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Connie McCarthy
Grandparents Can Play an Important Role In Educating Young Children

Jan 14, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 Research confirms the importance of grandparents in a child’s life.  The time that grandparents spend, their patience, and their full-life experiences are invaluable to grandchildren. Grandparents are a wonde... Read more
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Foundation Skills for Young Learners

Jan 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution.  We tend to get rid of what doesn’t work in our life, and fine-tune what does. Parents want to know how to maximize their young child’s early learning su... Read more
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Holiday Vacation Activities: Make Your Own “Play Dough” For Fine Motor Fun!

Dec 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Motor Skills, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some parent/child "Holiday Vacation" fun? Try making your own “Play Dough!” You will need: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 cup water2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon food co... Read more
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Holiday Traditions that Improve Reading and Writing Skills

Dec 15, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The Holiday Season is a time for family traditions. Retelling stories from your childhood and establishing new holiday experiences with your own family is one of the joys of the season. One of my fondest memories, as a child,... Read more
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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