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Connie McCarthy
Fun Educational Games To Play When Traveling

May 28, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and a time when many families start traveling. Although there are plenty of electronic devices and mobile movies to keep young ones occupied while traveling, try alternating som... Read more
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An Easy Way To Improve Math Fluency: Count Backward

May 21, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Parents are well aware of the importance of reading fluency. However, early math fluency is equally crucial. Simply put, math fluency means fast and automatic retrieval of math facts from memory. For young students it should ... Read more
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Don’t Let Language Confuse Young Math Students

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

When teaching the value of double-digit numbers in my classroom, I noticed that my students often became confused with 11, 12, and the rest of the -teen numbers. This was a puzzle to me, and I was determined to solve it. Afte... Read more
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More New Words for Your Child’s Word Bank

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This month’s words for your child’s word bank involve consonant blends and consonant digraphs. Simply put, consonant blends consist of two or three consonants used together in words, where each letter sound is d... Read more
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Do a “Reading Survey” With Your Child

Apr 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

There is a strategy that teachers use in classrooms to identify various interests in student reading. It’s a concept that parents can easily incorporate at home called a “Reading Survey.” Teachers use a Read... Read more
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Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 2

Apr 23, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

In “Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1,” I explained the “six traits of writing” that many school districts use to teach young authors. This week’s focus is on the three types of writi... Read more
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Help Good Readers Become Good Writers, Part 1

Apr 16, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Being a good reader does not automatically make your young child a good writer. Like reading, writing is a learned skill, and there are simple ways to help her learn to write well. Many school districts across the country bas... Read more
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3 Strategies To Build Strong Reading Skills

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

When a young student starts to read, it’s a very exciting time for parents! But progressing from a beginning reader to a good reader takes time, practice, and knowing and using certain strategies. Here is a list of thre... Read more
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New Words To Add to Your Child’s Word Bank

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Spelling, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Last month I provided a list of 30 common sight words, along with directions on how to build a word bank. As promised, here is a new word list. These words are called “word family words,” or phonograms, formed wit... Read more
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Celebrate Spring With Stories and Common Core Activities

Mar 26, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Preschool, Kindergarten, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Warm weather is coming, and seasonal books, with fun and easy connecting activities, are a great way to celebrate with your young child. A variety of springtime books are readily available at your local library or on an e-re... Read more