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Connie McCarthy
Teach Inference for Better Reading Comprehension

Mar 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Children can often figure out what is going to happen in a story based on experience or prior knowledge. By using authors’ clues in a text to form logical conclusions, young readers can better understand what they are r... Read more
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Encouraging "Deeper-Level" Thinking in Young Children

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Asking and answering questions has been a staple of teacher and student interaction for centuries. A big shift in today’s classrooms is for teachers to challenge students with “deeper-level questioning.” Thi... Read more
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Simple Rhyming Songs Can Enhance Early Learning

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Music is a powerful tool to help a young child learn. It blends movement and rhythm with words and rhyme to increase phonemic awareness. Music helps young children naturally cross “over the midline” to understand ... Read more
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Play “Friends of 10” for Easy Math Practice

Feb 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more
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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