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Connie McCarthy
World Wide Wishes From the First Grade

Dec 16, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

One of our writing projects last week was about "Christmas Wishes." I asked my First Grade students to write about their Christmas wishes for people of the whole world. If they had the power to make a real difference in the... Read more
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Household Items That Help With Homework

Dec 10, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Organization, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Having the right tools in one place can make homework less of a struggle. At a PTO meeting last night two colleagues and I addressed parent’s concerns about homework. Mrs. Monteiro, a third grade teacher, told parents ... Read more
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Sharing Holiday Traditions

Dec 03, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

So much of the holiday season is about sharing family traditions. In my class today, we were very excited to have one of my student’s mom share their family’s Chanukah celebrations. Most of the students in my cla... Read more
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Child’s Learning Style

Nov 29, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

At this time of year parents often ask me for gift suggestions that promote learning. So often, a successful gift of this type depends on your child’s learning style. So here are a few gift ideas for visual, auditory,... Read more
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What Makes a First Grader Thankful?

Nov 19, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often we hear the term "Back to Basics." But what does this really mean? With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, I was really reminded of, and enchanted by my student’s "back to basics" view. Their short sto... Read more
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Help Your "Hands-On" Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Nov 11, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Connie McCarthy

Your "Hands-On" learner is the child who can put things together, or take them apart. This is the child whose favorite activity is blocks, clay, Legos, or digging. They are the children, who at the end of the day have the d... Read more
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Help Your Auditory Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Nov 05, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Your auditory learner is usually a good listener. This is the child who says "But Mom you said...!" They are the children who follow spoken directions, love rhymes, music, listening to stories or listening to audio books. T... Read more
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Help Your Visual Learner with Reading and Math Skills

Oct 28, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

As a visual learner your child really responds to color, design, charts, lists, and most things that have a clear, strong, and appealing visual image. You can tap into this learning style with the following easy tips and ide... Read more
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Observe Your Child to Learn More About His/Her Learning Style

Oct 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Most children use a combination of senses to learn. The three most common are visual, auditory (hearing,) and touch or "hands-on." Yet, it’s also true that most children tend to be stronger in one of those areas. A sim... Read more
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Simple Math Games to Reinforce National Math Standards

Oct 14, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Did you know that simple household items could be the "keys" to help your child "unlock" math skills? If you have a pair of dice, paper muffin cups, and pennies or paper clips at your house, you can practice number skill... Read more