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Connie McCarthy
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
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More Tips to Help Ease Your Child's Morning Routine

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Breakfast, Organization, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

"Why can't I wear my pajamas to school?"  Last week I shared a few tips on setting up a good morning routine. Here are a few more tricks to make school mornings run smoother. Deciding what a child should wear to school c... Read more
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Tips for a Stress-Free School Morning Routine

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

"Where are my shoes?" "I can't find my backpack!" What parent hasn't heard these words? School and workday mornings can be stressful for everyone, but a rough morning can have a day-long effect on your child. Setting up a mor... Read more
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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