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Connie McCarthy
Ideas To Increase Fine Motor Skills in Young Students

Oct 01, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

My post last week outlined the connection between gross and fine motor skills and activities to improve gross motor success. This week, my focus is on fine motor skills, and simple activities to help your kindergarten or 1st ... Read more
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Practicing Gross Motor Skills Can Improve Learning

Sep 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

For the most part, all learning is sequential, which means that we build on known skills to acquire new ones. This is especially true for young children, who are developing gross and fine motor dexterity. Gross motor skills i... Read more
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Helping Kids Connect Numbers to Words

Sep 17, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Often young students have no trouble doing simple addition and subtraction number problems yet, have little understanding of what the numbers actually represent. Most 1st graders know that 2 + 2 = 4. However, when given those... Read more
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Make Learning Fun With Classic Childhood Games

Sep 10, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

“Play is the work of childhood,” Jean Piaget, a noted psychologist, once said. Fall is a great time for young children to still enjoy the “business of playing,” outdoors. It’s also a time to easi... Read more
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8 Simple Ways To Encourage Your Child’s Literacy

Sep 03, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

It’s widely known that parents who are actively involved in their child’s reading activities can significantly increase their child’s literacy. Here are eight simple strategies you can use to encourage good ... Read more
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Activities To Help Kindergartners Understand Numbers

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Two Common Core math skills that your kindergarten child will be required to know by the end of the school year are: Count to 100 by ones and tens Counting forward within the known sequence (instead of having to always sta... Read more
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Today's Students Need Upgraded Schools

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Connie McCarthy

Educators and parents agree that purposeful and appropriate use of technology is terrific for both students and teachers. The use of technology, including personal devices, can be very helpful in supporting implementation of ... Read more
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Now’s the Time To Get Involved!

Aug 13, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

The start of the school year is the perfect time to think about volunteering at your child’s school. Any time you can spare would be beneficial. As a more involved parent, you increase your child’s opportunities t... Read more
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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