 20... Read more
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Back to School and Separation Anxiety

Aug 13, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

What parent hasn’t experienced a "lump in their throat" as they brought their young child to school for the first time? A new school experience can be exciting yet sometimes unsettling, for both parent and child! Than... Read more
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Back to School Supplies

Aug 05, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

"Please Mom; please can I have that giant box of crayons and the smelly markers?" This plea, recently overheard at a local store, got me thinking about the items that a new Kindergarten or First Grade student really needs..... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Back to School Tips

Jul 30, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

For some children, getting ready for school means jazzy new sneakers, a colorful backpack, and a cool lunch box. For parents, it may be setting a morning routine, shopping for those new sneakers, or locating a bus stop. Augu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Child Discover the Joy of Reading

Jul 23, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Remember the excitement and joy you felt when your child started to speak? Sounds led to words, words to sentences, and sentences to conversations. You encouraged their speech with interactions, imitation, questions and comm... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Inspire Your Child to Become a Better Writer

Jul 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Joy of “Hands-On” Learning

Jul 09, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

"Wouldn’t my students love this," I thought as three little hummingbirds were feeding from my outstretched hand. I could hear the tiny bird’s distinctive hum and see their rapidly beating wings. I felt their lit... Read more