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Connie McCarthy
Your Child's Gross Motor Skills: How to Improve Them

Aug 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Outdoor summer activities are great tools for improving your child's Gross Motor Skills. Parents often ask: "What is the difference between Gross and Fine Motor Skills, and how do they impact on my child's ability to learn?"&... Read more
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Have Some "Cents-ible" Fun!

Jul 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Empty those piggy banks and help your child make some "cents" of coins and counting with a game I call: "Stop, Drop, and Roll." This game can be played on a table, on the floor, or even on a beach blanket! Items needed: Fi... Read more
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Why Reading To Your Child Is So Important!

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

It is a proven fact that constant reading to young children helps them become better readers. Why is this so effective? Children learn many skills as they listen. Listening is the first step your child takes in making litera... Read more
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Play a Pattern Game for Learning Fun!

Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Let's have some pattern fun with a game I call "Powerful Patterns." For this game you will need a deck of playing cards.The game can be played on any flat surface. The adult and child sit side-by-side, facing in the same dire... Read more
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Recognizing Patterns is a First Step to Success in Reading and Math

Jul 09, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Patterns are part of our daily life!Some patterns are visual; such as the way tiles are placed on a floor. Some patterns are auditory, like "e-i, e-i, o" in the song "Old MacDonald Had A Farm." We all, unconsciously, follow p... Read more
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First Grade Letters to a Marine in Iraq; "I Hope You're Cozy in Your Tent!"

Jul 02, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Connie McCarthy

One of the students in my first grade class has a cousin who is a Marine, recently deployed to Iraq. I decided to make a "learning about writing letters" lesson very meaningful, by writing actual letters to this young Marine... Read more
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Understanding One-to-One Correspondence

Jun 25, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

One-to-one correspondence is a fundamental skill in both math and reading.Adults use this concept every day. We automatically count out appropriate dollar bills and coins to pay for items. We set the table for the right amoun... Read more
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Time for a Rhyme

Jun 18, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Children learn how to talk instinctively. It is a natural process. It occurs through interaction with family members, caregivers, or even playmates. However, this is not the case with reading. Reading must be learned.Lear... Read more
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Simple Tools for Sharp Listening Skills

Jun 12, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

In this digital age an old-fashioned, child-friendly cassette tape player can be your four-to-six year old's best friend!Do you have to be away on a business trip, and miss your child's bedtime story? Record your child's favo... Read more
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Mother's Day Reflections - "My Mom's Hair Is Like Polished Wood"

Jun 09, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

"My mom's hair is like polished wood," wrote one student in my class. Another wrote "Her hugs feel like the ocean waves." Yet another wrote "If I could choose any mom in the world to be my mom, I would choose her."  ... Read more