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Connie McCarthy
Kids' Holiday Gifts: Give the Gift of Learning

Nov 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With Holiday shopping upon us, parents often ask me for suggestions of games or toys that will enhance their child’s learning.  Here are some simple, inexpensive educational toys and games for 4-8 year olds.  ... Read more
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A Helpful Hint to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Nov 20, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

“Mrs. McCarthy, I like to color but my crayon just won’t stop at the line!” said Kate.  Some young children have yet to develop the fine motor skills needed to make their crayon “stop at the line.... Read more
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Three Easy Activities to Improve Reading Skills

Nov 06, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

"Mrs. McCarthy," said one of my students,  "I'd like to read...I just don't know where to start!"  Young students often don't understand the left-to-right progression needed for reading.   Here are three simple... Read more
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More Math Games for Kids:Coin Recognition

Oct 26, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The four main coins used in the United States are the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Often children find it difficult to distinguish between coins. Young children must be able to recognize different coins, before they can ... Read more
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Hands-On Math Games; A Fun Way to Improve Skills

Oct 15, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Math games are a great way to practice skills and allow your child to visualize abstract concepts. For these two games you will need a deck of cards, and a pair of dice. Start with twenty-five cards from the deck and one die... Read more
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Math Games to Help Your Child Understand Numbers

Oct 05, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Saying numbers and knowing what numbers mean are two different and distinct mathematical skills. Your child might be a champion counter, yet not be able to identify the number “8″ out of numerical sequence. He or... Read more
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Pizza Wheel Activity: Teaching Color Words

Sep 29, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

It’s a colorful world and knowing basic color words are key for your child’s school success! Here’s a simple to make, and simple to use activity for some color word fun: With a ruler and a pencil divide a wh... Read more
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"Tips for Building a Great Parent-Teacher Relationship"

Sep 17, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

A good “Parent-Teacher” relationship is an integral part of your child’s school success.Parents are often unsure of how to approach their child’s teacher. Teachers welcome input and help from parents, ... Read more
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Tips to Help Ease School Anxiety

Sep 10, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

On the opening day of school I noticed Sarah, a new first grader, looking very upset.I saw that her shoelaces were untied."Would you like me to tie those for you?", I asked. "Yes", she said with tears in her eyes,  ... Read more
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Keep School Supplies Simple

Sep 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Supplies, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

For many children getting school supplies is the best part of going to school! A few years ago, on the first day of school, Amanda, was so proud of her big box of 64 crayons. Very quickly pride turned into panic when I asked ... Read more