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Connie McCarthy
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
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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