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Connie McCarthy
A First Step in Helping Reluctant Readers: See the Doctor

Feb 11, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a mom shared with me that her daughter was showing signs of being a “reluctant reader.” As an avid reader herself, the mom had difficulty understanding why her child wasn’t embracing books and stor... Read more
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7 Strategies for Successful Homework Routines

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy

Homework is a part of every student’s school experience, starting as early as preschool. Yet sometimes it can be a source of stress for busy families. Here are seven strategies to help alleviate that stress and create s... Read more
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Inside Learning Games That Are Fun and Easy

Jan 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are your children stuck inside because of cold weather? Had enough of the TV and video games? Here are two simple activities to promote learning while having fun. And if you live in a warmer climate, these are great for outdo... Read more
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3 Essential Questions for a Midyear Check-in

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

For most school districts across the country, January is the halfway mark of the school year, even if your district follows a trimester model. Most important, it’s the perfect time to have a “check-in” with ... Read more
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A Great Tool To Help Students Organize Thoughts and Ideas

Jan 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy

A graphic organizer is a simple paper tool that uses drawings or words to express knowledge, thoughts, or ideas. They are particularly helpful for young students to organize and sequence facts, concepts or steps for problem s... Read more
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Are All Parents Happy With Common Core?

Jan 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

A very subtle shift is happening in my hometown. Interestingly, a small group of parents have organized and convened a meeting they called “Repeal Common Core: Reclaiming Local Control in Education.” About 20 pare... Read more
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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Dec 31, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

At the start of a new year, adults often take time to reflect and think about positive changes they want to make in their lives. This is a wonderful time for children to do the same. Here is a list of 10 simple resolutions th... Read more
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Use Legos for Easy Math Practice

Dec 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Counting, Connie McCarthy

Colorful Legos have been a favorite of young children for a long time. They’ve also been a great holiday gift. Here’s a simple way to combine a classic toy, new or old, to practice Common Core math skills over vac... Read more
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At the Holidays, Celebrate Accomplishments and Set New Goals

Dec 17, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all the marvelous things young students have learned and accomplished during the year. They have grown and changed so much during 2013, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Wa... Read more
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Mix Holiday Fun With Academics

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The holiday season is a great time for young students. It provides a chance for them to help prepare for family holiday events while reinforcing academic skills. Here are some simple ways to incorporate math, reading, writing... Read more