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Connie McCarthy
3 Easy Ways To Reinforce Subtraction Skills

Apr 30, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving. Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill: Start by... Read more
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Is Your Child a Backward Printer?

Apr 23, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Handwriting, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Parents often worry when young children keep reversing letters and numbers in their written work. When young children first begin to print, it is very common for them to reverse letters and numbers. The most common are b, d, ... Read more
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Understanding Directional and Positional Words

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day. Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always go... Read more
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Just What Goes On All Day in the 1st Grade?

Apr 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach. While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
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Spring Into Science With a Fun Experiment

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to introduce some simple science fun and new science language into your young child’s life. Watching planted seeds come to life before their very eyes is exciting for... Read more
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10 Tips To Help Your Child Write a Story

Mar 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Getting young students to write good stories is a challenge. Most youngsters can tell a great story, but are reluctant writers. I tell my students that writing is simply “telling” a story on paper. If you can tell... Read more
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A Modern Twist on the Ancient Abacus

Mar 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device ... Read more
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What Is “Schema” in Education?

Mar 12, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

At PTO meetings or parent conferences, you might have heard the term “schema” (pronounced SKEE-mah) and its importance in reading comprehension. What exactly is “schema?” Simply put, schema is backgrou... Read more
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Coming Soon: A New Dr. Seuss Book!

Mar 05, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

March 2 is always a special day in early childhood education. This year it was the 111th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is the beloved author of such childhood classic books as Hop on P... Read more
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Sorting and Classifying Help Develop Strong Math Skills

Feb 26, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Sorting and classifying are early elements of math.  Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create... Read more