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Connie McCarthy
Help Teach Your 1st Grader To Listen and Speak Well

Aug 06, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Listening and speaking well are two of the most important skills that any person can have. These are also key components of the Common Core State Standards for 1st grade. Learning these skills, early in life, can give your ch... Read more
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5 Ways To Help Young Children With Back-to-School Anxieties

Jul 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Back to School, Anxiety, 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

As August approaches, most young students are excited about starting a new school year. They are ready to go. However, some children experience anxiety about going to school. This can affect the entire family. Morning routine... Read more
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More Tips for Kindergarten Readiness

Jul 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Last week I shared four strategies to help you prepare your young child for kindergarten. Here are four more quick and easy ways to make the transition from summer to kindergarten both smooth and productive. Help him practic... Read more
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Help Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Jul 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

Starting kindergarten does not have to be a stressful time for a child—or for parents. However, it will probably involve some big changes like going to a new facility, riding the bus for the first time, eating lunch in ... Read more
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A Letter "Puzzle" Game for New Kindergartners

Jul 09, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy

There are simple things that parents can do to easily prepare their child for kindergarten success. Summer is a wonderful time to help young children get ready for September, by doing a fun academic activity each week. In the... Read more
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Turn the Night Sky Into Memorable Summer Learning

Jul 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a wonderful time to teach children about the night sky. It’s great fun to identify and observe the various constellations of stars. Incorporating a child’s natural curiosity with a clear and dark evening... Read more
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My Year Mentoring New Teachers

Jun 25, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy

This past school year, I was offered a special opportunity. Instead of returning to my 1st grade classroom, I was selected by the Rhode Island Department of Education to be an “induction coach” for first-year teac... Read more
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Improve Subtraction Skills With a Fun Pennies Game

Jun 18, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

An interesting yet easy game to enrich “mental math” subtraction skills is “Penny Hide and Seek.” It uses visual and hands-on practice to help young children quickly and easily remember simple subtract... Read more
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A Fun “Mental Math” Addition Game for Summer (or Anytime)

Jun 11, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a great time to practice improving “mental math” skills through games. The "Counting On" game is a great activity that uses visual, auditory, and hands-on techniques to help your child instantly solve ad... Read more
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10 Important End-of-Year Questions for Your Child’s Teacher

Jun 04, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Reading, Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

End-of-the-year progress reports usually come home on the last day of school. This often leaves parents with unanswered questions about what the report really means. Parents may wonder just how well prepared their young child... Read more